A Look Ahead To This Weekend’s Premier League Action
There’s no doubting that the recent events in the Champions League have been nothing short of breathless, with Liverpool coming out on top in a seven-goal thriller and Tottenham shipping seven goals of their own.
There will have been a lot of soul searching for Tottenham’s players after the hiding they received at the hands of Bayern Munich and perhaps even more for manager Mauricio Pochettino, as questions regarding his long-term future continue.
The fact that the North Londoners are back in action and so soon after their midweek capitulation, could be considered a good thing, especially if they return to winning ways on Saturday lunchtime. However, as we know by now, the Premier League is more than capable of creating a shock or two.
With that in mind, here is a closer look at this weekend’s top-flight action:
TOTTENHAM BESIDE THEMSELVES, BESIDE THE SEA
After such a dogged performance against Southampton last weekend, many felt that was to be this season’s line in the sand moment for Tottenham. One that signified, this is a club that has finally got their campaign underway.
Then again, no-one expected the chasm that has been created after such an emphatic loss to German giants Bayern Munich and now the big question is just how last season’s Champions League Runners-up deal with the fallout.
Now is the time for the likes of Harry Kane, Hugo Lloris and Dele Alli to stand up and be counted, a time that comes as early as this Saturday and although they are a squad that looks fragile at present, they will be confident of bouncing back in the best possible way.
That’s because they travel to The AMEX, to face a Brighton side who have not won since the opening weekend of the season and although Graham Potter’s men have been easy on the eye, he may need to consider a change of playing philosophy soon.
It’s almost as if the first week win over Watford was the Seagull’s outlier thus far and since then the East Sussex outfit have struggled to build on such an impressive performance, something that Tottenham will look to exploit on Saturday.
Simply put, this is nothing short of a must win game for the visitors and if you think they can start to put the ordeal of Bayern behind them, you can back Tottenham to win with Sportsbet at the rather inviting odds of 1.95.
HAMMERS NAIL THE EAGLES
Going into the start of a new season, there were whispers regarding West Ham and whether or not they could compete for a Europa League place. However, that conversation would have undoubtedly been muted, after they were thrashed by Manchester City on the opening weekend.
Since then, Manuel Pellegrini’s men have gone six league matches unbeaten and they subsequently go into this Saturday’s London derby with Crystal Palace, lying an impressive fifth in the Premier League table.
Whether West Ham can go all the way in their pursuit of continental football next season, remains to be seen and if that is to be the case, then they are going to have to make sure their London Stadium becomes something of a fortress.
That was certainly the case in their last home outing, one that saw them get the better of a rather indifferent Manchester United and the Hammers will now be looking to clip the wings of the Eagles this weekend.
Crystal Palace make the short trip across the capital and do so, lying ninth in the table – a standing that will garner few complaints from anyone connected with the club and manager Roy Hodgson will be hoping that his players can continue to look up the table, rather than over their shoulders.
The visit to the London Stadium is not going to be easy though and especially when you consider that West Ham have a multitude of attacking options to now call upon. With that in mind, backing the hosts with Sportsbet at odds of 2.00, could be a wise weekend move.
HORNETS NEED TO FIND THEIR STING
The search for a first Watford win of the season continues and after being thrashed by Manchester City almost a fortnight ago, it is fair to say that last season’s F.A. Cup Finalists did not offer anything in the way of a response against Wolves.
Their rather uninspiring 2-0 defeat at Molineux, will have been of huge concern to manager Quique Sanchez Flores and he will now hope for happier times this weekend and especially as the Hornets return to Vicarage Road for the visit of Sheffield United.
The Blades were almost the first team to take points off of Liverpool this season and were it not for a Dean Henderson howler, that would have more than likely been the case. While although Chris Wilder’s men were edged out by a single goal, they do look like a well drilled outfit at present.
However, all poor runs have to come to an end at some point and everyone within the Watford camp will be fully aware that they will need to deliver a first win soon. If not, things could become very bleak this winter.
Although the form guides suggests little reason to back a Watford win, they are a due an impressive performance at some point and with Sheffield United in the early relative safety of mid-table, it might be worth weighing up Sportsbet’s tempting odds of 2.15.
TOFFEES IN A STICKY SITUATION
With Everton losing their last three Premier League outings, pressure is once again beginning to mount on the shoulders of manager Marco Silva and he will be hoping a return to winning ways, is one that is just around the corner.
They travel to Burnley on Saturday and with Sean Dyche’s men in a current run of good form, this is not going to be an easy attempt at trying to earn a much needed maximum points haul. While although three defeats have produced little cheer, there is also reason to be optimistic.
That’s because Everton certainly gave a good account of themselves last Saturday and had they been more ruthless in attack, they would have provided Pep Guardiola and Manchester City a rather large headache.
Not only that, but last season they beat Burnley at Turf Moor by five goals to one and when you consider that this a team that looking to prove a point, Sportsbet’s odds of 2.55 for an Everton win are definitely worth mulling over.
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Words: Devon McNeill