Premier League Tips: West Brom Too Big To Topple Saints
The Premier League swings into action again after the Euro qualifiers, and we’ve tips for five of the weekend’s big matches.
Arsenal vs Stoke
Arsenal have made a strange start to the season as they’ve won both away games but only picked up one point from two home games. Stoke have also made a strange start as they’ve lost both home games but have snatched two draws away from home – however, Stoke haven’t got a point from this fixture since 1982. Arsenal have also won four of the last 6 renewals to nil, and the even-money that they repeat that feat here looks a shade of value.
Arsenal to win to nil @ even-money (Various)
WBA vs Southampton
Southampton sit 1 point above West Brom, but the latter have faced Man City and Chelsea so far so their 4-point haul looks perfectly acceptable. Meanwhile, Southampton are probably disappointed with only 5 points from games with Norwich, Everton, Watford and Newcastle. As WBA have also won 2 of the last 3 renewals, it’s a surprise that you can get 9/4 about them winning.
WBA win @ 9/4 (BetVictor)
Sunderland vs Spurs
Spurs aren’t Sunderland’s favourite visitors as they’ve taken 8 points from the last 4 renewals. However, with neither team setting the world alight so far this season, and both drawing their last two games – the 11/4 for a draw looks well worth a punt.
Draw @ 11/4 (Betfred)
West Ham vs Newcastle
Newcastle’s efforts so far haven’t made me change my mind about them looking a great bet for relegation, and their failure to score in their last 3 games doesn’t bode well for their chances here. Newcastle fans will cling to the fact that they’ve won this fixture twice in the last 4 seasons, and West Ham have lost both home games so far, despite winning away at both Arsenal and Liverpool – however, as West Ham are averaging over 2 goals a game, I’m backing them to win their first home game of the season.
West Ham win @ 5/4 (Paddy Power)
Manchester United vs Liverpool
United and Liverpool have played some dire stuff so far this season and, with both struggling for goals, the supposed highlight of the weekend may well end up as a bore-draw (it will probably be 4-4 now I’ve said that – but at least Saturday tea-time will be a exciting if it is).
0-0 draw @ 9/1 (BetVictor)