By William Hill
Last Updated: 6th November 2019
After some thrilling midweek League Cup ties, the Premier League returns with a full programme of matches over the weekend. Here’s our preview of Chelsea’s visit to Watford, Liverpool’s encounter with Aston Villa and Brighton versus Norwich.
Lampard loves an away day
Regardless of whether they are travelling by bus, train or plane, there’s certainly no sign of travel sickness for Frank Lampard and his Chelsea side and that will put the fear in Watford this weekend.
The Blues have scored a whopping 16 goals in their previous four Premier League games away from Stamford Bridge, beating Norwich, Wolves, Southampton and Burnley in recent times.
Sure, they aren’t the strongest of teams and you could argue that the fixtures list has been somewhat kind for Lampard and Co. However, a trip to Vicarage Road looks to be the easiest of the bunch.
The Hornets are the only side in the top four divisions yet to win a league game this season and, having conceded 21 goals in 10 games, Chelsea look a good bet to score over 2.5 goals at 7/4.
Mane has a thirst for being first
With Liverpool flying high at the top of the table with nine wins and a draw, finding value in backing them is a tough ask and they are unsurprisingly 7/20 to beat Aston Villa this weekend.
Even Liverpool -1 is odds on at 17/20 and that bet is easy to swerve as the Reds have only managed to achieve that feat in one of their previous six away matches, namely a 3-0 win away at Burnley in August.
Instead, it’s worth looking at first goal scorer and in particular Senegal international Sadio Mane who has become an integral part of Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino-filled front three.
Both Salah and Mane have scored five goals this season. However, the latter is slightly bigger in the market at 7/2 and with four of his five efforts being opening goals, he could prove the value.
Brighton can bank on Amex performance
Graham Potter’s Brighton have turned a bit of a corner of late, notching home wins against both Tottenham and Everton to drag themselves that little bit clearer of the relegation zone.
Winning games at home is a must for the Seagulls if they are to continue their push up the table and they have been dealt the perfect opportunity to make it three in a row as Norwich make the trip.
The Canaries are far from soaring in the Premier League since winning promotion back to the big time and with hitman Teemu Pukki out of sorts of late, Daniel Farke’s side just can’t score goals.
In fact, Norwich haven’t scored an away goal since the opening day of the season when earning rave reviews for their style of play when beaten by Liverpool. That’s four games without scoring a goal.
Failure to score automatically puts you on the back foot and they have lost 2-0 in three of their last four games, so the 15/8 available on Brighton -1 in the handicap looks a tempting proposition.