With the Scottish Premier League taking a week’s breather, under pressure Neil Lennon gets a weekend of respite while in London Jose Mourinho prepares to take his high flying Spurs back to his old stomping ground.
We’ve been looking once again at the weekend’s football fixture across the English Premier League and the English Championship to see where there is money to be made.
After some serious homework, I think we have it.
Here’s an acca you can believe in.
Norwich City V Coventry City – Saturday 15:00
Table topping Norwich are currently on a nine game unbeaten run and host a Coventry side this Saturday that, last time out, won for only the second time in their last five when the beat Cardiff City 1-0.
Daniel Farke’s are in superb form as they look to bounce back into the Premier League at the first time of asking and should have no problem at all dismissing the Sky Blues.
As for what we can expect from the game’s goals, with the likes of Teemu Pukki, Norwich are a team full of attacking threat and register a goal more often than they don’t.
On the other hand, Coventry have conceded nineteen goals and kept just two clean sheets in their previous ten fixtures.
There looks to be nothing risky about backing Norwich to win so we’ll up the edge by backing over 2.5 match goals too.
Everton V Leeds United – Saturday, 17.30
Everton remembered how to win last week, beating Fulham to register their first points since the Merseyside Derby.
Now, the Toffees will be looking to follow up that win with a Saturday evening takedown of visitors Leeds United.
Carlo Ancelotti’s men stumbled to a 3-2 win at Craven Cottage as the goals continue to leak in at the back and are without a clean sheet in eight matches in all competitions.
However, in Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Everton do possess the Premier League’s top scorer who has bagged 10 goals in nine appearances so far this year, so getting goals is not a problem.
While the results have been largely different, much of the same would apply to Leeds. Their top scorer, Patrick Bamford has seven in nine and six of those have been netted on the road.
What’s more in each of the last eight top flight meetings between this pair, both sides have scored. Yeah, yeah, we know Leeds haven’t been in the topflight for two decades but still.
Oh, and Leeds have picked up only the one win in their last five Premier League games so BTTS and Everton to win seems like a smart move.
Chelsea V Tottenham Hotspur – Sunday, 16.30
While Jose Mourinho might be playing down Spurs’ title chances, I am not so keen to do so.
A nicely put together squad that is powerful right the way through from first team to the bench, plus a manager that seems to have had new life breathed into him, I think gives them every chance, especially given Liverpool’s injury crisis.
True, last week’s predictable dismissal of Manchester City in which the home team had only 34% possession and two shots on target wasn’t pretty, but it was text-book Jose and the Portuguese has been sporting his familiar troublesome glint of late, something we have not seen since long before his miserable days in Manchester.
It is with good timing then, that this week he brings his current London team to his old London team where last he was happy(ish).
Spurs have lost just one in nine, but Chelsea are only a few points back on them and themselves have lost only once all season.
That makes this matchup a fascinating affair that should keeps us glued to the box this Sunday afternoon.
Player per player, it’s hard not to think that Chelsea have the best squad in the league, if not Europe, and if, as they well might do, things go Frank Lampard’s way, then Chelsea could be unstoppable in the not too distant future.
Right now, though, you get the feeling that the Chelsea boss is still learning his trade and with coaching titans Pep Guardiola, Jurgen Klopp and Ol’ Jose all in regular competition, that managerial experience might be the difference for the time being.
That said, if anyone understands Mourinho’s game plans, it’s Frank and I think he will take a point off his old boss in a low scoring affair this weekend.
Arsenal V Wolverhampton Wanderers – Sunday, 19.15
Out of form Arsenal have really gone off the boil of late, winning only one of their last five Premier League games and losing three.
Furthermore, two thirds of those defeats have come at home in games where they have also failed to register a goal.
On the flipperty, Wolves have only lost one in their last six and are unbeaten in four of the last six encounters with the Gunners.
The North Londoners are really struggling right now, domestically at least, and Wolves look like much the stronger of the two hence why we fancy an away win in this one.
A simple away win for the Wolves.
- Saturday 15:00, English Football Championship: Norwich City V Coventry City, Norwich to win and over 2.5 goals
- Saturday 17:30, English Premier League: Everton V Leeds United, Both teams to score and Everton to win
- Sunday 16:30, English Premier League: Chelsea V Tottenham Hotspur, 0-0
- Sunday 19:15, English Premier League: Arsenal V Wolverhampton Wanderers, Wolves to win