Premier League Rundown - Week 9

Stuart Woodrow

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 7:28 PM UTC

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017 7:28 PM UTC

It’s tough to pick out the value in the Premier League this weekend. So many favourites are justifying the odds given by the bookie that the pickings in the match odds markets are really quite slim.

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We get started on Friday night with West Ham v Brighton. West Ham have slowly started to settle in to their new home and Brighton are yet to really make themselves at home in the Premier League. Both sides are realistically facing relegation worries and I don’t think this will be a high quality game. I’m expecting West Ham to win but I’m not betting on it.

Chelsea take on Watford in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday and this could be a good game. Watford should be in high spirits after last weeks late, late win and Chelsea are still a very good side despite their injury concerns. I think Both Teams To Score (Yes) is a very good option here, especially at the odds of +105 you can get at William Hill. I’m not betting on an actual Chelsea win until Kanté is fit and in the side again.

Huddersfield v Manchester United should be a straight away win but the United injury list is growing and I’m not putting any money on this until I see some team news.

Burnley aren’t a side to fear anyone but there must be some nervousness about their trip to Manchester City this weekend. City are in great form and put in a great performance against Napoli in the Champions League. I’m backing them to take an early lead and hopefully stretch that out to 2 goals in the first half. Manchester City -1 in the first half is my bet at -133 with BetVictor.

Newcastle United v Crystal Palace is not one for betting I feel. It’s generally not advised to bet on or against a club that has just been put up for sale. Palace may get themselves another valuable three points in this one but I wouldn’t bet on it.

My best bet of the week is in the Stoke v Bournemouth game and I’m backing the home side. Stoke have a solid Head To Head record against Bournemouth but after last week’s beating at the hands of Manchester City, the bookies seem to be giving them too little respect for this one. You can look at the 7 goals conceded or look at the 2 goals scored in their last game. Bournemouth are a good side but at -118 with Pinnacle, I can’t overlook the odds on the home win.

Swansea have a good chance to pick up 3 points against a recent title winner in their game against Leicester. The sacking of coach Craig Shakespeare will lead to some unrest at the Foxes and Swansea can take advantage The odds are good at +190 (BetVictor) but I’m not ready to jump in yet.

Southampton v West Brom finishes off Saturdays games. I have nothing in this one as Southampton have been very tough to call recently. I think they will improve, it’s just when is that going to happen?

Both of Sundays games feature a Merseyside club up against a North London club. Everton v Arsenal is the first game and despite their loss to Watford last week, Arsenal could do well from this one. Everton are struggling and could well be the next side to lose their manager. You can get +105 from Pinnacle on an away win.

Tottenham v Liverpool could well be the game of the week. Spurs had a great result against Real Madrid, it may have been “only” a draw but it was a hard fought game and they fully deserved their point. Liverpool stomped all over Maribor but I doubt they’ll have the same effect away at Wembley. This is a tough game to call but one I shall certainly be settling down there.

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