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West Ham v Stoke City
West Ham are having a tough time transitioning to their new surroundings at London Stadium, and there is little getting away from that for anyone at the club. There have been difficulties both on and off the pitch for the Hammers, especially given the raised expectations of going to their new ground on the back of a brilliant season last time around.
Stoke, on the other hand, are sitting pretty in mid-table after bouncing back from a very poor start to win their last three games on the spin.
That all makes for a very interesting clash this week, but if you had taken one look at the table and had this one down as an away-banker, you may want to look again.
West Ham were beaten 2-0 at Everton last week but it was a tough result for boss Slaven Bilic to take after watching his side dominate the first half and waste a plethora of chances. That game followed a run of four unbeaten which, importantly, included three at home.
The game before their defeat at Goodison Park, West Ham had dumped Chelsea out of the League Cup, and that result followed 1-0 wins over Sunderland (at home) and Crystal Palace. There were certainly signs that they were rediscovering some of what made them so formidable last season.
Stoke are not going to be put down easily at London Stadium. Mark Hughes has his side full of confidence once again and scoring goals. On paper, the Potters always looked strong this season and they are beginning to show that on the pitch now.
That said, this one still looks like West Ham’s to lose.
Arsenal v Spurs
There is very little doubt over what the biggest fixture of the weekend is. If the north London derby is due to be played, no matter when it is, chances are it’s the most hotly-anticipated game of the week.
This one, though, especially looks like it could be a cracker, with Tottenham still boasting an unbeaten league record heading to an Arsenal side full of confidence having not lost since the opening day of the season
The form book, despite Spurs’ unbeaten Premier League record, looks to be Arsenal’s. They are three points clear of their rivals in the table and have won seven of their last eight.
Spurs, meanwhile, have drawn their last three league games, mustering just two goals in total in the process. It all looks like it’s become a bit of a grind for Mauricio Pochettino’s men of late, in all truth.
However, that’s exactly why this makes them a good team to back this weekend. The form book is not in their favour, but since when have derbies respected the form book?
In addition, since Pochettino took over at Spurs in May 2014, Arsenal have failed to record a Premier League win over their nearest and less-so dearest.
Both clashes at the Emirates have finished as 1-1 draws and, perhaps more to the point, both times Arsenal have trailed before needing a late equaliser to salvage something.
That tends to suggest that Pochettino knows how to set-up aside to make life very difficult for counterpart Arsene Wenger, and if either side are going to find a way to win on Sunday then it’s likely to be Spurs.
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Leicester v West Brom
Are champions Leicester City finally starting to get their mojo back? Manager Claudio Ranieri certainly seems to think so.
After watching his troops grind out a tenacious draw at White Hart Lane last week, the Italian proudly declared: “So far [this season] we haven’t seen everybody showing the spirit together, but today I saw everyone showing it.”
Ranieri’s delight appears to be well-founded. At the time of writing, before their midweek Champions League date with FC Kopenhavn, the Foxes are unbeaten in three and looking much more like their former selves.
Of course, in terms of home form, Leicester have never actually stopped looking like champions. They convincingly beat Crystal Palace at the King Power Stadium last time out, meaning they haven’t lost on their home turf since January when Spurs dumped them out of the FA Cup.
If you are looking at league form specifically, no side have managed to record an away win over Leicester since Arsenal beat them 5-2 back in September 2015. It’s an imperious record.
It’s certainly a record West Brom look ill-equipped to damage. The Baggies have won just two of their previous 19 away games in the Premier League.
West Brom’s overall form isn’t great either, with Tony Pulis’ men being without a win in five matches and coming off a humbling 4-0 battering at the hands of Manchester City last week.
Shocks can happen, of course, and that’s what makes the Premier League such an absorbing competition, but the Foxes look to have their tails up right now and you’d strongly fancy them to get the best of the Baggies.
Best of the rest
Another Autumn, another boat load of misery for Sunderland fans. Their not-so-proud tradition of atrocious starts to the season has continued again this season and they have, in fact, managed to out-do even themselves by failing to register a single league win yet so far.
They travel to face a Bournemouth side this week who boast a strong home record, so you’ll not find much value in backing a Cherries win. However, you can make it interesting by taking the 7/4 on offer for them to win to nil. Sunderland’s seven goals so far this season is the lowest in the league, so it’s not hard to envisage another dismal afternoon for David Moyes’ men in front of goal.
At the other end of the goals spectrum lay Manchester City, whose 24 so far this season is able to be matched by no one but Liverpool.
Pep Guardiola’s table-toppers entertain Middlesbrough this weekend, and that makes it tempting to back another goal-fest like the one West Brom found themselves on the receiving end of last week.
However, Middlesbrough were brilliant in restricting Arsenal to a goalless draw recently, and that makes the lower goals markets fairly attractive here.
If the Teesiders replicate the kind of organisation they showed at the Emirates, City could struggle to break them down and so a 1-0 home win looks appealing.
You can get 13/2 on that, while the 23/5 for a 2-0 Citizens success also holds appeal.
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.