The new Premier League weekend starts with a clash between Manchester City and West Ham, at the Etihad Stadium.
West Ham are playing really well at the moment, lying in fourth place having beaten Tottenham last weekend, but they now face a very difficult test – doing what the previous 19 teams before them have failed to do, stop City from winning!
City will slip up at some point, and West Ham do have a very well drilled defence, but it’s still tricky to see anything other than a home win this afternoon. Raheem Sterling has been involved in 14 goals in 15 Premier League appearances against West Ham, scoring eight and setting up six, and we’ll take William Hill’s 9/2 that he scores first.
The 3 o’clock game sees West Brom take on Brighton at the Hawthorns. Both teams are desperate for points, but both have struggled for goals, suggesting a stalemate, and we’ll pass.
The early evening game sees Leeds . His replacement will be take on Aston Villa at Elland Road. These two sides have surprised this season, and this could well be a highly entertaining clash.
The hosts have been very unpredictable at home, as shown by five wins, five defeats and two draws. The one thing that you can expect from them is all action, attacking football. Aston Villa also stand proudly in the top half of the table, but were disappointing against Leicester last time out with talisman Jack Grealish.
We think this absence is crucial, and expect Leeds to do most of the attacking. Also missing from the Villa side is fullback Matty Cash, and he will continue to be replaced by Ahmed Elmohamady. The Egyptian was booked last out, and will have to cope with a rampaging Leeds side. Odds of 7/1 for him to be booked again seem generous.
The late game sees Newcastle host Wolves at St. James’ Park.
The Magpies have lost eight Premier League games in 2021, more than other side, and are getting dragged dangerously close to the relegation zone. They need to start collecting points, but are further hampered by the injury to leading striker Callum Wilson.
This puts extra onus on Allan Saint-Maximin to be the team’s attacking threat, and he responded with a goal in their defeat at Old Trafford last time out. He looked full of confidence in that game, and we’ll take him to get on the scoresheet again tonight.
Man City/West Ham: Sterling to score first, 1 pt, at 9/2, bet365
Leeds/Aston Villa: Elmohamady to be booked, 1 pt, at 7/1, bet365
Newcastle/Wolves: Saint-Maximin to score anytime, 1 pt, at 9/2, bet365
1 pt on the treble