Best Bets of the Weekend: Premier League Matchday 7
The Spurs revival should continue, but there might be more tough times for Manchester United and this week’s acca is a 24/1 shot…
Banker of the Weekend: Tottenham to beat Huddersfield to nil at 11/8
Tottenham appear to be slowly but surely emerging from the woes of their three-match losing streak. It’s worth remembering that whatever valid concerns exist two of those defeats were narrow ones against Liverpool and Inter Milan.
And this game at Huddersfield is precisely the sort of game Spurs have specialised in winning over the last couple of seasons. Tottenham won nine of their 14 away games against those outside the ‘big six’ last season, and have already won three out of four away games this season; the one setback in that run came at Watford who were winning their fourth game on the spin.
Huddersfield are in nothing like that kind of form, and are yet to win in six attempts this season. They have failed even to score in their three home games, and if you go back to last season it’s now five Premier League games without a goal at the John Smith’s for the Terriers.
Spurs’ defence hasn’t looked as solid as it has in the recent past, but they will still be confident of keeping things clean on Saturday afternoon.
Long Shot of the Weekend: West Ham to beat Manchester United at 7/2
The Hammers have a terrible record against Manchester United, but did beat them in the final game at Upton Park at the end of the 2015/16 season and should be confident of adding to Jose Mourinho’s woes here.
The Hammers have certainly turned a corner in recent weeks after a lamentable start under Manuel Pellegrini. Victory at Everton was impressive, as was a point against Chelsea – a far better side than United currently – while a thumping 8-0 win over Macclesfield in the Carabao means little here but certainly won’t hurt the mood.
United, meanwhile, were poor in a home draw against Wolves last weekend and worse in going down on penalties to Championship side Derby in midweek.
The Mourinho-Pogba soap opera has become a huge distraction and a trip to face a team at last turning the corner and growing in confidence is not what United need right now.
Goalscorer of the Weekend: Alexandre Lacazette to score against Watford at 21/20
A toss-up this weekend between Lacazette – who has scored three of his last four – and Romelu Lukaku – who has scored in all Manchester United’s away games.
With Lacazette a shade the happy side of evens and Lukaku odds-on, the vote goes narrowly to the Arsenal man.
A word here too for Erik Lamela, who has scored five in his last five games for Spurs and is 2/1 to net at Huddersfield. His last three goals have come in the 93rd, 76th and 86th minutes, so 13/2 that he scores the last goal of the game is also worth considering.
Acca of the Weekend: Spurs to win to nil + Everton, Wolves and Palace all to win at 24.43/1
Spurs we’ve covered, while Everton have won seven of the last nine (and each of the last three) against a Fulham side with just one point from three away games this season.
Wolves have made a solid start to the season and are unbeaten at home heading into Saturday’s clash with Southampton, who have lost two out of three on the road.
Palace are a bolder pick but have won three of their last four Premier League away games and face a Bournemouth team who were thrashed at previously winless Burnley last time out.
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