Are Manchester United and Tottenham the real deal? We’ll find out on Saturday lunchtime.
Can Arsenal continue their good form? Can Liverpool end their miserable run? Will Watford’s fine start continue? Can Crystal Palace actually score a goal?
All of these questions, and more, will be answered this weekend. So where does the best betting value lie?
Arsenal vs Swansea (Saturday, 3pm)
The headlines from Arsenal’s 5-2 win over Everton last week were made by the Toffees: this was to be Ronald Koeman’s last stand as boss.
That’s a shame for the Gunners, because they were excellent. That was their fourth win in six league starts, and the third time in four that they had bagged two or more goals in a single afternoon.
They kept four clean sheets in a row in September too, which suggests their players are finally getting a handle on the 3-4-3 system.
Swansea’s problems are obvious: they just don’t create many chances, and two-thirds of their goals have been netted by one player (Tammy Abraham). Paul Clement’s safety first approach away from home could lead to issues at the Emirates.
Arsenal to Win to Nil (23/20 with BetFred)
Crystal Palace vs West Ham (Saturday, 3pm)
If Crystal Palace fans thought their win over Chelsea was the start of a bright new era under Roy Hodgson, they were sadly mistaken.
The 0-1 defeat at Newcastle last time out confirmed what we already knew: the Eagles are awful going forward, and the golden rule seems to be keep Wilfried Zaha quiet and you stop Palace from scoring.
West Ham are hardly playing like Brazil at the moment either, but you just wonder if Wednesday’s thrilling comeback victory over Spurs in the Carabao Cup might just be the catalyst for an improvement from them.
The fans certainly seemed to be behind the side, and the joy the players showed at the final whistle suggests they are invested emotionally in this West Ham project.
West Ham +0.25 Asian Handicap (5/6 with Paddy Power)
Watford vs Stoke City (Saturday, 3pm)
We were rather surprised to see Watford available at an odds-against price here, and we are more than happy to get involved accordingly.
The Hornets have been excellent this term, and they probably should be heading into this game on the back of consecutive victories over Arsenal and Chelsea. They went down 2-4 to the Blues on Saturday, but if Richarlison hadn’t missed a pair of glorious chances at 2-2 then they surely would have won.
Stoke’s numbers speak for themselves: four defeats in five, and the worst defensive record in the Premier League with 20 goals conceded in just nine games. That doesn’t bode well, does it.
Watford to Win (21/20 with Betfair)