Premier League expert Jamie takes a look at the best Premier League bets for the upcoming weekend.
Manchester City vs Norwich – Manchester City -1 @ 8/13
Manchester City, currently top of the Premier League, have started the campaign solidly. The blues ran riot at home against Bournemouth and Newcastle, thrashing them both 5-1 and 6-1. I can see them winning by at least a couple this weekend as Norwich will go into the game following back-to-back defeats at home to West Brom, losing 1-0, and being battered at Newcastle 6-2. The results themselves emphasise their defensive vulnerabilities as they are the only team in the Premiership yet to keep a clean sheet. If Man City score early on, the floodgates could open and it could be a long afternoon for the Canaries.
West Brom vs Leicester – Leicester @ 29/20
Leicester have started the season off in excellent form, sitting 5th in the Premier League. Claudio Ranieri has really brought the spark to The Foxes, and Englishman Jamie Vardy has been clinical in-front of goal, netting 10 already, making him the league’s top goalscorer. On their previous outing at the Hawthorns, The Blues collected all 3 points after winning 3-2 in April. The Baggies have also started well under Pulis, sitting 10th, however, Leicester are a very good price and have managed to score in every game so far this season.
Southampton vs Bournemouth – Southampton @ 6/10
Bournemouth will be without both Max Gradel and Callum Wilson for this outing as they are ruled out for quite a while, and unfortunately for the Cherries I can’t see them snatching any points against a solid Southampton side, after coming off a humiliating 5-1 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend. Sadio Mane will be available for the trip as he will serve his one-match suspension, which he picked up at Anfield, mid-week against Liverpool in the Capital one Cup. I can see the Saints picking up a victory in this bout as he and Graziano Pelle have really ticked for Southampton again this season and they will both prove to be very difficult to defend against for the Bournemouth back-line.
Newcastle vs Stoke – BTTS @ 4/5
Both teams will go into this game bitterly disappointed after a defeat at the weekend and will be desperate to pick up points at the weekend. The Magpies have a decent attacking force with the likes of Perez, Mitrovic and Wijnaldum but definitely have their vulnerabilities in defence. Stoke, on the other hand can also be good going forward with the likes of Shaqiri and Bojan but are slightly more resolute in defence, albeit the recent 2-0 defeat against Watford, the Potters kept consecutive clean sheets at Aston Villa and Swansea. The last 3 contests between the sides at St James’ Park have ended with both teams scoring in the match and I can see the same happening again this weekend as they will both be pushing for the win, leaving the game wide-open with bags of space for the attackers to exploit.
Watford vs West Ham – West Ham or Draw @ 11/20
The Hammers have been absolutely incredible on their outings this season, managing to convincingly beat Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Crystal Palace, whilst also picking up a draw at Sunderland. West Ham or draw seems a safe bet as they are currently unbeaten in away games and sit 3rd in the table. Watford have only beaten Swansea at home this season but will be brimming with confidence following their excellent 2-0 victory at the Britannia Stadium. The quality of Dimitri Payet may be too much to handle for Watford but if they do manage to nullify his attacking prowess I can still see West Ham managing to pick up at least a point.