Last weekend’s Premier League fixtures threw up some real surprises, with neither of last season’s top 4, Chelsea, Manchester United, Arsenal or Tottenham producing a win between them. This weekend fixture list, after European competition midweek doesn’t give us a whole host of favourable match ups but I will do my best to pick some winners for you.
West Ham to draw with Fulham 23/10
In what is a tough weekend of Premier League action to predict, taking the bid odds and outsiders may be the safest choice. Or just walk away from Premier League betting this weekend! If you insist on betting, Mark Hughes’ Fulham have drawn 5 of their 6 league matches, including all 3 away from home. Their 1 victory came in stoppage time against Wolves. Meanwhile, West Ham have picked up recently, with a draw at Stoke followed up by a surprise victory over Tottenham last weekend. While they will be doing their best to pick up another 3 points this weekend, Fulham will play to stop that from happening. They have a couple of match winners themselves, but with their drawing record this season, and having drawn this fixture last season, that seems to be the safest bet for this fixture.
Manchester City to beat Newcastle 4/9
Manchester City are a bit unpredictable. And certainly becoming frustrating after I had them to win on Thursday night against Juventus. Despite the possession, they didn’t cause much threat to Alex Manninger’s goal. That has been the tail of Manchester City’s season, as they haven’t garnished a whole host of shots against many teams so far. A few players could be rested for this game. Carlos Tevez comes to mind. That would be a shame, because he is a player who would enjoy success against this defence that isn’t great at dealing with opponents running at them. Newcastle can defend the aerial threat admirably (unless the ball is heading in the direction of James Perch), but Tevez, Emmanuel Adebayor, Adam Johnson, David Silva and Yaya Toure are just a few to mention who have the dribbling ability to hurt this Newcastle side. Kolo Toure and Vincent Kompany are looking like a good partnership at the back this season but will have to be aware of the aerial threat Andy Carroll possess and the movement of Kevin Nolan. Otherwise, Manchester City will be fine picking up 3 points.
Chelsea to beat Arsenal 3/4
Carlo Ancelotti had Arsene Wenger’s number with two comprehensive victories over Arsenal last season. A 3-0 victory at the Emirates Stadium was followed up with a 2-0 victory at the Bridge. Already 4 points above their London neighbours, Chelsea will hand Arsenal a big blow in their title challenge with a victory on Sunday. The Gunners are coming back from a trip to Belgrade midweek and aren’t always at their best after European away days. Arsenal head into this match off the back of a home defeat in the Premier League by West Brom, and without Cesc Fabregas, Robin van Persie and Thomas Vermaelen once again. Three key players. Chelsea come back from their own midweek game in the Champions League, but are in much better shape, especially with their form so far this season. They have a few concerns in midfield with Frank Lampard, Salomon Kalou and Yossi Benayoun all missing. But in their midfield they still have the free-scoring Florent Malouda and the physical pairing of Michael Essien and John Obi Mikel. Goalscoring wise, Didier Drogba has a great record against the Gunners, Nicolas Anelka would enjoy scoring against a former team and need I mention Malouda again? Drogba versus Almunia; who are you backing?