Leaders fancied to get the better of Stoke

Stoke City manager Mark Hughes
Stoke City manager Mark Hughes

The weekend Premier League action kicks off with Stoke City hosting Manchester City on Saturday lunchtime.

The visitors are top of the table after last Saturday’s 3-1 win over Southampton and can be backed at 7/10 (William Hill) to oblige with the three points at the Britannia Stadium.

The Potters have struggled to score goals at home this season, with bet365 offering 9/2 that Mark Hughes gets one over his former club, while BetVictor offer a generous 31/10 that the clash ends all-square which would suit Stoke better than their opponents.

The other Saturday televised fixture takes place at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea looking to get their campaign back on track against Bournemouth.

As you might expect, the Blues are massive favourites at 2/5 (Ladbrokes) to build on last weekend’s goalless draw at White Hart Lane with a win against a Cherries team with a leaky defence.

Nevertheless, Eddie Howe’s team are 8/1 (Paddy Power) to become the latest team to win at Stamford Bridge, with odds of 15/4 (Winner.com) that they land a precious point in their quest to avoid immediate relegation back to the Championship.

Arsenal have several injury worries although the bookies are taking few chances with their 1/4 quote (Stan James) about the Gunners beating Sunderland.

Those odds look skinny when you consider the Black Cats have won consecutive matches and perhaps they can pull off a shock at 10/1 (William Hill).

Manchester United host a West Ham side who have lost their way recently and the Red Devils will be a popular coupon selection at 4/9 (Sky Bet), while a win to nil for Louis van Gaal’s team looks pretty tasty at 7/5 (Paddy Power).

The Hammers are 15/2 (BetVictor) to repeat their away victories at the Etihad and Emirates with a win.

Southampton are 1/2 (Stan James) to beat a sorry Aston Villa side at St Mary’s, with the visitors as big as 15/2 (BetVictor) to claim a much-needed win.

Meanwhile, it’s a battle of the new boys at Vicarage Road, where Watford are warm favourites (21/20 bet365) to beat Norwich, although the Canaries looked good when drawing with Arsenal and they are 29/10 (Paddy Power).

Jamie Vardy can’t stop scoring right now and he’s a 9/2 chance (William Hill) to break the deadlock at the Liberty Stadium.

His Leicester team are second in the Premier League table and they’re likely to be popular at 8/5 (Ladbrokes) to win in Wales, although Swansea acquitted themselves well at Anfield last weekend and a home triumph could be on the cards at 17/10 (Sky Bet).

West Brom host Tottenham on Saturday afternoon and perhaps the Baggies are being underrated with quotes of 19/5 with BetVictor.

Albion recently beat Arsenal 2-1 at The Hawthorns and Spurs will not find it easy to get three points, even if they’re being chalked up at 10/11 (Sky Bet).

On Sunday, Newcastle United host an in-form Liverpool team and it’s little surprise that the Magpies are afforded odds of 22/5 (BetVictor) to beat the Reds.

Steve McClaren could be coming towards the end of a very short managerial stint at St James’ Park, with his team looking clueless.

Jurgen Klopp’s side will be a warm order at 4/6 (Winner.com), with the Merseyside team having plenty of attacking options now that Daniel Sturridge is back from injury.

The draw is a 3/1 chance with Stan James and would certainly help Newcastle stop the rot.

Finally, Monday’s clash looks an intriguing one when Everton host a Crystal Palace team who have enjoyed four away wins this season already.

It hasn’t stopped the layers making the Toffees warm favourites for this clash, although Stan James have 21/20 about Roberto Martinez’s men claiming another three points at Goodison.

The Eagles are 11/4 (Sky Bet) to pull off a shock, with Alan Pardew’s team suited to opposition teams defending a higher line and Palace come into this match off the back of thumping Newcastle 5-1. The draw could potentially be a runner at odds of 5/2 (Ladbrokes).

WEEKEND ACCUMULATOR

Southampton, Manchester United, Chelsea and Liverpool @ 4/1 with Stan James

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