There are only three 3 pm kick offs in this weekend’s Premier League (the game’s gone lad, the game’s gone) but plenty to play for for the teams involved.
West Ham and Sheffield United could both jump into sixth, Brighton and Everton could both drag themselves away from the reaches of relegation zone. Bournemouth, if they beat Watford, could also be among the Top 6 if they beat the Hornets, however the home side, even with a win, will remain in the relegation zone.
Since Graham Potter took charge of the Seagulls, he’s had four home Premier League matches; winning one, drawing two and losing one. They are struggling to find goals however. Of their eight attackers on the books, they’ve only contributed six goals so far this season. In four home matches, only two goals have been scored before half-time, both coming in the 3-0 win over Spurs.
Everton’s away form is awful. They’ve only chalked up a single point from a possible 12 on the road and have only scored one goal before the half-time break in their four away league matches.
Home advantage may see Brighton taking the full three points, but we’re unlikely to see any goals before the break so a half-time draw at evens looks the play.
Selection: Half time The Draw @ Evens
Watford are still win-less under Quique Sanchez Flores since his reappointment. It had all started so brightly, coming from 0-2 down at home to Arsenal to draw level. Then, of course, Man City annihilated them 8-0. Since then they’ve lost 2-0 away to Wolves, drawn 0-0 with Sheffield United at home and drew 1-1 away to Spurs. There have been plenty of goals in their home matches though with three of the last four at Vicarage Road having Over 2.5 goals.
It’s a similar story with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. The Cherries have had four matches on the road this campaign, with Over 2.5 goals also landing in three of them. In three previous meetings between these sides at Vicarage Road, all of them have seen the ‘Over 2.5 goals’ land as well.
Watford need to start winning and Bournemouth have scored six in their last four away matches. There should be plenty of goals here so we’re going with Over 2.5 goals at 4/7.
Selection: Over 2.5 Goals @ 4/7
West Ham are such a strange team; they want to be good and they try and eventually they start to become good and then they get a bit scared of being good and go back to being bad. With a squad teeming with talent they should be much higher in the table, but the fact is they’ve only won one of their last five in the Premier League.
Sheffield United finally got their second win of the season last Monday against Arsenal, they’ve played some very good football since being promoted but they’ve not been clinical enough in front of goal. They’ve proven to be very difficult to beat on the road so far, winning one and drawing three of their top tier fixtures away from Bramwell Road.
The Blades have the momentum coming into this match and with their tough-to-beat record on the road, 8/11 on the Sheffield Utd and draw ‘Double Chance’ looks good value.
Selection: Double Chance Sheffield United & Draw @ 8/11.
*Prices correct at time of publishing and the treble comes to approx 4.43/1 at these odds