Return of the Good Old Days

It’s almost like the good old days on Saturday 30 October. The Premier League has five 3pm kick-offs and that includes the top three. By 5pm, any of Chelsea, Liverpool or Manchester City could be top of the table. We may well guess who the leaders will be, but it’s Halloween weekend and there could be some shocks. Let’s look ahead at the top games with some betting odds too.

Newcastle United v Chelsea

Chelsea begin the afternoon a point clear of Liverpool with Manchester City a further point behind. The Blues are a club that Newcastle’s new owners will look at with envious eyes. Could their millions put United in the position Chelsea are in sometime down the road?

The league leaders have only lost to Manchester City in the Premier League this season. Last weekend saw them beat Norwich City 7-0 at home and without Romelu Lukaku. Including penalty shoot-outs, they have now won five straight games. It’s 4/11 at Unibet that they beat Newcastle this weekend. Not great value, but good to stick in accumulators. For better odds, try them to win to nil. Chelsea are yet to concede from open play in the Premier League this season. You can get 21/20 at William Hill on that happening this weekend.

Newcastle has millions to spend but have to wait until the transfer window opens. They still have no manager and no win this season. Only a point has been earned in two games since the Saudi Arabians arrived. With a tough fixture list before the window opens, that first win might take a while. It’d be a real Halloween Horror for Chelsea if it happened this weekend. The new owners will not be pleased they are in charge of a team that is 8/1 at Betfred to win a home game.

Liverpool v Brighton and Hove Albion

Liverpool keep winning and scoring goals aplenty. 11 games in a row have seen them score at least twice in a game. They are unbeaten in their last 23 league and cup games and 19 in the Premier League.

That unbelievably poor home form has been replaced by eight Premier League games without defeat. They host Brighton and Hove Albion who are still suffering from a nosebleed by their current fifth in the table. However, the last four league games have produced just three points. They are unbeaten away from home, but this is their first match against a top side. Back Liverpool to win and lead at both half and full time, that’s 4/5 at Novibet.

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

For one, City won’t win the EFL Cup, perhaps they’ll win the FA Cup instead. City are third in the Premier League and unbeaten since that first weekend loss at Tottenham. Home form has seen them win three and draw one (against Southampton) with 12 goals scored and no goals conceded.

Crystal Palace had a famous win here in 2018 but lost 4-0 at the Etihad last season. They are the Premier League draw experts with six already this season, including the last four. Only one of their last ten Premier League away games has been won. City are a skimpy 1/7 to win this game but only 4/7 with the same bookies to lead at half and full time. Palace are 17/1 at BetVictor to get another shock win.

Chelsea look like remaining Premier League leaders. A win treble on Chelsea, Liverpool and City to win their 3pm games looks a good one to place. If placed at Betfair, it pays out at just above 4/5. Will there be a surprise this weekend though??

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