Sam Hendry with the weekend’s top football bets
Chelsea vs Manchester City
This game looked a lot tougher to call two weeks ago than it does now.
Chelsea’s unbeaten run came to a crashing halt against Tottenham and their midweek defeat to Wolves has dropped them to fourth, ten points behind the leaders.
After scoring seven times in his first eight games, Eden Hazard hasn’t found the net since and without his goals the defensive vulnerability that had always been there is now being ruthlessly exposed with no comeback at the other end of the pitch.
City dominated Watford midweek and there doesn’t seem to be anything which looks capable of derailing Pep Guardiola’s magnificent side, even in the continued absence of Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero.
Gabriel Jesus has looked out of sorts since coming back into the team to replace Aguero, but with goals flowing freely from Leroy Sane, Raheem Sterling and David Silva, City’s problems are minimal.
An early season win at Stamford Bridge last year stamped City’s authority on the tile race and they can do the same here at odds of 21/20 with BetVictor and Betfred
Arsenal vs Huddersfield Town
Arsenal are massive favourites here to extend their 20-game unbeaten run and move into the top four for the first time this season.
Huddersfield might make this tougher than many people expect, though.
It could have been easy for them to capitulate when they lost two early goals to Bournemouth midweek and although they still lost, the Terriers showed admirable resilience to fightback and push the high-flying Cherries all the way.
They had earned seven points from three games before an unfortunate 2-1 loss to Brighton last week and seem to find goals easier to come by away from home.
That being said, Arsenal have the Premier League’s hottest striker in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and should have more than enough quality to see off their visitors.
I have Arsenal winning by a two-goal margin at odds of 3/1 (bet365)
Burnley vs Brighton
It’s been a steep fall from grace for Sean Dyche’s men after last year’s seventh placed finish – a horrid run of seven defeats in their last eight has dropped them into the relegation zone.
But they have a good chance to turn things around today who have struggled for away results since their 2017 promotion.
Burneye’s performance during the week against Liverpool was an improvement and they took the lead in that game before Liverpool’s superior strength-in-depth from the bench helped them turn it around.
The Seagulls beat Huddersfield to earn their second away win of the season last week – equalling their total for the entire 17/18 campaign –but that result hinged on a red card to Steve Mounie while Brighton trailed1-0.
With games against Spurs, Arsenal and Everton coming up after this, Burnley need all three points here and they can get them at 2/1 with BetVictor