Manchester City vs Aston Villa – Saturday 12.30pm
Man City must have thought they had the biggest win of the season AWARD wrapped up after their 8-0 dismantling of Watford – until Leicester City’s remarkable nine goal humiliation of Southampton last night.
That could spur them on on to once again flex their own goalscoring muscles and – more importantly – reclaim second place and close the gap on leaders Liverpool.
With a group of such highly motivated and hungry individuals at Pep Guardiola’s disposal you wouldn’t put it past them.
While I do think City will win this one comfortably, Dean Smith has Villa well organised enough to avoid a repeat of some of the hammerings we have seen dished out so far this year.
Guardiola has never lost back-to-back home league games in his managerial career and that shouldn’t change here.
They are 8/1 to win 4-0 with bet365 and should Raheem Sterling avoid the perils of ‘Pep roulette’ he is 9/4 to continue his goalscoring form by bagging a double.
Watford vs Bournemouth – Saturday 3pm
When Bolton Wanderers beat Bristol Rovers during the week it left Watford as the only team in the top seven divisions of English football to be without a league win this season.
But I have a feeling that could come to an end on Saturday when they host a Bournemouth side without a win in their last three games.
Hornets fans couldn’t have imagined a worse start to the season, but they have too many decent players to continue their barren spell for much longer.
They have the tricky prospect of Chelsea after this so securing three points here is vital ahead of a crunch match with Norwich in two weeks’ time.
The point they earned at Tottenham last week will have boosted spirits and I’m taking them at odds of 23/20 at bet365 to finally provide some cheer for the Vicarage Road support.
Burnley vs Chelsea – Saturday 5.30pm
Chelsea are quietly putting together a very impressive run of form after Michy Batshuayi’s late winner against Ajax marked their sixth consecutive victory.
After porously leaking goals at the start of the season, Frank Lampard appears to have fixed that problem after seeing his side complete three of those wins with clean sheets.
Burnley can provide a stern test to any side in the league – particularly at Turf Moor – but I think Chelsea will continue their hot streak here.
Their transfer ban has had no ill effect as they recall some quality loan options and their depth in midfield and attack looks strong enough to challenge for a spot in the top four.
It’s 9/4 for the Blues to win without conceding and 15/4 for a half time draw/full time Chelsea win.