We picked up 4/5, 11/10 and 8/11 winners last Saturday, and hopefully that trend can continue this week in what is an abridged day of action courtesy of European activity in midweek.
Nonetheless, there are three fixtures in particular that have caught our eye and form this week’s Premier League betting tips for Saturday:
Swansea City vs Liverpool (12:30pm)
Liverpool are smashing all and sundry to pieces at the moment; Jurgen Klopp has his attacking unit in full flow in what could easily be described as a front four with Adam Lallana nestling behind Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane.
Defensively is where the Reds are going to run into trouble, if anywhere, seeing as though they are yet to keep a clean sheet in six attempts this term.
That will be news to the ears of Swansea, who are having a rough old time of it of late. The fixture scheduler hasn’t been kind, with visits of Chelsea, Manchester City and now Liverpool to Wales, and you suspect when a more agreeable run comes along the Swans will start picking up points.
But punters have had a couple of dress rehearsals for this fixture in the past couple of weeks: Chelsea should have blown the Swans away, but a momentary lapse enables the hosts to nick a point, while Manchester City – whilst troubled at time – secured a handsome 1-3 victory last time out.
We can say for sure that Liverpool are in better form than Chelsea from an attacking perspective and certainly on a par with Manchester City, and so they are likely to score two or more here on their way to victory.
Who is likely to do the damage? There are plenty of candidates, but perhaps Sadio Mane is the best bet. He plays in that awkward inside right channel, which means he usually operates in space between defenders and arrives in the box at pace. With three goals in five starts this term, he could well add to that tally here.
Hull City vs Chelsea (3pm)
If Hull City and Chelsea cobbled together a video package of their best defensive calamities in the last couple of weeks they’d make a ton of money on You’ve Been Framed.
That’s bad news for both of these sides, who clearly have different aspirations this season but for whom defensive prowess is equally as important.
Hull have shipped nine in their last two, while Chelsea were ripped to shreds by Arsenal and perhaps lucky to escape the Emirates with only three goals leaked.
So the Tigers, who have scored in 5/6 outings this term, and the Blues (with ten goals in five games not including last week’s blank) are prioritising attack over defence at the moment….who will outscore who here?
They may be having problems at the back but putting the ball in the net is no concern for Chelsea, and once again their chief architect is Diego Costa, who has notched five in six thus far. At a price of Evens, he has to be backed to trouble the scorers yet again here.
Sunderland vs West Brom (3pm)
On the face of it, this is a rather humdrum fixture between a hapless relegation candidate and a mediocre mid-table outfit, but there are some interesting little plot twists to keep punters on their toes.
Big Sam’s foolishness may have cost him the England job, but the outstanding job he performed at the Stadium of Light could well elbow him back into the picture if David Moyes cannot turn the Black Cats around. Only now are we seeing how good Allardyce is as a manager as we watch Moyes try to wheedle a winning performance out of this ramshackle squad of players.
Not enough credit goes to Tony Pulis and West Brom, who make Premier League survival appear (relatively) easy on a shoestring budget. Known for their resilience, stubbornness and defensive organisation, the Baggies now have an exceptional outlet in Nacer Chadli, and his creativity will surely help to bring the best from Salomon Rondon and Saido Berahino (when fit) too.
Expect them to continue to steadily improve then, and heap more misery on Moyes here.
West Brom Draw No Bet at 6/5 with bet365