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West Ham v Crystal Palace
- 1730 BST kick-off on Sky Sports Premier League
The evening game brings us another London derby and West Ham can continue their great start to the campaign to enter - or keep on the brink of - the top four.
Crystal Palace have started brilliantly at home but have lost two out of three on the road and the Hammers look good value to extend their unbeaten run to seven matches.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Aaron Cresswell have been their scorers in the last two games and it is time Sebastian Haller returned to the score sheet.
The French forward has failed to find the back of the net in his last four appearances in all competitions, but he registered an assist at Bournemouth and averages over two shots per game, so he is still putting in the performances.
Given his record and position, he is still pretty short to get on the score sheet so the 5/2 available on him to register at least two shots on target against the Eagles looks much more appealing, as Manuel Pellegrini's side look to pass another tough test.
Prediction: West Ham 3-1 Crystal Palace (Sky Bet odds: 14/1)
- West Ham United are unbeaten in their last eight Premier League games against Crystal Palace (W4 D4 L0) since losing 3-1 in February 2015.
- Since Crystal Palace returned the Premier League in 2013-14, no side has won more penalties than the Eagles in the competition (46), while West Ham have given away the most in that time (39). There has been a penalty awarded in three of the last four league meetings between these sides.
- Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has never won an away Premier League match against West Ham United in six attempts (W0 D2 L4), with both teams finding the net in each game.
- West Ham’s Manuel Pellegrini has won all four of his home Premier League matches against Crystal Palace by an aggregate score of 11-2, beating a different manager each time (Pulis, Warnock, Pardew, Hodgson).
Brighton v Tottenham
- 1230 BST kick-off on BT Sport
With the danger of stating the obvious, this one could really go either way for Tottenham.
After a 7-2 embarrassment at home to Bayern in the Champions League, Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping for a reaction from his squad amid more talk of him potentially leaving his job.
The Seagulls were beaten at Chelsea last week and it is another tough one against a side looking to make the top four. After such a promising start under Graham Potter, they have not won since the opening day.
Christian Eriksen should be restored to the starting XI and his role in this Spurs team is vital. Harry Kane is the obvious threat but the eye-catching price is on his strike partner, Heung-min Son, to get on the score sheet.
Son is often pretty short so the 2/1 price on him to score anytime looks well worth considering (11/4 in a score-and-win double).
He scored against Bayern in midweek, just his third in all competitions this season, but he has three assists to his name and has a high shots ratio this term.
He had just one in last week's narrow victory over Southampton, but in his previous four appearances he had registered 16 efforts.
Son often rises to the occasion when called upon and he is good value to find the back of the net here with Spurs, who are winless in their last nine away games and desperate for victory.
Prediction: Brighton 0-2 Tottenham (Sky Bet odds: 9/1)
Best bet: Heung-min Son to score anytime at 2/1
- Brighton haven’t led for a single minute in any of their four Premier League matches against Spurs, with their two goals both coming in matches when they were trailing.
- Christian Eriksen has provided 19 assists for Harry Kane at Spurs in the Premier League and could become just the fifth player to provide 20+ for a single player in the competition, after Frank Lampard for Didier Drogba (24), Darren Anderton for Teddy Sheringham, Steve McManaman for Robbie Fowler and David Silva for Sergio Agüero (all 20).
Burnley v Everton
There were increasing murmurs surrounding Marco Silva's future at Everton and, although they lost last time out, the performance was much more encouraging.
Losing was understandable against champions Manchester City at Goodison and the 3-1 scoreline was probably flattering for the visitors and understated the Toffees' efforts.
Their stats had been so poor before this outing and they certainly stepped up and played for their manager, with eight attempts on target - the most Man City have faced in Pep Guardiola's 121 league games in charge.
Burnley are a different sort of opponent, with Sean Dyche's side starting reasonably well with nine points from their first seven games.
Everton can use last week as a springboard though and travel to Turf Moor without fear.
They are available at a nice odds-against price to find the back of the net in the first half, and a more appealing 6/4 to score 2+ goals in this game as they search for their third win of the campaign.
Prediction: Burnley 1-2 Everton (Sky Bet odds: 9/1)
Best bet: Everton to score 2+ goals at 6/4
- None of the 10 Premier League matches between Burnley and Everton have ended as draws – Burnley have won four and Everton have won six of the previous meetings.
- Burnley have gone on to lose their last five home league games in a row when they’ve conceded at least once, last winning without a clean sheet at Turf Moor against Spurs in February (2-1).
- Everton’s last four goals in all competitions have been scored by Dominic Calvert-Lewin. The striker is looking to score in four consecutive appearances in all comps for the first time in his career.
Liverpool v Leicester
A huge game for title hopefuls Liverpool going into the international break - a shame this is not on TV as it could be a cracker.
Brendan Rodgers makes his return to Anfield with high-flying Leicester and he will have learned from their away defeat at Manchester United last month about how they approach games on the road against top-six rivals.
For all Liverpool's positives this term, with seven wins from seven and 16 in a row in the league in total, they have kept just two clean sheets so far and surrendered a three-goal lead at home to Salzburg on Wednesday before Mo Salah eventually finishing the game off.
Leicester showed last week alone, with the help of Newcastle of course, that they know where the back of the net is by scoring five.
We tipped Ricardo Pereira to get a shot on target at 3/1 and he went one better, finding the back of the net with a great finish from 18 yards, and we have a Foxes goalscorer to consider this time around.
Belgian star Youri Tielemans has proved to be a classy operator in midfield since arriving, initially on loan, from Monaco in January.
He has a goal and assist to his name this season, but he has had a shot in all seven of Leicester's Premier League games, registering at least three in one game on four occasions.
He had four attempts against Newcastle and, with Jamie Vardy and Harvey Barnes stretching the Liverpool defence in James Maddison's absence, Tielemans can find space in his supporting role and a best price of 7/1 to score anytime is well worth considering.
Leicester will miss Maddison if that ankle problem continues to keep him sidelined, but they will give it a good go on Rodgers' return to Merseyside and Tielemans has the quality to strike.
Prediction: Liverpool 2-1 Leicester (Sky Bet odds: 15/2)
Best bet: Youri Tielemans to score anytime at 7/1
- Liverpool’s current run of 16 consecutive Premier League victories is the second longest ever in English top-flight history, bettered only by Manchester City between August-December 2017 (18).
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their last 43 home league games (W33 D10) – the longest current run in the top five European leagues, and Liverpool’s second longest ever in top-flight history. Their previous best of 63 between February 1978-December 1980 was eventually ended by Leicester.
- Since Brendan Rodgers was appointed Leicester manager, only Liverpool (49) and Manchester City (46) have won more Premier League points than the Foxes (31).
- Leicester striker Jamie Vardy has scored seven Premier League goals against Liverpool – only Andrew Cole (11) and Thierry Henry (8) have scored more against the Reds in Premier League history.
- If Sadio Mane scores, it will be his 50th Premier League goal for Liverpool in his 100th appearance for the club. He will also be the 10th different player to score 50 in the competition for the Reds, more than any other club.
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Norwich v Aston Villa
The first meeting of the newly promoted outfits, between two sides who have struggled on the road.
All of Norwich and Aston Villa's points (six and five respectively) so far have come on home soil and that has got to be a worry for both of their survival hopes.
The Canaries, who won this fixture 2-1 home and away last season, still have a worrying injury list, including first-choice goalkeeper Tim Krul remaining doubtful, and that could hinder their chances.
This one could be worth adding to your BTTS coupon - it has a score draw written all over it - but this is one we will sit out due to the unpredictability of both sides so far.
Prediction: Norwich 1-1 Aston Villa (Sky Bet odds: 13/2)
Best bet: Draw and BTTS at 17/5
- Aston Villa have lost their last three league matches against Norwich City, all in the Championship between April 2018 and May 2019.
- Norwich have only lost one of their 13 home league games in 2019, with that loss coming against Chelsea (W9 D3 L1). The Canaries have scored at least twice in 17 of their last 18 league games at Carrow Road.
- Aston Villa have dropped a league-high eight points from winning positions in the Premier League so far this season. Indeed, 50% of the comeback victories in the competition this term has been against the Villans (2/4).
- Conor Hourihane has been involved in five goals in his last four league matches against Norwich City for Aston Villa (3 goals, 2 assists).
- Norwich’s Teemu Pukki has scored five goals and assisted two more in his three Premier League home games. He could become the fifth player to score in each of his first four home matches in the competition (Mick Quinn, Hamilton Ricard, Rafael van der Vaart and Diego Costa), while only Mick Quinn and Sergio Agüero were involved in as many as eight goals in their first four home Premier League games.
Watford v Sheffield United
Quique Sanchez Flores has had a difficult return to Watford, with Arsenal, Man City and Wolves to face in his first three league fixtures.
The Hornets' only wins so far this year have come in the Carabao Cup and they host a Blades side which has collected a commendable five points from 15 on the road.
It is difficult to stop a team on the slide and Flores said last week how his side have 'insecurities' which lead to bad decisions which get punished at this level and they need a confidence-booster to put them back on track.
Whether they can against Sheffield United remains to be seen, after Chris Wilder's side performed so well against Liverpool last week.
This Blades side is full of imagination and creativity going forward and they can ensure the match starts in open fashion at Vicarage Road.
This increases the chance of a goal at either end early on and Watford have conceded a league-high four goals in the opening 10 minutes of Premier League games this season.
Whether Sheff United can pile the misery on Watford or the hosts can get an early boost, a goal in the first quarter of an hour looks a great option at 11/5.
Prediction: Watford 1-2 Sheff United (Sky Bet odds: 11/1)
Best bet: Time of first goal - 0-15 at 11/5
- Watford are winless in their seven Premier League games this season, their longest run without a victory from the start of a campaign in any division since 2006-07 (10 in the Premier League).
- Sheffield United are looking to secure back-to-back Premier League away victories for the fourth time, doing so once in each of their three previous campaigns in the competition (May 1993, April 1994, December 2006). The last occasion included a victory at Watford.
- Watford have conceded at least once in each of their last 19 Premier League games, the longest current run without a clean sheet in the competition. Meanwhile, only Crystal Palace in 2017-18 (-17) have had a worse goal difference after seven Premier League matches than the Hornets’ -16 this term.
- Sheffield United are unbeaten away from home in the Premier League this season (W1 D2) – they last remained unbeaten in their opening four games on the road in any division in 2012-13, and in the top-flight in 1972-73.
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