What a thriller this is going to be!
Or, you know, maybe not. West Ham are 13th and Huddersfield are 18th, so it’s not exactly a clash of the titans. Still, even crap November matches between teams closer to the bottom than the top offer us the chance to pull off a punt.
As we’re looking at an acca here, we’ll play this first leg fairly straight. West Ham are the better team, despite some iffy recent form, so let’s go route one: pick them to win. We like the price – 13/10 is very reasonable even if the Hammers are away from home.
With the draw at 21/10 and Huddersfield to win at 12/5, our traders obviously see an away ‘W’ as the most likely result, and we agree.
Burnley have conceded 15 goals in their last five games, including 13 in their last three. It all seems to be going downhill very very fast for Sean Dyche and those plucky little Clarets.
However, Leicester have only managed to score four in their last five matches, but have kept two clean sheets in that time.
All of the above considered, we reckon Leicester have this one in the bag. Burnley are on an atrocious run and Leicester are, overall, the better side. We think they can take the win and shut out a misfiring away attack.
Though we won’t risk a 1-0 correct score bet as part of an acca, we can definitely see that happening, so we’re taking the Foxes to win to nil at a decent price.
Expectant home fans will want to see Rafa Benitez’s team kick on from last weekend’s first win in the Premier League against Watford but they bump into a Bournemouth side who sit sixth in the table and are chasing a third straight away win in the top tier.
Only Tottenham’s Harry Kane has scored more away goals than the Cherries’ Callum Wilson’s four strikes on the road this season and the Bournemouth front man can prove a handful again for the Magpies’ defence.
Eddie Howe’s side are 8/5 to pick up the three points at St James’ Park, yet Wilson is 9/5 to score at anytime against a Newcastle defence who have conceded nine goals at home already.
We never claimed to be mathematicians, but we like those odds.
The Saints head into this game as favourites despite a) not won at home this season or b) not having won in their last seven games, period.
As we’ve pointed out before (in our 13/1 winning acca buster last week now that you mention it) – not scoring goals is their biggest problem – and the over-reliance on Danny Ings – scorer of four of their seven goals this season, is another.
Watford have had their best start to a Premier League campaign and are 12 points above the Saints in the table. They’ve managed a couple of decent away performances, splitting the points with Spurs & Fulham and have beaten Burnley and Wolves on the road.
They’re very capable of getting at least a draw against Mark Hughes’ misfiring Saints and backing Watford +1 on the handicap @1/2, means you’re on a winner if they get a draw at worst, out of this fixture.