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So, that’s what it feels like to lose. I have to say, I don’t like it.
Last week ended my perfect run of securing a profit on every matchday this season, largely due to a controversial injury-time winner by Brighton.
But you’re not here for excuses. Here’s your guide to Matchday 11 as we look to make back that money – and then some – with our season numbers sitting at 16-18, +$1,230.
|Bournemouth (+225)||Draw (+260)||Manchester United (+115)|
|Arsenal (-135)||Draw (+275)||Wolverhampton (+375)|
|Aston Villa (+800)||Draw (+400)||Liverpool (-300)|
|Brighton (-135)||Draw (+320)||Norwich (+333)|
|Manchester City (-1400)||Draw (+1200)||Southampton (+2200)|
|Sheffield United (+125)||Draw (+220)||Burnley (+240)|
|West Ham (-135)||Draw (+280)||Newcastle (+350)|
|Watford (+400)||Draw (+333)||Chelsea (-165)|
|Crystal Palace (+250)||Draw (+240)||Leicester City (+110)|
|Everton (+170)||Draw (+240)||Tottenham (+160)|
Manchester United (+115) at Bournemouth (+225), Draw (+260)
Vitality Stadium will be rocking with Manchester United in town to kick off Matchday 11. These clubs are trending in opposite directions. Bournemouth are winless across their last four in the Premier League, having failed to score in three straight, while the Red Devils have won three in a row across all competitions.
Eddie Howe is too good a manager and the Cherries are too strong in attack for this goal drought to go on much longer. They could start scoring Saturday against a United side that last kept a clean sheet away from home in the league at the start of February. The Red Devils have regained their form in front of goal as well, which should make for an entertaining draw.
Pick: Draw (+260)
Burnley (+240) at Sheffield United (+125), Draw (+220)
Two excellent tacticians – managers Chris Wilder and Sean Dyche – will oversee this match, which should be stubbornly tight. Both sides will do well to take away space and frustrate the opposition. There are plenty of parallels between these clubs and managers, with Sheffield United very similar to Burnley in the way they approach games and how hard they are to break down, but the Clarets have been doing it longer. Dyche also has a way of getting Burnley to bounce back following poor efforts. After they struggled against Chelsea last weekend, this seems like a good spot for the Clarets to get on track.
Pick: Burnley (+240)
Leicester City (+110) at Crystal Palace (+250), Draw (+240)
Few would have circled this game at the beginning of the season as a top-six clash at Selhurst Park, but both of these sides have produced remarkable starts to the campaign. Leicester are situated in the top four and have a legitimate shot to stay there, while Crystal Palace are playing spirited, cohesive football under Roy Hodgson.
Leicester are full of belief at the moment. They won’t sit back and be content with a point, as they’ll instead get after Palace and go for the jugular. That’s the sort of approach that will suit Hodgson’s side, though. The Eagles will sit deep and wait for their opportunities on the counter, with a stalemate almost inevitable between two clubs in terrific form.
Pick: Draw (+240)
Tottenham (+160) at Everton (+170), Draw (+240)
On Sunday, we’ll go from a fascinating match between two of the Premier League’s in-form sides (Palace and Leicester) to one between a pair of clubs completely bereft of confidence. Not much is going right for Everton or Tottenham right now. The Toffees were ahead late at Brighton last week, only to concede two late goals and lose. Spurs fell at Anfield despite going ahead inside the opening minute.
That defeat means Tottenham are now without a win in their last 11 Premier League matches away from home. Spurs have been completely inept defensively, which is a real concern against an Everton side that seems to be regaining its form in front of goal. The Toffees have won their last two at Goodison Park, with their recent home form all that’s keeping Marco Silva from being fired. Harry Kane has scored eight times in his last five against Everton, and you get the sense the Toffees will have to settle for a point here.
Pick: Draw (+240)
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.