Spurs set for Sunday stroll
Tottenham to rack up another shutout win heads our selections in our game-by-game preview of Sunday's Premier League action.
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In addition, Paulinho and Stephane Sessegnon are both fancied to find the net in their respective games.
Finally, Swansea get the vote to pick up three points on the south coast at Southampton.
- 3pts Tottenham to beat West Ham 'to nil' at 6/4 (Sky Bet) - Have eight wins 'to nil' already this season; visitors yet to score on the road.
- 1pt Paulinho to score at any time v West Ham at 7/2 (Sky Bet) - Has three goals in eight starts and faces weak opposition here.
- 2pts Swansea to beat Southampton at 14/5 (Stan James, BetVictor, sportingbet) - Hosts overrated and Swansea have the quality to win at St Mary's.
- 1pt Stephane Sessegnon to score anytime v Arsenal at 4/1 (888sport) - New lease of life since his move to the midlands and should get a chance or two.
Norwich v Chelsea (1330 BST)
Chelsea have yet to win away from home in the Premier League this season. To be fair, it's been a tough start on the road for Jose Mourinho's men with trips to Manchester United, Everton and Tottenham and only one of those games has actually been lost. The bookies would appear to be making the assumption that normal service will be resumed when the quality of opposition lowers, as it does here, but that does not take Norwich's impressive record at Carrow Road into full account. Under Chris Hughton, they've been tough to break down on home soil and their results against last season's top six were impressive - wins against Arsenal, United and Everton, plus a draw against Spurs. Admittedly Chelsea did win here - 1-0 - but the Blues still aren't firing as many expected (their 4-0 midweek win came against poor opposition) and once again they will look for their crop of attacking midfielders to supply goals. Fernando Torres is both injured and suspended, while Samuel Eto'o appears to be living on past reputation. Quite what Demba Ba has done not to get a look in in beyond me. Norwich may have struggled thus far but they will be buoyed by last weekend's win at Stoke and may be a bit of value at 11/2 to claim another big scalp on home turf.
Verdict: Norwich 2 Chelsea 1 (AS)
Norwich have conceded only 23 goals in 22 home league games under Chris Hughton, keeping nine clean sheets in the process.
The Canaries have scored just two goals in their last five Premier League matches, but both of these have secured 1-0 victories.
Chelsea have picked up just two points (D2 L1) and scored just one goal in their three Premier League away games so far in 2013/14.
Southampton v Swansea (1330)
Cutting straight to the chase, Swansea look a good bet here to me at 14/5. Much has been made of their European campaign and its ability to drag down their Premier League performances. However, of the three games that have followed Europa League matches so far, Swansea have won two (against West Brom and Crystal Palace) and lost one. That was at Tottenham, 1-0, where they could have lost at any point this season such is Spurs' strength. I've mentioned on these pages before that Swansea have squad depth these days and with goals in them I can see them troubling a home team which has been short of them. This week's Europa game, which brought aanother win, was also a home one so travel isn't an issue. In a similar way that Europa League talk has surrounded Swansea, people have placed too much emphasis on Southampton's victory at Liverpool. Impressive as it was, it should also be remembered that this is a team who have been held at home by both Sunderland and West Ham already this term. Even if Ashley Williams is missing due to injury, Swansea look too big and should be backed accordingly. In addition, it's worth noting all Southampton's games have featured under 2.5 goals so far. That can be backed at 19/20 which also looks more than fair.
Verdict: Southampton 0 Swansea 1 (AS)
There have only been seven goals scored in the six Barclays Premier League games involving Southampton in 2013/14 - a league-low.
Swansea have won their last two Barclays Premier League away matches - they have never won three away games in a row in the competition.
Southampton have conceded just two goals in their six PL games this season and have kept three successive clean sheets in the competition.
Tottenham v West Ham (1600)
Yet to score away from home in the league this season, West Ham look ripe for the picking in this one. They were unlucky to lose at Hull last week but that doesn't wash away the fact they are struggling to create chances. They will finds things as tough as ever on that front given Spurs have been rock solid in defence this season. They have played 10 matches so far and won eight, all of which have been come without conceding. They are 6/4 to win this one 'to nil' which is manna from heaven for stats followers. Their wealth of summer signings have quickly settled in. Christian Eriksen is the one who has had tongues wagging with his early performances in a white shirt but Paulinho is another who has definitely brought much to the team. He may appear on TV captions as a holding midfielder but he gets forward with regularity and has already been rewarded with three goals from eight starts. He also hit the post against Chelsea last week with defences clearly struggling to pick up his runs from deep. Spurs could well win this at a canter and with Paulinho priced up at 7/2 to net at any time, I'm happy to back the Brazilian to extend his impressive goal record.
Verdict: Tottenham 3 West Ham 0 (AS)
Spurs have won 15 and lost just two of their last 25 London derbies at home in the Premier League (D8).
No side has played in more 0-0 draws in the Premier League since the start of last season than West Ham United (7, the same as Stoke).
Tottenham have lost only one of their last 16 Premier League games at White Hart Lane (W11 D4).
West Brom v Arsenal (1600)
There was no fluke about the Baggies' victory against Manchester United and it is now up to punters to decide whether they can repeat the trick against the best team in the country currently. There was a lot to admire at Old Trafford. Steve Clarke's side went out with a pretty fearless approach and no little skill as they made the champions look pretty pedestrian at times. I am semi-tempted by the home side in the double-chance market but at a bigger price it could be worth a second look at Stephane Sessegnon to score anytime at 4/1. I never really got what all the fuss was about with him at Sunderland but he looks a totally different player under Clarke and I fancy he will get an opportunity or two against the Premier League leaders. The Gunners have won every game since the opening-day loss to Aston Villa with Mesut Ozil's arrival and a resurgent Aaron Ramsey the driving force. Ozil believes there is loads more in the tank collectively as they make hay while some of their title rivals stumble along in the early stages. This should be a really good game and I think both teams will score - unfortunately so do the layers and make that outcome a 4/6 chance. West Brom will be desperate to try to pick up more points while they are in this confident run of form but the visitors can edge it and keep up the relentless pace at the top.
Verdict: West Brom 1 Arsenal 2 (DJ)
Arsenal have won their last eight Barclays Premier League away games in a row, equalling their best run in the competition.
The Gunners have scored a league-high four goals in the opening 15 minutes of Barclays Premier League games this season.
Arsenal have scored the first goal of the game in each of their six Premier League games this season.
Five of West Brom's six goals this season have arrived in the second half of matches, with three of these coming in the final 15 minutes.
- The games at Norwich and West Brom are being being televised live in the UK on Sky Sports.