Seven of the top eight teams posted wins in Gameweek 12 as Tottenham was the only side to record a loss, a 2-0 defeat at Arsenal. Spurs will look to pick up the pieces as they host West Brom on Saturday.
Manchester City continues to roll as the Citizens have won 10 straight games and now travel to Huddersfield in search of 11.
Will the top clubs in the league be able to put together strong performances after midweek European fixtures? You’ll have to tune in to find out but to help you cap the action and find the best bets for the week, Andrew Avery and Rob Trites have combed the board at online shop Bovada in search of their three favorite plays – one side, one total, one prop apiece – to help you beat the book this weekend.
Here are their favorite plays for Gameweek 13.
Andrew: Manchester City -2 (-115)
I know. Nothing special here but we have to keep backing City until their incredible form slows down a bit. I don’t think that will happen at Huddersfield this weekend.
During their 10-match unbeaten run, City has won by two or more goals seven times. In their six-match unbeaten run in away games this season, the Citizens have won by two or more goals three times, including a 2-0 win at Leicester last week.
Huddersfield has been no slouch at home this season and they did post a very nice win against Man United at home earlier in the season, but this City team is head and shoulders above everyone else in the league. I like the -115 value here and I’ll be taking City at that spread price whenever it’s on offer.
Rob: Burnley (+500)
Not only would it be hilarious if Arsenal lost to Burnley after a victory in the North London Derby, it would be incredibly classic. The Gooners have the tendency of letting their fans down after big performances and Burnley is not a club to sneeze at.
Sean Dyche’s men have allowed just two goals at home this season and Turf Moor has proven to be one of the toughest places to play in the Premier League. This is great value for a fixture that should be played pretty close to the chest.
Andrew: Tottenham-West Brom OVER 2.5 (-145)
So Rob and I divvy up the 10 Prem fixtures so we’ve got five apiece to cap and choose from. I gotta say, I don’t LOVE any of the totals from my lot but this one seems to be the most appealing.
Tony Pulis was shown the door and Gary Megson steps in to coach a side that got thrashed 4-0 at home by Chelsea in their last fixture. Spurs are coming off a very sour 2-0 defeat against Arsenal but did post a great win at Dortmund to lock up their Champions League group.
Spurs do miss Toby Alderweireld in the back line and as good as Davinson Sanchez and Jan Vertonghen are, you can usually bank on Eric Dier costing the team a goal. I don’t LOVE this pick but I feel better taking the OVER than the UNDER. I think Spurs bag a couple of their own here and I won’t be shocked if the Baggies hit the back of the net after a Dier blunder.
Rob: West Ham-Leicester OVER 2.5 (-105)
Both these clubs have had a difficult time defending this season but both have some serious attacking potential. I’m expecting the Hammers and Foxes to counter each other all game and this one could easily end with 6-7 goals.
I’d feel comfortable taking an alternative total of OVER 3.5 or 4 here – OVER 2.5 is the easiest play on the Gameweek 13 board.
Andrew: Manchester City to keep a clean sheet (-140)
I’ve been so, so poor in this section when I take a “player to score at anytime” prop that I need to switch it up. So, why not take a City clean sheet with a little bit of chalk attached to it?
City has the second-best defensive record in the league behind their neighbors Manchester United as they’ve conceded just seven goals so far. Better still is that they’ve allowed a league-best three goals on their travels so far.
Huddersfield doesn’t score a lot, home or away, so that makes this one all the more appealing.
Rob: Eden Hazard to score anytime (+200)
Is Eden Hazard the best individual player in the Premier League? If not, he’s definitely in the top three and he’s been proving it the last few weeks since returning to full fitness.
He and the Blues match up with a leaky Liverpool side in the game of the weekend on Saturday and I think he puts at least one behind Simon Mignolet and a sloppy, sloppy Reds backline.
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