Bournemouth to beat Sunderland – 3/5
Sunderland’s abysmal start to the Premier League season is unlikely to come to an end at the Vitality Stadium. Bournemouth, despite losing to Middlesbrough last weekend, have shown that they are again ready for a strong Premier League campaign led by Eddie Howe.
The visiting team have lost eight of their opening 10 games, with little sign of improvement. A horrendous late defensive display against Arsenal last weekend saw them fortunate to lose the game 1-4. With the talent – and pace – that Bournemouth possess, David Moyes’ side could be torn apart.
Avoiding defeat might just keep Moyes in his job a little longer, but, even at odds as low as 3/5, there is little value to be had in backing a Sunderland side who have struggled to significantly so far this season.
Burnley and Crystal Palace to draw – 23/10
Burnley were spared embarrassment against Manchester United last weekend by Tom Heaton and, although he won’t be tested to the same extent by Palace, the defensive discipline in front of him will make this a tightly fought game.
Alan Pardew’s team come into this game without a win in four, having shown defensive fragility in their last two games. The Clarets are not equipped as well as either Leicester or Liverpool to break down the Eagles, however.
Both teams will aim attack the opponent through fast transitions, but this could become somewhat of a stalemate as a result. Sean Dyche favours a safety-first approach and that could lead to a bore draw.
Chelsea to beat Everton – 5/9
Ronald Koeman’s team ended a poor run with a convincing 2-0 victory over West Ham last weekend and, led by former Chelsea striker RomeluLukaku, will challenge the wide spaces behind Chelsea’s wing-backs with the pace and skill of their wingers. Tactically, this is set for a fascinating match, as Koeman aims to be the first manager this season to unsettle the Blues’ first choice XI since their formation change.
Momentum, and an fearsome in-form duo of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa, are with Chelsea. For all of Everton’s improvements this season, the Blues have looked a top quality side over their last few games. They should have too much for the Toffees.