Southampton vs Aston Villa – Southampton @ 1/2
Southampton, who sit in 10th, clash against Aston Villa this weekend which sees the Villains currently sit at the foot of the table. Remi Garde’s side are 7 points adrift and have lost 8 of their last 9 games which is deeply concerning for his men. At the weekend Villa looked like they were going to pick up points against Watford after they drew level, but they proved to be the architects of their own downfall as an own goal drove them to yet another defeat – their 11th in just 14 games. Southampton on the other hand are slowly sliding down the table following their consecutive defeats to Stoke and Manchester City, however, before their slight blip they were unbeaten in 8 and I expect them to be undefeated at the weekend by collecting all 3 points.
Aston Villa have conceded a staggering 17 goals in just 7 away games thus far – averaging over 2 goals a game – and will be definitely doing their best in avoiding any replica of the 6-1 defeat which occurred at St Mary’s last campaign where Sadio Mane grabbed the quickest hat-trick the Premier League has ever seen. The attacking threat of Mane, Tadic and Pelle may be too much to handle for a vulnerable Villa defence which can’t stop conceding which is why I think Southampton will win this one.
Chelsea vs Bournemouth – Chelsea @ 2/5
Eddie Howe’s side were involved in a six-goal thriller at the weekend against Everton as they picked up a point. Unfortunately for them, I can’t see them getting anything from Stamford Bridge this weekend, stretching their winless streak to 10 matches. Chelsea have won their last three competitive meetings with AFC Bournemouth without conceding a goal and are unbeaten in their last 43 home league matches against newly-promoted teams. Jose Mourinho’s side are looking for back-to-back wins for the first time this season following their 1-0 win against Norwich; and a win this weekend could push them up to 13th.
Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are already in the deep midst of a relegation battle and with The Terriers conceding on average over 2 goals a game, their position in the Premier League isn’t likely to look too much better after this match with the attacking threat of Chelsea. Albeit the likes of Hazard and Costa haven’t done much at all this season, I can still see the Blues finding a way past Bournemouth and seeing their way to victory.
Newcastle vs Liverpool – Liverpool 2+ goals @ 8/11
Liverpool have recently been revolutionised under the arrival of Jurgen Klopp and their past results suggest that the Reds can really challenge for a Champions League spot. The reason for this bet is, firstly, because of the way Liverpool go forward with real menace and wins at the Etihad and Stamford Bridge in their last 2 league away games emphasise that. 3 Goals away at Chelsea and 4 against Manchester City does not come easy and having scored an astounding 6 against Southampton on Wednesday, Liverpool will have great confidence in front of goal on Sunday.
Newcastle’s defence has fallen apart as of late as they have been dumped 3-0 to Leicester and thrashed 5-1 against Crystal Palace in their last 2 matches. I can’t see Steve McClaren’s Newcastle side nullifying this Liverpool attack which will have a fit and fresh Daniel Sturridge raring to get on the scoresheet following his brace at St Marys midweek, as a result, I think the Reds will score at least a couple on Tyneside this weekend.
Swansea vs Leicester – BTTS + Over 2.5 @ 19/20
Garry Monk’s Swansea welcome Claudio Ranieri’s Leicester in a match where Swansea cannot afford to lose. Monk’s side have only picked up 1 point from a possible 12 and the manager of the Welsh club is the favourite for the next Premier League manager to get the sack as the Swans sit in 15th. They face a Leicester side who are emphatically exceeding their expectation thus far as they sit in 2nd – joint top with Manchester City.
Leicester have been involved in a staggering 11 matches this season where both teams have scored and with their recent record-breaker Jamie Vardy leading the line who has scored in 11 consecutive games, there may be another one on the cards at the weekend. Furthermore, 9 of those matches the Foxes have played in have seen over 2.5 goals. Swansea’s last match at the Liberty was a match which saw many goals as it ended 2-2 against Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth and on Saturday I think BTTS + Over 2.5 is a good bet for this one as both teams will be pushing for the win for their own reasons which is why I think it could turn into an open encounter where there will be many chances for both sides.