Premier League Saturday 3pm Tips: Clarets a great price to pile on Huddersfield misery
Mike Norman is away so it's a team effort on the Saturday 3pm kick-offs this week, with our editors fancying the chances of Burnley, a stalemate at Bournemouth and goals at both ends in a home win for Leicester...
"Sean Dyche's men have certainly been efficient in recent weeks - Opta tell us they have scored with six of their last seven shots on target in the Premier League - and they should have more than enough to see off Huddersfield at a very good price."
Burnley to overcome struggling Terriers
Burnley [2.2] v Huddersfield [4.3], Draw [3.15]
David Wagner did a superb job keeping a limited Huddersfield side in the Premier League last season, but it looks as though it's going to be a real struggle to repeat the feat this campaign.
The Terriers sit rock bottom after picking up just two points from their seven games and their lack of cutting edge has been apparent, with just three in the 'goals scored' column so far. No one doubts Huddersfield's work ethic, but the lack of quality at both ends of the pitch is a concern, with 16 goals already conceded.
They face a Burnley side who look to have shaken off the early season Europa League blues and are on the hunt for their third win on the bounce, after following up the 4-0 thrashing of Bournemouth here at Turf Moor with a hard fought victory at Cardiff.
Sean Dyche's men have certainly been efficient in recent weeks - Opta tell us they have scored with six of their last seven shots on target in the Premier League - and they should have more than enough to see off Huddersfield at a very good price.
Foxes to hunt down an entertaining home win
Leicester [2.32] v Everton [3.45], Draw [3.5]
Leicester and Everton have been involved in plenty of high-scoring games this season and it's tough to envisage neither team finding the back of the net at least once on Saturday.
Opta tell us that Everton have kept a solitary clean sheet in their last 12 Premier League fixtures, and that came last season at Huddersfield. Three road trips in the top-flight have seen the opposition score twice in each match and they come up against of the Premier League's better attacks at the King Power, the Foxes' 13 goals a better total than any side outside the current top five.
Everton bring their own relatively dynamic attack to the game, Marco Silva's men scoring 11 so far this season, so there should be action at both ends. And with both defences into double figures for goals conceded it seems likely we'll breach over 2.5 here.
But with all those stats in our favour it's surely worth chasing a winner at a big price, so a home win coupled with both teams to score is our play at [4.3] on the Betfair Exchange.
This season's dark horses battle it out
Watford [2.2] v Bournemouth [3.65], Draw [3.65]
After Watford's opening five wins, I am disappointed that in their last three Premier League games they've only mustered a point against Fulham.
Yes, along with that draw at Craven Cottage they've faced Manchester United and Arsenal, and defeat should rightly come with a pinch of salt. However, the way they lost those two games, with the expectations riding from their spectacular start, is deflating.
For example, in the match at the Emirates where they lost 2-0, they held the Gunners to two shots on target, and fired over double the amount. At Fulham it was a similar story. They haven't looked the most clinical recently and it's now starting to affect their form and confidence. Roberto Pereyra has had a hand in seven goals in his last eight Premier League appearances at home (six goals, one assist) but hasn't scored or assisted in the last two.
Bournemouth have flown under the radar for the most part, although having the same amount of points as the Hornets. Truth to be told, they've only faced one of the big six clubs in their seven matches, and they lost that encounter with Chelsea 2-0, so they've had an easier start than the hosts.
There are still question marks over the Cherries', the visitors have a worse defensive record away from home, conceding 20 goals in their last nine away league matches (2.2 per game). That paired with the fact that Bournemouth haven't won at Vicarage Road since 1997 is reason enough to not back an away win.
However, Watford's current form makes the [2.16] on a home win a poor price, so I'll be backing the draw, and as five of the six Premier League meetings between Watford and Bournemouth have ended as stalemates, [3.65] is worth a punt.
Back Burnley to beat Huddersfield @ [2.24]
Back Leicester Win/Both Teams to Score double @ [4.3] in Leicester v Everton
Back the Draw in Watford v Bournemouth @ [3.65]