The Premier League is back this weekend, with Jurgen Klopp managing Liverpool for the first time
The Euro 2016 qualifying matches did get mildly exciting over the past fortnight, although there’s nothing like Premier League football and we have an exciting round of fixtures to enjoy this weekend.
Things kick off on Saturday lunchtime with Tottenham Hotspur against Liverpool. All eyes will be on Jurgen Klopp who has just taken the reins at Anfield, with the German promising an attacking brand of football.
Champions Chelsea have had a horrible start to the campaign although matches don’t come much easier than Aston Villa at home, while Crystal Palace and West Ham clash in a London derby at Selhurst Park.
Everton and Manchester United meet at Goodison Park, while Premier League leaders Manchester City entertain Bournemouth without Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
Southampton are odds-on to beat a Leicester side who continue to land good results as the season wears on, while West Brom meet a Sunderland team who will surely be a lot harder to beat under Sam Allardyce than they were under Dick Advocaat.
Saturday 17th October
Tottenham v Liverpool 12:45
Jurgen Klopp needs years not days to get this Liverpool team ticking and it’s hard to escape the fact that Tottenham are overpriced to repeat their win against Manchester City with three points here.
CORRECT SCORE: Tottenham Hotspur 2 Liverpool 1
BETTING TIP: Spurs win @ 6/4 with Paddy Power
Chelsea v Aston Villa 15:00
Chelsea would normally be banker material but just one game from four has been won at the Bridge. Plus Jose Mourinho has players returning from all corners of the globe. Villa can at least keep things tight.
CORRECT SCORE: Chelsea 1 Aston Villa 0
BETTING TIP: Under 2.5 Goals @ 5/4 with William Hill
Crystal Palace v West Ham 15:00
Palace at odds-on have to be swerved here. West Ham have been outstanding on the road and Slaven Bilic has shown himself to be the master of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester City already.
CORRECT SCORE: Crystal Palace 1 West Ham 2
BETTING TIP: West Ham 2/1 DNB @ 2/1 with bet365
Everton v Man Utd 15:00
Everton aren’t going to lose many at Goodison this season and they have John Stones and Seamus Coleman back. Manchester United are a weirdly dysfunctional team who could suffer another away defeat here.
CORRECT SCORE: Everton 3 Manchester United 1
BETTING TIP: Everton to win @ 9/4 with Winner
Man City v Bournemouth 15:00
No Aguero or Silva for a City team who blitzed Newcastle last time out despite the visitors running the show early on. Bournemouth have their own injury woes and they look too shabby at the back to contain Wilfried Bony and Kevin de Bruyne.
CORRECT SCORE: Manchester City 3 Bournemouth 1
BETTING TIP: Kevin de Bruyne to score @ 8/5 with Paddy Power
Southampton v Leicester 15:00
Are Saints good enough to be odds-on? Probably not, considering Leicester are unbeaten on the road this term. Jamie Vardy is scoring for fun and Riyad Mahrez has also been outstanding. This game looks certain to have goals.
CORRECT SCORE: Southampton 2 Leicester 2
BETTING TIP: Over 2.5 Goals @ 4/5 with bet365
West Brom v Sunderland 15:00
The Baggies have yet to win at The Hawthorns and they are surely playing Sunderland at the wrong time. Sam Allardyce has inherited the mantle and his team can defend for a point here.
CORRECT SCORE: West Brom 0 Sunderland 0
BETTING TIP: Under 1.5 Goals @ 9/4 with Sky Bet
Watford v Arsenal 17:30
The Hornets are tough nuts to crack at Vicarage Road and will be out to thwart an Arsenal side who have had several players on international duty. The Gunners will probably come out on top but it will be close.
CORRECT SCORE: Watford 0 Arsenal 1
BETTING TIP: Arsenal win to nil @ 2/1 with Sky Bet