For the first time since March, Premier League grounds will have spectators in attendance to watch five of this weekend’s slate of games. Arsenal’s trip to north London neighbors Tottenham is one of those fixtures where up to 2,000 fans will be allowed into the ground. They will hope to see another goal-fest in one of the league’s highest-scoring fixture. Both clubs are experiencing different seasons with Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham top of the table while Arsenal have their lowest ever points total after 10 EPL games.
Manchester City vs. Fulham
Man City HT/FT (-265)
Manchester City has dominated their meetings with Fulham in recent years to the point that victory this weekend will be City’s tenth in a row over the Cottagers. That run has to end some time, but it’s unlikely to happen at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday. If it does, then it will go down as one of the biggest shock results of the campaign so far. During their dominant run, Pep Guardiola’s side has won the last five by a combined score of 16-0. Last weekend, City beat Burnley 5-0 in the fourth successive meeting at the Etihad and a similar fate could befall the Cottagers this weekend if they start the game slowly. Fulham’s form has been improving lately with their 2-1 win at Leicester their second in their last four EPL matches. But winning back-to-back games against a City side beaten once in their last 13 league and cup matches will be a challenge.
Chelsea vs. Leeds
Chelsea win and Both Teams to Score (+175)
This will be Leeds’ first league meeting at Stamford Bridge since May 2004 and the venue holds bitter memories for the Yorkshire club. It was in west London that Leeds’ relegation was confirmed to consign them to 16 years of agony of not playing in the top flight. Before their drop, Stamford Bridge was not a particularly happy hunting ground with just one Leeds win in their last nine at the home of the Blues. And this is not a great time to be playing Frank Lampard’s side who extended their unbeaten run in all competitions to 15 after a 4-0 win at Sevilla in the UCL on Wednesday night.
Forward Olivier Giroud has been a bit-part player for the Blues this season, but he helped himself to all four goals as a number of key players were rested for this fixture with Leeds. Marcelo Bielsa’s side did not have a midweek match to distract them but Chelsea’s strength in depth should see them to victory in an entertaining contest. Patrick Bamford, who was sent out on loan seven times during his time at Chelsea earlier in his career, would love to score for Leeds against his former club.
West Brom vs. Crystal Palace
Under 2.5 goals (-155)
There are certain games that just lack any excitement and Crystal Palace’s trip to West Brom on Sunday is one of them. Do not expect too many goals in this fixture as neither side has been prolific in front of the goal so far this season. Palace has failed to score in three of their four road league games while the home side has managed to score just two goals in their last seven in the EPL.
Other bets to consider in this fixture include under 2.5 total match goals which has landed in West Brom’s last seven and in Palace’s previous two matches. And recent meetings suggest both teams will not score at the Hawthorns on Sunday. Both teams to score has happened just once in the last seven meetings. West Brom has played in the early Sunday slot twice already this season and lost 2-0 at Southampton and 1-0 at home to Tottenham. This may well be another low-scoring contest.
Tottenham vs. Arsenal
Over 2.5 goals (-112)
The new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium will open its doors for the first time since March as Covid-19 restrictions are eased. Up to 2,000 spectators will be allowed to watch the first north London of the season as the current league leaders host an Arsenal side that has made the worst start to a Premier League season in the club’s history. A return of 13 points from 10 games is poor, but beating their neighbors to knock them off the top of the table would make up for that disappointment.
This is one of the league’s highest scoring fixtures with 159 goals scored in the 56 previous meetings which works out at 2.84 goals per meeting. Four goals have been scored from penalties in the last four meetings which might be a bet worth considering. Spurs forward Harry Kane has scored three of them and he will hope to add to the 10 goals against the Gunners in his last 11 derbies. Five of those have come from penalties.
Liverpool vs. Wolves
Diogo Jota to score (+145)
It’s been a difficult week for Wolves who travel to Anfield without one of their most influential players. Raul Jimenez is Wolves’ leading scorer, but a fractured skull in their 2-1 win at Arsenal has put his career on hold. Jimenez is the only Wolves player to have found the back of Liverpool’s net in the four league meetings during the previous two seasons. Jimenez’s shocking injury leaves Wolves lacking firepower especially as they sold Diogo Jota to Liverpool in the off-season. Jota scored seven league goals for the Molineux side last season and he can match that tally with two goals in Sunday’s late game. Jota has scored four goals in his last five EPL matches and would love to get on the scoresheet against his former employers.
Liverpool has their own injury problems with several key players missing including Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara. Liverpool has scored in every league game this season and with Jota leading the attack, they should continue that sequence.
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