We should probably start off this one simply by saying: Fulham are sh*te.
They’ve lost three in a row in the league, shipping 12 goals in those matches – which, by the way, included a 4-2 drubbing at the hands of a Cardiff side who’d previously won precisely zero of their last eight games. The pressure is on Slavisa Jokanovic.
For their part, Bournemouth’s last away fixture was a 4-0 victory over a decent Watford side. The Cherries are sitting in 6th place at the moment, and look to be going from strength to strength.
With all that in mind, it’s not unreasonable to suggest there will be two or more goals in this game and that the away side will emerge victorious, so we’re going for the Bournemouth to Win & Over 1.5 goals market at 13/8.
Arsenal may be hot sh*t thanks to their 11 straight wins on the bounce but Liverpool are chugging along very nicely – particularly at Anfield. The Reds haven’t lost a Premier League home tie since Crystal Palace – of all teams – turned them over in April 2017.
Only a 0-0 draw at home to Manchester City, (where we won’t mention Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty miss) has interrupted their home winning streak this season against West Ham (4-0), Brighton (1-0) and Southampton (3-0).
It took Cardiff until last week to register their first win in the top tier in 2018-19 with a 4-2 victory over fellow promoted side Fulham.
This is different gravy though. There’s no point in backing Liverpool at 1/10 in the win-draw-win market so we’ll add a little juice to the price by going for Liverpool to win -2 goals on the handicap.
It’s a question of who’ll be less bad at St Mary’s on Saturday 3pm as lowly Saints face the side anchored to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Southampton’s problem is they just can’t score – they’re four games on the bounce now without a goal, and are overly reliant on new signing Danny Ings, who has bagged three of their six top tier goals this campaign.
If the Newcastle that took at 2-0 lead at Manchester United a week ago turn up then the 11/4 about an away win looks a steal. The problem is the Magpies let the lead slip and have picked up just two points from nine Premier League games so far – their worst ever start to a season.
We’re going to hedge it and go for Newcastle on the handicap +1 at 8/11.
Let’s play this one straight.
Watford’s form has been iffy lately but they’re back to winning ways having seen off Wolves 2-0 at Molineux in their last match.
This weekend they’re drawn against Huddersfield at Vicarage Road, and they should really win. Over the past few months, Huddersfield have been doing their best to prove they’re not very good at football, and you’d have to say they’ve made a pretty convincing case so far.
Their record currently stands at zero wins, three draws, six losses, and it’s not hard to see this being their seventh defeat of the season. We’d contend that 8/11 on Watford to win is a pretty generous price, especially when part of an acca.