Manchester City kept up their impressive run of form last weekend with a hard-fought 3-2 win over West Brom to maintain their 5 point lead at the top of the Premier League. Manchester United lie in second following their important 1-0 win over Tottenham which leaves Spurs 8 points off the pace in the race for the league. Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool all returned to winning ways and will be looking to put more points on the board this weekend.
Elsewhere, Leicester recorded their first win under Claude Puel whilst the problems continue to mount for Swansea, Everton & Crystal Palace.
Here are our picks for the eleventh round of fixtures in the Premier League: BET NOW
00:30 Stoke City vs Leicester City
Stoke City ($2.3)
Leicester City ($3)
Mark Hughes spoke of his delight at seeing his side return to winning ways at Watford last weekend. The Potters are notoriously difficult to break down at home although goals have been an issue this season – Mama Briam Diouf is their top scorer with 3 goals this term. Leicester’s decision to sale Craig Shakespeare appears justified as the Foxes have won all 3 games since his departure. Claude Puel’s first game in charge against Everton will give the Leicester fans a real sense of optimism going into the second half of the campaign.
This could be a very closely fought contest between two evenly matched sides.
Betting tip: Both teams to score and the match to finish as a draw ($5)
03:00 Huddersfield Town vs West Bromwich
Huddersfield Town ($3.25)
West Bromwich Albion ($2.95)
Huddersfield acquitted themselves admirably at Anfield last weekend in defeat to Liverpool for 50 minutes before succumbing to the reds. David Wagner has galvanised the club in so many ways and they will be targeting games like this to pick up points from in their survival bid. West Brom have lacked consistency this term and didn’t register a win in October. The Baggies have conceded too many goals for manager Tony Pulis’s liking and they will be desperate to keep out the Terriers here.
West Brom have picked up most of the most of their best results on the road this term and could be a tough nut for Huddersfield to crack.
Betting tip: West Brom to win the match and Jay Rodriguez to score anytime – as a double ($10.75)
West Brom to win 2-1
03:00 Newcastle vs Bournemouth
Rafa Benitez has had a fantastic start to the season on Tyneside as the Toon look comfortably set in mid-table in the Premier League. Defensive organisation has been key for the Magpies – a hallmark of any Benitez side and Jamal Lescelles has impressed greatly in central defence. Bournemouth will be hoping to evoke memories of their last away trip in the league – a 2-1 win over Stoke at the Bet 365 Stadium. Eddie Howe’s men haven’t managed to play the free flowing football that has won them so many admirers in recent seasons but last weekend’s gritty performance against Chelsea will give the Cherries fans cause for optimism.
Home advantage shouldn’t have too much baring at this one but Newcastle are very difficult to beat at present at Bournemouth may lack the fire power to trouble them.
Betting tip: Newcastle to win and under 2.5 goals in the game – as a double ($4.83)
Newcastle to win 1-0
03:00 Southampton vs Burnley
Southampton will be looking to notch their first home Premier League win in nearly 3 months as they welcome in-form Burnley to the South coast. The Saints have struggled for consistency under Mauricio Pellegrino – keeping the ball well but failing to hurt their opposition. Burnley have had a remarkable start to the season and sit in 7th place. Sean Dyche’s men have picked up famous wins over Chelsea and Everton on their travels this term and if they can replicate that sort of form they will seriously trouble the Saints.
Burnley will be brimming with confidence due to their lofty league position but Southampton will take the game to them at home.
Betting tip: Match to end as a draw ($2.95)
03:00 Swansea City vs Brighton – Liberty Stadium
Swansea City ($2.15)
Paul Clement’s side continue to flirt with relegation trouble and are lacking consistency this term. Whilst unlucky in defeat against Arsenal last weekend, the Swans are struggling to break opposition defences down and the summer signings of Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony have failed to have an impact. Brighton in contrast, have had a sensational start to the season. Sat comfortably in mid-table, Chris Hughton’s men have combined a resolute defensive outfit with a clinical element up front. Veteran striker Glenn Murray has bagged 3 goals in his last 2 games as the Seagulls continue to impress.
This looks to be a more important game for Swansea than Brighton with the Swans needing to pick up points quickly – a moment of individual brilliance or stupidity could separate the two sides.
Betting tip: Match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($4.95)
05:30 West Ham United vs Liverpool
West Ham ($6.5)
West Ham will be desperate to continue their upsurge in recent form as they welcome Liverpool to the Olympic Stadium. Slavan Bilic’s men showed great spirit to beat Tottenham in the Carabao Cup before performing admirably in a 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace. Liverpool seem to have shaken off their recent troubles – winning 3-0 over Huddersfield then beating Maribor by the same score line in the Champions League. Juergen Klopp’s men have had problems defensively on the road this term and they will need to improve in that department if they are to pick up anything from this match.
West Ham will sense weaknesses in the Liverpool back line but the Reds are in a decent spell of form and should have too much quality.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($4.25)
Liverpool to win 2-1
00:00 Tottenham vs Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace ($15)
Confidence is sky high currently within the Spurs squad following their 3-1 victory over Real Madrid on Wednesday evening. The Wembley hoodoo that troubled them earlier in the season looks very much a thing of the past and despite their defeat to Manchester United last time out, Spurs look well placed to challenge for the league once again this term. Crystal Palace meanwhile sit bottom of the Premier League having only won once all season. Roy Hodgson will be hoping his side’s last minute equaliser against West Ham can be a catalyst this term.
Spurs look on a roll at home and could cause some serious damage to Crystal Palace.
Betting tip: Harry Kane to score anytime and Spurs to win with a -2.5 goal handicap – as a double ($4.25)
Tottenham to win 4-0
02:15 Manchester City vs Arsenal – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.8)
Manchester City have been in imperious form this term – blowing away all of their opposition in all competitions and their unbeaten streak stretches back to April. Where the last tram to beat them was indeed Arsenal. City have a stronger group of players this season which is demonstrated by their 5 point lead at the top of the Premier League. With Champions League qualification assured, Guardiola will want to see his team focus on their domestic aspirations for the time being. Arsenal have found form in recent weeks and the potent front three of Sanchez, Ozil and Lacazette seems to be paying dividends. They will test City in many areas in what promises to be a fascinating encounter.
A Premier League heavyweight clash that City look to have too much quality for but if they are not at their best, the Gunners will pick them off.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the game and over 2.5 goals in the game ($2.65)
Manchester City to win 3-1
04:30 Chelsea vs Manchester United – Stamford Bridge
Manchester United ($2.85)
The problems are starting to mount up for Chelsea – 9 points off the pace in the Premier League and even more questions were asked following a 3-0 thumping at Roma in the Champions League. Antonio Conte’s men have struggled with injuries this term and they will be desperate to get one over former boss Jose Mourinho. Manchester United got back on track last week with a 1-0 win over Tottenham and the big games keep on coming for the Red Devils. The Reds could be 8 points off Manchester City prior to kick off and will need a win to keep pace with their cross-city rivals.
Both sides need the points and it promises the match of the weekend.
Betting tip: Match to end as a draw and both teams to score – ($3.85)
04:30 Everton vs Watford – Goodison Park
David Unsworth takes charge of Everton at Goodison Park for the first time as Watford travel to Merseyside looking to get their season back on track. Everton find themselves languishing in the bottom three following a disastrous start to the season and their performance at Leicester last week will be concerning for their fans. Watford have lost their last 2 games (to Chelsea and Stoke) and tensions spilled over last week as club captain Troy Deeney has subsequently been suspended for his role in a brawl in their last game against Stoke.
Both sides will be desperate for points in what promises to be an even game on paper.
Betting tip: Under 2.5 goals in the game and the match to finish as a draw – as a double ($6.45)
EPL Week 11 multi bet:
We’re backing four results this week as a fourfold with a betting stake of $50:
Manchester City vs Arsenal – Manchester City to win
Tottenham vs Crystal Palace – Tottenham to win
Newcastle vs Bournemouth – Newcastle to win
Huddersfield vs West Brom – West Brom to win
For total odds of $14.56.
A $50 wager would pay out $728 if successful at the current odds.