Premier League odds, news and free bets: Sat 3 November

After a breathless round of Capital One Cup fixtures during the week, we return to the bread and butter of the Premier League and there’s a humdinger of a match taking place at Old Trafford on Saturday lunchtime when Manchester United host Arsenal

You can click here to read that particular preview and there are six other Premier League games taking place on Saturday, with Chelsea travelling to Swansea with 120 minutes in their legs after that extra-time win over United, while Manchester City also have a testing game against West Ham at Upton Park.

Fulham v Everton 15:00
The Premier League table suggests there is little between these teams and they look well-matched on paper, so it’s something of a surprise that the bookies aren’t making Fulham the favourites to win on Saturday considering they are the home team.

The Cottagers have been pretty stout at home this season and their three victories against Norwich, West Brom and Aston Villa were all achieved without conceding, while Manchester City just about got the three points after Fulham had taken the lead.

Even so, Fulham are priced at 9/5 (BetVictor free bets) to beat the Toffees and this looks simply too big considering Everton have won just two of their five away games, with those early season victories at Swansea and Aston Villa fading from memory as David Moyes’ team struggle to get points on the road.

The visitors’ defence will have to contend with Dimitar Berbatov who isn’t a specialist at tracking back although capable of producing moments of class such as his goal at the Madejski Stadium which looked to have given his team all three points. The Bulgarian is 6/1 with William Hill to score the first goal of the game.

Everton are 17/10 (Betfred bookmaker) to seal their third away win of the campaign and they will have Steven Pienaar back from suspension, while Marouane Fellaini demonstrated his importance during the Merseyside derby and is even more vital for tricky away games such as this one.

Norwich City v Stoke City
The worm has turned for Norwich in the past few matches, with the Canaries building up a head of steam after victories against Arsenal and Tottenham sandwiched a valuable point at Villa Park. Victory over the Potters on Saturday will see Chris Hughton’s team inching towards mid-table.

The bookies make the home side very slight favourites at 17/10 (BetVictor free bets) to win this contest and Norwich look a good deal stronger at Carrow Road since that 5-2 reverse at home to Liverpool, with the manager able to restore several rested players to the first team.

That includes Grant Holt and Alexander Tettey, with the latter starting to look like a shrewd signing from Rennes in the summer and the two players combined for the winner against the Gunners, with the former available at 6/1 to score first in this game.

Not that Stoke City are an easy team to beat, having gained draws away to Liverpool, Reading and Wigan, while there was no disgrace losing matches at Chelsea and Manchester United. Defensively, Tony Pulis’ team are one of the best in the division and odds of 7/4 (bet365) are on offer that the Potters claim their first away victory of the season.

Perhaps a draw is the most probable outcome between these two teams considering both look pretty solid at the moment and neither will be too disappointed with a point which keeps them on course for survival in the Premier League. Michael Owen has been restricted to cameo appearances so far although the striker is 9/4 to score at any time in this game, while Charlie Adam looks overpriced at 11/2.

Sunderland v Aston Villa 15:00
It’s been over two years since Martin O’Neill abruptly left Villa Park at the start of the season and the Midlands team have had plenty of managers since then, with Gerard Houllier and Alex McLeish among those who have tried to revive the fortunes of Aston Villa.

Now Paul Lambert is in charge and the Scot has so far struggled to achieve results on the pitch, with the Villans sitting just above the relegation zone going into a tricky match at the Stadium of Light, although they will hope to take advantage of a Sunderland team struggling to score goals at the moment.

The visitors are a massive 3/1 (Paddy Power free bets) to claim a precious three points and they were just about value for a 3-2 win at Swindon on Tuesday night, thus avoiding a banana skin in the Capital One Cup and giving them hope that they could win some silverware this season.

Lambert fielded a strong team for that match and Christian Benteke found the net twice as the Belgian continues to be the preferred option in attack at the expense of Darren Bent who only managed ten minutes at the County Ground.

Benteke might relish playing against this Sunderland defence and he’s 8/1 with Sportingbet to score the first goal against a Black Cats team that were knocked out of the League Cup by Middlesbrough and have now scored just one goal in the last four matches.

O’Neill will hope to see his team create more chances on Saturday and you can get 11/10 about a home win, with James McClean potentially coming into the team at the expense of Louis Saha. The fact remains that Steven Fletcher is the only Sunderland player to score in the Premier League this season and we’re into November.

Swansea v Chelsea 15:00
After 120 minutes of football on Wednesday night, Chelsea finally managed to win through in the Capital One Cup against Manchester United, although Roberto Di Matteo must now assess his squad for signs of fatigue after coming from behind three times to beat the Red Devils in injury-time.

The Blues were dealt their first Premier League defeat last Sunday against the Red Devils, although they are a 4/5 chance (BetVictor free bets) to win at the Liberty Stadium and will be able to welcome back Branislav Ivanovic and Fernando Torres, both of whom were dismissed last weekend.

Much has been made of the Torres red card and the Spaniard is 5/1 (Blue Square) to hit the headlines for the right reasons by scoring first in this game, although Oscar looks an exciting bet at twice the price considering the Brazilian has a powerful shot which has seen him find the net several times this season.

Di Matteo will hope that the Chelsea defence gets a lot tighter after conceding six goals to Manchester United in the past week and a Blues win to nil could be the ticket as the visitors look to stop Swansea playing their attractive brand of football.

The Swans have started reasonably well for Michael Laudrup and Wednesday’s 3-1 win at Anfield was richly deserved against a Liverpool team that included over £50 million of talent in the midfield including former player Joe Allen.

The Welsh side were desperately close to beating Chelsea in this fixture last season and 4/1 (bet365) is available about a home win in this game, with Swansea unlikely to face Juan Mata from the off who played 120 minutes of football on Wednesday night.

Tottenham Hotspur v Wigan Athletic
It might have been three seasons ago, although this fixture conjures memories of that 9-1 win for Tottenham where they scored eight second-half goals against the Latics after going into the interval with a slender 1-0 advantage.

Unsurprisingly, Spurs are no bigger than 1/2 (BetVictor bookmaker) to come away from this match with three points and it would continue a solid start to a Premier League campaign which has already featured a 3-2 win at Old Trafford.

That man Jermain Defoe scored five of Tottenham’s nine goals during that thrashing in 2009 and he remains the preferred option in attack for the north London side, especially with Emmanuel Adebayor struggling with injury during this early months of the season. The England forward is 15/4 (bet365) to score the first of this game.

As for Wigan, they played 120 minutes of football on Tuesday night and couldn’t find a way past Bradford City before the League Two team knocked them out on penalties. It was a frustrating night for Roberto Martinez although he can restore several players to the first-team for this match and the Latics are 13/2 (Blue Square free bets) to claim victory.

It’s hard to completely trust Spurs at home this season having been held by Norwich and West Brom during the early weeks of the season, while Andre Villas-Boas’ team don’t exactly keep many clean sheets and Wednesday’s 2-1 defeat at Carrow Road was a case in hand.

Even so, Gareth Bale is a simply formidable player who continues to score goals at a rate of knots and the Welshman is a 6/1 chance to score first in this game, with Bale proving against Southampton that he’s a threat in the air as well as on the ground.

West Ham v Manchester City 17:30
After a reasonably easy opening set of fixtures, West Ham have a stern test against a Manchester City team who will be looking to gather some momentum going into next Tuesday’s must-win game against Ajax.

In reality, the Citizens are unlikely to make progress in the Champions League for the second season running and Roberto Mancini certainly won’t be resting players for Saturday night’s trip to Upton Park as the visitors look to keep pace with Manchester United and Chelsea at the top of the table.

Blue Square offer 8/11 about an away win and City have not lost on the road this season despite a tough string of road matches against Stoke, West Brom, Fulham and Liverpool. Late winners have been scored at Craven Cottage and The Hawthorns and another 2-1 win in this game can be backed at 8/1 (Stan James).

However, it won’t be easy against a West Ham side that have 14 points on the board from their first nine matches and Sam Allardyce will be looking for a response after an insipid display at Wigan last Saturday where his team simply weren’t at the races.

You can back the Hammers at 17/4 to inflict a first Premier League defeat of the season on a City side that have fallen behind three times on the road this season before coming back although they will have their work cut out trying to stop Andy Carroll.

The striker will surely find the net for his on-loan club before long and bet365 offer a tempting 8/1 that he gets the better of international team-mates Joleon Lescott and Joe Hart to put West Ham into the lead.

As always, Carlos Tevez will get a rapturous reception from the West Ham faithful who won’t forget his brilliant cameo for the club to stave off relegation a few seasons ago.


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