Paulsy’s Premier Picks – Match Week 10

This weekends Premier League action kicks off at lunchtime on Saturday with Arsenal once again kicking off the action like last weekend:

Leicester City v Arsenal 

Both teams will enter this match with supreme confidence, having been picking up great results in the league and qualified for the League Cup quarter finals this midweek. The growing influence of Patson Daka for Leicester could earn him a start on Saturday and his skillset will create major issues for the Arsenal back 4. Its pick your poison time though as if Jamie Vardy keeps his place Ben White especially will be in for a major headache, Vardys form has been patchy but he loves playing the Gooners! The best Arsenal can hope for is a draw but with the midday kickoffs always springing a surprise/weird result I can foresee a heavy defeat for the North London team and more tv footage of Arteta looking confused.

Leicester win and over 3.5 goals.

Burnley v Brentford

Brentford have not won away at Burnley since Dec 1996 but this is the first meeting of the pair in the top flight and I can only see the away side winning. Injuries are mounting for the Bees with lynchpin goalkeeper David Raya being the latest one, he’s been ruled out till Feb/March with a knee injury. The player match ups favour the west London side as the back 3 especially Jansson will enjoy the strong number 9 types of Barnes and Woods rather than the pacey, nimble forwards recently faced. Cornet has hit some form and will be the main threat but both wingbacks have enough to nullify the Ivorian. The way James Tarkowski left Griffin Park by basically going on strike will cop him some flack from the away support and he is bound to have a impact with either a goal or booking?

Brentford win.

Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion 

The Seagulls have not won in 4 league games and this run will stretch through to another game after their visit to Anfield. Liverpool are in scintillating form and it may take a while to breach the resolute Brighton defence but once it occurs a hatful could fly in very quickly. The main goal threat from the south coast team will also come from their defenders in the shape of a set piece troubling VVD and his defence.

Liverpool win and over 3.5 goals.

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Vierra did not have a enjoyable ending when he visited a former team a few weeks ago when Arsenal scored late but I have full confidence that his vibrant, speedy side can pull off a shock this Saturday against the champions. Pep is bound to rotate his side with Champions League on his mind while Palace are more than capable to soak up the pressure and smash the home side on the break. Zaha is back, with his skill and Gallagher’s marathon level energy City should be worried. Goal scoring will be the question mark regarding this City side once again on Saturday night.

Palace win.

Newcastle Utd v Chelsea 

January cannot come quick enough for the Newcastle fans so new players can arrive and improve their side, unfortunately they have 10 more games till this can happen. Who will want to join at that point is a major question as they could be so far adrift from survival. Saturdays game will only bring further pain to the home support, goals may not be a plenty but the away win is for certain. I fully expect one of the English stars at Chelsea to be the match winner at St James Park.

Chelsea win to nil.

Watford v Southampton

Well this fixture does not offer much hope in quality and could well be one which is not included in many acca’s this week. After the great comeback win last weekend The Hornets will be seeking a second straight league win but Southampton will make it a lot harder, concentrating on nullifying any attack and hoping to get a breakaway goal. The FPL darling this season Tino Livramento will enjoy the matchup against Ismaila Sarr, surely a long term goal will be pushing for England selection after the Qatar World Cup. At that point Trippier and Walker will be out of the right back race, that being said the competition is fierce. Josh King is a streaky striker so a goal again this week is a good shout.

Double chance, Watford or Draw

Tottenham Hotspur v Manchester Utd

Saturday night concludes on what would usually be a top 4 battle, the narrative is a lot different this time as both sides are out of sorts so much! Man Utds firepower will score this weekend but its how many they concede which is the major question? With a week to prepare surely Ole and his coaching unit would have installed a semblance of pressing and defending, Rome wasn’t built in the day though so it will be a work in progress. The saving grace being Harry Kane has not found his shooting boots yet this season, if he finds them Saturday he could emulate Salah with a hat trick. The key battle will be the Danish bully Hojbjerg versus the Red Devils midfield line up, the Dane is in great form but if he can be frustrated by the opposing unit any control of the ball for the home team will be lost.

Man Utd win BTTS

Norwich City v Leeds Utd

This match up mirrors the Watford v Southampton game on Sat for appeal, zero! Two teams currently on relegation flight mode but are capable of a scrap like 2 featherweight boxers can produce, loads of hits at a frenetic speed. Rodrigo needs to step up with more goal, he notched last weekend and more of the same will lead his team to a much needed victory. Kalvin Phillips when facing Arsenal in the week did not seem anywhere near his Euro2020 form or smile, body language says to me he is looking at a move sooner rather than later. Its so hard to draw up any positives for Norwich going into this game, not one player has shown anything so far this season to say he can step up and carry this team to a win.

Leeds Utd win

Aston Villa v West Ham Utd

Battle of the Clarets has been given the prime time Super Sunday slot, it will deliver goals but not much in audience figures. The Hammers are ultra functional and their die hards if they’ve not travelled to Villa Park will watch but as a spectacle this game gives the neutral nothing. Villa have lost the last 3 and a draw is the best they can hope for this Sunday. Losing Jack Grealish is not the root of Villa’s problems, its the manager Dean Smith and how the funds have been invested. Shiny new toys have been brought in but none of them fit into the structure of the team and now caused some of last years top performers to play in diff positions eg Ollie Watkins & Tyrone Mings or lose form altogether eg Konsa & McGinn. More heartache looms this Sunday for the Villa fans, could they be turning on their manager?

West Ham win

Wolverhampton Wanders v Everton

The weekend of uninspiring match ups conclude with this day late Halloween Horror Show and I thought the audience figures were going to be bad for the Super Sunday showdown!!! After losing to Brentford, Wolves have gone 4 games unbeaten which were all matches they should win as the teams are their quality or worse. Everton limp into this game after some early season promise, they are the stereotypical Jekyll and Hyde unit, if my weekend acca gets to this match I will definitely cash out as I am backing the away win. My faith in Wolves is limited, they will score and Hee-Chan will be involved but Everton’s fit quality players like Digne or Richarlison will potentially see them through.

Everton win BTTS

Slip all the above into acca on SkyBet and you get odds of 471,107.9/1, good luck guys.