Man City to outgun Tottenham: Premier League odds and predictions
Sorry, Harry – it’s Manchester City to outgun Tottenham: Premier League odds and predictions plus Arsenal to grab win No 12 (and lead a 17/1 acca)
- Tottenham host Manchester City in a mouthwatering clash on Monday night
- Pep Guardiola’s champions should have too much firepower for Spurs
- But north London rivals Arsenal look a good bet to win at Crystal Palace
- Enigmatic Manchester United are far tougher to predict – they face Everton
Table-topping Manchester City are at Wembley to take on Tottenham in the big one – but you’ll have to wait until Monday night to find out if Pep Guardiola can stretch his side’s unbeaten run into double figures.
There’s plenty to get stuck into before that, with Liverpool and Chelsea looking to do the same and Arsenal aiming to extend their remarkable winning run to 12 games in all competitions.
Here’s our game-by-game guide to the 10th round of top-flight fixtures. All kicking off at 3pm on Saturday unless stated.
Manchester City look in good spirits before their clash with Tottenham on Monday night
Brighton v Wolves
Hard lessons were learned last week and bookies would’ve enjoyed watching rarities like Brighton winning away and Wolves slipping up at home. Wolves boss Nuno admitted his side, with no changes made to the starting XI in the league this term, may have been a bit comfy and taken their eye off the ball. And when they did, just like that, Watford scored twice. It was only a second defeat of the season for Wolves and a first at Molineux since January so how they respond will be interesting, especially with Tottenham and Arsenal up next after the Seagulls. The visitors are 31/20 with a few firms to get back to winning ways while Chris Hughton’s side, who won their last two (against West Ham and Newcastle) 1-0, are 11/5 (Betfair). They’re 8/1 with bet365 for a third 1-0 in a row while a 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 Brighton win is 11/4 (Sky Bet).
Fulham v Bournemouth
It’s bad enough conceding four goals but for it to happen against a team who had only scored four all season… Fulham’s slide really picked up speed last weekend and left them in the bottom three as they made the trip back to London from Cardiff. They continue to look good going forward but any team facing them can expect some shooting practice. That could come in handy for Bournemouth after they hit the buffers and lost some of their momentum by drawing a blank against Southampton. Over 3.5 total goals in the game is 7/5 with Bet Victor and this is the one we’ll have a go at both teams to score in both halves (8/1). Andre Schurrle is 12/5 to score for the hosts at any time while Bournemouth’s Ryan Fraser is 4/1 (bet365).
Liverpool v Cardiff
Neil Warnock said before the Fulham game he wouldn’t put money on Cardiff staying up but after that thumping win is there any chance he’ll fancy the 33/1 available for them to win at Anfield? Probably not. Warnock’s many things but he’s not daft. The Reds were rampant once again in midweek, scoring four goals past Red Star Belgrade after only managing three in the five games before. Jurgen Klopp’s side are no better than 1/8 but you can get 8/11 they win without conceding – Brazilian keeper Alisson has had six clean sheets in nine so far. At the other end, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all scored on Wednesday night and are skinny odds to score at any time but Virgil van Dijk could give punters a run for their money. He was on target for Holland during the recent break and is 7/1 with a few bookies to score at any time.
Mohamed Salah looked back in ominous form in midweek, which is bad news for Cardiff
Southampton v Newcastle
There’s not much hope left if you can’t win a home game against Brighton and it’s looking bleaker by the week for rock-bottom Newcastle. It is still early but from 11/2 at the start of the season they’re now no better than 15/8 to go down. They’re 3/1 to win at Southampton but the hosts, at a touch better than evens with most firms, look the safer option. They could’ve won at Bournemouth if their strikers had been wearing their shooting boots but Manolo Gabbiadini and Co surely can’t be that sloppy again. Saints are 5/2 (widely available) to be winning at half-time and full-time. Gabbiadini, who came off the bench last week and missed the best chance of the match, is 7/2 with Sky Bet and Paddy Power in the score-win double.
Watford v Huddersfield
Home banker all day long (although we said the same about Bournemouth seven days ago). But if Watford can win at Wolves – and ruin a few accas in the process – they can take care of Huddersfield. Javi Gracia outsmarted his Wolves counterpart Nuno last time out for his first win in six games in all competitions following that impressive run at the start of the campaign. Roberto Pereyra was at the thick of their early-season success and he was on target last week. He’s 10/3 with Paddy Power to score at any time and 7/1 for the opener. Watford are 3/4 to win.
Leicester v West Ham – 5.30pm
It wasn’t a great leap into the unknown predicting losses for these two last weekend with Tottenham winning at West Ham before Arsenal did the business against Leicester. This one isn’t quite as straightforward but it’s the hosts who get the nod. Jamie Vardy’s stomach problem might keep him out and be a bit of a sickener for Claude Puel but Hammers boss Manuel Pellegrini has it much worse, with Andriy Yarmolenko the latest player to add his name to a lengthy injury list. West Ham have lost twice since that impressive win over Man United and the Foxes are also looking to snap a run of two straight defeats since beating Newcastle. Puel’s side are 23/20 for the points and 4/1 to win after being level at half-time.
West Ham have serious injury worries after Andriy Yarmolenko became the latest to succumb
Burnley v Chelsea – Sunday 1.30pm
Maurizio Sarri looks nailed on to become the first Chelsea manager to remain unbeaten in his first 10 matches as Burnley just can’t live with the big boys. In their last dozen games against the traditional top six, since beating Liverpool more than two years ago, the Clarets have drawn twice and lost 10 times. The most recent was a 5-0 thumping at Manchester City last time out but on their own patch, in seven games in all competitions, Burnley have only conceded more than one goal twice – to Watford and Manchester United. Chelsea are 11/2 to win 2-0 or 3/1 to win by a two-goal margin.
Crystal Palace v Arsenal – Sunday 1.30pm
They brought up the perfect 10 on Monday night, made it 11 for good measure by beating Sporting Lisbon and we’ll be on Arsenal to chalk up a 12th straight win when they make the short trip to Selhurst Park. Palace head into this one on the back of three straight losses and the only two teams they’ve beaten this term are now sitting in the bottom three. Arsenal, at 4/5 with several firms, should be added to any acca, and once again are worth taking to win with over 3.5 total goals in the game. That’s been the case in six of their 11 victories and is available at 16/5. The Gunners have been picking off most of their victims with a blitz after the break (there’s been more than a few half-time draws) but that could change against a weak Palace side and the visitors to be leading after 15 minutes is 17/4 with a few bookies.
Manchester United v Everton – Sunday 4pm
It can’t be easy following Man United this season and it’s damn hard trying to back a winner when they’re playing. They were seconds away from ending Chelsea’s unbeaten run but then a few days later were miles away from Juventus despite sharing the same pitch. Historically, their record against Everton is impressive – they’ve scored more goals (98) and won more games (35) against them than any other opponent. But disregard seasons gone by and the numbers don’t make quite such pleasant reading for the Red Devils. They’ve only managed one clean sheet in nine this term and only once, in 2014-15, did they collect fewer points with this many games played. Recent results also show that Everton have won three league games on the spin but they needed 87 minutes and a couple of subs to break down Palace last Sunday. United can edge this one but are best backed at 13/5 to win with both teams scoring. Romelu Lukaku heads the scorer markets despite forgetting how to put the ball in the net, while Anthony Martial and Juan Mata looked good at Stamford Bridge. You can get Martial at 21/10 to net and Mata is 16/5.
Anthony Martial found his shooting boots against Chelsea, so watch out Everton
Tottenham v Manchester City – Monday 8pm
European disappointments have taken the shine off Tottenham’s best start to a domestic season, despite the fact that they’ve won the same number of Premier League games as pace-setters Man City and Liverpool. The worry about Spurs now is that this, two points behind, is as close as they’re going to get. Yes they’ve been winning but City have been WINNING. A couple of 1-0s – against West Ham and Cardiff – a 2-1 at Brighton and 2-0 against Huddersfield put points on the board for Spurs but City have won their games by scoring 10 more goals than Harry Kane and Co. That’s more than a goal a game and reason enough to back City at Wembley. The visitors are 3/4, or 3/1 to win by a one-goal margin and 21/10 to win with both teams scoring.
Harry Kane is rarely outgunned, but he might just experience that against champions City
BEST BETS FOR THE WEEKEND
HOMES: Watford, Birmingham, Swansea, Norwich, Sunderland 25/1 several firms
AWAYS: Arsenal, Man City, Luton, Peterborough 17/1 several firms
DRAWS: Middlesbrough v Derby, Coventry v Doncaster, Colchester v Lincoln around 36/1
ANYTIME SCORER: Martial, Pereyra, Gabbiadini 36/1 Paddy Power
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