Chelsea may have produced a more assured performance last time out at Hull, as the in-form Diego Costa and a re-jigged defensive formation helped them to a much needed 2-0 victory. However, it remains to be seen how many Spiffx punters will be convinced by the 2014/15 league champions.
Two seasons ago, a surprisingly low 60.77% correctly backed Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea to beat newly promoted Leicester at Stamford Bridge. Despite the Foxes’ infamous title success last season, Antonio Conte’s side will be firm favourites to secure three points again on Saturday.
Leicester sit bottom of the away league table with three defeats from three, and a league high of ten goals conceded on the road. The Foxes have already shipped four goals at both Anfield and Old Trafford.
Crystal Palace will go into Saturday’s home fixture with West Ham in similar form to last season. Just under a year ago, Spiffx punters rightfully treated the Palace upturn in form with caution, as only 28.3% backed a home win despite them going into the match on a three-match winning run.
This season, expect a higher percentage to back the in-form Eagles, who have recovered from a patchy start to the season to record three wins and two draws from the last five league matches. They scored four times in their home last game against Stoke, and face a Hammers side still ‘pointless’ on the road.
Dimitri Payet, a scorer in the 3-1 win at Selhurst Park in October 2015, has returned to something like last season’s form, but will need to produce a stirring performance to arrest the Hammers slide, and help his side to overcome a Palace side inspired by the rejuvenated Christian Benteke.
Pep Guardiola’s side were outgunned by an impressive Spurs outfit at White Hart Lane last time out, but it will be no surprise to see a large majority of Spiffx punters retaining faith in the league leaders. Manchester City have three wins from three at the Etihad Stadium, and haven’t lost a league match against Everton since March 2013, after goals from Leon Osman and Nikica Jelavic.
Two seasons ago, 80.52% backed the Citizens to beat the 11th placed Toffees. Manuel Pellegrini’s side duly went on to record a fourth successive league win thanks to a first half penalty from Yaya Toure, after Phil Jagielka was controversially adjudged to have fouled James Milner.
Everton may be a different proposition this season, but the betting is expected to be similarly one sided. Sergio Aguero has recovered from a minor calf injury, whilst Ilkay Gundogan is ready to provide cover for the injured Kevin De Bruyne. Anyone backing Everton will be praying that Romelu Lukaku can shake off the thigh injury he picked up in Belgium’s World Cup qualifier against Bosnia.
This is the info for this week:
Man City v Everton – 6th December 2014
- Draw 1.3%
- Everton 18.18%
- Man City 80.52%
Chelsea v Leicester – 23rd August 2014
- Draw 22.31%
- Chelsea 60.77%
- Leicester 16.92%
Crystal Palace v West Ham – 17th October 2015
- Draw 33.96%
- Crystal Palace 28.3%
- West Ham 37.74%