Due to the fact that I am away this week, I have had to prepare this article a little in advance of when I usually do, which is why my usual review of the previous weeks action is not available this week. However, that said, I am still going to bring you the most important part of the article, which is my tips for the weekend’s games in the Premier League.
This weekend is the first in November and is the penultimate round of fixtures before the final international break of the season. Top games taking place this weekend include Arsenal facing Wolves at the Emirates, Aston Villa hosting Liverpool, Manchester City facing Southampton, Manchester United facing a tricky trip to Bournemouth and lastly the big game on Sunday between Everton and Tottenham at Goodison Park.
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Let’s now give you our quick preview of the games this weekend with our tips on who we think will win. Although not available at the time of writing, the odds for these games will be available at bet365 Sport by the time you read this. All kick off times are 3pm Saturday 2nd November unless stated otherwise.
Premier League Matchday 11
- Bournemouth v Manchester United (12.30)
Bournemouth have had a somewhat up and down start to the season, playing very well in some gams, poorly in others, United’s best form has come at Old Trafford but even that has been unconvincing. A number of key players returning from injury over the last few weeks will help them out, but I think this is a tough place to go and get a result. Bournemouth will be dangerous here and I can’t see the home side losing, but I do feel United will hang on for a draw.
- Arsenal v Wolves
I think this has the potential to be the game of the day in the Premier League. Arsenal have been one of the more consistent performers in the Premier League this season without ever really setting the division alight with their performances, while Wolves have bounced back well after a slow start to the season saw them in the relegation zone for a while. I fancy Wolves to be very slick on the counter here and I can see them picking up a point. I think this has the look of a 1-1 draw.
- Aston Villa v Liverpool
There are no easy away games in the Premier League and Liverpool will know that this trip to Aston Villa won’t be easy. The Villains form has improved a little since the very start of the season but they still look a little shot shy and only really racked up plenty of goals in that big win away to Norwich. Liverpool should come into this game in good form and with real confidence and as such, I think it will be the Red celebrating at the final whistle, Back Liverpool to take the points.
- Brighton v Norwich City
Both of these teams will view this game as a very winnable match but I think Norwich’s situation is going to be more desperate than Brighton’s. At the time of writing Norwich have struggled away from home and while Brighton have been inconsistent, they have at least picked up the occasional win and draw now and then. Norwich’s defence worries me and I think that will be their undoing here as I am tipping Brighton for the win.
- Manchester City v Southampton
Manchester City will know that they not only have a run of relatively tough games coming up, but also the hectic Christmas period, a time when last season they lost twice on the trot. As such, Pep Guardiola will know the importance of picking up points in the weeks leading up to the Christmas period to keep up the pressure on Liverpool. Southampton’s form is very erratic and I think they are going to struggle to keep City in check at the Etihad. Back Man City to win this one by several goals.
- Sheffield United v Burnley
Yorkshire faces Lancashire in what should be a passionate clash at Bramhall Lane. Both these teams may be more pragmatic than the top sides, but they are both very effective at playing that way and deserve much credit for their starts this season. I think Burnley’s experience here though will be key and I think they are well set up to pick up a result here. I don’t think there will be many goals, one may be enough to win the game, but I am backing Burnley to score it to clinch the win.
- West Ham v Newcastle United
There’s no doubt that West Ham have enjoyed the better start to the season of the two teams, but theer are signs I feel that Newcastle under Steve Bruce are starting to turn things around. My worry for Newcastle though is the number of goals that they score, they score so few that they often need to keep a clean sheet to stand a chance in any game and away to West Ham, that is a big ask especially against a West Ham team with plenty of talent in the forward line. I can see this being a long day for Newcastle as I am backing West Ham to land the victory.
- Watford v Chelsea (5.30)
Watford have inflicted some painful defeats on Chelsea at home over the last few years, but I think they are going to be hard-pushed to match those performances this time around. While the Hornets have struggled this season, I’ve been really impressed with Chelsea since their opening day loss to Man Utd. Frank Lampard’s youngsters are really growing into things nicely and I expect them to put in a performance here. I think Chelsea will win this one without too much trouble.
- Crystal Palace v Leicester (2pm Sun)
Both of these teams will be relatively pleased with their starts to the season and both have players that can prove to be matchwinners on their day. For Palace that is the likes of Wilf Zaha and Andros Townsend, while Leicester can call on the likes of Youri Tielemans, Jamie Vardy and James Maddison. I can see both these teams enjoying better seasons this time around and this I think will be a tough game for both, but my money is just about on Leicester coming away with the three points.
- Everton v Tottenham (4.30pm Sun)
There’s no doubt that both these teams have underachieved massively when you view their starts to the season in context and there is pressure on both managers to turn things around. This is more acute at Everton where their form since spending a lot of money in the pre-season has been very poor. Spurs problems have come on the road and Goodison Park is a tough place to go, and against a side in form, I’d be wary here, but Spurs won handsomely here last season and if they get things together, I expect Spurs to earn the win again this year.