Premier League Rundown Best Picks for Weekend

Stuart Woodrow

Thursday, November 30, 2017 7:03 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017 7:03 PM UTC

After a fairly grueling round of midweek matches, the Premier League weekend games are once again upon us. Let's get into a great position to cope with the games that come thick and fast.

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Chelsea v Newcastle United is the first game of the weekend and, of course, the interest here is in Rafa Benitez’s return to Stamford Bridge. He wasn’t treated particularly well during his time as Chelsea interim manager, but he won them a cup and many supporters will be grateful to him for that alone. How grateful is yet to be seen. Chelsea are strong favourites to win this one, and although I’d like to be putting something on the draw, that might just be my sense of humour butting its nose in where it isn’t wanted.

Brighton v Liverpool is up next, and although I think this could be a tighter game than expected I am not going to be placing a bet in this one. Chris Hughton has got his side playing some very good football and they stand a real chance of staying up this season, a point here against a good Liverpool side would be a nice bonus in that aim.

Everton will start life under Sam Allardyce against Huddersfield. And this game could go either way. Will Big Sam have an immediate effect or will his influence take a while as it did when he was at Palace. My system says there is value in an Everton win at odds of -125 with BetVictor.

At -110 with Ladbrokes, it’s very tempting to back Stoke to win at home against Swansea. The Welsh side are not having a good season and are in real danger of going down. Stoke aren’t immune to that themselves this season, so whichever side picks up 3 points will get a boost. Neither side will want a draw.

Watford must be licking their lips in preparation for their game against Tottenham. Spurs have been leaky at the back without Toby Alderweireld, but they did get a boost when Erik Lamela showed what has been missing from the side while he’s been out for over a year. BetVictor have Watford at +400, and bearing in mind the form of both sides I think that has some value.

West Brom, with their ex-Crystal Palace manager, will be welcoming Crystal Palace, with their ex-West Brom manager, this weekend. I’m not even going to try to predict which way this one will go.

Leicester v Burnley is another game I wouldn’t risk your money on. Leicester blow hot and cold, and Burnley are a tough cookie to crack this season.

Arsenal v Manchester United is the big game of the weekend. If there hadn’t been a midweek round we would have seen no end of stories in the press about Wenger v Mourinho. Luckily, we’ve been spared some of that and can just concentrate on what could be a very interesting game. I think Manchester United will be desperate not to concede a goal in this one so "Both Teams To Score (No)" is my bet at odds of +129 with BetVictor.

All of my Premier League betting will be on Saturday’s games as I just don’t see any value in the Bournemouth v Southampton or Manchester City v West Ham games Sunday.

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