Round 11 of the EPL kicks off this Halloween weekend at Stamford Bridge as rumours circulate that The Special One, Jose Mourinho, may become the next EPL manager to lose his job. There are reports that he may lose his job this weekend should be suffer defeat to one of the most recently appointed managers in the Premier League in Jurgen Klopp in this always massive clash of Chelsea v Liverpool. Can Mourinho guide the reigning champions to just a fourth win in 11 games this season?
We preview this match as well as the six 3pm kick offs with online sportsbook 10Bet.com to provide our top EPL picks.
Chelsea v Liverpool: 2.05 – 3.35 – 3.80
The biggest Premier League match of the day kicks off proceedings across this Halloween weekend as Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp meet at Stamford Bridge. The home manager is under considerable pressure in his role and, going on previous performances, appears to have lost the dressing room so he’ll need to work miracles to get something from this game despite being the favourites for all three points.
Chelsea were beaten on penalties by Stoke during the week in the Capital One Cup to round off a poor time of things following their 2-1 loss away at West Ham last weekend and with Diego Costa doubtful after bruising his ribs against The Potters while Branislav Ivanovic and Thibaut Courtois remain on the sidelines. Liverpool have their own injury problems with Christian Benteke having injured his knee as they defeated Bournemouth in the cup and he joins fellow strikers Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge in the treatment room.
James Milner does return for the away team and with three draws and now their first win under Klopp seeing them unbeaten under the German they will believe that they can end their eight game winless streak against the league title holders. We, however, feel that this game could go either way but with both sides struggling for goals at the moment we do not see this game being a thrill-a-minute clash.
We are backing -2.5 goals at Stamford Bridge at odds of 1.80 with 10Bet.com.
Crystal Palace v Manchester United: 3.90 – 3.35 – 2.05
The last time that the host side in this Crystal Palace v Man United game at Selhurst Park triumphed in the league the Premier League had not yet come into existence and this clash happened in Division 1. That victory for The Eagles came 24 years ago in May 1991 and United have won 13 of the 16 meetings since that time, but with Alan Pardew’s men having started the season exceptionally well there will not be a better chance for them to take all three points against the 20 time champions for the first time since the early 1990’s.
Despite their fine start to the season Palace are currently in the middle of an injury crisis with key player Yohan Cabaye doubtful for this game after missing the defeat to Man City in the cup during the week. On top of this strikers Marouane Chamakh and Connor Wickham are both out leaving them with very few options to challenge the joint league best defence of United. This will be tough for the Londoners and with them having failed to beat anyone in the top half of the league this season at Selhurst Park there is also a great chance for United to continue their winning ways. However, with Louis van Gaal’s men having lost to Swansea and Arsenal on their travels this season we can see this game being close and both sides are capable of winning this match, and, as such, we are backing both teams to go for all three points. We see this giving us plenty of goal mouth action and goals, so our money is on both sides to find themselves on the scoresheet.
Our top Crystal Palace v Man United tip is back both sides to score @ 1.95 in the 10Bet Sportsbook!
Manchester City v Norwich: 1.29 – 5.65 – 10.50
The last time that these sides clashed in the EPL saw a surprising 0-0 draw at Carrow Road as Norwich upset the odds and The Canaries will require a Halloween miracle if they’re to repeat that kind of result at The Etihad this Saturday afternoon. The lack of goals was a big surprise too as the previous five meetings had produced 3-2 goals, with five goals being the lowest scored in those games.
We can certainly see there being goals in this game too as City have scored 19 goals in their last four matches on home soil in all competitions while Norwich have conceded 13 in their last five road trips. We feel that the odds on this game are correct and that City deserve to be the big favourites so we can putting our cash on goals in this game while City cruise to victory to stay top of the EPL table.
Back Man City to beat Norwich and +3.5 goals in the game at odds of 2.20.
Swansea v Arsenal: 4.75 – 3.75 – 1.76
The last match for both of these two sides saw them end their streaks of form as Swansea’s 2-1 win at Aston Villa saw their first win in any competition since the end of August while Arsenal had a four game winning streak ended at Championship side Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup as they were beaten 3-0. Will they be able to get back to winning ways against a struggling Swansea side?
Going into that cup game Arsenal were missing Aaron Ramsey, Mikel Arteta, David Ospina, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Tomas Rosicky through injury and within 20 minutes of the match they had added Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott, who replaced him on pitch, through injuries and they’ll miss this match now. However, with Alexis Sanchez and Oliver Giroud grabbing goals right now Arsene Wenger will remain confident of his side as they look to remain level on points with Manchester City at the top of the league.
Swansea are without a win in three on home soil and you can be sure that the French manager of the North London side will have them motivated to bounce back from the loss in midweek. We can see them doing so and feel that the away side offer plenty of value.
Our best Swansea v Arsenal bet is back Arsenal to win @ 1.76 with 10Bet.com.
Newcastle v Stoke: 2.45 – 3.25 – 3.05
St. James’ Park hosts a clash of the sides sitting 19th and 14th in the EPL coming into this weekend’s action with both teams determined to secure all three points. Newcastle’s last home game saw them thump Norwich 6-2 before dominating the first half of their Tyne-Wear derby away at local rivals Sunderland before giving away a penalty and seeing Fabricio Coloccini red carded to lose 3-0 so their resurgence was short lived, but the manner they were beaten after that win will leave them motivated to return to winning ways.
Stoke come into this match having seen off Chelsea in the Capital One Cup during the week on penalties as well as having beaten Swansea, Aston Villa and Fulham 1-0 in their last three away games so they’ll be full of confidence. However, we can see this being a tight game as both sides concentrate more on defensive solidarity and being tough to break down, so we can see this match being short on goals.
Back both teams to score – No result in Newcastle v Stoke at odds of 1.95 in the 10Bet Sportsbook!
Watford v West Ham: 2.50 – 3.30 – 2.90
Although these two teams are separated by ten places in the league there is just seven points between them and a home win for Watford could see them almost halve the gap to the side sitting in the top three prior to kick-off at Vicarage Road this weekend. The away side are certainly in the better form this season having won six and drawn two of their ten matches so far but after Watford have recorded three clean sheets in five games in front of their own fans it is the home team that are favoured for all three points.
Despite their number of clean sheets Watford have lost to Crystal Palace and Arsenal in their last two home games without them scoring a goal, and as The Hammers have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Crystal Palace on their league travels this season, as well as drawing with Sunderland, we feel that they are overpriced to win this match. This is compounded by the fact that they are missing only Alex Song for this match and we’re backing the away win in this EPL clash.
Our money is on West Ham to beat Watford @ 2.90 this weekend.
West Brom v Leicester: 2.85 – 3.25 – 2.60
The Hawthorns hosts the final match of this Saturday afternoon and the game promises to be a clash of opposing styles as defensive and tight West Brom welcome free scoring and attacking Leicester. West Brom have a joint league lowest eight goals scored this season while Leicester have netted 22 times as they sit fifth in the table, but which style of football will win out?
Despite scoring just eight goals this season West Brom have done well as they have 14 points to their name and sit tenth in the table coming into this match having beaten Sunderland and Norwich 1-0 in their last pair of games. Leicester rested players in their penalty shootout defeat to Hull during the week but with only joint top of the table Arsenal having defeated them all season long they will be confident about finding holes at the back of West Brom to win this game. We’re confident that they’ll find space too and our money is on another away win this Saturday in the English top flight.
Back Leicester to beat West Brom at odds of 2.60 with 10Bet.com.