A new month is ushered in by a mouth-watering lineup of four Premier League matches with plenty at stake.
Aston Villa vs Southampton – 2pm
The Villains host the Saints in a contest that couldn’t be harder to back an outright winner. Why? Aston Villa have only lost once as they sit in third just a point adrift and with a game in hand. Their opposition have 10 points from their last four outings including a win over leaders Everton.
Their form is so that a win over Villa will move them above the hosts.
Suggested bet: Both teams to score at 1.55
Newcastle vs Everton – 4pm
The Magpies form has been typically inconsistent with one of each result in their previous three while Everton are still smarting after their first, and somewhat unexpected defeat, of the campaign.
Put Newcastle’s Sunday woes aside – they have not won in six matches on a Sunday – and this one remains a close call. The one issue for the home side to sort is their form in front of goal; no side have registered fewer shots on target this season than them (14 or 2.3 per match).
The visitors don’t have that problem with Dominic Calvert-Lewin in fine form and facing a side that he has enjoyed considerable success against. He has four goals against Newcastle, his most lucrative opposition.
Suggested bet: Newcastle to win 2-1 at 8.5
Manchester United vs Arsenal – 6:30pm
Which Manchester United will start this fixture? The one without a home win so far this season in the league or the one that demolished last season’s Champions League semi-finalists and also beat last season’s finalists?
Arsenal have their own woes after losses to both Manchester City and Leicester City together with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s five-match run without a goal.
The last three Old Trafford outings have seen goals (1-1, 2-2, 2-1) and more should flow on Sunday as 15th in the league takes on 11th. Hardly the positions that fans have been accustomed to.
Many looking at this fixture will battle with the head versus heart conundrum – depending on who’s side they support. United fans will be expecting a close victory while Gunners fans will be eyeing at least a draw such has been the stop-start season the Red Devils have dished up so far.
Suggested bet: Match goals over 2.5 at 1.75
Spurs vs Brighton – 9:15pm
Tottenham Hotspur, like United, are looking for home win No 1 of the season in their fourth try. Their midweek shocker against Antwerp will no doubt lift their visitors expectations although the Seagulls start this one without a win in their last four fixtures.
Both sides have been poor from set pieces which will again give Brighton’s fans something to cling to because like all home matches involving Spurs, the threat will be constant at the other end of the pitch.
Harry Kane has already provided eight assists in his 6 league appearances this season which is more than any other player in Europe’s top five leagues. The England striker and his wingman Son Heung-min start with nine combination goals this season.
Can Burnley’s weak defence hold up?
Suggested bet: Spurs win first half at 2.2