Everton appointed Sam Allardyce this week and they may benefit from the new manager bounce when they entertain Huddersfield today.
Admittedly, the Goodison Park club did claim a 4-0 win in midweek with Allardyce in the crowd so perhaps their bounce has already begun but nevertheless a home game against the Terriers is perhaps the ideal way for the former Bolton and Crystal Palace boss to begin his Everton tenure with a win.
Huddersfield made a strong start to life in the Premier League but have struggled of late and have just one win in their last five games. Their form away from home makes for concerning reading as they head to Everton seeking to end a four-match losing streak, during which time they’ve failed to score and conceded 14 themselves.
It will take time for Allardyce to rectify Everton’s problems but they still have plenty of talent in the squad and the players will be keen to impress their new manager. An Everton win pays out at 5/7 but it could pay to be a bit braver in this one and the 39/20 on a home win with a -1 handicap is my top bet in this encounter.
In the late kick off Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho resume their rivalry as Arsenal entertain Manchester United at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners have found a bit of form of late and have managed five wins in their last six Premier League games, losing only to a seemingly invincible Manchester City side during that time, but they have been dealt a big blow as Alexandre Lacazette is sidelined.
Arsenal won the corresponding fixture last season but may have to settle for a point today. I’m expecting United to approach this game in a similar manner to the way they have played at Liverpool and Chelsea this season, where they have focused on keeping it tight rather than trying to take the game to their opponents.
Chelsea managed to find a way through, but, without Lacazette, Arsenal may struggle to break down a solid United defence and the draw at 47/20 is my top bet in this high quality Premier League encounter.