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The EPL serves up some tasty encounters this weekend and I think there are enough opportunities to bounce back!

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Last weekend was a tough one, but we’ve got to get back onto that pony! The Premier League serves up some tasty encounters this weekend and I think there are enough opportunities to bounce back!

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Saturday 27 November

9/20 Arsenal | Draw 37/10 | Newcastle 52/10 (14:30)

Arsenal were outdone by a superior Liverpool side last time out, but I still maintain this is a side on the up. Mikel Arteta approached the game with the right sort of respect for Liverpool, but I would have preferred to see his side have a go. They learnt the hard way not to rile up that Anfield crowd, but Newcastle shouldn’t cause too many issues.

Newcastle won’t shy away from the challenge, but I think the home win can get our multiples off to the right start.

1/4 Liverpool | 52/10 | Southampton 17/2 (17:00)

One order of pie please. Humble…humble pie. I apologize to all associated to Liverpool football club – your phone calls and messages on Twitter or WhatsApp were begrudgingly received.

In all honesty Liverpool are a classy side, their cutthroat attack is only intensified at Anfield. 16/10 about the Reds on the (-2) handicap shouldn’t cause you to even flinch.

24/10 Norwich | 47/20 | Wolves 11/10 (17:00) 

This could turn out to be a rather interesting affair. Norwich played with a confidence that is almost unbecoming of a side nestling into the bottom of the table. Dean Smith sees potential at Carrow Road – so who are we to question him.

Wolves have had a little run themselves – outside of their defeat to Palace. They are always a difficult team to follow though, only because they never give you much confidence.

Back the draw.

12/10 Crystal Palace | 23/10 | Aston Villa 47/20 (17:00)

This has the makings of an absolute thriller, end-to-end football. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching Palace play football this season, there is a belief in that young side that they can beat anyone. Tactically sound, with an added emphasis on ball retention and movement, it’s no surprise the Palace fans have embraced their new boss.

I am intrigued to see what Aston Villa under Stevie G look like, but there is no question Gerrard loves the league.

I think both teams to score at 15/20 earns a spot on the ticket this weekend.

21/20 Brighton | 24/10 | Leeds 5/2 (19:30)

On paper this might look like a tough game to call, Brighton was shocked (I think that’s the right adjective) by Villa and Leeds were built up only to be brought back down by Spurs.

Leeds just isn’t the flavour of the month anymore; their gung-ho football has lost its popularity. I think Brighton win this, they are the better side and will play with a necessary degree of suspicion but also enough front-foot football.

Sunday 28 November

13/10 Brentford | 9/4 | Everton 22/10 (16:00)

To be completely honest, when I first saw these prices, I was a little confused…but they make complete sense. Brentford just continue to play like a Premier League side: comfortable, calm and almost carefree.

Everton, on the other hand, have blown hot and cold, they are without a win in their last six fixtures – in all competition – and to be fair have deserved it. The home side will acknowledge the chance here to capitalize on their opponent’s frailty and I think the cauldron that is the Brentford Community Stadium will only aid this cause. Back the Bees at 13/10.

3/10 Manchester City | 46/10 | West Ham 15/2 (16:00)

If this game was being played in London, I would be happy to take on City here, I do think 3/10 is a little short but I can’t justify any other play here. West Ham have been brilliant at home, but less so on the road. David Moyes will likely see this as a free hit, his players will play with freedom and might ask a couple questions of City.

But I don’t see the Hammers winning, for the multiples I would just add City as they are, but as an alternative: City + Both teams to score at 7/4.

6/10 Leicester City | 32/10 | Watford 4/1 (16:00)

You might be inclined to suggest that Leicester were horrible against Chelsea, I would caution such an evaluation. Chelsea were simply that good, Leicester had faults (of course) but they were suffocated and played off the park by a vastly superior side.

Watford punished a horrible Manchester United, but I don’t see them consolidating that win here. Back the home side at a generous 6/10.

11/4 Burnley | 51/20 | Tottenham 19/20 (16:00) 

Antonio Conte would have been disappointed with his side’s defensive display against Leeds last time out in the league, but his passion and intensity is almost tangible! It demands the players buy-in and effectively drags every member of that team in the same direction.

Burnley have struggled this season, but I maintain that when they play simple and aggressive compact football, they give themselves the best chance. The issue here is I don’t think they see too much of the ball. Spurs will win but I think a safer bet would be under 2.5 goals at 17/20.

11/20 Chelsea | Draw 3/1 | Manchester United 46/10 (18:30)

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