High-flying Foxes, Saints and Swans tackle bottom six sides
Strong starts to a Premier League season are needed for newly-promoted teams and clubs that have undergone summer changes, so it’s refreshing to see Leicester City, Southampton and Swansea City all occupying spots in the top seven.
Each side face opposition from the wrong end of the table this weekend, so Coral take a look at their 3pm kick-offs.
Crystal Palace v Leicester
Foxes boss Nigel Pearson may have trophy laden Argentine midfielder Esteban Cambiasso on the books now, but he should consider giving Wales counterpart Andy King a run-out against the Eagles. He has netted on both of his previous two appearances, and in three of his last six, when paired with this opposition. King is 7/1 to score anytime at Selhurst Park.
Despite Palace being a point above the relegation zone, Coral make them 6/4 favourites to end a three-match unbeaten run for Leicester. This short price ignores the fact that the south Londoners have won just one of the last four meetings at home. That makes the Foxes, who defeated Stoke City on the road before a heroic comeback against Manchester United, real value for victory at 9/5. It’s 9/4 on the draw.
Leonardo Ulloa is a major threat to the Eagles defence. Having played for Palace’s bitter rivals Brighton, the Argentine attacker has four in his last three appearances, rounding off the scoring in each of those. Ulloa is 6/4 in the anytime market, but more tempting at 11/2 to net last.
Eight different players have scored for Neil Warnock’s side in the Premier League this term, so backing a Leicester win with both teams on target is attractive at 19/4.
Southampton v QPR
The Saints last beat the Hoops at home in 1995, but Ronald Koeman’s side are odds-on at 4/9 to end that dismal run. Were it not for their goal shortage (three in five Premier League games), QPR would be splendid value to win at St Mary’s as 6/1 shots. It’s 10/3 on a draw in a fixture which the away side has triumphed on six of the last eight occasions.
Second place Southampton are defying all critics, who said they would struggle having sold their best and brightest from last season. Top scorer Graizano Pelle has four in all competitions, including a brace on his last home outing. Back the Italian frontman to hurt Harry Redknapp’s Hoops with a goal anytime at even-money, or 4/1 to net the opener.
Pelle has Senegal winger Saido Mane and creative Serbia counterpart Dusan Tadic in support. The latter is 7/4 to follow up his midweek penalty against Arsenal with a goal again. QPR, meanwhile, remain heavily reliant on Charlie Austin, but must furnish him with chances.
Austin is 11/4 in the anytime market, while faithful Redknapp retainer Niko Kranjcar is 7/4 following his free kick against Stoke. Dearth in the Hoops attack does make Southampton tasty at 6/5 to win to nil, though.
Sunderland v Swansea
Wearside outfit Sunderland have just one victory in six meetings with Swansea in the Premier League, so that is why Garry Monk’s men are 6/4 favourites for a win at the Black Cats. Odds of 25/1 say the visitors can repeat their 3-1 triumph from May at the Stadium of Light.
Gus Poyet’s team are 9/5 for their first league win of the season, but look better at 9/4 for a fifth draw. Sunderland will have to try and find a way to contain Swans leading marksman Nathan Dyer. He has four in all competitions, netted first as the south Wales side earned their first-ever win over Everton in midweek and did so in the last meeting with the Mackems.
Dyer is tasty value at 10/3 for a goal anytime, and 9/1 to score first. Wilfried Bony, meanwhile, is back from a ban and a 13/2 chance to net last. Wayne Routledge, who Monk tied down to a contract extension, will likely complete Swansea’s front three and is also 10/3 to celebrate his new deal by being on target.
Steven Fletcher is the only current Sunderland player to have scored for the Black Cats in this fixture, so all hopes are pinned on the Scotland striker at 7/4. Back a Swansea win.