The Premier League returns after the international break and our FansBet traders have been busy getting some value together for another weekend of football betting. Their Premier League acca for week 13 is for Manchester United to get the home win against Crystal Palace, Manchester City to continue their dominant form over hosts West Ham and for Chelsea to continue their unbeaten start to the season with victory over Spurs. Form Labs breaks down the three games with their betting preview and don’t forget that we have additional enhanced odds and accas for all of Europe’s top leagues.
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
United’s momentum may have been checked in the Manchester derby, but at home to Palace they really ought to get back on track. Prior to that defeat, the Red Devils had won three on the trot, against Everton, Bournemouth and Juve, with the first two of those very much looking like top-half finishers this term while the latter are amongst Europe’s elite.
Meanwhile, the Eagles have now lost six of seven games across all competitions and only sit above the relegation zone on goal difference, with their stalemate hosting Arsenal increasingly appearing a false dawn.
Palace are just W1-D1-L12 when facing ‘Big Six’ teams since Roy Hodgson took over the baton from Frank de Boer, but each of those positive results came at Selhurst Park, while they’ve lost their six such road trips by a combined score of 19-3. In fact, all but one of those were L/L doubles as United scored two in each half in this fixture last term to register a 4-0 win overall.
Mourinho has seen his side go W14-D3-L1 hosting teams outside the top six since the start of last season, and should extend that record given Palace are without Wilfried Zaha once more. Indeed, in the absence of the Ivorian, the Eagles have lost 14 games on the bounce as they failed to score on 11 occasions.
West Ham v Manchester City
Man City are really up and running now with 11 wins from 12 unbeaten games since their 2-1 defeat hosting Lyon back in September. They’ve ramped up their output in the final third and have even won by at least a five-goal margin in a third of these games, including 6-1 and 6-0 victories over Southampton and Shakhtar Donetsk respectively within their last three outings. Their latest victims came laden with hope after United were boosted by their midweek triumph away at Juve – no mean feat in itself – and the gulf in class was utterly apparent from the first whistle at the Etihad.
The Hammers had to come from behind to earn a draw at second-from-bottom Huddersfield in their last match, trailing for 68 minutes in that game, leaving them with just the single victory in their last five league outings. That came hosting Burnley, who aren’t the best of travellers anyway, while their injury list remains substantial despite the recovery time some players received over the international break.
Manuel Pellegrini lost seven of eight winless league encounters with Guardiola during their time in Spain, while the Hammers have lost all five matches against City across all competitions since Pep arrived in England, and it’s difficult to envisage any deviation from that path here.
Tottenham v Chelsea
Spurs have been flat-track bullies this term as they’ve beaten everyone currently below seventh in the table, while they’ve lost their other three fixture. They only trail the Blues by a single point though, despite Maurizio Sarri’s side remaining unbeaten, but realistically only one of these teams is being talked about as serious title contenders. Indeed, the hosts lack the true star quality of an Eden Hazard, while Chelsea’s +19 goal difference compared with Spurs’ +10 tells the picture more accurately.
Chelsea have been very efficient at establishing a lead by half-time as they’ve led 1-0 at the break in five of their last six, including encounters with Liverpool and Man Utd, and that could well be enough to down Spurs. Pochettino’s men have gone W1-D6-L1 in second half performances over their last eight, failing to further extend leads against Brighton, Huddersfield, Cardiff and West Ham, and unable to get back into games hosting Liverpool and Man City, while they almost blew a two-goal lead against Wolves.
The only time they’ve managed a second-half win during this spell has been against a Palace side suffering without Wilfried Zaha, with that 1-0 success before the international break hardly setting pulses racing as Hugo Loris bailed them out with some fine saves. Chelsea have won four of five road trips this term as they’ve conceded just one goal, and can repeat their win at Wembley last term to keep pace with City and Liverpool at the top.
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