BetVictor Brand Ambassador Michael Owen previews the weekend’s Premier League action and expects Jamie Vardy to create history
Aston Villa v Watford
Remi Garde has dropped Jack Grealish from the first team squad after the midfielder was photographed in a nightclub after last week’s 4-0 defeat at Everton and BetVictor have eased the 20-year-old to 10/1 (from 6s) to be a part of Roy Hodgson’s England squad at next year’s European Championships.
Nevertheless based on Garde’s first home game at Villa Park, when holding Champions Manchester City to a goalless draw three weeks ago, they should go a long way to achieving a result against the Hornets but with both sides struggling for goals it looks sure to be tight.
Michael’s recommendation: Under 2.5 Goals at 8/13 with BetVictor
Bournemouth v Everton
Everton were terrific in last week’s 4-0 defeat of the Villans and they should follow-up at Bournemouth on Saturday. Confidence is clearly flowing throughout Roberto Martinez’s side and the Toffees should make it three wins from their last four league games at the Cherries’ expense.
Michael’s recommendation; Everton to win at 11/8 with BetVictor
Crystal Palace v Newcastle
The Eagles were bitterly disappointing on Monday night losing by the solitary goal to a well-organised Sunderland outfit and North-East rivals Newcastle arrive in South London after a similarly disappointing performance at the weekend.
Magpies boss Steve McClaren is the new 4/1 second favourite with BetVictor in the betting for the ‘Next Premier League Manager to Leave his Post’ after being turned over 3-0 on home soil by Leicester City. Given Newcastle’s recent form away from home, only winning one of their last 13 PL games away from St James’ Park, they may struggle against former boss Alan Pardew.
Michael’s recommendation: Crystal Palace to win at 8/11 with BetVIctor
Sunderland v Stoke
A solitary strike from Jermaine Defoe saw Sunderland leave Selhurst Park with all three points on Monday night, capping-off an excellent performance from Sam Allardyce’s side and a terrific rear-guard display.
They may struggle to replicate that performance on home soil against a partisan crowd at the Stadium of Light and I expect Stoke to continue their excellent recent form and leave with either one or all three points.
Michael’s recommendation: Stoke ‘Draw No Bet’ at 13/20 with BetVictor
Manchester City v Southampton
A bad week for Manuel Pellegrini was made worse with the Citizens’ 1-0 defeat to Juventus in Champions League action midweek and City are now winless in their last three games in all competitions.
City went on a similar run in the New Year when going five games without a win and despite losing 4-1 to Liverpool last weekend they haven’t lost back-to-back Premier League games at the Etihad since December 2008 and can bounce back accordingly at the Saints expense.
Michael’s recommendation: Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 21/10 with BetVictor
Leicester City v Manchester United
Jamie Vardy is the new 9/4 favourite to be the Premier League’s leading goalscorer this season after levelling Ruud Van Nistelrooy’s record of scoring in ten successive PL games. The Foxes are playing with such confidence and at present that it makes them difficult to oppose.
With Vardy currently playing with a similar level of self-belief I fully expect him to break the Dutchman’s record against his former club at the weekend and at 2/1 he appeals as excellent value to net for an 11th PL game on the spin.
Michael’s recommendation: Jamie Vardy to score anytime at 2/1
Tottenham v Chelsea
Should Jamie Vardy be headed at the top of the scoring charts then my money would be on Harry Kane being the one to do so. Kane netted twice in Spurs’ brilliant 4-1 defeat of West Ham at White Hart Lane on Sunday and looks excellent value at 8/1 to be the Premier League’s top goalscorer this term.
Kane can fire his side to victory at the weekend in a pivotal game for both sides’ respective top-four aspirations. The “both teams to score” bet has been successful on Spurs’ last three games at White Hart Lane, and looks a fair price at 7/10 to go in for a fourth.
Michael’s recommendation: Both teams to score at 7/10 with BetVictor
West Ham v West Brom
The Hammers bumped into an excellent Spurs side at the weekend but should be much better back on home soil and can get the better of a Baggies side that shocked the Gunners at the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Michael’s recommendation: West Ham to win by the 1-0 correct score at 13/2 with BetVictor
Liverpool v Swansea
The Reds’ performance at the Etihad was absolutely sensational and whilst the style of counter-attacking football displayed on Saturday maybe better suited to games on their travels, Jurgen Klopp’s new-look Liverpool side continue to improve with every game under the German and they should get the better of the visiting Swans at Anfield.
Michael’s recommendation: Liverpool to be leading at half/time and full/time at 5/4 with BetVictor
Norwich v Arsenal
Arsenal kept their Champions League aspirations alive with a 3-0 defeat of Dinamo Zagreb at the Emirates as Gunners manager Arsene Wenger continues to juggle his injury-hit squad.
The midweek success was the perfect reply to the weekend’s disappointing 2-1 defeat at West Brom but Norwich have won just one of their last 13 league games against the Gunners and should struggle against the visitors wealth of talent in the final third. Aaron Ramsey returned from injury midweek and will fancy his chances of sealing his comeback with a goal, bidding to net against the Canaries for a third PL game in succession.
Michael’s recommendation: Arsenal to win to nil at 2/1 with BetVictor
Michael’s weekend wager: Manchester City, Everton and Crystal Palace at 6/1 with BetVictor