Three Premier League fixtures to bet on this weekend
Once again, BestOfBets previews this weekend’s Premier League action as the teams return to domestic action following a busy January transfer deadline day – and some managerial movement. These are the games that should be grabbing your attention this weekend…
Everton vs Arsenal @ 12.30pm, Saturday
The most in-form team in the country travel to the league’s most listless and out-of-sorts club – on and off the pitch. It’s virtually bottom versus top at Goodison Park, with only goal difference keeping Everton off the foot of the table and Arsenal still five points clear at the summit, with a game in hand.
Yet the appointment of Sean Dyche at Everton changes the feel of this game entirely. Despite the fact Everton suffered a miserable January transfer window, allowing Anthony Gordon to be sold to Newcastle without replacing him and missing out on Arnaut Danjuma to Tottenham, there is now hope on Merseyside.
Asking them to topple Arsenal – who have lost just once in the league all season – is surely too much, but Dyche’s new side might run Mikel Arteta’s men close on the Spaniard’s return to his old stomping ground. An Everton win is a tempting bet at 8/1 and there’s no value in betting on the Gunners at 4/9.
Our tip: Draw (15/4)
Newcastle vs West Ham @ 5.30pm, Saturday
Newcastle are on a roll. Reaching their first cup final in almost a quarter of a century has certainly created a buoyant feeling on Tyneside, with Eddie Howe exceeding expectations even after the Saudi takeover of the club.
The former Bournemouth manager has the Magpies significantly ahead of schedule in terms of their progress, with the January signing of Gordon another statement of intent along the way.
It’s difficult to envisage West Ham putting any sort of halt to the Newcastle momentum on a spicy Saturday evening in the north east, with the Hammers struggling for consistency this season. The bookies aren’t backing David Moyes’ side either, with West Ham 21/4 to win and 3/1 to grab a draw.
Our tip: Newcastle to win & both teams to score (5/2)
Tottenham vs Man City @ 4.30pm, Sunday
If there’s been one team who have had Pep Guardiola’s number in recent years, it’s been Tottenham Hotspur. Since overcoming Manchester City (on away goals) in that dramatic two-legged Champions League quarter-final in 2019 under Mauricio Pochettino, Spurs have lost just four in nine games against Guardiola’s troops – an impressive record for a team who have largely been in flux during that time.
Harry Kane and company found success against City both home and away in the league last season. But with Antonio Conte struck down by illness in the past week and his team’s form fluctuating wildly, it’s hard to see another Spurs success this time around.
They are out at 7/2 to grab a victory, while City – despite losing Joao Cancelo to Bayern Munich on deadline day – are justified favourites at 4/5. Don’t bet against Pep this time around.
Our tip: City to win to nil (3/1)