By News Team
Last Updated: 8th November 2019
It’s a busy day in the Premier League on Saturday with the meeting between Leicester and Arsenal the pick of the bunch. We take a look at the day’s key talking points.
Vardy to remind Arsenal what they’re missing
Not many strikers would have turned down an offer to swap Leicester for London, but that’s exactly what Jamie Vardy did to Arsenal in 2016 and he could come back to haunt the Gunners this weekend.
The former England international became the first Premier League striker to hit double figures this season when netting against Crystal Palace in a 2-0 victory, taking his tally to 10 after 11 games.
Unsurprisingly, Vardy’s hot streak has coincided with Leicester’s impressive form and with the Foxes sat in third and just two points behind Manchester City, the striker will be delighted to face Arsenal on Saturday.
Unai Emery’s side are winless in four league games away from the Emirates, suffering defeat to Sheffield United while also being held by winless Watford despite being 2-0 up with 50 minutes played.
In comparison, Leicester have won their previous four in a row at home and tasted defeat just once in 11 games at the King Power Stadium. Vardy to net anytime and Leicester to win is 8/5.
Back Chelsea and Palace to score at the Bridge
Since their promotion back to the big time in 2013, only Liverpool and Manchester City have won more away points at Stamford Bridge than Crystal Palace and they will certainly have chances here against Chelsea on Saturday.
There is no doubting the entertainment value Frank Lampard has brought to Chelsea since returning as manager in the summer, with his side scoring 25 goals already this season in the league.
The Blues have scored six goals this week alone, putting two past Watford last weekend and notching a further four at home against Ajax in the Champions League on Tuesday when drawing 4-4.
But, as their midweek game suggests, Lampard’s side are conceding too many goals and have let in more than any other side in the Premier League’s top 12. To put that into context, Sheffield United have let in eight.
Despite this, it’s five wins in a row for the Blues in the league and although a sixth against Palace is likely, fans are sure to have some nervy moments due to their style of play and backing them to win is too short at 32/100.
Palace have only failed to score in one of their previous four games on the road, beating West Ham and Manchester United and drawing at Arsenal in the process, so the 10/11 on both teams to score is a good bet.
Burnley to keep it tight against West Ham?
If odds were available on which game would be last on Match of the Day, Burnley vs West Ham would probably be an odds-on. But while it’s unlikely to be a spectacle, it doesn’t mean it’s not worth a bet.
Just a month ago, West Ham had the chance to go third in the Premier League when faced with Crystal Palace and with Sebastien Haller netting early in the second half, that looked likely.
However, a second-half fightback from Roy Hodgson’s Palace, thanks to goals from Patrick van Aanholt and Jordan Ayew, meant the Hammers succumbed to defeat at the London Stadium.
Unfortunately for Hammers manager Manuel Pellegrini, it has been all downhill from there with his east London side losing to Everton and Newcastle and drawing with Sheffield United.
Only a point separates the two sides in the table, but home advantage is likely to be the difference here with Burnley winning three of their previous five at Turf Moor, keeping clean sheets in all three victories.
Chelsea and Liverpool may have left Lancashire with all three points, but victories against Norwich, Everton and Southampton are better matched with the Hammers.
Burnley manager Sean Dyche will have been disgusted with his side’s defending last time out in the 3-0 loss against Sheffield United, but that was out of character and Burnley to win to nil is 16/5.