This could be the weekend Arsenal break their Emirates Stadium duck while it’s also a good opportunity for both Liverpool and Manchester United to get back to winning ways. Expect Manchester City’s dismal run of form to continue and there could also be a shock on at Crave Cottage writes David Walker.
Saturday 23 September
Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool have a great opportunity to follow up on the midweek win against Newcastle United at lunch time on Saturday. Opponents Tottenham Hotspur have had a poor start to the season, winning just once in their five Premiership matches so far and Liverpool’s record in this fixture speaks for itself. The last time Tottenham won at Anfield in the league was during the 1993/94 season and since then it has been eight wins and four Data Sgp draws for the Reds, including eight wins in the last 10 meetings.
Walker’s Word: Tottenham’s misery to continue at 8/11 (UK Betting)
Arsenal vs Sheffield United
Arsenal won their first match of the season last weekend against Manchester United and are set to continue in that vain against rock-bottom Sheffield United. The Gunners will not get a better opportunity to win their first match at the new Emirates Stadium against a goal-shy Blades side who have scored just two goals in five matches so far this season.
Walker’s Word: Arsenal to break their Emirates duck @ 1/5 (Coral)
Aston Villa vs Charlton Athletic
Unbeaten Aston Villa tackle a struggling Charlton side languishing in the bottom three. This fixture is usually a close affair but the Villains have enjoyed the best of the results, winning five out of the last six meetings, the other being a goalless draw. Under Martin O’Neill, Villa have won both games at Villa Park so far this season and there is real confidence at the club. Juan Pablo Angel also scored two morale boosting goals in the midweek Carling Cup victory at Scunthorpe United.
Walker’s Word: Villa’s 100% home record to continue @ 4/5 (Bet365)
Fulham vs Chelsea
Chelsea are the overwhelming favourites for this match, but you should take into account Fulham’s record against the Blues in recent years before ploughing your money in favour of Jose Mourinho’s side. Last season Fulham won this match 1-0 and indeed Chelsea have only won two of their last five encounters at Craven Cottage. After a solid win over Liverpool last weekend, a slip up against Chris Coleman’s side could happen.
Walker’s Word: Fulham to nick a point @ 10/3 (Paddy Power)
Manchester City vs West Ham United
Both teams have struggled in recent weeks but City more than most. The midweek Carling Cup exit to Chesterfield saw Stuart Pearce’s side lose their thirteenth match in 16 played – relegation form by anybody’s standards. City have the better record in this fixture, winning four out of six in the Premiership but that just makes the odds on an away win even more appealing.
Walker’s Word: A Hammers win @ 9/4 (UK Betting)
Middlesbrough vs Blackburn Rovers
Middlesbrough suffered the humiliation of being dumped out of the Carling Cup at the Riverside Stadium by League Two outfit Notts County in the week. That result saw four matches without a win for Gareth Southgate’s side following their magnificent victory over Chelsea in August. They may fall deeper into trouble against an improving Blackburn side which has won on three of their last five visits to the North East.
Walker’s Word: An away win at good odds @ 13/5 (Totalbet)
Wigan Athletic vs Watford
Wigan have had a mixed start to this season with their only win so far a 1-0 victory over Reading. Win number two should come against another promoted side in Watford who are struggling for goals and have managed just two draws since making the step up to the top flight.
Walker’s Word: A win for Wigan @ 5/6 (Totalbet)
Reading vs Manchester United
The evening offering pits newcomers Reading against former champions Manchester United. Alex Ferguson’s side were poor against Arsenal last weekend but should have too much for Reading, especially if Wayne Rooney decides he wants to play.
Walker’s Word: United to get back on track @ 4/7 (UK Betting)
Sunday 24 September
Newcastle United vs Everton
Everton are flying high in fourth place at the moment and are capable of staging a smash and grab raid in the North East. The loss of goalkeeper Shay Given is a major blow, especially as stand-in Steve Harper was beaten from 60 yards by Xabi Alonso in midweek. Everton have not won at St James’ Park for six seasons bar a League Cup victory on penalties in 2002 but may be able to take all three points on Sunday afternoon.
Walker’s Word: Everton to shock @ 21/10 (Totalbet)
Monday 25 September
Portsmouth vs Bolton Wanderers
Typical Monday Night Football fare if ever there was. Portsmouth sit proudly at the top of the Premiership but could run out of steam against a stubborn Bolton outfit which could be galvanised further by the bad publicity surrounding manager Sam Allardyce this week. The last two meetings at Fratton Park have ended as 1-1 draws and more of the same is expected here.
Walker’s Word: A third low scoring draw in a row.
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