Best Bets of the Weekend: Premier League Matchday 9

Bournemouth striker Jermain Defoe has hailed the qualities of Lys Mousset and says there are no limits to how high he could climb.

Bournemouth can continue their fine start to the season at a nice price, while this week’s favourites-dominated acca is bigger than 16/1.


Banker of the Weekend: Bournemouth to beat Southampton at 21/20
Great price, this. Bournemouth are in genuine top-six form right now, taking 22 points from their last 10 Premier League games and have won four of their last five at home.

Southampton, by contrast, have lost their last three games by an aggregate score of 8-0. One of those defeats was a 2-0 away defeat at Wolves who sit one place and one point below Bournemouth in the table.

The Cherries have scored 10 goals in their four home games this season, a total bettered only by Manchester City. Southampton have lost three of their four away games.

If this were any of the so-called big six, they would be somewhere between 1/4 and 1/14 here, and rightly so. Bournemouth’s form over a sustained period merits something approaching that kind of respect; better than evens represents cracking value.



Long Shot of the Weekend: West Ham to beat Tottenham at 16/5
The case here is similar to that for the Hammers’ win over Manchester United a few weeks back. We tipped them then, and we have no hesitation in doing so again here against a Spurs side that has 18 points from eight games almost by sheer force of will.

Even in the 3-0 victory at Old Trafford Spurs were not entirely convincing, and subsequent victories over the likes of Brighton, Huddersfield and Cardiff have done little to suggest this is a Tottenham team firing on all cylinders.

West Ham are improving after a disastrous start, and Tottenham generally bring out the best in the Hammers. Their three games (including a Carabao Cup clash) last season were all eventful, with a win each and a draw. Spurs won 3-2 at the London Stadium having led 3-0, while the Hammers overturned a 2-0 deficit to win at Wembley in the EFL Cup. Then in the Premier League at Wembley West Ham came within minutes of victory before a Son Heung-Min stunner snatched a point for Spurs.

There have been several memorable clashes between this pair through the Premier League years, and the lesson is that it’s almost impossible to predict what’s going to happen. Even after 89 minutes.

In a clash with such unpredictability, West Ham are a bet at 10/3 even before you factor in their record of three wins from the last five home games against their most hated rivals.



Goalscorer of the Weekend: Gylfi Sigurdsson each-way to score first against Palace at 15/2
No apologies for going in again with the Iceland star, who has scored four goals in his last four Premier League games.

There are five Everton players shorter than Sigurdsson to score on Saturday, and right now there’s a case that he and the man directly above him on that list, Richarlison, should be heading the betting.



Acca of the Weekend: Chelsea, Bournemouth, Everton and Arsenal all to win + Liverpool to win to nil at 16.1/1
This looks a weekend for favourites, with several available at decent prices. Chelsea are too big at 3/4 given their historical record against Manchester United and recent Stamford Bridge dominance over their former boss Jose Mourinho, Bournemouth are a great price as covered above, while even with their current injury crisis Liverpool will surely return to winning ways at Huddersfield, who are still without a home goal this season.

Everton should collect a third consecutive Premier League win at 4/5 against an underperforming Palace side, while Arsenal have won 11 home games in a row against Leicester and are 4/9 to make it 12.