Crystal Palace vs Fulham
Roy Hodgson looks to shake off last week’s late capitulation to Villa as he welcomes Fulham to Selhurst Park for this lunchtime kick-off. In theory the Cottagers probably sound like fairly forgiving opposition, but this team beat Palace 3-0 on Boxing Day last season.
That was in a match where two Palace players were reduced to nine men by the 57th minute. But Fulham did also hold Palace to a goalless draw here in 2021.
Still, the hosts have made their home ground a very tricky place to land a win since Roy returned to the hotseat; in Palace’s last seven home games, only Arsenal have won here.
Odsonne Edouard could be the man to find the net for the hosts; the Frenchman has three goals in his last two appearances, and five in all comps this season. Back Edouard to score at 17/10.
Luton Town vs Wolves
Rob Edwards is now the only manager in this current Premier League season yet to earn a point. Can he shed that unwanted record as his Luton side host a Wolves team that have lost four of their five games in this campaign?
Wolves are favourites to take the win. But with neither of these teams accustomed to victory right now, could both sides end up settling for a point?
That would be a new experience for Wolves boss Gary O’Neil, as it goes; in the 21 previous Premier League games he’s managed, he is yet to oversee a draw.
Perhaps taking a chance on Hee-Chan Hwang to find the net for the visitors is the way to go here. He’s scored three already this season, including the opener against Liverpool last week. The South Korean is 6/1 to score first again this week.
Man City vs Nottingham Forest
Forest have a healthy seven points from their first five games. Now Steve Cooper’s side head to the Etihad to face a City side that beat them 6-0 last season.
Can the Tricky Trees make the Manchester side work a bit harder this time? Guardiola’s team have won their five league games to date without even looking like they’ve fully caught fire yet.
Even so, in City’s last Prem home game they stuck five past Fulham. A dispiriting afternoon for the visitors seems a strong possibility; over 3.5 goals is an Evens shot that has paid off in City’s last three games in all competitions.
Brentford vs Everton
This one looks like a home win all day, even if Everton did hold Brentford to a draw in this fixture last season.
The Bees are yet to win at home in this campaign, too – but Everton are experiencing their joint-worst start to a Premier League season, having lost four of their five league games.
In their two away games so far this season, the Toffees have conceded six goals. It will be a shock if Thomas Frank’s men don’t get the job done here; Brentford to win and under 3.5 goals in a double at 11/8 looks like it could be the way to go.
Burnley vs Man Utd
Vincent Kompany earned his first point of the campaign as his Burnley held Forest to a 1-1 draw last time out. Now the Clarets entertain a Man Utd side that have come under plenty of scrutiny in recent weeks.
With the midweek defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, United have now slipped to three losses on the bounce in all competitions.
With Burnley having struggled to assert themselves since promotion, this looks like a great opportunity for United to silence the critics – or else give them a whole lot more to grumble about.
On balance though, the visitors should be able to overcome this opposition. Man United to win and under 3.5 goals could get the job done at 8/5.
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