As the battle at both the top and bottom of the Premier League continues to heat up, here at Betting Sites we preview the next round of fixtures, providing odds courtesy of one of our leading betting partners, Bet365.
The weekend gets underway in South Wales on Friday evening where two of last season’s promoted teams meet at the Cardiff City Stadium. However, this serves only as a starter for a mouth-watering weekend of football that includes a Merseyside derby and two more derbies in West and North London.
With odds provided by one of the nation’s favourite online betting sites, below is our in-depth preview of the all of Saturday’s games (kick-off 3pm unless stated).
Crystal Palace vs Burnley
Two of the division’s most out-of-form sides meet at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace and Burnley get set to play out a massive game at the bottom of the Premier League table. The pair share the same woeful record after 13 games of just two wins and nine points and the losers may well find themselves in the bottom three after this meeting.
For Crystal Palace it’s now eight league games without a win and the Eagles have failed to find the net in any of the last five games. At home it’s even worse, Palace have only found the back of the net at Selhurst Park twice this season, both from the penalty spot.
The visit of Burnley could offer a timely boost for Hodgson’s faltering side. Sean Dyche’s team are on their own six-match winless run and have conceded at least four times on each of their last three visits to the capital.
The home side won this game last season by one goal to nil, few would bet against a similar scoreline this weekend.
Palace - 4/7
Draw - 3/1
Huddersfield Town vs Brighton & Hove Albion
Huddersfield are one of the league’s form teams ahead of the visit of Brighton. David Wagner’s side have picked up seven points from a possible nine, including wins against both Wolves and Fulham. Despite remaining the bookies’ favourites to be relegated, the home side will have plenty of supporters for the visit of Brighton on Saturday.
Despite a promising start to the season, Brighton’s form has dipped of late. The Seagulls have failed to win any of their last three games, picking up one point. Away form has been a major problem for Chris Hughton’s side. Despite sitting in a modest 12th position, Brighton have won just one of their last 20 away games (D5, L14).
Six of the last ten meetings between these pair have ended in a draw, expect this to again be a tight affair.
Huddersfield - 29/20
Draw - 2/1
Brighton - 5/2
Leicester City vs Watford
Leicester City have not won at the King Power Stadium since beating Huddersfield back in September, however their recent home record against Watford is excellent. Winning this fixture on each of the last four occasions, the Foxes will hope to consolidate their place in the top ten.
Talisman, Jamie Vardy, should return to the home side’s starting line-up after his goal scoring appearance from the bench last week was followed by a successful run-out in the League Cup shoot-out win over Southampton.
Watford got off to their best ever start to a Premier League season but have gone off the boil recently. The Hornets won their first four games but have claimed maximum points in just two of their subsequent nine games, losing five.
With just two wins in 18 on the road, don’t expect Watford to get too much out of this meeting.
Leicester - 13/10
Draw - 23/10
Watford - 5/2
Manchester City vs Bournemouth
After a record-breaking season last term, Manchester City have somehow gone up yet another level so far this term. Guardiola’s unbeaten league leaders have amassed 35 points from a possible 39 so far, firing in 40 goals in 13 games.
Kevin de Bruyne and Benjamin Mendy remain side-lined whilst Bernardo Silva, Gabriel Jesus and Ilkay Gundogan are fitness doubts. Even with these five players absent City’s starting eleven will be formidable for the visit of Bournemouth. Sergio Aguero (8), Raheem Sterling (7), Leroy Sane and David Silva (both 5) have all been in excellent goal-scoring form in the Premier League this season and will all be pushing to start.
Bournemouth have an awful recent record against Manchester City, losing all six Premier League meetings between the pair, scoring just twice and conceding 21. They now travel to a City side in red-hot form. The reigning Premier League champions are unbeaten in 19 league games (W16, D3) and have leaked just 9 goals during that run.
Eddie Howe’s only hope will be that City suffer a post-Champions League hangover but, their previous four Champions League games have been followed by wins against Cardiff City, Spurs and Manchester United as well as a credible draw against Liverpool.
Man City - 1/9
Draw - 10/1
Bournemouth - 25/1
Newcastle United vs West Ham United
Newcastle United’s relegation worries have been eased after a superb run of three successive Premier League wins. Rafa Benitez’s side were tipped by many to become embroiled in a relegation scrap after earning just two points from their first 9 games. However, ten points from their next four has lifted the Magpies above West Ham United into 13th.
West Ham’s form so far this season has been consistently inconsistent and the visitors will be looking to bounce back from their 4-0 thrashing at home to Manchester City last weekend. Given the imperious form of Manchester City, their upcoming game with Newcastle will offer a better insight into how West Ham United will fare this season.
The Hammers have won just one of their last 14 visits to St James Park and will start as slight underdogs again on Saturday.
Newcastle - 6/4
Draw - 12/5
West Ham - 2/1
Southampton vs Manchester United (17:30pm)
Southampton and Manchester United meet at St Mary’s in Saturday’s late kick-off and both sides find themselves under immense pressure. The Saints start the week in the drop zone and were dumped out of the League Cup in midweek.
With just three wins in 21 since taking charge, Saints manager, Mark Hughes, is very much in last-chance saloon. The former Manchester United forward could face the sack if Saturday’s game against his former club goes badly. Hughes is the bookies’ favourite to be the next Premier League manager to leave his post.
Life at Old Trafford is not much better for his Manchester United counterpart. Jose Mourinho has overseen Manchester United’s worst ever start to a Premier League season and by the time they kick off at St Mary’s they could find themselves 17 points off the early pace set by cross-city rivals, Manchester City.
Southampton - 10/3
Draw - 9/2
Man United - 19/20
To place a bet on any of the weekend’s Premier League fixtures simply sign up to Bet365 via Betting Sites today and earn a welcome bonus of £100.