The Premier League returns after the international break with Manchester City looking to get back to winning ways against Everton, Tottenham Hotspur looking to keep the pressure on at the top, Arsenal expected to be comfortable winners over Swansea City and the biggest game coming on Monday night when Liverpool host Manchester United.
Here are this week’s Premiership Tips:
Chelsea vs Leicester City
Each of the last two Premier League champions meet at Stamford Bridge in Saturday’s lunchtime kick off as Chelsea look to close in on the top four against slow-starting Leicester City. The defending champions have taken only eight points from their first seven games this season, conceding 11 goals in the process.
Antonio Conte switched to a back three for the second half in their 3-0 defeat at Arsenal, in which they conceded no goals. He then used this formation in beating Hull City 2-0 before the break so don’t be surprised if we see John Terry, Gary Cahill and David Luiz as the defensive partnership this weekend. The midfield four has looked pretty defensive which looks to be the formula going forward for the Blues.
Diego Costa has scored six goals in his seven Premier League matches this season, Eden Hazard is always capable of being a match winner on the left and we could see Pedro in on the right with Willian missing for personal reasons. This front three certainly has the ability to break down a Leicester defence that has looked vulnerable all season. Home win.
Best bet: Chelsea to win is 1.59 with Betfair
West Brom vs Tottenham Hotspur
Tottenham showed their ability before the international break when they were deserved 2-0 winners over Manchester City, closing the gap on the league leaders to one point. If Spurs want to be taken as serious title contenders then they will need to be taking three points from the likes of West Brom this weekend.
Tony Pulis’ side may be midtable but have drawn 1-1 with both Stoke City and Sunderland in their last two games – two of the current bottom three. Tottenham have the players in Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Heung-min Son to unlock the defence.
The home side have been very good at set pieces this season which is something that Hugo Lloris and co will certainly need to be aware of but I feel Tottenham can outscore the Baggies at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Best bet: Tottenham to win is 1.72 with Betfair
Liverpool vs Manchester United
The big game on Monday night comes from Anfield when Liverpool and Manchester United renew their rivals. For once, it’s the Merseyside club who look more like Premier League title contenders whilst United are on the outside looking in at the top four.
Jose Mourinho had an excellent league record versus Liverpool during his time in charge of Chelsea, most-notably costing them the Premier League title in 2013-14. This time though his United defence looks vulnerable and the Liverpool attack looks immense.
Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho have taken most teams to the sword this season, whilst Adam Lallana as been excellent supporting them from his central midfield role. Liverpool’s defence has been a weak point but when they dominate possession and territory it’s not always a problem. On top of that, you can expect United to name a defensive-minded team for their trip to Anfield. I think Liverpool have the manager and players to pick up three points on Monday.
Best bet: Liverpool to win is 2.22 with Betfair