Manchester City just continues to win games and separate from the rest of the Premier League pack but faces a stiff test in Tottenham Hotspur in one of the games of the weekend.
Yes, the Citizens have now won 15 matches in a row and are -200 in 1X2 markets at online shop Sportsbook and are coming off a 4-0 drubbing of lowly Swansea midweek. Spurs, on the other hand, have seemingly found their form after a bit of a lull as they’ve won back-to-back games and enter Gameweek 18 in fourth place in the league table.
While City has won 15 straight, Leicester is on the second-best run in the league with a four-match winning streak. The Foxes will look to continue their fine form as they host Crystal Palace at the King Power in the weekend’s curtain raiser.
Andrew Avery and Rob Trites, who have gone 14-for-20 in their past two videos (see above), are back to pick their favorite sides, totals and props with odds courtesy Sportsbook. Here is what the guys like for the weekend:
Andrew: Manchester United -1 (EVEN)
I don’t know how, but West Brom was able to hold the lethal Liverpool attack at bay midweek and came out with one point in a nil-nil contest. Don’t expect the Baggies to bag any points with the Red Devils in town Sunday.
Man United is coming off a 1-0 win against Bournemouth and while they do miss Paul Pogba (out due to suspension), they should have the quality and depth to exit The Hawthorns with all three points.
West Brom hasn’t found the back of the net in five of their last seven league matches and I expect something similar here against a United side that concedes the joint-fewest goals in the league (11).
Rob: Leicester (-115)
Leicester’s climb up the table has been fast and severe. The Foxes’ 13 points in their last six games are tied for the third-most in that span and with Riyad Mahrez in his current form, they’re impossible to fade.
They’ll take on a Crystal Palace team on Saturday that has been by far the worst road club in the Premier League, scoring zero away from home, so -115 feels like a total steal.
Andrew: Everton-Swansea OVER 2.5 (+125)
Everyone was high on Everton entering the season after some big additions in the summer transfer window (Wayne Rooney, Michael Keane, Jordan Pickford, etc.) but it was pretty poor out of the gate. The Toffees’ performances led to the sacking of Ronald Koeman and the appointment of Sam Allardyce and all of a sudden the club sits 10th in the table with 10 points from the past four matches.
The Swans, on the other hand, sit at the bottom of the table with just 12 points entering the weekend. The Welsh outfit did post a 1-0 win against West Brom last weekend, but the good performances are few and far between.
I expect this one to be played fairly wide open with the Toffees looking to continue to please the home support at Goodison and Swansea aiming to get some goals and escape the cellar. Despite an admittedly stingy backline from the visitors, I think OVER 2.5 here presents some good value.
Rob: Brighton-Burnley UNDER 2 (-120)
With their games this season averaging 1.65 goals per game, Burnley is by far the best UNDER bet in the league. Hell, they’ve conceded just 12 goals.
The Clarets’ tenacious defending has propelled them as high as fourth on the table in recent days and I’m pretty sure Brighton isn’t the club to finally break through Sean Dyche’s ironclad tactics.
Take UNDER 2 and consider a bet on 0-0 (+525) or 1-0 (+600) for Burnley if you’re feeling cheeky.
Andrew: Lacazette First Goal Scorer (+250)
The Arsenal striker was largely rested in the midweek draw against West Ham (he came in at the 82nd minute) and should return to the starting XI here. The centerpiece summer signing has bagged eight league goals for his new club and does have a penchant for Sportsbook the scoring for the Gunners.
Newcastle’s shaky defending will have its hands full with the Frenchman and with this, on paper at least, seeming like an easy Arsenal win, take the striker to bag the first at +250 or if you’re feeling less risky, take him to score any time at -150.
Rob: Dele Alli to Score Any time (+350)
It’s time for Dele to snap out of it. The man with one name has that many goals in his last eight Premier League appearances but he’s a guy who’s stepped up in big games to this point in his career. This matchup with Manchester City on Saturday is most definitely a big game.
He bagged two against the Citizens last season in a campaign that saw Tottenham take four of six points from Man City and I may be just a bit biased but I think the Cocks make a match of this.
In order for that to happen, Dele and Eriksen need to be better than Silva and De Bruyne in the midfield. Of those four, Dele seems the most likely to score and I like his price at +350.