Wolves vs Spurs
Making sense of Wolves’ progress this season is no easy task. Gary O’Neil’s side have got the better of Man City – only to get turned over by Sheffield United a few weeks later.
The temptation is to assume Tottenham can make short work of the Wanderers. But maybe it’s more complicated than that, partly because Wolves can clearly impress on their day – and might feel fired up for this, following that defeat to the Blades last time out.
As for Spurs, the north London team have their own reasons to put in a committed performance. Tottenham looked to be in control early on against Chelsea on Monday night.
But with Ange Postecoglou’s quixotic refusal to adapt to circumstance when his side had two men sent off, Chelsea eventually ended Tottenham’s unbeaten record with a 4-1 win.
Each team comes into this one looking to shake off defeat, then. But while Tottenham’s swashbuckling spirit is unlikely to be dimmed, the side are weakened; they’ll definitely be without the suspended Cristian Romero and Destiny Udogie. James Maddison misses out too, having sustained an injury against Chelsea that will see him out until the new year.
With Wolves holding the likes of Newcastle and Aston Villa to draws at Molineux in recent weeks, this could be a tricky one for the visitors. It depends which Wolves turn up, of course.
It could be worth backing Hee-Chan Hwang to score for the hosts, though. Hwang has six league goals already in this campaign, and has scored in each of his last five home games. He’s 47/20 to find the net in this lunchtime kick-off.
Arsenal vs Burnley
The Gunners put their Newcastle defeat behind them with a straightforward win over Sevilla in the Champions League. This should be another occasion when Arsenal aren’t overly taxed; Vincent Kompany’s side have lost nine of their 11 league games to date.
The Clarets have one goal from their last four games in all competitions; Arsenal have kept clean sheets in their last three home games across all comps, too. Combine Arsenal to win, BTTS NO and under 3.5 goals for a 29/20 return. All five of Burnley’s away games this season have seen three or fewer goals scored.
Crystal Palace vs Everton
Palace won against Premier League patsies Burnley last time out; can the Eagles maintain a bit of momentum against an Everton side that held Brighton to a draw last week?
With each of these sides more comfortable letting the other side enjoy possession, whatever happens this one doesn’t have the hallmarks of a goalfest.
Palace have kept five clean sheets already this season, but have scored only four goals at home – the lowest amount of any Prem team.
Everton aren’t renowned for being prolific either, even if in their last eight league games they’ve found the net 11 times, which isn’t a disaster.
Still, Roy Hodgson’s side may well dampen the visitor’s newfound desire for goals this week; under 1.5 goals is a 2/1 shot that’s paid off in four of Everton’s league games to date, and five of Palace’s. It’s not a stretch to see these two sides combining for another low-scoring spectacle.
Man Utd vs Luton
United’s continued woes under Erik ten Hag saw the side lose to 4-3 to Copenhagen in the Champions League on Wednesday – that’s three defeats in their last four in all comps.
The Dutch manager may be entering his endgame at Old Trafford – but surely Luton won’t be the team to see Erik ejected? Despite their current problems, Man Utd have won three of their last four league games, and I’d assume they can still see off the Hatters.
That said, maybe the visitors can at least provide the hosts with a scare. Luton have found the net in six of their last seven matches in the Prem. They also held Liverpool to a draw last weekend. BTTS Yes at 17/20 seems a decent shout.
You could also take a chance on Luton to score over 0.5 goals in the first half at 2/1, in the half time market. United have conceded in the first half against the likes of Sheffield United, Brentford, Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest already this season.
Bournemouth vs Newcastle
When Newcastle lost against Dortmund in the Champions League earlier this week, they also saw Callum Wilson pick up an injury that may rule the striker out of Saturday’s visit to the south coast.
That’s bad news for Eddie Howe, who’s side is already stretched, with Bruno Guimaraes suspended and the likes of Alexander Isak and Jacob Murphy still injured.
Have Bournemouth shown signs that they can take advantage of any vulnerability in the visitors? Not especially; Andoni Iraola’s only league win to date has come against a struggling Burnley side.
And it’s tough to make the case for the hosts, because even a weakened Newcastle have shown they can generally get over the line.
Maybe backing Anthony Gordon to deliver for the Magpies is the way to go; he’s scored three times in his last five league games, including the winner against Arsenal last week. Gordon is 33/10 to find the net on Saturday.
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