Saturday 9th November sees five Premier League fixtures, with Liverpool and Chelsea aiming to reduce Arsenal’s lead at the top to just two points.
Both Chelsea and Liverpool suffered league defeats last weekend, but now they have the chance to pile on the pressure as the Gunners have a tricky encounter with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday, and the Reds and Blues are favourites to win their respective games.
Cardiff City travel to Villa Park, still elated from their Premier League defeat of Welsh neighbours Swansea on Sunday, and Chelsea line up against Steve Clarke’s West Bromwich Albion.
Crystal Palace still seek a new manager when they play host to Everton at home, while Liverpool look a solid bet against Fulham at Anfield. Southampton look to be a similar proposition against Hull, however the latter are proving to be tough opponents this season.
Aston Villa v Cardiff City
Villa are evens with William Hill to take all three points from this encounter, however the home team have lost four out of five games at Villa Park so far this term.
Lambert’s side only succeeded against Man City, with Newcastle, Liverpool, Everton and spurs all leaving with the spoils, although luck abandoned the Villains against Everton with a missed penalty from Belgian Christian Benteke.
The home side will be looking for their first goal in five games, having failed to find the back of the net against West Ham, Hull, Everton and Spurs. Bet365 offer 10/3 that Cardiff keep a clean sheet.
Benteke is a welcome return to the side, and Coral offer 4/1 that he breaks the deadlock against the Welshmen, who themselves are a point superior to the home side, having beaten Swansea 1-0 last weekend. Malky Mackay will hope the momentum carries on for his team since that derby win.
An away win for Cardiff is priced at 16/5 by Betfred, although the Bluebirds can only boast a solitary one win from five matches away from home this season, and the draw offers perhaps more realistic value at 5/2.
Chelsea v West Brom
Hardly a week goes by without some dramas at Stamford bridge, and this week is no exception with Eden Hazard hogging the spotlight with his omission from the squad for the side’s 3-0 victory over German side Schalke in the Champions League clash at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday.
Mourinho admitted the reason behind Hazard’s surprise omission, stating clearly that it was effectively a punishment for missing training and not down to any injury. The midfielder will apparently be appearing against the Baggies on Saturday.
Chelsea are naturally strong favourites for a win, with Coral offering 3/10 for such an outcome, as the Blues attempt to maintain their 100% home record in this season’s Premier League. The home side will need to win this match to make up ground on Arsenal after their unexpected 2-0 defeat at Newcastle at the weekend.
Mourinho made clear his feelings after that defeat, and it is worthy to note that the Blues have been victorious in all but one of their last eight games so far this term, and a Chelsea win to nil can be had from Coral at 5/4.
The Baggies have already had a big scalp with their victory over Manchester United earlier in the season, however this has proved to be their only win away from home so far. Saying that the visitors have only tasted defeat once on their travels, with a 4-1 mauling by Liverpool.
Steve Clarke will be hoping for an improved defence and the Baggies are 12/1 for a win in this match, with a draw being offered at 5/1.
Hazard will be eager to prove a point, and is being offered at 11/1 to break the deadlock, while Samuel Eto’o is in-form at the moment and might prove a shrewd bet at 9/2 to open the scoring.
Crystal Palace v Everton
Keith Millen is expected to become caretaker manager of Palace as the Eagles continue searching for a new manager with Ian Holloway’s departure.
The favourite for the Selhurst Park hot seat is currently Chris Coleman, but whoever takes charge will have their work cut out as the south London club are having a difficult start to the season, losing all but one of their ten games so far this term.
The Eagles are being offered by Sky Bet at 6/1 to emerge victorious from this encounter, however there has been a problem finding the back of the net this season, with just two goals being scored since the victory over Sunderland during August.
Martinez has been familiar in the past with relegation scraps, but the Spaniard should have few worries this time around with an Everton side who currently sit seventh in the table after a good start to the season.
Everton will be looking for a finish in the top six, and are 8/13 with BetVictor for an away win, and the Toffees are a good bet having won five out of seven league matches.
England youngster Ross Barkley is offered at 12/1 for the opening goal, while Romelu Lukaku is 4/1 to break the deadlock.
Everton have been keeping clean sheets of late, and look good at 15/8 to win the match to nil.
Liverpool v Fulham
Brendan Rodger’s maintains that his boys are playing ‘catch-up’ with leaders Arsenal, although the simple fact is they are sitting pretty in third place and have a good chance on Saturday to narrow the gap.
Liverpool are natural favourites at 1/4 with William Hill to win this game, and with an excellent 4-1 win against West Bromwich Albion two weeks ago and a 3-1 victory over Palace in the previous game, it’s easy to see why.
Liverpool came out of the traps with speed in those two matches, and BetVictor’s offer of 7/10 for the home side to be leading at half-time looks good value.
Uruguayan Luis Suarez is 11/4 at Bet365 to score the opener in this exchange, although he’ll have competition from Daniel Sturridge.
Philippe Coutinho has returned from injury now, and this gives Liverpool added impetus in attack, leaving it hard to see how Fulham will find a way through and take any points from this encounter.
Martin Jol’s side sit 16th in the Premier league table, and Manchester United put three past them in quick succession on Saturday.
The bookies are prepared to offer 14/1 for an away win, with a draw priced at 11/2.
Southampton v Hull City
Both these sides occupy positions significantly higher than what might have been anticipated pre-season, with the home side for this encounter currently sitting sixth in the table, with 19 points from 10 games. They are not surprisingly favourites to win this game.
A best price of 4/7 from Ladbrokes can be had for a home win, and Pochettino’s Saints have won the previous four games at home.
Southampton’s last four matches have had a scoreline of 2-0 each time, and this score is offered at 6/1 at BetVictor.
Ladbrokes are offering 27/20 for the Saints to win without conceding a goal. Good value considering that the visitors have lost all but one of their last five matches.
Steve Bruce’s Hull are priced at 6/1 to return to East Yorkshire with all the points in the bag, whilst a draw is tempting at 3/1.
Robbie Brady has been known to take a good free-kick for Hull, and is a decent bet at 20/1 for scoring the opening goal. Southampton however have a whole host of decent players who are capable of hitting the back of the net and Adam Lallana looks good value to break the deadlock at 15/2.
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