Premier League: Aye, aye Ajayi…

The Premier League weekend starts with a clash between Wolves and West Brom at Molineux, the first time these neighbours have met in the top flight since 2012.

Both sides are struggling this season – Wolves have won one of their eight league games since forward Raul Jimenez was injured against Arsenal, while West Brom are without a win in seven league games, conceding 21 goals in the process.

While, the hosts are the clear favourites for this match, we’re not sure where the goals are coming from and thus are reluctant to take the lower prices associated with the home team. The Baggies are a poor team and may well go down, but in Sam Allardyce they have a manager who could give them a chance.

He is known for tight defences, which they need, and prowess from set pieces. Their one bright moment since his appointment was drawing at Anfield, courtesy of a header from Semi Ajayi, and we’ll take the 28/1 on offer from SkyBet that he does so again.

The early evening game is a London derby, with Fulham hosting Chelsea at Craven Cottage.

Fulham have tightened up considerably since their start to the season, drawing their past five league games. Although that doesn’t mean they are winning games, something they need to do to get out of relegation trouble, at least they have made themselves far more difficult to beat.

Chelsea are currently in the middle of a sticky patch, having lost four of their last six Premier League games. They need to win this one if they are to have realistic hopes of a top four position, and maybe manager Frank Lampard keeping his job.

Although Chelsea have been inconsistent, Mason Mount has been one of their stars. The midfielder has forced his way into the England squad, and has become a regular in the side. Given Fulham may prove more tricky to break down, his long range shooting could become a feature. We’ll take a 16/1 punt that he scores from outside the area.

The late game sees Leicester host Southampton at the King Power Stadium.

This is a tricky game to call. Southampton┬áhaven’t lost on the road since they were beaten at Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season, but they are likely to be without leading striker Danny Ings due to Covid reasons.

Leicester haven’t been as impressive at home as they have been on their travels, but they are likely to welcome back key players Jamie Vardy and James Maddison after minor injuries.

This suggests a home win, but we’re reluctant to go down that path. Instead we’re going to take a punt. Leicester have struggled against the set piece this season, and Southampton have one of the best crossers of the ball in the league in James Ward-Prowse. He has already combined with Jan Bednarek against Manchester United, and we’ll look for a Bednarek header tonight.

Recommendations:

Wolves/West Brom: Ajayi to score a header, 1 pt, at 28/1, SkyBet

Fulham/Chelsea: Mount to score from outside the area, 1 pt, at 16/1, SkBet

Leicester/Southampton: Bednarek to score a header, 1 pt, at 33/1, SkyBet

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