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PREVIEW: Brentford looking to return to winning ways against fiery Foxes

What a weekend of action in world football! Of course, this weekend is highlighted by the tussle expected to play out at Old Trafford, but elsewhere in the league there are games to get the pulse racing.

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What a weekend of action in world football! Of course, this weekend is highlighted by the tussle expected to play out at Old Trafford, but elsewhere in the league there are games to get the pulse racing.

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Friday 22 October

Arsenal 8/10
Draw 11/4
Aston Villa 31/10

Arsenal are currently their own worst enemies. It wouldn’t be accurate to accuse them of failing to produce quality performances, but at the same time they seem to lack the confidence required to dominate a game.

Aston Villa haven’t got the quality to cause serious issues, but they do have the system and sheer grit to make it competitive. Nevertheless, backing the home win to start the weekend off seems good enough for me.

Saturday 23 October

Chelsea 1/7
Draw 13/2
Norwich 18/1

Chelsea was battered by Brentford – and no I didn’t stutter! Edouard Mendy was sublime but, in all honesty, Brentford probably deserved something from the game. Norwich, on the other hand, is slowly but surely beginning to put together some consistent performances and were largely unlucky against Brighton.

The Canaries have surely got to get it right eventually – I said this last time out – but again it’s not going to happen on Saturday. Chelsea to keep a clean sheet at 5/10 seems the way to go.

Crystal Palace 9/10
Draw 26/10
Newcastle 11/4

Palace have been impressive so far this season, they have a clear blueprint and have looked to impose it at every opportunity. Newcastle has something about them, and the atmosphere at St James’ looked to be electric!

I fear the Magpies might have been playing off adrenaline though – which almost worked – but the fact remains they’ve been unable to secure victory thus far, and I can’t find a good enough reason to go against the home side!

Leeds 13/10
Draw 24/10
Wolves 2/1

I nearly fell off my chair when I saw these prices to be honest. Leeds haven’t been amazing and yet they are still supported in the betting markets…I know this will be an unpopular opinion, but Leeds seems to be resembling Sheffield’s season last year more and more.

Wolves weren’t amazing but they can certainly win this game. Their pace and aggression will enjoy the space Leeds will concede. Get on the away win.

Everton 11/20
Draw 3/1
Watford 46/10

Watford were thrashed by the team with the best player in the world right now and Everton were wasteful and unlucky in my opinion. The work Rafa Benitez has done at Goodison has been impressive, the system and identity with which Everton now play is clear and easy on the eye.

Everton seem robust and confident in their gameplay, not to mention the players they have in their squad. Back a sweet Toffee win.

Southampton 9/10
Draw 26/10
Burnley 3/1

Neither team will come into this game with too much confidence. Southampton earned a gritty win against Leeds, but I don’t think they took advantage of a hapless Leeds team.

Burnley haven’t been able to enjoy much shelter from their home patch this season. In the past, you knew when travelling to Turf Moor that the game would be doused in physicality and sprinkled with belligerence, I’m not so sure about that anymore…

Nevertheless, under 2.5 goals is the tip here – add it to those multiples. You can get about 17/20 at your local Hollywoodbets branch.

Brighton 6/1
Draw 37/10
Manchester City 4/10

I know this is Manchester City, but I don’t agree that Brighton is 6/1. Yes, yes, I know that you are going to say; “here he goes again” but I’m happy to take City on here. Of course, they have an excellent team which is littered with quality, but their performances haven’t been convincing.

I don’t think Brighton allow City to take the game by the scruff of the neck, they are inspired and playing with a belief that has been absent from the Amex in recent times.

The Seagulls have shown this season, so far, that they are able to tough it out, get into the ascendency, grind out a result and put a game to bed. As big a call as this might be, I’m going to go for the home win/draw double chance at 16/10.

Sunday 24 October

West Ham 27/20
Draw 24/10
Tottenham 39/20

West Ham have been excellent this season. I’ve always said this, David Moyes is a good manager. However, he’s a manager for the West Hams and Evertons…and I honestly don’t mean that with any disrespect. He’s given license to experiment and impose his true views and ideas on his team – and with the evident patience – he achieves success.

I worry for Spurs. I know they beat Newcastle at the weekend, but I wouldn’t read too much into that. You still get the feeling something is missing there, and I can’t back them.

Get on the home win with confidence.

Brentford 16/10
Draw 9/4
Leicester 17/10

This should be an absolute thunderbolt of a game! Brentford are a breath of fresh air in the league and they are really a pleasure to watch. Their approach of ‘we can beat anyone’ is inspiring – surely, they are the neutral’s favourite team in the league?

Leicester completely exposed Manchester United. They played the Red Devils off the pitch and made them pay for not keeping up with the game. Brendan Rodgers will want to impose their game early on at Brentford, but I doubt the Foxes will lack caution.

Both teams to score is a banker for every multiple! Get on at 15/20.

Manchester United 6/10
Draw 29/10
Liverpool 44/10

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QUAD @ 13/1
Arsenal Win 8/10
Chelsea Clean Sheet 5/10
Wolves Win 2/1
Brentford vs Leicester: BTTS 15/20

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