Matt Le Tissier previews the weekend’s action in the top-flight
The big game this Saturday is the London derby between Tottenham and Chelsea at White Hart Lane. Spurs are improving rapidly under Andre Villas-Boas and the Portuguese boss will have a good idea of what Chelsea can offer after his short time at the club.
The Blues have made a good start but it’s possible they’ve been flattered. Aside from Arsenal, in which they were grateful for poor defending, they haven’t had a big test yet.
I like the look of the draw at 12/5, widely available at bet365 and elsewhere.
Liverpool have spent the best part of a year wrecking coupons all over the country as they consistently fail to deliver at short odds, particularly at home.
Reading haven’t had a good start to the season either, but there have been signs of improvement recently. Unlucky not to beat Newcastle, due to a contentious handball, they then let slip a 2-0 lead at Swansea.
The Royals are over-priced at 65/7 with Pinnacle and they are my cheeky outside bet this weekend.
I used to love visiting Upton Park with Southampton and always had a lot of banter with the Hammers fans. I remember going there for the final day of the 1994 season and scoring twice to keep us up and then again as we beat them 4-2 in 1998.
This is our first winnable away game of the season. I’m tempted to follow my heart but I’ll follow my head and back both teams to score at 4/6 with Coral.
At Old Trafford, Manchester United are almost invincible and they’re a great team to throw in your accumulator. Stoke come here after a draw at Liverpool but I’ve mentioned Anfield isn’t a fortress anymore.
I’d back United at -2 on the Asian handicap at 11/8 with bet365.
Norwich were battered by Liverpool at home last time and they could be on the end of another thrashing by Arsenal.
Combine the Gunners’ attacking flair with the Canaries’ defensive frailties and there could be a lot of goals. Arsenal at -1 on the Asian handicap is the way to go.
The Tyne-Wear derby is always a passionate affair but Newcastle firmly have the upper hand in recent years. I’ll be co-commentating at the Stadium of Light and was also at Wigan when a dodgy red card for the Latics allowed Sunderland to win, even though they were by far the worse team.
Newcastle have more quality and they can take local bragging rights at 2/1 with Betfred.