Aston Villa vs Fulham
Villa’s unbeaten stretch came to a slightly unexpected halt against Forest last week, Unai Emery’s side getting turned over 2-0.
But the Villans have been outstanding at Villa Park, scoring a total of 20 goals across their five home wins so far in this campaign.
Fulham, by contrast, are fair to middling. The Cottagers’ three wins have come against Everton, Luton and Sheffield United, and Marco Silva’s boys may struggle to test the hosts. Still, there’s not much juice in backing Villa at odds-on; maybe banking on more goals is the way to go. Over 3.5 is a 9/5 shot.
Brighton vs Sheffield United
The Seagulls beat Ajax in Amsterdam in the Europa League on Thursday, but should still have enough in reserve to see off Sheffield United – even if the Blades have been buoyed by their recent win over Wolves.
That result gave Paul Heckingbottom his first Prem win of the campaign, though it’s not enough to lift the team from the foot of the table.
Brighton probably take three points here – but they have gone five league games without a W, so the odds-on price for the home win is not appealing.
The Blades have scored in three of their five away games in the Prem, while Brighton have conceded in every league game this season. BTTS at 17/20 is worth a look; for Brighton, Evan Ferguson to score at Evens is tempting, with the 19-year-old surely capable of flourishing against a team that shipped eight goals against Newcastle earlier this season.
Liverpool vs Brentford
It’s been a frustrating week for Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool just about managing to scrape a draw against Luton before losing to Tolouse in the Europa League on Thursday.
The Merseyside team remain heavy favs to beat Brentford though; hardly a shocker given their ongoing excellent record at Anfield. And in their last two visits, the Bees have failed to find the net, too. Combine Liverpool to win and BTTS No at 31/20.
West Ham vs Nottingham Forest
West Ham romped to victory 4-0 in this fixture back in February. But the Irons have lost some of their mettle in the Prem of late; they take on Forest having lost their last three matches, and having mustered a single win in seven league games.
Forest are hardly a side known for landing results on the road; but Steve Cooper’s team are wily enough to take advantage of another side’s failings.
Forest’s sole away win this season so far has come against a Chelsea side still figuring out the way forward; and with West Ham currently struggling, this could be a decent chance for Cooper’s men to steal a point. Or more? Possibly; Forest or the Draw in the double chance market is an evens shot.
Chelsea vs Man City
Chelsea played their part in one of the most entertaining games of the season on Monday, eventually finishing 4-1 winners against a Spurs side reduced to nine men.
The Blues are generally looking surer of themselves. But even with morale and results improving, there’s still a nervy feeling that at any given moment, it could all go wrong for Pochettino’s side.
Chelsea conceded after six minutes against Spurs last time out; the West London side also lost 2-0 to Brentford at Stamford Bridge a few weeks ago.
At the same time, the side have shown a happy knack for repelling the Prem’s more dangerous sides, holding both Liverpool and Arsenal to draws at the Bridge.
So could City be in for a challenging afternoon on Sunday? Pep’s side are clearly the better team, but they’ve also shown flaws, losing to Wolves and Arsenal in back-to-back weeks.
That said, history suggests City get the job done, with the visitors winning this fixture in each of the last three seasons. In fact, each of the last four league meetings between these sides have ended with City winning 1-0.
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