• Chris Sobey


There was plenty of goals, entertainment, controversy and talking points last night with the start to the hectic domestic festive Premier League season and reigning champions City continued where the left off in dominant fashion, picking up another valuable three points against Watford, which puts more pressure on their nearest rivals Liverpool who are now five points adrfit with a game in hand. City raced to a 2-0 by half-time and Mahrez was the star man, assisting Sane’s opener and scoring the second just before the break.

Bournemouth continued their impressive start to the season and moved two points clear of Everton in sixth place after their dominant 2-1 home win against relegation strugglers Palace, who just managed to stay one clear of the relegation zone as Palace and Huddersfield both lost. Ten man Brighton produced arguably their performance of the season so far, with an emphatic 3-1 win at the Falmers Stadium against relegation scrappers Palace. The win was made even more impressive as the Seagulls were down to ten men from about midway through the first half, but somehow found themselves 2-0 up by half time and still in control of the game.

West Ham’s resurgence continued last night at the London Stadium. First, they fell behind to an early own goal, but the experience and quality of Pellegrinni as a manager was soon to be justified again when his team came out of the blocks like a greyhound from the traps in the second half and before Palace knew it, they were 3--1 down within tree minutes thanks to a brace from sub Antonio and Palace were so sell-chocked they never recovered mentally.

The Premier League actions continues thick and fast tonight and second place Liverpool are strong favourites to collect all three points tonight at Turf Moor against second from bottom Burnley, who ae looking more and more like relegation contenders as the season progresses. Newcastle United continue their fight against relegation with a tough away trip against seventh placed Everton. Everton are within touching distance of the European places and would move back up to sixth ahead of Bournemouth and a \win for the Toon would move to them slightly closer to the safer position of mid-table, depending on how the results of the other teams currently in mid-table perform tonight.

Rock bottom Fulham will be hoping new manager Ranieri, who won the Premier League with Leicester will able to start the dame type of miracle with their club. They face Ranieri’s former club Leicester at Craven Cottage today and this is a must win game for the Cottagers if they want to start their their escape from relegation. The potential night of the match is between two of the league heavyweights tenth place Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford and on current form Arsenal look stronger in most areas of the pitch, especially in attack, and they look good value to record their first league win at Old Trafford since September 2006 tonight.


Liverpool BTTS & Win vs Burney (11/5)

Fulham Win (32/21)

Arsenal Win vs. Man Utd (13/5)

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