This weekend’s Premier League action kicks off at White Hart Lane where Spurs play host to Manchester City – we preview this and all of the weekend’s other TV games.
Tottenham v Manchester City
Saturday 26th September / 12.45pm
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||6/5||BetVictor|
|After the 25th minute||Time of First Goal||10/11||Paddy Power|
|Man City 1-0||Correct Score||17/2||Bet365|
|Man City 2-0||Correct Score||10/1||Bet365|
|Sergio Aguero (ew)||First Goalscorer||4/1||Sky Bet|
|Raheem Sterling (ew)||First Goalscorer||9/1||Paddy Power|
Tottenham have lost eight of their last nine games with City and three of their last four meetings at White Hart Lane – which include two 1-5 defeats (90/1 BetVictor).
But last season this fixture finished 0-1 and with City only having scored one goal in each of their last two league games and facing a must win Champions League game in Germany next week, another close game looks likely here.
Spurs have kept clean sheets in each of their last three games, including their last two at home, while City haven’t conceded a goal on the road yet, so our first recommended bet is on Under 2.5 Goals at stand-out odds of 6/5 with BetVictor.
On the same basis, we feel that Paddy Power’s 10/11 on the first goal of the game coming after the 25th minute is a value selection.
With Vincent Kompany set to return for City and Harry Kane failing to spark in front of goal (just two goals in his last 15 games for Spurs), we can see a low scoring away win here, so also suggest backing the 0-1 and 0-2 scorelines with Bet365 – who refund losing Correct Score bets on all games that finish 0-0.
Sergio Aguero has scored the first goal in the last three games between these sides and has a remarkable 8 goals in his last 4 games against Spurs. Back him each-way at 4/1 with Sky Bet to score first.
We also suggest backing Raheem Sterling each-way in this market at stand-out odds of 9/1 with Paddy Power. He scored on each of his last two visits to White Hart Lane for Liverpool and has scored in the league and Capital One Cup for City recently.
Newcastle v Chelsea
Saturday 26th September / 5.30pm
|Chelsea||To Win To Nil||9/5||BetVictor|
|Chelsea 1-0||Correct Score||7/1||Unibet|
|Chelsea 2-0||Correct Score||15/2||Unibet|
|Loic Remy||Anytime Goalscorer||7/4||Betfred|
|John Terry||Anytime Goalscorer||8/1||Betfred|
The Magpies are in 19th place with just two points so far this season and suffered an embarrassing midweek League Cup exit here to Sheffield Wednesday’s reserve side, so the last thing Steve McClaren needed was a visit from the champions.
Although Chelsea started the season with 3 defeats in their first 5 league games, last weekend’s victory over Arsenal may well have signaled a return to form and we feel they rate a decent bet at 8/13 (generally) to win this game, while a bet on them to win to nil at 9/5 with BetVictor is also recommended.
As Newcastle have only scored one goal in their last five league games, we also suggest backing Chelsea to win 1-0 and 2-0 at best odds of 7/1 and 15/2 respectively with Unibet – who refund losing Correct Score bets if a goal is scored in injury time.
With Diego Costa suspended, former Newcastle loanee Loic Remy should start up front and the 7/4 with Betfred on him scoring on his return to St James’ Park looks particularly good value (5/4 or 6/5 elsewhere).
John Terry was dropped for Chelsea’s games against Maccabi Tel Aviv and Arsenal last week, but we can see him starting here and, if so, we also recommend backing him to score at the stand-out odds of 8/1 offered by Betfred (just 9/2 with William Hill) as he will be desperate to make a point to Mourinho and the media.
Watford v Crystal Palace
Sunday 27th September / 4pm
|Crystal Palace||Match Result And Both Teams To Score||5/1||Bet365|
|Watford 1-0||Correct Score||15/2||Unibet|
|Odion Ighalo (ew)||First Goalscorer||6/1||Bet365|
Palace have won two of their three away league games so far this season, to extend Alan Pardew’s impressive away record since he arrived at Selhurst Park at the start of the year to 8 wins in 11 games.
Indeed, Palace have yet to draw on the road under his stewardship – with the other three games all 1-0 defeats (including at White Hart Lane last weekend).
Also, since being promoted in 2013, Palace are unbeaten against promoted sides (W9, D2), so they look fair value at 21/10 with Bet365 to win this one.
However, as in 7 of those 8 away wins under Pardew (and all of the last 6), both teams scored – in fact Palace have just one clean sheet in their last 20 matches – we would prefer to back the visitors to win and both teams to score at odds of 5/1.
We also suggest a saver on the 1-0 home win at best odds of 15/2 with Unibet – as one of those two bets has won in each of Palace’s last nine away league games (plus Watford have yet to concede at home so far this season).
Watford’s Odion Ighalo has scored four of the Hornet’s five goals this season and he can be backed each-way to score the first goal at best odds of 6/1 with Bet365.