The North v South Battle Continues

There’s a bit of a North v South battle in the Premier League this weekend. Will it be a good weekend for teams from Manchester or will London be triumphant? Let’s look at the top games with some odds (correct at time of publication).

Saturday November 25

Arsenal v Newcastle United (12.30pm KO)

Can Arsenal bounce back from their 4-0 defeat by Liverpool last weekend? They host Newcastle United who are still looking for that first win of the season. That loss at Anfield last week showed that Arsenal still have a lot of work to do to be title contenders.

Three games against Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool have been lost by an aggregate score of 12-0. Arsenal continue to be a team that beats out-of-form sides and teams in the bottom half of the table.

All of which brings us neatly to Newcastle United. They are still without a victory but hopefully Eddie Howe will be well enough to coach his new side this weekend. Newcastle need to get their act together particularly in defence.

Howe must find a way to stop Newcastle conceding left, right and centre. Now is not the time to remember all those goals Bournemouth used to concede. Arsenal can be backed at 11/10 to beat Newcastle and be leading at both half and full time.

Sunday November 26

Manchester City v West Ham United (2pm KO)

Both clubs can swap stories about impressive midweek European successes. Manchester City are in second and three points ahead of fourth placed West Ham United. City have won four games in a row since losing at home to Crystal Palace. 11 goals have been scored and this might just be the start of another one of their long winning runs.

West Ham had won four Premier League games in a row before losing at Wolves last weekend. They have the third best away record in the Premier League but none of their four wins have been against sides in the top ten and three were against sides currently in the bottom six. A bet on City winning with both teams scoring has odds of 13/8 at BetVictor.

Chelsea v Manchester United (4.30pm KO)

By the time this game begins, we reckon Chelsea will only be top on goal difference. They can restore their three-point lead with a win over Manchester United. The Londoners had an excellent 4-0 home win over Juventus in midweek.

That took their unbeaten run to ten games with seven clean sheets. The latter statistic is one to make any Manchester United or Newcastle United fan die of jealousy. Not since 2017 have Chelsea had a home league win over United, that is likely to change this weekend. Betfair will give you 4/7 on a Chelsea home win.

Manchester United bounced back from the loss at Watford with a midweek win at Villarreal. Amazing how out of form players play better as soon as their boss is sacked. The way that teams such as Watford, Manchester City and Liverpool have put goals past them is a worry. It’s 5/1 at Betfred they win this game but that doesn’t look likely.