Matt Le Tissier Weekend Premier League Predictions
Matt’s Weekend Acca
Saturday’s early kick off has high-flying West Ham take on Manchester City, in an unlikely battle between fourth and second place. City look more vulnerable than they have done for a few seasons, and if it wasn’t for the supreme Sergio Aguero, I daresay Chelsea would have left them far behind by now.
The Argentinian has notched nine goals from nine league appearances so far, maintaining his incredible record as the player with the best minutes-per-goal in Premier League history, currently averaging one every 108 minutes. He bagged four against Spurs last weekend, which gives me confidence to back the 10/3 with William Hill on him being the first goalscorer tomorrow.
The Hammers have been playing out of their skins so far, especially considering some were forecasting them for relegation at the beginning of the year. New signing Diafra Sakho has exploded onto the scene from nowhere, with six goals from his first seven appearances in the blue and claret. I’d be tempted by odds of 10/3 with Betfair on him getting on the scoresheet at anytime.
As for the result, I can see it being tighter than many expect, especially at Upton Park, so I see value in a City win by the margin of a single goal at 14/5 with Ladbrokes.
I’m still basking in the glow of Southampton’s unreal 8-0 trouncing of Sunderland last week. One of my proudest moments in a Saints shirt was our 6-3 thumping of Manchester United, but this was just something else.
Stoke were good value for their 2-1 win over Swansea last Saturday, but I think Southampton’s momentum will carry them through this game, so I’ll be backing the 8/13 Saints win with Betfred – definitely one for the accas.
Just when it looked like nothing was going their way, Arsenal pulled off a ludicrous and thoroughly lucky last minute comeback to beat Anderlecht 2-1 in their midweek Champions League tie. The Gunners have managed a measly one win in their last seven Premier League games, having to scrape a 2-2 draw against Hull last weekend.
They travel to Sunderland, who will certainly be smarting after the Southampton reverse. Until then, they’d look relatively solid at the back, and I doubt Gus Poyet will allow these sort of scorelines to become a trend. I expect a resolute performance, but a narrow Arsenal win. Arsene Wenger’s side are 13/5 to win by one goal with Bet365.
Tottenham haven’t had the best of starts under Mauricio Pochettino, but a 5-1 mauling of Europa League opponents Asteras Tripolis showed some signs of positive progress, particularly in the shape of Harry Kane. The youngster has been on the fringes of the first team for a few seasons now, and his hat-trick and overall performance will surely see him get a few more games this season (hopefully not in goal, though.)
Sunday has them play host to a Newcastle side who claimed their first win of the season only last week, 1-0 over Leicester. It will take more than that to turn around their freefalling form at the moment I’m afraid, so I can’t look beyond a convincing Spurs win here. The -1 handicap at 2/1 with Paddy Power appears great value.
Chelsea Have Fab Factor
Manchester United’s clash with Chelsea is the most anticipated fixture of the weekend, with the outcome being of tremendous importance to both sides for different reasons. United desperately need to record a win over a high-calibre opponent, especially in the wake of their drab 2-2 with West Brom on Monday, while three points here will be a giant step towards Chelsea’s title aspirations.
The Blues may be without star man Diego Costa, released from hospital after a stomach illness only this week, as well as Loic Remy, but they have more than enough across the field – especially in the brilliant Cesc Fabregas. I’ll go for a Chelsea 2-0 correct score at 7/5 with SkyBet.
As ever, Coral are offering a free bet – this week at a rollover £40 – if you tweet @freebets your correct score predictions for the Tottenham v Newcastle and Manchester United v Chelsea games using the hashtag #ChallengeMatt. I’ll go for 3-0 and 0-2.
Le Tiss’ Tips
Sergio Aguero first goalscorer – 10/3 William Hill
Diafra Sakho anytime goalscorer – 10/3 Betfair
City win by one goal – 14/5 Ladbrokes
Southampton win – 8/13 Betfred
Arsenal win by one goal – 13/5 Bet365
Spurs -1 handicap – 2/1 Paddy Power
Chelsea 2-0 correct score – 7/5 SkyBet