Premier League Preview 28-29/10

Manchester City completed the double over Tottenham last season and it is difficult to see anything other than another victory at Wembley for Pep Guardiola’s imperious team on Monday.

City won 4-1 against Mauricio Pochettino’s side on home soil last term and 3-1 in London six months ago, and produced one of their best displays of the campaign when easing to a 3-0 Champions League victory against Shakhtar Donetsk in Ukraine on Tuesday.

Below-par Spurs to come unstuck

In contrast Spurs’ Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread following their 2-2 draw with PSV Eindhoven, when a late goal cost them badly, as it did last month in Milan when they lost 2-1 to Inter.

Spurs have been grinding out results in the Premier League without playing particularly well, but have kept three clean sheets in a row.

However, Barcelona scored four times against them in the Champions League at Wembley and, although City may not be quite so clinical, they can beat Spurs by a two-goal margin at 4.90.

Vulnerable United to settle for draw

Everton visit 10th-placed Manchester United on a high, after winning their last three matches, although they left it late before beating Crystal Palace 2-0 in their last game.

Both teams have scored 15 goals in their first nine matches but, tellingly, Jose Mourinho’s side have conceded 16, four more than Everton.

They have let in more goals than rock-bottom Newcastle United with only Burnley, Cardiff, Fulham and Huddersfield having a poorer record.

In the past Mourinho’s team were known for their defensive solidity, but those days are long gone and United now look very vulnerable at the back.

They have also picked up a worrying habit of conceding early goals and, although they were able to rectify the situation against Newcastle earlier this month, they never really looked as though they would take anything from Tuesday’s Champions League clash against Juventus.

Everton are good enough to add to Mourinho’s woes by grabbing a draw, available at 3.85.

Gunners to carry on winning

Chelsea are unbeaten in the league thanks largely to Eden Hazard’s brilliance and they should have enough power to beat Burnley at Turf Moor, even though Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata continue to struggle in front of goal.

Chelsea have won six and drawn three of their first nine matches while Burnley have already lost five games and look set for a season of struggle after last term’s over-achievement. Maurizio Sarri’s team can be backed at 1.80 to keep a clean sheet against the Clarets.

Arsenal are on fire at the moment and can be backed at 1.83 to make it eight Premier League victories in a row by beating Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Roy Hodgson’s team have only scored five goals so far and missed a penalty in the defeat to Everton last Sunday. It looks set to be a long campaign for the Eagles, with Mesut Ozil – back to his best against Leicester on Monday – available at 13.00 to score the first goal.