The Premier League weekend starts in south London, as Crystal Palace host Liverpool.
The visitors went to the top of the league midweek with their late win over Tottenham, and will undoubtedly feel energised by that. They will have to be. Liverpool have drawn their two previous games playing in the early Saturday slot that Jurgen Klopp dislikes, and their record away from home this season is not impressive.
With think Palace will cause them a lot of problems this time, but we take Liverpool to start quickly before tiredness kicks in. Mohamed Salah was on the score sheet against Palace when they last met, and he has also been the first goalscorer on three occasions already this season. We take him to do so once more.
Next up Southampton take on Manchester City. The visitors will be extremely annoyed with the way they let points slip away against West Brom at home midweek, and with rivals Liverpool taking a three point lead at the top of the table they known a win here is essential.
Southampton won’t be easy, as they are playing extremely well, and were unlucky to take only a point from Arsenal last weekend. However, this Southampton team loves to press the ball when out of possession and attack when with the ball. This could make them vulnerable to City counter attacks. In Kevin de Bruyne, City have a player in prime form, and the 7/5 on offer from Paddy Power that he has at least one shot on target seems a steal.
Next sees Everton take on Arsenal at Goodison Park. The Gunners managed to end a run of three consecutive Premier League defeats with a draw against Southampton last time out, but they were hanging on for that point! Everton, by contrast, have put a recent bad spell behind them and won their last two matches.
Everton lie fifth in the league, Arsenal 15th, and yet we can still get a healthy odds against price on a home win. Maybe Arsenal will pull something out on the travels today, but a home win looks like a nice price to me.
The late game sees Fulham travel north to take on Newcastle at St. James’ Park. The bookies have this down at a home win, but we’re not convinced.
The visitors come into the game on the back of two draws against Brighton and Liverpool, while Newcastle were ripped apart 5-2 by Leeds, looking distinctly tired at the end of that match. It’s a short turn around, and maybe the Covid-inspired shutdown of their training ground is having an impact.
We have been impressed with the form of Ademola Lookman. In what’s likely to be a low-scoring game, we’ll take a punt on the Fulham midfielder scoring the opening goal.
Crystal Palace/Liverpool: Salah to score first at 100/30
Southampton/Man City: De Bruyne to have a shot on target at 7/5
Everton/Arsenal: Everton to win at 13/8
Newcastle/Fulham: Lookman to score first at 9/1
A Yankee (prices by Paddy Power)