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WBA v Man City
It’s all just started to go a little wrong for Manchester City and Pep Guardiola. Then again, when things are going wrong and you are still top of the Premier League, you are obviously doing plenty right too.
City find themselves without a win in any competition from the last six games and are still probably reeling from a Lionel Messi-inspired 4-0 humbling at the hands of Barcelona in the Champions League last week.
A frustrating 1-1 home draw with Southampton followed, and suddenly there are serious questions being asked of Guardiola and his famed philosophy.
However, the Spaniards methods are tough to question. They have served him spectacularly well to date and, it’s worth reiterating, his Man City are still top of the league despite their stumbles.
What he probably is discovering, though, is that the Premier League, while perhaps not possession the elite quality of La Liga and the Bundesliga, does provide a competitive test more often than not. While Guardiola’s teams could cruise through domestic competitions previously, there is proving little respite for him in England.
That general point is encapsulated perfectly by West Brom and Tony Pulis.
Man-for-man, you wouldn’t get all that excited by many players in the Baggies’ line-up, and you could have always said the same about his Stoke City and Crystal Palace teams too, but week-in week-out they are competitive no matter the opposition.
West Brom are unlikely to lie down but Man City, with the quality they possess, will go into this game strong favourites to meet the test Pulis’ troops will put the them.
Manchester City Season Stats
Spurs v Leicester City
For much of last season, it looked like these two would slug it out to the death for the Premier League title. Spurs, though, perhaps largely due to their Europa League exertions, tired and faltered, and Leicester cruised to the finishing line.
This season, those tables have turned somewhat. Leicester appear to be struggling with balancing the pressures of mounting a title defence with the pleasures of a first Champions League campaign.
And while the Foxes’ home form has held steady, they have found traveling to be tough this season.
Tottenham, on the other hand, have been a beacon of consistency this term and appear more equipped than ever to stake a serious claim for the Premier League crown.
They remain unbeaten so far, though successive away draws at West Brom and Bournemouth have just started to raise questions over their cutting edge without the injured Harry Kane and an out-of-sorts Dele Alli to rely upon.
Goals in general have often seemed hard to come by for Spurs, which can, at times, undermine the generally admirable efficiency in their play.
That said, it’s still surely tough to look past a home win in this one. Leicester have struggled away from the King Power Stadium and are showing little signs that anything is about to change there.
Player Comparison: Spurs v Leicester
Everton v West Ham
Goodison Park, this week, hosts a clash between last season’s great underachievers and one of its overachievers.
Last week they suffered mixed fortunes too. Everton were unfortunate to lose to Burnley while West Ham certainly found luck on their side during their home win over Sunderland.
That all makes for a tough game to predict this week, with both sides very much capable of both the sublime and the ridiculous, with very little warning about which to expect at any given moment.
Everton, though, are enjoying the better season this time and that stands them as the favourites here, despite the mercurial talents of Hammers star Dimitri Payet thrown into the pot.
That’s mainly because, despite that unpredictability, one thing that Everton do tend to offer on a consistent basis is goal threat.
Much of that is still because of Romelu Lukaku, who continues to plunder Premier Le
ague goals at an eye-catching rate. The Belgian appeared demoralised and unsettled at times last season, but seems to have found a new lease of life now under Ronald Koeman.
Yannick Bolasie, a £30million summer capture from Crystal Palace, can also be credited with reawakening Lukaku, with the pair, both of Congolese descent, striking up an instant and, at times, devastating connection on the pitch.
West Ham cannot, and should not, be discounted, though. They have struggled to replicate their highs of last season but they still possess the talent that reached them.
It promises to be a fascinating contest at Goodison Park no matter the outcome, but Everton appear to have the edge and will be disappointed if they don’t make it count.
Everton Season Stats
West ham Season Stats
Best of the rest
Manchester United and Jose Mourinho suffered a painful humiliation at Chelsea last time out, losing 4-0 at Stamford Bridge in an error-strewn defensive horror show.
Mourinho appeared to be especially hurt by the defeat and especially the “incredible” defensive mistakes that led to it. There has to be a reaction to that, and you’d be amazed if that hasn’t involved seemingly endless training ground emphasis on getting back to keeping clean sheets first and foremost.
There is little value to be found in backing United to ‘win to nil’ when they host Burnley at Old Trafford this week, but the 39/10 available for a 2-0 home win and 49/10 for a 3-0 Red Devils success both appear tempting.
Chelsea, meanwhile, look to back up that brilliant win over Man Utd with a win away at Southampton, but are unlikely to find the Saints especially welcoming.
Southampton have proven a tough team to beat in 2016, especially at home, and are currently high on both confidence and quality.
For that reason, the clash at St Mary’s looks to be one of the most highly anticipated fixtures of the weekend, with something of a goal-fest looking like a real possibility.
With that in mind, a high-scoring score draw could well be on the cards, making the 12/1 on offer for a draw plus over 2.5 goals the punt of the weekend.
About Michael Graham
Michael Graham is a contributor for TEAMtalk.com, one of the UK’s leading websites for football news, views, transfer rumours and features.