With international football all over for another year, it’s full steam ahead towards the festive fixture list this weekend as the Premier League returns.
All eyes will be on East London this weekend as Jose Mourinho makes his bow as Spurs boss at West Ham. His return heads up our predictions for Gameweek 13 as we look at the latest Premier league betting markets…
West Ham vs Spurs and our preview of the Gameweek 13 fixtures
Saturday, all 3pm unless stated
WEST HAM VS SPURS, 12:30
The lowdown: He’s back. If an early London derby wasn’t enough to get fans’ Premier League juices flowing this weekend, the shock arrival of Jose Mourinho at Spurs adds further spice to the weekend’s opener. Mourinho arguably comes up against West Ham at exactly the right time with the Hammers now winless in seven games in all competitions. The away side has been victorious in both of the most recent meetings between the two teams.
Verdict: Mourinho to make a flying start. 0-1
Best Bet: A 0-0 draw in the first half at 63/25.
ARSENAL VS SOUTHAMPTON
The lowdown: Many pundits have predicted a vacancy in North London for some weeks now – but for Arsenal fans, it’s perhaps a surprise their neighbours have acted first. That heaps more pressure on Unai Emery after an underwhelming spell of games so far this autumn. However, the under-fire Gunners has the perfect opportunity to restore some calm against a Southampton side struggling for confidence themselves. It’s now two months without a win for beleaguered Saints boss Ralph Hasenhüttl. That wait could go on this weekend.
Verdict: Emery to ease some pressure. 3-0
Best Bet: Exactly 3.0 goals at 63/20.
BOURNEMOUTH VS WOLVES
The lowdown: Two of the Premier League’s most entertainingly unpredictable sides meet at the Vitality looking to leapfrog one another. Both sides are locked on 16 points after steady if inconsistent starts to the season, with the Cherries looking to return to winning ways after slipping to defeat away at Newcastle. This game finished all square in 2018/19, and both might have to settle for a point again.
Verdict: Score draw on the South Coast. 2-2
Best Bet: The score draw at 61/20.
BRIGHTON VS LEICESTER CITY
The lowdown: Graham Potter’s reign has seen a marked improvement in performance levels for Brighton this season. However, they put in their worst display of the season away at Old Trafford last time out as Man Utd overpowered them in a convincing 3-1 win. Potter will be keen for an instant reaction, but that could be a tough ask for the Seagulls against a Leicester side they have never beaten at Premier League level. The Foxes will be looking to make it five on the bounce as they continue their surprise top four charge.
Verdict: Rodgers and co to reign supreme at the Amex. 1-2
Best Bet: A draw in the first half and Leicester to win at 89/20.
CRYSTAL PALACE VS LIVERPOOL
The lowdown: The runaway leaders return to the scene of where their Premier League dream died in 2013/14 – but this time in much better health. Even with an eight-point lead, Jürgen Klopp will be all too aware any slip-ups will change the narrative around his team, so expect him to encourage the Reds to go on the front foot against a side that can traditionally cause the top four trouble. Roy Hodgson will be looking to arrest his side’s recent slide after a tricky run of games that sees Palace winless in four.
Verdict: Eagles to not make life easy for Klopp. 1-2
Best Bet: A goal between 31 and 45 minutes at 131/100.
EVERTON VS NORWICH CITY
The lowdown: Marco Silva enjoyed a massive morale boost before the break as his Everton team showed plenty of grit to grind out a first away win of the season at Southampton. Now Silva needs to prove his Toffees side can show the consistency needed to move away from any talk of relegation danger. Fortunately for the Portuguese, the fixture list has been kind this weekend. Everton host a Canaries side that look serious candidates to be cut adrift after losing their basement battle against a previously winless Watford. However, the away side won on their last trip to Goodison Park – a 2-0 EFL Cup win in 2016.
Verdict: Trouble-free win for the Toffees. 2-0
Best Bet: Everton to win by two goals at 61/20.
WATFORD VS BURNLEY
The lowdown: The Hornets finally broke their duck in the Premier League last time out but could the international break have arrived at the worst possible time in terms of checking momentum? Burnley ended a barren run of their own with a 3-0 win over West Ham before the break but are still searching for a first away win of the season. These sides tend to be hard to separate with five of their last 10 meetings ending in a draw. It could be a case of same again Saturday.
Verdict: Both sides to draw a blank. 0-0
Best Bet: Draw and under 2.5 goals at 59/20.
MAN CITY VS CHELSEA, 17:30
The lowdown: Spurs’ midweek manoeuvres have arguably overshadowed the biggest game of the Premier League weekend, but if Mourinho’s re-appearance is providing this weekend’s narrative, a game between two of the division’s top scorers will surely deliver on spectacle. With both teams committed to attacking football, the Etihad could be the place to be this weekend for entertainment value. City will be looking to bounce back quickly after defeat against title rivals Liverpool, while Frank Lampard faces his first test against a Big Six rival away from home.
Verdict: City to clinch the win. 2-1
Best Bet: Under 1.5 goals in the second half at 61/50.
SHEFFIELD UTD VS MAN UTD, 16:30
The lowdown: Sheffield Utd’s stellar season shows no signs of abating after another assured performance in drawing with Spurs in north London last time around. That put paid to Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham career, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen to avoid any heat moving back in his direction as he takes the Red Devils to Bramall Lane. A much-improved display against Brighton suggests things could be clicking into place for the Norwegian. However, defeat here would surely start the debate over Ole’s long-term future at Old Trafford all over again.
Verdict: Blades to bag another signature win. 1-0
Best Bet: Sheffield Utd to win by one goal at 4/1.
ASTON VILLA VS NEWCASTLE, 20:00
The lowdown: The TV cameras love a floodlit game at Villa Park – as this is the third time this season Dean Smith’s side play an evening Premier League fixture. Encouragingly for Villa fans, they enjoy an unbeaten record in their night games to date. After three Premier League defeats in a row, Smith will be keen to return to winning ways ahead of a challenging pre-Christmas fixture list. Opponents Newcastle are enjoying their best spell to date under Steve Bruce and can make it three victories on the bounce with an away win in the West Midlands.
Verdict: Villa to end their losing streak. 2-1
Best Bet: Aston Villa to win from behind at 87/10.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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