By News Team
1st October 2020
After the drama of last week’s Premier League action, which saw contentious penalties, a huge result in the title race and a team score the winning goal after the final whistle had been blown, this week’s fixtures are already upon us.
We preview the pick of the weekend’s games below and guide you through the best bets.
Can Palace take another big-six scalp?
A London derby to kick off the weekend as Crystal Palace make the journey north of the Thames to take on Chelsea with the Eagles actually above their rivals in the table. Frank Lampard’s side will be looking to kickstart their campaign with a home win, which is 2/5, while Roy Hodgson and his squad will be eager to bounce back from a 2-1 loss to Everton and maintain their early-season momentum.
Palace are 7/1 to get the away win, which perhaps looks on the high side given they recently comfortably dealt with Manchester United at Old Trafford. Both teams have dangerous attacking players, while Eberechi Eze has assimilated into the Eagles side well. It would be no surprise to see Palace escape with some points, so a Crystal Palace double chance Draw/Win at 19/10 might be the way to go here.
Goals on the agenda on the south coast?
Two sides already at the wrong end of the table, Southampton got an important win against Burnley last time out while West Brom threw away a 3-0 lead against Chelsea. Wins against teams around you are vital in relegation fights, and while Southampton may have plans to fight towards the top half of the table, they need to put teams like West Brom to bed.
Saints are 3/4 to get the home win, while the Baggies are 18/5. Danny Ings found the back of the net again last time out and the Southampton striker is 8/11 to score anytime this week, which you’d expect against one of the leakiest sides in the division.
Slaven Bilic’s side took advantage of some poor Chelsea mistakes and that clinical behaviour could serve them well at St Mary’s. Both teams to score and a Southampton win is 5/2 in what could be an entertaining affair on the south coast.
Mourinho and Spurs head to Old Trafford
The fixture of the weekend on paper, as Jose Mourinho returns to Old Trafford as Spurs face Manchester United. Both sides triumphed in midweek League Cup action, but already sit a few points off the pace in the Premier League.
Much has been made in recent days of United’s transfer dealings, or lack of, but the young attacking core remains their biggest asset and United should be expected to score against an uncertain Spurs backline. The Red Devils are 19/20 to win at home, while Spurs are 3/1 to return to north London with all three points, with the draw 5/2.
Harry Kane has been in imperious form already this season, with a goal and five assists in just three games and is 6/4 to score anytime at Old Trafford, with both teams to score just 4/6.