Three Premier League fixtures to bet on this weekend
After a tumultuous week, in which Financial Fair Play charges were brought against Manchester City and new proposals for the European Super League were mooted, it’s time for the football to take centre-stage once again.
BestOfBets previews this weekend’s Premier League action and picks out the games worthy of your attention – and perhaps a flutter or two…
West Ham vs Chelsea, Saturday @ 12.30pm
It’s been a tricky season in both west and east London, with neither West Ham nor Chelsea hitting their straps as they’ve done in recent seasons. But after Todd Boehly’s Stamford Bridge spending splurge, all eyes will be on how Graham Potter’s charges fare at the London Stadium on Saturday lunchtime.
Given the amount of talent Chelsea have acquired, you have to think they will fire at some point. And considering West Ham’s uninspiring form (just one win in their past nine league games), Mykhaylo Mudyrk, Enzo Fernandez and company might well be licking their lips.
A Chelsea win represents decent value at 5/4, with the draw 11/5 and the Hammers 12/5.
Our tip: Chelsea to win (5/4)
Leeds vs Manchester United, Sunday @ 2pm
Leeds got a new manager bounce in midweek without even hiring a new manager. It turned out simply sacking Jesse Marsch was enough to inspire the Yorkshire side against their fierce rivals, with Leeds steaming into a shock 2-0 lead at Old Trafford. Although Manchester United fought back to claim a draw, it set up the second part of the double header in tantalising fashion.
It doesn’t look like the Whites will have a new permanent boss for this weekend, and Erik ten Hag will be out for revenge following an underwhelming display from his side on Wednesday.
The visitors are odds on at 10/11 to win at Elland Road and, judging from recent clashes between the TransPennine rivals, there will be plenty of goals this weekend. The past five contests since Leeds’ promotion have produced 18.
Our tip: Man United to win and both teams to score (2/1)
Liverpool vs Everton, Monday @ 8pm
Surely Sean Dyche can’t do it again, can he? A shock 1-0 win over high-flying Arsenal last weekend was a major achievement in itself for the new Everton manager. But a win in the Merseyside derby would be another level – it would have Toffees fans feeling on Cloud Nine.
And Everton have a serious chance. This is a very vulnerable Liverpool outfit, beset by injuries, a lack of confidence in both boxes and currently on a horrid run of form (they haven’t won in the league in 2023 and have lost 10 games already this season).
The history books favour Jurgen Klopp’s side, however, given Everton have won just once at Anfield since 1999 – under Carlo Ancelotti in 2021, albeit without a crowd due to Covid-19. The odds favour Liverpool as well, still backed at 1/2, with the draw 10/3 and Everton 11/2. Those latter two prices make for very appealing betting.