PREMIER LEAGUE SATURDAY – 27th October 2018
So this weeks “Premier League Saturday” should be an interesting set of games after a week of Champions League fixtures for some of the top clubs.
It was a case of job done for Manchester City with a very good win away at Shaktar Donetsk, and that has to go down as a very good result. Shaktar have been very solid in The Champions League over the last few years and Pep Guardiola was quoted as saying it was one of the best performances he has seen from his team.
Over at the other side of the City, United hosted the return of Christiano Ronaldo and it was this Portuguese who came out on top. Mourinho had another bad night, as his side were outplayed and ultimately outclassed, it now waits to be seen what reaction he will get from his players in this weekend’s encounter with Everton.
Spurs registered a point away to PSV but should really have won the match. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris’s sending off handed the initiative back to the home side and Spurs were fortunate in the end to hang on to the point.
Liverpool continue to steamroller along and are starting to look like a very good side, with Mo Salah back in tip top form, and they ran out comfortable winners.
Meanwhile in the Europa league it was wins for Chelsea and Arsenal, and it looks good as a whole for the English club sides in Europe so far this season.
The majority of the big teams play on Sunday (Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United) with Monday Night football featuring a cracking contest between Spurs vs Manchester City.
So let’s take a look at Saturday’s afternoon kick offs
Brighton v Wolves
A couple of dogged 1-0 wins have certainly eased the pressure on Brighton and manager Chris Hughton, and it has given them some respite as they now sit 12th in the table. Saturday’s encounter with Wolves will not be easy, who themselves had a blip against Watford last week.
The manager seemed to think that his players were not playing with the same intensity as in earlier games and seemed to have taken their good run for granted. That will certainly not be the case this weekend away from home and Nuno Espirito Santo’s side will be fired up to get back on track this weekend.
Wolves have played some lovely flowing and attacking football in this first part of the season, but they need to be more clinical when the chances arrive and for that matter it looks like a draw may be on the cards or a narrow home win.
BEST BET: Brighton with draw no bet at 11/10 with Bet365
– Brighton have won their last two Premier League games without conceding. They last three consecutive top-flight matches in May 1981.
– Brighton have won 36 of their total 51 Premier League points at home.
– Despite defeat against Watford last week, Wolves’ 15 points from their 9 Premier League games this season is the best total by a newly-promoted team at this stage of a campaign since West Bromwich Albion in 2010-11 (15 points).
– Raúl Jiménez has been involved in a higher ratio of Wolves’ Premier League goals this season than any other player (5/9) or 55.6%.
Fulham v Bournemouth
The worst defence in the league (Fulham) play host to one of the in-form teams in the league (Bournemouth), and it looks like a big ask for The Cottagers even taking into account they are at home. Last weeks 4 goals leaked to Cardiff was a really poor result, and shows why they will be struggling come the latter part of the season.
The Cherries currently top the ‘best of the rest’ table in sixth, are playing some great football under Eddie Howe, and although they had defensive problems, the last few weeks have seen a couple of clean sheets and they have a squad of talented and experienced players who really are rising to the occasion.
With Fulham’s defence continuing in disarray, it is hard to see this going any other way than an away win.
BEST BET: Bournemouth to win to NIL at 4/1 with Bet365
– Fulham have conceded six more Premier League goals than any other team this season.
– Fulham have had more shots on target against them than any other Premier League team this season. 61 attempts.
– Bournemouth have won three of their last five away Premier League games. They lost the other two.
Liverpool v Cardiff
Cardiff will be on an up after scoring four against Fulham last week, but a trip to Anfield who are coming here on the back of a comfortable win in The Champions League looks a bridge too far for the men from Wales.
Mo Salah scored a brace in midweek and looks good value to contribute and improve his already amazing scoring record for the Red’s.
A workmanlike win at Huddersfield followed by the quality midweek win in the Champions League shows that Jurgen Klopp’s side are still in form, even if not quite as scintillating as they were in the early part of the season.
An early goal could turn this into a rout and the Kop will be screaming their team on right from the outset. With waves of attacks assured, the corners market looks interesting.
BEST BET: Over 12.5 corners at 2/1 with Unibet
– There have been at least three goals scored in each of the last 10 meetings between Liverpool and Cardiff in all competitions
– Liverpool have lost one of their last 45 home Premier League matches against newly promoted teams. winning 35 of those in the process.
– Cardiff have lost 14 of their last 15 Premier League matches against ‘big six’ opposition with the other being a draw.
Southampton v Newcastle
Two teams who are really struggling at present and with both managers under immense pressure, something has to give. An away journey might well work in favour of Benitez’s men, as Southampton only have the one win at home this season.
With both teams struggling for goals, and both needing the points, then this could turn into a really tactical affair with the odd goal settling the match. If one team gets there head in front then you can expect them to try and hold onto that lead and the likely result looks at best a 1-1 draw with the 0-0 stalemate looking more likely.
BEST BET: Draw at 12/5 with Unibet
– Southampton have lost just one of their 17 home Premier League matches against Newcastle.
– Newcastle United have made their worst ever start to a league campaign after nine gameswith just 2 points in the bank.
– Southampton manager Mark Hughes has won just one of his 13 meetings against Rafa Benitez (W1 D6 L6)
Watford v Huddersfield
Watford had a terrific result against another team in decent form (Wolves), and that will have got them back on track after a poor run of form followed there flying start to the season, and they look like the likely winners hosting a struggling Huddersfield side who still are yet to win this season and have amassed just the three points so far.
These mid table teams seem a bridge too far for The Terriers and after being soundly beaten by Bournemouth, it looks a formality that Watford can win back to back matches.
The Terriers must win at some point, but Vicarage Road doesn’t look like the ideal place for them to break their duck.
BEST BET: Watford to win at 8/11 with Skybet
– Watford lost both of their Premier League matches against Huddersfield Town last season, including a 1-4 defeat at home.
– Huddersfield Town have won just three games and 16 points in their 23 Premier League away matches (W3 D7 L13)
– Huddersfield Town have failed to score in more than half of their Premier League games.