Matt Le Tissier Previews The Weekend Premier League Action
I don’t think many people would have believed you if you’d said that after five games of the new Premier League season it would be Everton that remain the only team unbeaten so far. I’m not sure that means an awful lot at this stage as many of the big teams have had to play each other several times already but it’s impressive nonetheless.
Many people feared for them a little bit after David Moyes left but they’ve steadily got better after three successive draws to win their last two. They don’t play again until Monday but I think they’ll have the measure of a very hit and miss Newcastle at Goodison Park.
The Toffees are best-priced 4/6 with William Hill but there might be more value in the 1-0 home win at 15/2 with Ladbrokes. Quite why Jose Mourinho got rid of arguably his best striker on loan in Romelu Lukaku I don’t know. He’s a class act and at 9/2 with Ladbrokes a nice shout to score first, although I prefer the insurance of the Belgian to score anytime at 6/5 with the same firm.
Of course, the big game is tomorrow lunchtime at White Hart Lane with Tottenham taking on Chelsea. Andre Villas-Boas is coming up against his former mentor in Mourinho and there’s apparently no love lost between the pair.
It’s Spurs that meet the Blues two points clear but this is a really tough one to call. The hosts are in better form and have conceded just once in nine games this term but have a dreadful record against Chelsea in the league.
The bookmakers have Spurs as marginal favourites, best-priced 9/5 with Hills – who are shortest on the draw suggesting that’s what they fancy. It’s a tired cliché but any of the three outcomes could occur and I wouldn’t be surprised at any of them.
Despite the record of this tie being a high-scoring affair, Chelsea haven’t scored more than two in a league game in 11 outings and, with Tottenham’s great defence, the best bet might be under 2.5 goals at 4/5 with BetVictor.
Manchester City are hitting their stride now and you’d be brave to oppose them at Aston Villa after the way they took apart Manchester United on Sunday. Villa ended a run of three straight defeats last time but, with Christian Benteke out, they will struggle for goals.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are a big looking 4/1 at 188BET to win by two goals.
Southampton got a cracking result at Anfield last week, ending Liverpool’s unbeaten record and I fancy a repeat of that win. Our defence has been very tight and we’ve only conceded once so I’m going for the draw half-time/ Saints full-time result at 10/3 with bwin versus struggling Crystal Palace.
Arsenal are flying at present but Swansea could derail the Gunners in the evening kick-off down in Wales. They’re unbeaten in their last three and received a standing ovation from the Valencia fans having bashed the Spanish side in their own back yard 3-0 recently.
They could be tough for Arsenal to break down and, although the Swansea double chance is short at 8/13 with Sky Bet, it looks worth a punt.
It wasn’t a surprise to see Paulo Di Canio get the chop at Sunderland and some pundits are suggesting this will lead to a dramatic reversal of form when they play Liverpool on Sunday.
I don’t buy that – they may well improve but the Reds are a tough nut to crack. Brendan Rodgers played a pretty bizarre defence last week and got caught out but they’re a solid price for your accumulator at 3/4 with Paddy Power to win again. Black Cats fans won’t need reminding they’ve taken just a point from five games and are 13/10 with Ladbrokes to go down.
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MATT’S WEEKEND ACCUMULATOR
Spurs v Chelsea under 2.5 goals
Swansea double chance v Arsenal
Liverpool to beat Sunderland
Everton to beat Newcastle 1-0
A £10 accumulator with Ladbrokes pays £413.90.