Premier League Preview & Southampton Reaction

Read Matt Le Tissier's thoughts on ex club Southampton's managerial shake up and preview of the Premier League weekend action.

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I was as shocked as anyone to hear about the sacking of Nigel Adkins. I thought he’d done an excellent job with back-to-back promotions and he’s also kept up the progress this term too.

We are currently three points clear of the drop courtesy of that magnificent fightback at Stamford Bridge and, in fact, we’ve only lost two of our last ten league games, which is a fantastic effort. That the board have swiftly replaced Adkins with Mauricio Pochettino suggests the Argentine had been lined up for a while and Nigel’s fate was out of his hands.

I’m sad to see him go but I do wish the new gaffer all the best and hopefully the team can build on what has been a great month or so for Saints. We don’t play until Monday and it’s a tough baptism for Pochettino against a solid Everton side.

Anything can happen in a manager’s first game and it wouldn’t surprise me whatever the result. However, we know how to find the net and backing both teams to score looks a banker.

Tomorrow’s action will hopefully all go ahead. Liverpool kick off at Norwich and I can’t resist having a few quid on Luis Suarez to make it three hat-tricks in a row versus the Canaries. The controversial Uruguayan is as short as 6/1 in places, so it’s definitely worth getting a bit of BetVictor’s 20/1.

I can’t see Man City having any problems against a Fulham side that have won just two of their last ten. West Ham v QPR is an interesting little encounter but a draw would probably suit both sides and you can generally get 5/2 on that outcome.

I learned from the Sky Sports stats team that six of the last 13 league games between West Brom and Aston Villa have all been draws but the sevens wins have all been by a 2-1 scoreline. That looks spot on again and BetVictor are again best-priced at 17/2 on a 2-1 home win.

It really is another Super Sunday and there’s a massive game at the Bridge between Chelsea and Arsenal. Both the Blues and the Gunners have been misfiring of late, but you’ll be interested to know that Arsene Wenger’s team have the best record of any side in Premier League history in west London with seven wins.

I’m not sure I have the confidence to tip up an away win but Rafa’s men are struggling at home and the opposition to the Spaniard will be heard from the terraces. Take Arsenal in the double chance market at 19/20 with Coral.

Robin van Persie is making his £24 million price tag look like an absolute steal and bookies must be running for cover every time he steps on the pitch. I tipped him to score last week versus Liverpool and now wish I’d tipped him up to score first!

The visit to Spurs won’t be easy for Man United but they haven’t lost in their last eleven games at White Hart Lane and it’s so rare to see Sir Alex Ferguson’s men as big as 6/4 for any game.

Tottenham have only lost one of their last ten league outings but the Red Devils will be gunning for revenge after losing 3-2 at Old Trafford to Andre Villas-Boas’ side earlier this season.

I’m going to take that 6/4 with Bet365 and, if we have a profitable Saturday, you can get 4/1 at Ladbrokes on the Flying Dutchman opening the scoring again.