The Premier League returns after the international break, and the reigning champions are up first as Manchester City travel to London to take on Fulham.
The hosts put on a determined display against Liverpool last time out, but relegation is staring them firmly in the face. They just haven’t been good enough this season, and City are very likely to take advantage of this.
City seem to enjoy the international break – their last three games following these periods this season have seen wins of 3-0, 4-0 and 5-0. And let’s not forget City’s last three matches versus today’s opponents have seen them score 10 times without reply. Thus we think City will win, and probably easily.
Raheem Sterling has been one of their standout players this year, and he looked in sparkling form for England during the break. He has scored 15 league goals this season, and we expect him to net again today. He’s odds on to score once, so we’ll take Paddy Power’s enhanced 9/2 that he scores twice.
The evening match sees Everton traveling south to take on West Ham.
The Toffees played well in the second half of their last match before the international break, beating Chelsea. However, that was only their second victory in seven, illustrating their inconsistency.
West Ham have finally started to make the London Stadium feel like home. They are aiming for their fourth win in a row there and are unbeaten in six. We think this increased confidence will be the deciding factor, and take the Hammers to win the match.
West Ham captain Mark Noble has scored in his last two home games, and we’ll take the 13/2 on offer that he scores at anytime tonight.
Fulham/Man City: Sterling to score twice, 1 pt, at 9/2, Paddy Power
West Ham/Everton: Noble to score anytime, 1 pt, at 13/2, Paddy Power
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