Premier League: Wood you believe it…

The Premier League weekend ends with two games this evening, starting with Burnley hosting Wolves at Turf Moor.

Wolves have been inconsistent this season, having lost a number of key players in the summer and then suffering some injuries, including main striker Raul Jimenez. They still have some talent, and come into this game on the back of a 2-1 win over Chelsea, but we’re a little unsure of where their goals will come from.

Burnley started the season very slowly, but have picked up nine points from their last six, with their only defeat during this run being a now annual 5-0 beating by Manchester City at the Etihad.

We think this will be a low scoring affair, but note that Wolves are likely to miss defenders Leander Dendoncker and Willy Boly through injury. This could create an opportunity for Burnley striker Chris Wood – he is Burnley’s top scorer and has scored 11 headed goals over the past two seasons. Sky Bet has him at 9/1 to score a header, and we’ll be on that.

The late game sees Chelsea take on West Ham, in what could be a fiery London derby. The Blues have had a little wobble, losing their last two games and dropping down to eighth in the table. A victory tonight would see them climb to fifth, renewing their challenge for a Champions League spot.

West Ham have had an impressive start to their campaign, particularly when taking into account their extremely difficult fixture list. They are firmly in the top 10 and victory tonight could see them climb into the top six.

The Hammers have been playing a 3-4-3 formation, which relies heavily on the work rate of central midfielders Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice. We think they could be hard pressed tonight, particularly as Chelsea have had six days rest, and will side with Rice to be booked as he is the longer price.

Recommendations:

Burnley/Wolves: Wood to score a header, 1 pt, at 9/1, SkyBet

Chelsea/West Ham: Rice to be booked, 1 pt, at 7/2, William Hill

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