Saturday Premier League Tipsheet: Baggies to receive another Hammers blow

Slaven Bilic's West Ham side might enjoy being away from the London Stadium this weekend
Slaven Bilic's West Ham side might enjoy being away from the London Stadium this weekend

We have just four games kicking off at 3pm on Saturday afternoon and Mike Norman has no interest in finding a wager at the Etihad Stadium, but our man is here with his thoughts and wagers on the remaining trio of games...


"I accept that Slaven Bilic's men have started the season slowly, but it's impossible to ignore that 12 months ago they were beating the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City on their travels on their way to finishing seventh in the table."

Back West Ham to Win @ 3.02/1

Hull 6.611/2 v Arsenal 1.645/8; The Draw 4.47/2

Hull have made a very satisfactory start to life in the Premier League, they appear to be a team buoyed by adversity after losing manager Steve Bruce pre-season and failing to make any significant signings until towards the end of the transfer window.

Every man and his dog - including myself - wrote the Tigers off, and although I believe they're still massive players in the Relegation market you can't knock the start they've had, beating league champions Leicester and winning away at Swansea.

You often find however that newly-promoted clubs start a season well because of the momentum they bring into a new campaign, but I'm quietly confident that Mike Phelan's men will start to struggle sooner rather than later.

Arsenal have been far from impressive in accruing seven points from their opening four league games but they did at least produce one of their best performances of 2016 - for 45 minutes at least - when winning at Watford just before the international break.

Arsene Wenger's men were stunning in the first half at Vicarage Road and that performance is impossible to ignore when assessing this match.

Hull will probably set out for a 0-0, like they did at home to Manchester United, so the Under 2.5 Goals option at 2.021/1 will appeal to some, but I'd rather just bat this one straight down the middle and go for a Gunners victory in the Match Odds market.

Recommended Bet
Back Arsenal to Win @ 1.645/8


Leicester 1.584/7 v Burnley 7.26/1; The Draw 4.47/2

Burnley were absolutely battered in their only away Premier League game this season when they lost 3-0 at Chelsea. Sean Dyche's men didn't record a single shot on target that day and they could easily have conceded double the amount of goals that they actually did.

The Clarets' only other away game this season was in the League Cup, where they lost 1-0 at League Two outfit Accrington. Admittedly they made lots of changes that night but they still failed to stamp their authority on the match and they can have no qualms about the defeat.

So away from home Burnley have a lot of questions to answer in my eyes. You can't survive in this league on home results alone, you have to pick up points on the road too but at the moment I just don't see that happening.

Leicester haven't started the season perhaps how they would have liked being Premier League champions, and they had an away fixture in Europe on Wednesday night, but Claudio Ranieri's men should still have far too much ability for Burnley in this one.

But after a tough week - a 4-1 defeat at Liverpool before an away game in the Champions League - it could be that the Foxes take a little time to warm to the task, and with the Clarets undoubtedly setting out for a draw it might not be until the second half that the home side make the breakthrough.

Recommended Bet
Back Draw HT/Leicester FT @ 5.04/1


West Brom2.747/4 v West Ham 3.02/1; The Draw 3.39/4

West Brom were the second lowest goalscorers in the Premier League last season - only relegated Aston Villa scored fewer - and this season they've scored just two in four games, the joint lowest scorers at this early stage.

As I said pre-season I don't know where the goals are coming from in this Baggies side, and I'll re-iterate once again that I don't think Tony Pulis will be the West Brom manager come this time next year. In fact, I'll stick my neck out even further and say that I'll be amazed if Pulis is the manager at the Hawthorns come the end of the season.

The cracks are there. West Brom, because of their style of play, get booed at every home game, Pulis has already been the subject of 'quit' stories, and the Baggies, when it boils down to it, are a poor team.

I'm amazed therefore that Pulis' side are favourites to win this game against one of the best Premier League away teams of last season.

I accept that Slaven Bilic's men have started the season slowly, but it's impossible to ignore that 12 months ago they were beating the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Man City on their travels on their way to finishing seventh in the table.

They've had some tough tasks away form home already this term, so they can be excused defeats at Chelsea and Man City, and I don't believe we're seeing the real West Ham at the London Stadium. The Hammers are a very good side still and I think they'll have too much quality for goal-shy West Brom.

Recommended Bet
Back West Ham to Win @ 3.02/1


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Premier League 2016/17 Season P/L

Staked: 20 pts
Returned: 15.86 pts
P/L: -4.14 pts

*based on 1pt each bet, 2pts best bet

- 2014/15 P/L = +35.30 pts from 215 pts staked
- 2015/16 P/L = +14.99 pts from 234 pts staked

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