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Capital sides take centre stage

Capital sides take centre stage


Saturday’s fixture list offers up eight Premier League games, the first of which is an intriguing lunchtime meeting between West Ham and Manchester United at the London Stadium.

The Hammers began their campaign in abject form, losing their opening four league games before claiming a 3-1 win at Everton and a goalless draw at home to Chelsea.

An 8-0 midweek thumping of Macclesfield Town in the EFL Cup will have helped morale in the camp further, but be warned that their recent record against the Red Devils is a dreadful one.

Man Utd to win by one goal @ 5/2

West Ham have won only one of their last 18 meetings with the men from Manchester and have not scored a goal in any of the last three clashes of the two teams, so the visitors will know that if they can get their noses in front then they have a good chance of going on to secure all three points.

A 1-0 United victory at 29/4 is also a decent option, with United determined to banish the woes of a midweek EFL Cup exit at the hands of Derby County.

Lacazette to score first goal @ 9/2

Another clash in the capital could be one to keep an eye on, with Arsenal welcoming Watford to the Emirates Stadium.

New head coach Unai Emery appears to be bedding in nicely with the Gunners, who have won six games in a row in all competitions after losses to Manchester City and Chelsea at the start of the season.

A slight change in approach from the Spaniard has seen a front two of Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang start to gel in recent games, with the former scoring three times in his last four matches, while the latter has four in four.

It is Lacazette given the responsibility of being the out-and-out frontman and he is more likely than Aubameyang to find the net first, but don’t count out the Hornets just yet.

They opened the season with four league wins in a row before a narrow 2-1 loss at Old Trafford and a 1-1 draw at Fulham.

They have scored in every game they have played so far this season so 15/4 for the draw might just tickle your fancy if you think a rugged Watford outfit can ruffle the feathers of their hosts.

Lamela to score anytime @ 2/1

Tottenham Hotspur travel away from London and head north to take on Huddersfield Town without the services of key playmaker Christian Eriksen due to injury.

Spurs have been wobbly in recent weeks, losing two of their last three league games, as well as suffering a late collapse in the Champions League defeat at Inter Milan.

All of those losses ended 2-1, with that being the final scoreline in four of the eight games played by Spurs in all competitions so far this season.

A 2-1 win for the Whites on Saturday is 8/1, while the Terriers are 19/1 to secure victory by the same scoreline.

However, the player who stands out as one to watch is Erik Lamela, who has scored three goals in his last four games to ease the burden on an already tired-looking Harry Kane.

The Argentinian is finally starting to look like the player so highly thought of at Roma before a combination of loss of form and injuries stalled his progress in north London.

Now he looks full of confidence and plays in a role that could give a rigid Town defensive structure plenty of headaches, if, and it is a big if, he is handed starting role.

Newcastle v Leicester – both teams to score @ 20/21

Newcastle United are yet to register a league win this season and the loss of loan striker Salomon Rondon to injury for the visit of Leicester City hardly suggests that run is about to end.

The Magpies have scored just four goals in six league outings although they have found the net against Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester City and Arsenal, while failing to do so against Cardiff City and Crystal Palace.

They will need to find some form in front of goal if they want to get anything from the visit of the Foxes, who have scored at least twice in four of their six Premier League games.

With that in mind you would expect both sides to score on Saturday afternoon and, while that will not offer a great return, it is still an option that should deliver.

Both meetings of the teams last season saw both sides get on the scoresheet, with the away team taking home the spoils on both occasions – meaning that Leicester at 39/20 to win on Saturday may be worth considering.

Hazard – Over 0.5 Total Assists @ 3/1

The final game on Saturday is a quickfire rematch of Chelsea and Liverpool, with the Blues having won 2-1 at Anfield in an EFL Cup game in midweek.

This time Stamford Bridge is the venue, with the visitors defending a perfect record of six win out of six in the Premier League so far this season.

The Blues have only dropped two points to date and in Belgian forward Eden Hazard they have a player currently dominating the headlines after some stellar performances.

He has scored seven goals in his last six games but his price to score on Saturday looks a little thin to take any interest in. Instead, Hazard to provide over 0.5 assists looks to be decent value.

Also worthy of note is that only one of the last 11 meetings of the two teams has been won by more than a one-goal margin so either Chelsea to win by one goal (33/10) or Liverpool to win by one goal (3/1) could serve you well.

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Adrian Mills Adrian has enjoyed a journalistic career spanning over three decades, with cricket his specialised topic. He also has a wealth of knowledge on football, golf and tennis and has the stats to back up his betting advice.