There’s a full package of games this week, including the return of Friday Night Football (albeit West Ham vs Brighton), so lots for us to sink our teeth into.
So where does the pick of the value lie?
Huddersfield Town vs Manchester United (Saturday, 3pm)
After a bright start to the campaign, Huddersfield are starting to see what the Premier League is all about.
After opening up with a pair of victories, the Terriers have taken just three points from their next six games as the hardship of top flight life takes hold. Their shots on goal data suggests a side wholly lacking in confidence and ideas in the final third.
We all know how Jose Mourinho likes his sides to set up away from home, and there remains an emphasis on defence first, ask questions later. They’ve kept clean sheets in five of their last six Premier League outings, and that’s no coincidence.
Manchester United to Win to Nil (21/20 with Betfair)
Newcastle United vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 3pm)
We’re not prepared to believe that Crystal Palace’s early season malaise is over in the blink of the eye just because they beat Chelsea last week – the stats suggest it was a fortuitous victory by all accounts.
Newcastle are playing better than their league position suggests at the moment, and have enjoyed shot supremacy in five of their last six matches. They’ve only lost one of their last half-dozen as well.
Palace’s victory over Chelsea included an own goal that bobbled in off about three Blues defenders – it was lucky, to say the least. The Eagles will need similar good fortune on Saturday, we’d wager.
Newcastle to Win (Evens with BetFred)
Southampton vs West Brom (Saturday, 5:30pm)
Southampton’s defensive-minded approach under Mauricio Pellegrino is starting to get on the nerves of their supporters, who have had to watch the Saints change from an enterprising outfit into something that’s anything but.
They’ve scored just two or more goals in 25% of their outings this term, and as we know if you only average one or fewer per 90 minutes you’re not going to enjoy much success.
It could be a case of the immoveable object meeting the….erm, immoveable object on the south coast with West Brom in town. Just 2/8 Baggies matches have witnessed Over 2.5 Goals this term, and they scored with their only shot on target against Leicester on Monday.
This one won’t be pretty, that’s for sure.
Under 2.5 Goals (3/4 with Bet365)