Newcastle United have had a miserable start to the season and they won’t be relishing the prospect of Chelsea visiting St James’ Park on Saturday evening. The Blues head north off the back of wins over Maccabi Tel Aviv and Arsenal, with bet365 offering 4/6 about an away victory.
The Magpies will need to improve on last weekend’s 2-1 reverse against Watford, with Steve McClaren’s side on offer at 19/4 with BetVictor although it’s worth noting that Newcastle did win this fixture last season and they badly need the points this time around.
Nevertheless, the United defence have been badly exposed this term and Chelsea look an attractive bet at 9/5 (BetVictor) to win this game to nil, with Kurt Zouma and Gary Cahill seemingly the preferred central defensive option and keeping the Gunners at bay last weekend.
Manchester United will be many punters’ Saturday afternoon bankers, with the Red Devils hosting a Sunderland side who are already massive favourites to be relegated. Paddy Power go 1/4 about Louis van Gaal’s team and that man Anthony Martial is 18/1 via William Hill to bag himself a hat-trick.
Meanwhile, Leicester City are lighting up the division and BetVictor offer a stand-out 10/3 that the Foxes claim victory over an Arsenal team who are by no means away bankers. Should the Gunners be odds-on at 17/20 (William Hill) when Riyad Mahrez is in the form of his life?
On Sunday, an in-form Watford team host Crystal Palace bidding to make it a hat-trick of victories after beating Swansea and Newcastle. The Hornets are yet to concede a goal at Vicarage Road and bet365 dangle 6/4 in front of punters that the boys in yellow triumph.
Odion Ighalo is 6/1 (William Hill) to score the opening goal for the third game running, although Alan Pardew will be demanding an improvement after two straight defeats and Stan James are brave enough to go 2/1 that we see the Eagles soaring once again.
Monday night’s Sky-televised encounter pits West Brom against Everton and it could be defences on top at The Hawthorns. After all, the Baggies are keeping clean sheets for fun and the Toffees defence has been superbly marshalled by John Stones recently.
Elsewhere, Stan James price Liverpool at 1/2 to get the better of Aston Villa at Anfield and William Hill’s 6/5 chances West Ham can transfer their away form to Upton Park by edging out Norwich. In the remaining two matches meanwhile, Winner.com go 5/2 about Southampton sharing the spoils with Swansea and it’s 9/4 (BetVictor) to prove inconclusive as Stoke entertain Bournemouth.
Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool treble – 21/10 (bet365)
Southampton to draw with Swansea – 5/2 (Winner.com)
Leicester to beat Arsenal – 10/3 (BetVictor)
No goalscorer in West Brom v Everton – 8/1 (Stan James)