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Premier League preview weekend 30 September – 2 October 2016

Premier League preview weekend 30 September – 2 October 2016

The top two meet in this match of the weekend with unbeaten Manchester City travelling to high-flying Tottenham. Elsewhere there are tough matches for the struggling sides, and could see the first managerial casualty of the season if West Ham, Swansea or Stoke were to lose?
Keep reading for our preview of all this weekend’s action.

Premier League bet of the weekend

It may not be pretty to watch at times but Tony Pulis’ style of football is pretty effective and his West Bromwich Albion side sit in the top half of the Premier League and look absolutely terrific value to win this weekend.
They face a Sunderland side who sit bottom of the table having lost their last three league matches and who look set for another difficult season.
West Brom boast the fourth best defensive record in the league and came from behind to grab a point at Stoke last weekend. Sunderland, meanwhile, were throwing away a two goal lead to lose at home to Crystal Palace.
I don’t imagine this will be an entertaining game and goals look likely to be a premium. Still, the Baggies can grind out results and look terrific value at 2/1 to win. A 1-0 away win looks highly tempting at 8/1.

All Saturday’s action

After a poor start to the season Swansea City manager Francesco Guidolin is one of the early favourites for the sack race with Ryan Giggs the favourite to replace the Italian. It gets no easier for the Swans this weekend as they welcome free-scoring Liverpool in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Swansea have picked up just one point from the last five league matches while Jurgen Klopp’s side have won their last three, scoring ten goals in the process. Liverpool are just 4/9 to win.
Chelsea‘s strong start to the season has come to a grinding halt after two consecutive defeats, perhaps linked to David Luiz’s return to the Blues defence. They have struggled in the last couple of matches but should find things easier this weekend and Antonio Conte’s men are just 4/9 to win at freefalling Hull City.
Watford‘s form has been inconsistent this season and they followed up an excellent win over Manchester United with defeat to Burnley. Backing the Hornets could be a risky business this season as it’s hard to predict exactly which Watford side will turn up.
They face Bournemouth on Saturday who were excellent in their win over Everton last week. This is a tough match to call, with the home side perhaps shading it at 5/4.
It’s been a torrid start to the campaign for West Ham United who have shipped 14 goals in four consecutive league defeats. They do have a chance to turn things around this weekend if they can overcome their terrible home form against Middlesbrough.
Boro have lost three in a row after a decent start and are 5/2 to heap more woe on the Hammers. The home side look a decent punt at 11/10.

The rest of the weekend’s matches

There’s an entertaining match to look forward to on Friday night as Everton welcome Crystal Palace.
Everton’s good run came to an end last week with a defeat at Bournemouth (destroying many coupons in the process) while I tipped Palace to overcome Sunderland at the Stadium of Light.
The home side have the second best defensive record in the league and are 8/11 while all the value looks to be in the Eagles at 4/1.
Manchester United ended their losing run with an emphatic win over champions Leicester last weekend and they should be far too strong for struggling Stoke City at 1/4. Arsenal are in good form and should beat Burnley at Turf Moor, although there’s not much value in the 4/11 available.
While Leicester City have made an excellent start in their first Champions League campaign, their league form has been inconsistent. They face a tough match this weekend as Southampton are the visitors to the King Power Stadium.
The Saints have hit their stride after a difficult start under new boss Claude Puel and come into this one off the back of two straight wins. I like the away side’s chances at 12/5.
The match of the weekend sees the top two meet at White Hart Lane. Tottenham are the strongest challengers to the league leaders for the second season in a row and will be hoping to inflict Manchester City‘s first defeat of the season.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side are 11/5 while City can be backed at 6/5.

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