Thu, Oct 18, 9:43am by Staff Writer
The English Premier League is back after an international break and we are almost a quarter of the way through the new season, with Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City knotted on 20 points at the top of the table.
Chelsea versus Manchester United
Saturday, 20 October 2018 at 10:30pm (AEDST) at Stamford Bridge, London
Two teams with contrasting form lines clash in the opening game of the weekend when Jose Mourinho returns to Stamford Bridge once more with his new team Manchester United.
The Blues are $1.62 favourites to win the match, with United a big-priced underdog at $5. The draw is paying $3.75.
Chelsea are undefeated this season and have taken 20 points from the 24 available to them in a successful campaign thus far under new coach Maurizio Sarri.
It has been a poor season for United so far and they needed to score three late goals to overcome Newcastle at home last time out.
That win spared United another week in the spotlight and they have a difficult run of fixtures ahead of them in the coming weeks both domestically and internationally. The Red Devils welcome Italian champions Juventus to Old Trafford on Wednesday morning and Everton just five days later.
Mourinho is known to be cagey in matches against quality opposition, but two of his best defensive players are under an injury cloud after Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic were both unavailable for their countries last weekend.
Games just after an international break are often scrappy affairs and we are backing United to right the ship after a poor start to the season and snare a point.
Best bet- Chelsea and Manchester United to draw at $3.75
Bournemouth versus Southampton
Sunday, 21 October 2018 at 1am (AEDST) at Goldsands Stadium, Bournemouth
The Cherries are sitting pretty in sixth spot on the table after winning five of their first eight games.
The same can’t be said for their opponents this week who find themselves just out of the relegation zone and with only one win from eight starts.
Bournemouth start as $2 favourites to win this match, with the visiting Saints a $3.50 outsider. The draw is paying $3.40.
Southampton have a strong all-time record against Bournemouth, losing just two of their 14 matches against their near neighbours.
In the Premier League Bournemouth has managed just one win from six matches against Southampton, but have had two draws.
Southampton has struggled for goals this season and has not found the net this month. They are looking to arrest a scoring drought this weekend and if they go on to lose this match and don’t score, it will be the first time has happened to the club in the top flight in more than two decades.
The Saints rank third in the Premier League behind Manchester City and Chelsea for shots on goal, but have the second lowest conversion rate at just 5.2 per cent behind relegation favourites Cardiff.
This match has all the makings of a high scoring affair and despite Southampton’s lack of goals this season, we are backing them to come out of the international break rejuvenated and grab an upset win.
Best bet- Southampton to win at $3.50
West Ham United versus Tottenham
Sunday, 21 October 2018 at 1am (AEDST) at Olympic Stadium, London
West Ham and Tottenham renew hostilities in London this weekend and it is the Hammers who have enjoyed plenty of success against their rivals in this fixture.
The Hammers have won 14 games in the Premier League against Tottenham, the most wins they have against any team in the Premier League era.
Despite that, they start as $4 home underdogs to beat Spurs, who are$1.80 to win. The draw is priced at $3.60.
Tottenham has had a mixed start to the season but still boasts six wins from eight starts. They are winless in European competition thus far.
West Ham started poorly but have recovered and a 3-1 win against Old Trafford in September did plenty to inspire their fan base.
Spurs won a high scoring match against West Ham 3-2 the last time the teams met at the Olympic Stadium after getting out to a 3-0 lead.
Tottenham has a number of injuries to key players including Christian Eriksen, Mousa Dembele and Dele Alli and that has placed plenty of pressure on captain Harry Kane.
Spurs look a tad short here and we think West Ham can take at least a draw from this one.
Best bet- West Ham United and Tottenham draw at $3.60
English Premier League Matchday 9 Odds
Chelsea $1.67 Draw $3.75 Man Utd $5
Bournemouth $2 Draw $3.50 Southampton $3.75
Cardiff $2.40 Draw $3.40 Fulham $2.88
West Ham $4 Draw $3.75 Tottenham $1.83
Wolves $1.72 Draw $3.50 Watford $5
Newcastle $2.20 Draw $3.10 Brighton $3.60
Man City $1.08 Draw $12 Burnley $31
Huddersfield $11 Draw $5 Liverpool $1.28
Everton $1.83 Draw $3.50 Crystal Palace $4.33
Arsenal $1.45 Draw $4.50 Leicester $6
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