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We didn’t miss a beat in the first week back from the international break last weekend, as another profitable matchday pushed us further into the black (15-14, +$1,410) on the season.
There’s a lot to like about the Matchday 10 card, to the point that we have just the second five-pick week of the season. Frankly, it could have been more.
|Southampton (+210)||Draw (+240)||Leicester (+125)|
|Manchester City (-1000)||Draw (+900)||Aston Villa (+1800)|
|Brighton (+187)||Draw (+240)||Everton (+137)|
|Watford (+110)||Draw (+260)||Bournemouth (+220)|
|West Ham (+105)||Draw (+250)||Sheffield United (+250)|
|Burnley (+350)||Draw (+300)||Chelsea (-143)|
|Newcastle (+187)||Draw (+220)||Wolverhampton (+150)|
|Arsenal (-225)||Draw (+375)||Crystal Palace (+550)|
|Liverpool (-225)||Draw (+333)||Tottenham (+600)|
|Norwich (+320)||Draw (+300)||Manchester United (-134)|
Everton (+137) at Brighton (+187), Draw (+240)
Everton got the win they desperately needed last weekend, but it was hardly on the back of a convincing display. Now they’re back on the road where they’ll face a Brighton side playing up to their potential under Graham Potter. The Seagulls were unlucky to leave Villa Park empty-handed last week, but that won’t be the case here. It was tempting to go with Brighton, especially considering Everton’s dire away form. However, the Toffees are finally playing with a bit of confidence and that should help them steal a point.
Pick: Draw (+240)
Sheffield United (+250) at West Ham (+110), Draw (+250)
There’s so much to like about how Sheffield United approach each game under Chris Wilder. He’s a brilliant manager and will be a large part of why they stay up this season. I had them getting a draw against Arsenal last week, but they actually went out and won it. This is a tough spot because you have to wonder where their intensity will be after beating the Gunners on Monday night. Norwich, for example, lost 2-0 in Burnley a week after beating Manchester City.
After a strong start to the season, West Ham are in the midst of a difficult spell. They’re such a joy to watch on their day, but inconsistency has plagued them. We’ll see them play with a bit of urgency here, and they will deal the Blades their first away defeat of the campaign.
Pick: West Ham (+110)
Chelsea (-143) at Burnley (+350), Draw (+300)
Chelsea will be playing their second away match of the week. While their form has been terrific away from Stamford Bridge – five wins in a row – they are matched up against the worst opponent they could face on short rest. Burnley’s tenacity will take a toll on Chelsea, amplifying their feelings of fatigue. The Clarets are tough to beat at Turf Moor, and after losing at Leicester last weekend, they should put in a spirited effort to claim a point here.
Pick: Draw (+300)
Wolverhampton (+150) at Newcastle (+187), Draw (+220)
Make no qualms about it; Newcastle are not a quality side. There are so few goals in their side and it’s going to be a real struggle for them to stave off relegation. Despite their being a large gulf in quality between these two teams, Wolves just returned from a Thursday night trip to Slovakia, which will take away from what they can offer at St. James’ Park. Winning consecutive away matches in the top-flight is tough and something Wolves have not done since the 1980-81 season. The Magpies will clog this game up and earn a point.
Pick: Draw (+220)
Manchester United (-134) at Norwich (+320), Draw (+300)
Norwich have alternated wins and losses at home this season. They lost their last one, so they should win here.
Kidding aside, the Canaries steadied the ship last week in earning a draw at Bournemouth. They seem to play with a bit between their teeth against the top clubs – Manchester United may not be one in practice, but they certainly are by reputation. The Red Devils took an important point against Liverpool a week ago, but that’s not suddenly going to fix all their problems. The issues with this team run deep, and Norwich has both the initiative and ability in attack to exploit them. This is a prime spot for United to stumble, just a few days removed from making the long trip to Serbia.
Pick: Norwich (+320)
Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for theScore. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter @alexjmoretto.