We’ve already seen a slew of managerial casualties in the Premier League, and the rumour is that Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho, once considered to be an unimpeachable figure, might be next. Though many supporters may feel a moment of schadenfreude at this, it ought to be remembered that the Portuguese is going through a difficult time personally, as his father is ill, and this may go some way to explaining his, and his team’s, erratic behaviour this season.
Chelsea must face Liverpool with both teams looking for a much-needed win. Liverpool’s new manager Jürgen Klopp having told his team to calm down and stop over-trying. However, a Saturday early kick-off against the league winners at Stamford Bridge is not an easy game by any means; Liverpool came away with a draw last season, but look short on belief at the moment. 11/4 with William Hill for a draw looks about right.
Manchester City has no such problem, with the only setback thus far having been a lack of attacking flair when David Silva and Sergio Aguero are not playing in tandem. However, a 0-0 draw against Manchester United at Old Trafford was a good result for Manuel Pellegrini’s team, which seems to be moving through the gears quite nicely. It wouldn’t be surprising to see City put a few goals past a Norwich team that has at times looked a bit one-dimensional; it’s 10/3 with Bet365 for Manchester City to win by a margin of two goals.
Sunday sees a game that we ought to be celebrating if we like good stories in football. Both Southampton and Bournemouth were playing several divisions below this one until very recently, and both have shown that it is possible to play attractive, attacking football and be successful. In Bournemouth’s case the step up from the Championship, which Eddie Howe’s team won, has been arduous, but the way a team deprived of a series of key players has conducted itself in the Premier League is to be applauded.
The first south-coast derby to be played between Southampton and Bournemouth in the Premier League will take place on Sunday, and there are some interested bets to be had. Bournemouth striker Glenn Murray is 11/4 to score anytime in the match, while BetVictor’s odds of 21/10 for more than 3.5 goals to be scored (which would be the case in a 3-1 win or a 2-2 draw, for example) looks like a good price when you consider the goal-scorers on show.