Hugo Lloris’ absence could be key on Saturday lunchtime at Wembley when Tottenham take on Liverpool in a crunch clash.
The 31-year-old goalkeeper is struggling with the thigh injury that forced him to miss Spurs’ 2-1 defeat at Watford and France’s recent games against Germany and Netherlands.
Spurs, who will also be without Dele Alli, never look quite as solid defensively when Michel Vorm is standing in for Lloris and Liverpool are so good going forward that they can take advantage of the former Swansea City shot-stopper’s weaknesses.
Liverpool to beat Spurs @ 27/20
Jurgen Klopp’s team appear to be the real deal this season while Spurs’ frailties came to the fore when they lost despite leading at Watford a fortnight ago.
Elsewhere on Saturday, it will be role reversal time at Vicarage Road when third-placed Watford will attempt to make it five wins in a row by beating mid-table Manchester United.
However, Jose Mourinho’s team showed when beating Burnley at Turf Moor last time out that they are still a quality outfit despite the shock losses to Brighton and Spurs.
Manchester United to win by one goal @ 49/20
Normal service should be restored this weekend with United good enough to bring the Hornets’ perfect start to the campaign to an end.
Leicester City can come from behind to beat Bournemouth at enticing odds of 8/1, while it looks set to be a damage-limitation exercise for winless Cardiff City at Stamford Bridge where Chelsea can extend their winning run to five matches by beating Neil Warnock’s side 3-0 at 13/2.
Crystal Palace to beat Huddersfield @ 29/20
If Huddersfield Town are to entertain any thought of avoiding relegation this season they need to beat the likes of Crystal Palace on home soil but the Terriers’ alarming lack of goals – they have only found the net twice this term – looks set to hinder them again.
Newcastle United can grind out a second draw of the campaign against an Arsenal team that remain shambolic defensively with Joselu 8/1 to continue his fine start to the campaign by scoring the first goal at St James’ Park.
Finally, Fulham’s enterprising brand of football may cause Manchester City some problems but last season’s champions have the quality to beat Slavisa Jokanovic’s side by a two-goal margin at odds of 3/1.