The return of the Premier League this weekend will see a familiar face back in the dugout as former Chelsea and Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho, gets set to lead out Tottenham Hotspur for the first time. The Special One replaced Mauricio Pochettino in the Spurs hotseat earlier this week and his first game in charge is a mouth-watering London derby, away at West Ham United.
Here at Compare Betting Sites we will take a look at Mourinho’s first game in charge at Spurs as part of our full Premier League preview, offering team news, betting advice and match odds courtesy of our popular betting partner, William Hill. All fixtures listed below kick-off at 3pm on Saturday unless otherwise stated.
Saturday 23rd November
West Ham United vs Tottenham Hotspur (12:30pm)
The big news ahead of this London derby is inevitably the appointment of Jose Mourinho as the new Spurs boss. The Special One has replaced Pochettino in the Spurs hotseat with the objective of bringing silverware back to North London.
The London Stadium has been a happy hunting ground for Spurs recently and the visitors won there in both the Premier League and League Cup last season. This season Spurs have been in freefall and currently sit 14th in the Premier League after a run of five league games without a win (drawn 3, lost 2). However, Saturday’s hosts, West Ham, are two places and one point further adrift in 16th, heaping pressure on manager, Manuel Pellegrini. The Hammers’ woeful 3-0 loss away at Burnley last time out was a sixth straight Premier League game without a win; a run coinciding with the loss of influential goalkeeper, Lukasz Fabianski, to injury. Since losing 5-0 to Manchester City on the opening weekend, Fabianski conceded just three goals in five and a half league games. In the five and a half games since his injury, stand-in goalkeeper, Roberto Jimenez, has let in twelve.
Spurs will want to hit the ground running under Mourinho and can be backed at 13/10 to win with over 2.5 match goals. Talisman, Harry Kane, has fired a blank in four of Spurs’ last five league games but after bagging four goals in two games for England in the recent international break, it looks like Kane has rediscovered his form in front of goal. You can back Spurs’ top scorer at 3/4 to score at any time at the London Stadium or 14/5 to open the scoring.
West Ham United - 3/1
Draw - 16/5
Tottenham Hotspur - 78/100
Arsenal vs Southampton
The result of this fixture could have huge repercussions on the future of each side’s respective managers. Unai Emery (6/4) and Ralph Hasenhuttl (2/1) head the ‘next Premier League manager to leave his post’ market with William Hill and another defeat on Saturday for either boss could prove to be one too many.
Arsenal currently sit sixth in the Premier League but a run of four league games without a win leaves them eight points adrift of Manchester City in fourth. Southampton meanwhile are languishing in 19th and could finish the weekend rock bottom of the Premier League. Their disastrous 9-0 loss at home to Leicester City would not have helped Hasenhuttl’s cause.
This fixture last season saw Arsenal run out 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Lacazette and Mkhitaryan. The same result this season is available at 15/2 whilst Lacazette is 7/2 to open the scoring again.
Arsenal - 4/9
Draw - 15/4
Southampton - 6/1
AFC Bournemouth vs Wolverhampton Wanderers
This could prove an excellent game for neutrals with two of the Premier League’s best footballing sides meeting on the south coast. This fixture finished in a 1-1 draw last season and another stalemate could be on the cards on Saturday. The evenly-matched sides are level on 16 points from 12 games, with Wolves one place higher by virtue of a goal difference one better than that of Bournemouth. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth have already drawn four league games this season whilst Wolves have tied a league-high seven of their twelve games so far. If you’re going to have one bet this weekend the score-draw in this fixture at 29/10 has to be that bet!
AFC Bournemouth - 7/4
Draw - 9/4
Wolverhampton Wanderers - 13/8
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Leicester City
Leicester City are riding high in the Premier League this season and in the battle for Champions League qualification, a fifth win in a row could put further daylight between them and the chasing pack.
The Foxes boast the league’s top scorer with former England international, Jamie Vardy in red-hot form. Vardy has bagged eleven league goals already this season and should be considered at 14/5 to score first at the Amex.
Brighton have hosted Leicester City on two previous occasions in the top flight and Vardy has scored in both games. Vardy to score at any time looks a steal at 10/11.
Brighton & Hove Albion - 27/10
Draw - 12/5
Leicester City - 21/20
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool
League leaders, Liverpool, will hope to maintain their impressive start to the campaign in south London and thanks to THAT game back in 2014, Liverpool fans will be keen to get this fixture out of the way nice and early in the season.
Liverpool looked on course to claim a maiden Premier League title in 2013/14 only to throw away a three-goal lead at Selhurst Park, with Manchester City subsequently pipping them to the title.
This season’s Liverpool side are a far more formidable force and will be backed to make it 37 points from a possible 39 so far. From Crystal Palace’s point of view, there could be no worse time to welcome the league leaders to Selhurst Park. Roy Hodgson’s side have earned just one point from their past four games, conceding exactly two goals in each of them. Coincidentally, they also conceded two goals when losing this fixture last season. Can Liverpool repeat that 2-0 win? At 11/2 it’s certainly worth a punt.
Sadio Mane was amongst the goals when the sides met last season and with seven league goals already this campaign, Liverpool’s Senegalese international will prove popular at 7/2 to score first.
Crystal Palace - 7/1
Draw - 15/4
Liverpool - 2/5
Everton vs Norwich City
Everton are aiming for back-to-back Premier League wins for just the second time in 2019 when the welcome bottom club, Norwich City, to Goodison Park. The Toffees eased the pressure on manager, Marco Silva, with a hard-fought 2-1 win away at Southampton before the international break.
For their opponents, newly-promoted, Norwich City, the honeymoon period is well and truly over. The Canaries have not won any of the past seven league games, losing six.
Norwich City’s away form is a serious cause for concern and the club have failed to score in any of their past six games on the road. You should consider backing Everton to win to nil at 13/10. Alternatively, in what promises to be a rather cagey affair, under 2.5 match goals could offer great value at 13/10.
Everton - 7/20
Draw - 17/4
Norwich City - 15/2
Watford vs Burnley
Watford claimed their first win of the season last time out, defeating Norwich City 2-1 at Carrow Road. Now, the Hornets will hope to claim a second successive win back in front of their home fans.
Watford have not claimed back-to-back league wins since February but have shown obvious signs of improvement in recent weeks. Since suffering an 8-0 defeat at the hands of Manchester City, Watford have kept three sheets in six league games.
Saturday's opponents, Burnley, have failed to win any of their past eight league games away from home (drawn 4, lost 4). In fact, only Norwich City have a worse away record this season than the Clarets.
Buoyed by their first win of the season and the return from injury of talismanic captain, Troy Deeney, we’re backing Watford to win what could be a low-scoring affair. Watford to win 1-0 is available at a generous 13/2.
Watford - 7/5
Draw - 11/5
Burnley - 21/10
Manchester City vs Chelsea (5:30pm)
All the talk this week has been about Jose Mourinho’s appointment as Spurs manager, it has therefore slipped under the radar that we have a massive game at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening. Holders, Manchester City, lost ground in the Premier League title race last time out, going down to a 3-1 defeat at Liverpool and welcome Chelsea to the Etihad behind them in the league table.
Chelsea are in red-hot form at the moment, winning six league games in a row; their best run since May 2017. The Blues have earned more points on the road this season than they have at Stamford Bridge and England international, Tammy Abraham, has found the back of the net seven times in six away league games. Only Jamie Vardy has scored more goals than Abraham in the league this season and he can be backed at 7/5 to score at any time on Saturday evening.
For Manchester City, Sergio Aguero remains their most potent attacking threat. The Argentine international has nine league goals already this season and boasts a higher goal return against Chelsea than any other player in Premier League history. Aguero has scored ten Premier League goals against Chelsea, including a hat-trick in this fixture last season, and can be backed at 4/6 to add to that tally on Saturday. Alternatively, you can get 14/5 on Aguero to open the scoring.
Manchester City - 4/9
Draw - 19/5
Chelsea - 11/2
Sunday 24th November
Sheffield United vs Manchester United (4:30pm)
When the fixtures were released in the summer few people would’ve predicted that Manchester United would visit Bramall Lane in late-November behind the Blades in the Premier League table. A run of five games without defeat has thrust Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United up to fifth in the league, two places and one point ahead of Sunday’s visitors.
Chasing a third consecutive home win in the Premier League since 1993, Sheffield United’s fine start to the season has been down to their exceptional defensive form. Only Leicester City have conceded less goals after 12 games than the Blades.
Visitors, Manchester United, have struggled for goals on the road this season, scoring just five goals in six away league games. However, the return from injury of Anthony Martial has certainly increased their threat in front of goal.
if you expect Manchester United to claim their sixth win in seven games across all competitions then Martial should be considered at 6/4 to score at any time. However, if you believe Sheffield United can keep up their fine start to the season then under 2.5 match goals at 4/6 is a must.
Sheffield United - 13/5
Draw - 12/5
Manchester United - 11/10
Monday 25th November
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United (8:00pm)
The final Premier League game of the week will see Steve Bruce take on his former employers as Newcastle United travel to Aston Villa.
In their past three games, Newcastle have claimed seven points from a possible nine to move up to 13th in the league. In contrast, Aston Villa, have lost each of their past three league games, slipping to 17th.
Both have Villa’s league games in November have ended in defeat by the same 2-1 score line whilst Newcastle ran out 2-1 winners at home to AFC Bournemouth last time out. Get on Newcastle to win 2-1 at 11/1.
Aston Villa - 11/10
Draw - 5/2
Newcastle United - 5/2
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