Arsenal’s form to continue with a straightforward win vs Everton
Arsenal vs. Everton – Arsenal to win to nil – 37/20
Unai Emery made lots of changes to his side in the Europa League on Thursday but it was still a pretty strong eleven and importantly, they kept the momentum going after the two away wins in the Premier League.
Everton are a funny side. Nobody expected them to lose at home to West Ham last weekend but maybe that’s going to be the story of their season, winning a few and losing a few. I expect Arsenal to carry on the form they’re in and get a pretty straightforward win. Being at home is a big advantage.
West Ham vs. Chelsea – West Ham vs. Chelsea, Both teams to score – 2/3
Chelsea could be the surprise package this season. I don’t know quite how high they can finish, but I think they are nailed on for the top four. Whether they can challenge City and Liverpool remains to be seen but with Hazard, Willian and Pedro all in scoring form, they always carry an attacking threat.
At the other end they will give you a chance to score, especially from set-plays like we saw against Cardiff. I think if they’ve got one area of weakness it would be at centre-half. And if they can sort that in the long run, they’ll be right up there.
Sunday’s match should be a cracker. The Hammers have a good record against Chelsea and they always get up for this fixture.
Manchester United vs. Wolves – Pogba to score anytime vs. Wolves – 12/5
United dealt with a potential banana skin really well in Switzerland in midweek. It’s always difficult playing on a different surface that your opponents are used to. But they didn’t let the artificial pitch bother them and got the job done really impressively. Couple of great goals from Pogba and again we’re now looking at him and thinking, is he going to kick-on and really show everyone what he can do? It’ll be interesting to see if he takes that form into Saturday’s game with Wolves.
Cardiff City vs. Manchester City – Man City to win with -1 handicap vs. Cardiff – 5/11
Man City losing at home to Lyon was obviously a big shock. Plenty of people would have had them in their accumulators midweek, I certainly did! I thought that was a banker. Can’t always work out why you’d put your star striker on the bench. I’d always rather start your big guns and they can get the job done and then you can bring them off. But I’m not a manager and Pep is. He’s paid to make those big decisions and I’m sure they’ll return to winning ways against Cardiff.
Liverpool vs. Southampton – Liverpool to win to nil vs. Southampton – 4/5
Liverpool again impressed me. The scoreline and how late they won it against PSG didn’t really tell the full story. I think they had 12 or 13 corners, which shows their dominance. PSG on the other hand disappointed me. They looked like a team of individuals.
I’d fully expect Liverpool to win again on Saturday and to do it fairly comfortably.
Brighton vs. Tottenham – Brighton vs. Tottenham Draw – 57/20
Real sucker punch for Spurs in Milan. Five minutes away from getting a great result and they end up with nothing. Winning that one would have put Spurs in a strong position in the group, but I still don’t think they’ll be panicking too much. They’re having a tough run of it at the moment but they’ve got enough quality to come through it.
Brighton on Saturday will be tough though. They’ve already beaten United this season and I think they’ll get a result against Pochettino’s men.
Harry Kane’s certainly not firing on all cylinders. But I always say if you can keep working and making the runs, it’ll come for you. That’s what forwards go through. I can’t see Spurs resting him this weekend. They don’t really have the options, other than perhaps Son, in that role. But once Harry gets that goal that he’s desperate for, he’ll find that extra energy. He won’t care if it comes off his backside or anywhere, as long as it goes in the net.