ROUND 10 of the 2015-16 English Premier League summed up what a topsy-turvy season this is turning out to be.
Relegation favourites Sunderland demolished Newcastle United in the Tyne-Wear derby – a result which could prove pivotal to both teams’ survival chances come May.
Leicester City downed fellow upstarts Crystal Palace to keep in touch with the top four, while West Ham United jumped up to third with a momentous win over struggling Chelsea.
And the most highly anticipated fixture of all turned out to be the least interesting, as United and City played out one of the dullest Manchester derbies in recent memory.
So what can we expect this weekend?
Here’s our take on the tastiest match-ups for round 11 of Premier League 2015-16, featuring EPL odds and value props from our top-rated soccer betting sites.
Chelsea vs. Liverpool
12:45pm local time on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Stamford Bridge
Chelsea – $2.05 (Sportsbet.com)
Liverpool – $4 (WilliamHill.com)
Draw – $3.40 (Bet365.com)
The division’s two underperforming heavyweights will duke it out on Saturday lunchtime in this week’s feature fixture.
Chelsea’s list of troubles grew longer still in midweek as they exited the League Cup at the hands of Stoke City, while Jurgen Klopp claimed his first win as Liverpool boss on Wednesday as the Reds edged past Bournemouth.
The two sides rather balance each other out on paper: the Merseysiders have bagged only nine goals this season in the Premier League, but the Blues’ defensive record (19 goals against) is among the worst in the competition.
Chelsea have recent history on their side, though, as they haven’t lost to Liverpool in any format since 2012.
Liverpool won’t have Daniel Sturridge, either, although Christian Benteke is expected to start after missing the League Cup round of 16 with a knee problem.
– Match to end in a draw ($3.40 at Bet365)
– Correct score 1-1 ($7 at CrownBet)
– Roberto Firmino to score the first goal ($12 at William Hill)
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Crystal Palace vs. Manchester United
3:00pm local time on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace – $3.70 (CrownBet.com)
Man United – $2.10 (WilliamHill.com)
Draw – $3.40 (Sportsbet.com)
This will be a tricky trip to London for Manchester United, who have to win if they wish to keep pace with Man City and Arsenal at the top of the table.
Crystal Palace are among the most entertaining teams in the league right now, as evidenced by a record of five wins, five losses and zero draws.
They would have been annoyed to lose at Leicester last weekend, but there is no denying they have the quality, pace and flair to trouble any side in the top flight.
United, meanwhile, will be looking to show a lot more ambition and incision than they did in last weekend’s dull derby draw, and to make up for their midweek defeat to Middlesbrough in the League Cup.
But the head-to-head stats for Saturday’s clash firmly favour the visitors, as Palace haven’t beaten the Red Devils since May 1991.
– Man Utd to win ($2.10 at William Hill)
– Draw at half-time, Man Utd at full-time ($5 at CrownBet)
– Juan Mata to score the first goal ($9 at Bet365)
Swansea City vs. Arsenal
3:00pm local time on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Liberty Stadium
Swansea – $5.50 (William Hill)
Arsenal – $1.75 (Sportsbet)
Draw – $3.80 (Bet365)
After a five-game barren run that included defeats to Watford, Southampton and Stoke, the Swans finally got back to winning ways last weekend with a 2-1 victory away at Aston Villa.
But Garry Monk’s men will have to find something extra if they are to have any hope of matching an Arsenal side which has led the way over the last few weeks.
Arsene Wenger’s men are enjoying a superb run of form in which they have won six of their last seven EPL games, scoring some 16 goals in the process.
They were recently stunned by Sheffield Wednesday in the League Cup, however, going down 3-0 after losing both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injury in the first half.
And with Aaron Ramsey, Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck, Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta also injured, Wenger may be forced to shuffle the deck and try either Kieran Gibbs or Hector Bellerin in midfield.
There’s also the small matter of Swansea’s winning record over Arsenal, as the Welsh club has claimed four victories and a draw from their eight Premier League meetings since 2011.
– Arsenal to win ($1.75 at Sportsbet)
– Under 2.5 goals ($2.12 at Luxbet)
– Olivier Giroud to score the first goal ($5 at CrownBet)
More English Premier League odds
Match dates listed according to British Standard Time (BST)
Saturday, October 31
Manchester City $1.26 – Draw $5.50 – Norwich City $10
Newcastle United $2.46 – Draw $3.15 – Stoke City $2.94
Watford $2.48 – Draw $3.15 – West Ham United $2.90
West Bromwich Albion $2.78 – Draw $3.25 – Leicester City $2.50
Sunday, November 1
Everton $1.47 – Draw $4.20 – Sunderland $6.60
Southampton $1.52 – Draw $4 – Bournemouth $6.20
Monday, November 2
Tottenham Hotspur $1.40 – Draw $4.40 – Aston Villa $8
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