It’s an intriguing gameweek, and it will be interesting to see how a) injuries and fatigue from those internationals affects results this week, and b) if any of the sides involved will have one eye on the Champions League fixtures taking place next week.
Let’s take a look with our latest Premier League betting tips:
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea (Saturday, 3pm)
If you had bet on Crystal Palace to lose to nil in every one of their Premier League matches, you’d currently be celebrating 7/7 perfect winners.
Which makes it all the more curious that Chelsea, the reigning champions no less, are priced at odds-against to extend that run to eight matches on Saturday.
Have Crystal Palace suddenly found a goal machine? No: Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha are both still out, which means Roy Hodgson will again need to field a makeshift frontman.
Are Chelsea in the midst of a defensive crisis? Nope: David Luiz is back from suspension, and Antonio Conte has a full complement of defenders to pick from.
Some bets require in-depth analysis; others are just common sense. This falls into the latter category.
Chelsea to Win to Nil (6/5 with bet365)
Tottenham vs Bournemouth (Saturday, 3pm)
While Tottenham are yet to convince anyone that Wembley really feels like home after three games without a win at their temporary home, they do possess one of the best defences around and, in Harry Kane, arguably the most in-form strikers on the planet.
Despite many pundits’ reservations about their thin squad and fragile mentality at Wembley, they remain the most likely outfit to challenge the Manchester clubs for dominance this term.
As for Bournemouth, it’s been a horror start to the campaign – compounded by their away form. They’ve won just one of their last twelve on the road, including three defeats so far this term, and since the start of last season they have failed to find the net at Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City and Southampton.
That may just be coincidence or an obvious occurrence, or it may be that against elite opposition Eddie Howe changes his system to one of ‘avoid defeat at all costs’. It’s not a formula that has yielded dividends of late.
Tottenham to Win to Nil (11/10 with PaddyPower)
Watford vs Arsenal (Saturday, 5:30pm)
Both of these teams are in the midst of a defensive crisis, and so Saturday evening’s televised game might just descend into chaos.
Watford are without messrs Prodl, Kaboul, Cathcart and Chalobah, while the Gunners will have to make do without Mustafi and Chambers for sure with Koscielny and Kolasinac rated as doubtful.
Neither of these two teams are shy of a goal, and in fact if we combine both for and against we note that Watford sit second behind Liverpool for most goals thus far. Expect another end-to-end thriller here, similar to their 3-3 dogfight with the Reds on the opening day of the campaign.
Both Teams to Score & Over 2.5 Goals (10/11 with Betfred)