Kevin Palmer's Premier League flutter for the weekend
The Premier League’s big hitters have been notable for their inconsistencies this season, but this has to be the week when they start to assert their authority.
In this week’s Friday Flutter, we are backing the established ‘Big Four’ to flex the muscles and come up with positive results.
We have been given €50 by Paddy Power to have a punt on this weekend's Premier League action, with any winning money being donated to Dublin's Temple Street Children's hospital.
TOTTENHAM v MAN CITY
City to win at 10/11
Back-to-back defeats for Manuel Pellegrini’s men in the Champions League and the Premier League halted their early-season momentum in an instant and they need to return to winning ways quickly.
Tottenham’s scoring woes this season (just five in six games) should give City a chance to do just that in the early kick-off at White Hart Lane, where they have a habit of producing top class performances.
* Man City have scored 27 goals in their last eight league games against Spurs at an average of 3.4 a game.
* Spurs striker Harry Kane has gone 561 minutes without a Premier League goal and that figure does not include injury time in his last seven games.
* City have won five successive away games in the Premier League, equaling a club record for the top flight set in April to September 1912.
MANCHESTER UNITED v SUNDERLAND
Over 2.5 goals in the game
Manchester United have not always been convincing in the opening six weeks of this season, but they head into this weekend’s game against a woefully out-of-form Sunderland just two points behind leaders Manchester City.
With Anthony Martial on fire since his £36m arrival from Monaco and Sunderland’s defence as secure as manager Dick Advocaat’s job, this should be a one-sided rout for Louis van Gaal’s men at Old Trafford.
* Manchester United have scored with their last six shots on target in the Premier League.
* Sunderland have conceded 13 goals in their first six games, which is more than any other side.
* Anthony Martial will become the first United player to score in his first three Premier League matches if he hits the target on Saturday.
LEICESTER v ARSENAL
Arsenal to win at 5/6
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger came under fire once again as his side lost their cool and slumped to yet against defeat at Stamford Bridge last weekend, so they need to steady the ship against in-form Leicester this weekend.
Claudio Ranieri’s surprise guys are the only team with an unbeaten record in the Premier League, but that will disappear on Saturday so long as Arsenal perform as they should.
* Arsenal have the worst shot conversion rate in the Premier League this season, scoring with just 6.1% of their attempts on goal.
* Leicester star turn Riyad Mahrez has scored five goals and has had assists for three more in his sparking start to life in the Premier League.
* Gunners forward Alexis Sanchez has had more shots than any other Premier League player this season (31), but he has yet to score a goal.
NEWCASTLE v CHELSEA
No Newcastle goals at 13/10
Steve McClaren is doing all he can to remain positive after he took on the poisoned chalice of becoming Newcastle manager last summer, but he has quickly realised that he dipped in toe in steaming hot water at St James’ Park.
The presence of Jose Mourinho and Chelsea in his latest match is hardly the ideal scenario and even though the Blues do not have a great record on Tyneside, it is hard to see a deflated Newcastle troubling the champions who will be without the suspended Diego Costa.
* Newcastle have won their last three matches against Chelsea at their home stadium.
* Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has failed to win in five attempts on trips to St James’ Park.
* Eden Hazard has scored more goals against Newcastle (4) than any other opponent.
Our €50 Premier League accumulator in association with Paddy Power is as follows:
Man City to beat Spurs 11/10
Manchester United's game against Sunderland to produce more than 2.5 goals
Arsenal to beat Leicester 5/6
Newcastle fail to score against Chelsea 13/10
POTENTIAL WINNINGS: €603.75.