Chelsea will be looking to extend their lead further at the top of the Premier League table when they kick the weekend’s action off at home to Arsenal.
Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United are all anticipating comfortable victories, whilst Liverpool face a potentially tricky tie at Hull.
Here are this week’s Premiership Tips:
Chelsea vs Arsenal
Antonio Conte has a full strength squad available to him for this weekend’s London derby whilst Arsene Wenger has serious issues in protecting his back four.
The Arsenal defence has looked vulnerable against top teams this season and will be without Santi Cazorla, Mohamed Elneny and Granit Xhaka in front of the back four this weekend. We could see Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a central role on Saturday as he played versus Southampton this week but I am unconvinced by his defensive capabilities.
Chelsea have Arsenal’s number and the likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa can certainly open up this defence. I am surprised the odds on a home win are so high.
Best bet: Chelsea to win is 2.02 with Betfair
Southampton vs West Ham
Southampton are on a woeful run at the moment and were hammered 5-0 by Arsenal in the FA Cup last time out. They recently sold Jose Fonte to West Ham and their other first choice centre-back, Virgil van Dijk, is sidelined. West Ham should be capable of penetrating the Saints’ defence.
The Hammers haven’t been able to match last season’s performance but Slaven Bilic is certainly capable of tactically out-mastering Claude Puel in this one with the lack of defence available to the French manager.
Dimitri Payet or not, West Ham should be able to score enough goals to avoid defeat and even win at St Mary’s on Saturday.
Best bet: Lay Southampton at 1.86 with Betfair
Leicester City vs Manchester United
The champions are on a woeful run at the moment, still without a Premier League goal in 2017. Visitors Manchester United will be looking to put pressure on the top four when they travel to the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
United have already beaten Leicester in both the Charity Shield and Premier League this season – the latter being a 4-1 thrashing at Old Trafford with all four of Jose Mourinho’s side’s goals coming in the first half.
If anything, the Red Devils have only improved since then and I see great value on them this weekend in a comfortable victory.