Premier League weekend preview – 22 / 23 October
Mourinho was sacked as Chelsea manager for the second time last season, with several players downing tools and deciding not to play for the Portuguese. This included Diego Costa, Eden Hazard and Cesc Fabregas, all of whom suffered a dip in form.
Manchester United will set up defensively for this big clash and Ladbrokes have 3.60 that the Red Devils win at Stamford Bridge, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic available at 7.00 to end his mini-scoring drought.
Manchester City are also in action on Sunday, with the fixtures coming thick and fast for a team who have to brush themselves down quickly after Wednesday night’s game at the Nou Camp. Pep Guardiola’s side are strong favourites at 1.50 (bet365) to beat a Southampton team who could pose a few problems at the Etihad.
The Saints have only lost once in the Premier League this term and that was a slightly unfortunate 2-1 defeat at Arsenal, with a late penalty giving the Gunners victory. You can get odds of 4.65 with Unibet that this game ends all square although Claude Puel’s team did play in Italy on Thursday night.
On Saturday evening, Liverpool entertain West Brom and this was a fixture that finished 2-2 last season, prompting an agitated Jurgen Klopp to celebrate in front of the Kop as though they had won the title.
Perhaps the Reds will achieve that accolade this season and William Hill ’s 1.29 will be a popular accumulator selection, although West Brom will have a game plan to try and emulate Manchester United’s anti-football on Monday night. The Baggies are 6.00 with bet365 to land a point.
An intriguing tussle takes place on Saturday lunchtime where Bournemouth host Spurs and the Cherries won’t be playing for a point in this game. Eddie Howe will relish the chance to meet a side who played Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday and William Hill offer 4.00 that they get the job done.
Tottenham are sure to be feeling fatigued after a tough match in Germany and they are missing key personnel including Toby Alderweireld. Unibet offer 2.02 about a win for Spurs although they might have to be content with a draw.
Arsenal will also be a popular bet at 1.29 to beat Middlesbrough, with Everton looking a touch short at 1.67 (Unibet ) to record a victory at Turf Moor.
Stoke City will be confident of compounding the misery of Hull and the Potters are 2.50 to claim three points at the KCom Stadium which will see Mark Hughes’ men start to climb away from trouble.