A dismal defensive display at Leicester City 11 months ago was symptomatic of Manchester City’s problems last season but they can erase the memory of that 4-2 drubbing by beating the Foxes on Saturday.
Jamie Vardy, 9/5 to score at any time this weekend, grabbed a hat-trick on that occasion as Leicester surged into a 3-0 lead after only 20 minutes – two late City goals putting a gloss on the scoreline for Pep Guardiola’s team.
Manchester City’s 2016/17 title hopes went up in smoke in December and January last term as they lost to Chelsea, Liverpool and Everton, as well as the Foxes, but they are a different proposition this term and are 31/4 to 2-0 to win at the King Power Stadium.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Arsenal’s fine form at Emirates Stadium so far this season will be put to the test when local rivals Tottenham visit.
Southampton visit Anfield to take on a Liverpool side that are likely to be without all of their former Saints stars.
Sadio Mane, Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana have all moved from St Mary’s to Merseyside in the last three years but injuries and poor form mean that they could all miss Saturday’s clash.
Mane may be the most important omission from the Reds line-up as he suffered a hamstring injury while on international duty with Senegal.
Jurgen Klopp’s team have been excellent at home this season and, although they may have to be patient before breaking down a stubborn Southampton side, they should eventually ease to a routine 2-0 win, available at 13/2.
Chelsea can increase the pressure on Tony Pulis by beating West Brom at The Hawthorns at odds of 10/17.
The Baggies won their first two games of the campaign 1-0 but have failed to triumph in any of their last nine Premier League fixtures and are currently available at 11/4 to be relegated this season.
Pulis appeared to buy well in the summer when he enticed the likes of Kieran Gibbs, Jay Rodriguez, Gareth Barry, Oliver Burke, Ahmed Hegazy and Grzegorz Krychowiak to the club, but the new recruits have failed to gel with Albion’s established players.
It is difficult to see where West Brom’s goals are going to come from and, although Chelsea have been inconsistent this season – losing to the likes of Burnley and Crystal Palace – they should be too strong for the free-falling Baggies, with Cesc Fabregas good value at 9/2 to score at any time in the game.
Goals could be at a premium at the Vitality Stadium when Bournemouth entertain Huddersfield Town.
The Cherries secured a welcome 1-0 win at Newcastle United last time out but, despite the summer acquisition of Jermain Defoe, they have only scored seven Premier League goals this season while David Wagner’s side, despite being tenth in the table, have only found the net eight times.
One goal could settle the contest at Turf Moor where Burnley and Swansea City, who have only scored 17 goals between them this season, meet.
The Clarets’ last four Premier League victories have all been 1-0 triumphs with Nick Pope proving to be a more than able deputy for the injured Tom Heaton. Another 1-0 victory for Sean Dyche’s side, available at 19/4, against the shot-shy Swans will increase the pressure on Paul Clement who has seen his team lose their last three matches.
They were dreadful a fortnight ago when losing 1-0 to Brighton at the Liberty Stadium and are 4/7 to be relegated this season.
There have been signs of life at Crystal Palace in the last few weeks but they need to beat Everton on Saturday if they are to improve their chances of avoiding relegation this season.
Roy Hodgson’s side are still six points away from safety despite producing fine displays against Tottenham, West Ham, Newcastle and Chelsea, but they may have left themselves too much to do after losing all seven of their Premier League fixtures in August and September.
They have tightened up defensively since Hodgson’s appointment and have enough quality in their ranks to defeat Everton, who still look vulnerable despite their thrilling comeback win against Watford last time out.
Wilfried Zaha has been very lively in the last few matches and is 6/1 to score the first goal on Saturday while a Palace victory can be backed at 6/4 and a win for Hodgson’s team by a one-goal margin at 51/20.
Manchester United may have lost some of their early-season gloss in the last month but they should have too much quality to see off Newcastle United’s challenge at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.
Since thrashing Crystal Palace 4-0 in late September, Jose Mourinho’s side have only scored two goals in their last four Premier League matches and have suffered damaging defeats at Huddersfield and Chelsea.
Newcastle have drifted into the bottom half of the table after also suffering a string of mediocre results of late – being beaten 1-0 by both Burnley and Bournemouth in their last two games.
On Sunday David Moyes can start his tenure as West Ham boss by grinding out a draw at Watford, who may be unsettled by the uncertainty concerning Marco Silva’s future.
Finally, on Monday Brighton can continue their excellent recent run by defeating Stoke City at odds of 27/20.
Chris Hughton’s side have clinched impressive victories against West Ham and Newcastle in the last month to move up to eighth in the table while they have also secured draws against Everton and Southampton.
Veteran striker Glenn Murray has been in fine form of late but it may be worth looking at odds of 17/2 for Pascal Gross in the first goalscorer market.