The Premier League is back after the international break and fans will be on the edge of their seats to see how the teams will have been affected by the break. Manchester City was in imperious form before the break. Can they keep that up? Will Crystal Palace start turning good performances into points? We take a look at the pick of games from the weekend.
Tottenham v Arsenal
It is not often that a North London derby competes with Tottenham as favourites. This season, however, Tottenham are staking their claim as one of the top sides in the country. Their use of exciting young talent is winning them admirers everywhere and in Harry Kane they have a striker on fire.
Arsenal, on the other hand, are once again the unpredictable side we are all too familiar with. Their star names like Sanchez and Ozil have not produced what is expected of them and star striker Lacazette is inexplicably left on the sidelines too often.
Lots of the criticisms of Arsenal has been laid at Arsene Wenger’s door. A win in the North London derby could buy him some time and some respite from the baying fans.
Tottenham is 15/8 with Betway to upset the Gunners and Kane is 3/1 to score first. Sneaking under the radar this season is Tottenham’s attention is Son Heung-Min. At 6/1 to be first goalscorer he could be the best bet.
Crystal Palace v Everton
This is a battle between two teams who have struggled this season. While Everton have been decidedly poor despite some exciting arrivals like Rooney, Crystal Palace have been unfortunate with the points they could have got. A last-gasp winner against West Ham has helped boost confidence.
This will be an ugly match for sure but there is likely to be goals. Palace have failed to keep a clean sheet all season. Crystal Palace could also have Christian Benteke back. The towering Belgian has not shown his best for the Eagles but there is no better time to start than now. His goal scoring ability is exactly what Palace need. Wingers like Zaha will finally have a focal point.
We think Palace will prove bookmakers wrong and will win this matchup. William Hill has the odds at 7/5 for such an outcome.
Leicester City v Manchester City
Unbelievably this is a matchup between the two las champions of the Premier League. Manchester City has had a slightly better time recently with an incredible form that some are calling the best ever seen in the league. Leicester City, however, have been struggling to hold together their squad after winning the league. The ongoing sagas surrounding Riyad Mahrez has not helped.
After a worrying start and the loss of their manager, the foxes are now unbeaten in the last six. Mahrez is also returning to his past best with four assists in his last five games.
Manchester City are unbeaten and playing dazzling football. There seems to be a never-ending stream of goals for the team in blue. There has been the occasional chink in the armour, exposed by West Brom who scored twice against them, but if you are scoring these many goals then it hardly matters.
Manchester City was looking as if they might have lost their leading line with Aguero fainting on international duty and Gabriel Jesus limping off slightly against England. Both have been declared fit and City will be as potent as ever.
With this in mind, it is hard to see Leicester stopping Manchester City scoring. Both Aguero and Jesus are 5/2 to be first goalscorer but German youngster Leroy Sane has been in inspired form too and at 9/2 will pick you up a tasty profit.