Mike NormanA meeting between two clubs that have started the season relatively slowly, but have performed in contrasting fashions.
Back Bournemouth @ 2.16 to beat West Brom
Back Bournemouth @ 2.16 to beat West Brom
Okay, the Baggies have four points on the board so not exactly a poor start, but they performed a smash and grab away to goal-shy Crystal Palace, lost at home to Everton, and then were involved in the worst game you'll ever witness at home to Middlesbrough.
Despite the arrivals of Nacer Chadli and Hal Robson-Kanu I sense that West Brom boss Tony Pulis is far from happy with how the transfer window ended and I seriously believe that he won't be the manager come the end of the season. I think West Brom will struggle to score goals and they'll be in and around the relegation zone for much of the campaign.
Bournemouth have picked up just one point but they performed with credit against West Ham and Manchester United before playing well for 45 minutes at Crystal Palace. The signing of Jack Wilshere has to act as a massive boost, and the return to full fitness of quality defender Tyrone Mings is another positive.
The Vitality Stadium will be buzzing for this home game and I just feel that now is the time to be with the Cherries. I can see them being on the front foot throughout so hopefully Wilshere and co can conjure up enough goalscoring chances to put the game to bed.
Mike Norman 2015-16 P/L: +£24.00
Back Under 1.5 Goals @ 2.78 in Burnley v Hull
Sean Dyche took charge of Burnley in October 2012 since when he has stewarded the club through six meetings with Hull.
Astonishingly, five of those matches have ended in 1-0 victories, four of them to Burnley and one to Hull. I'm expecting similarly low-scoring fare this weekend.
Steve Bruce may have left the Tigers but his stamp remains and, despite a bright start, the club look destined for a struggle in the top-flight this year. Their success will come through defensive resilience and organisation.
Burnley possess a little more firepower and are rightful favourites to take this match, but I think goals will be very thin on the ground and it'll be a struggle for either side to break through. The price is tight but I can't ignore those strong trends and I'll take a chance on under 1.5 goals at 2.78.
Joe Dyer 2015-16 P/L: +£12.00
Back Middlesbrough to beat Crystal Palace at 2.34
While my regular weekly Premier League column is going well (+8pts since the start of the season), I'm having a touch more trouble finding consistency in the Battle. I backed Watford to get something at home to Arsenal last time round, but sadly for me the Gunners were in fine fettle and made a decent job of picking up a win.
This time I'm persuaded by the generosity of the price on offer for Aitor Karanka's Middlesbrough to beat struggling Crystal Palace. The Eagles are in utterly dreadful nick under Alan Pardew - Opta tell us that Palace have garnered just 12 points from 22 Premier League games in 2016 - and the south Londoners have also never won at the Riverside in five league attempts.
Boro are yet to lose in the Premier League this season and a good home record is vital to their ambitions of remaining in the top tier. I fancy them heavily to get a win against a Pardew team in freefall, and 2.34 is more than enough value for me.
Luke Moore 2015-16 P/L: -£8.50
Back a Draw in Man Utd v Man City at 3.35
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Yohan Cabaye's missed penalty against Bournemouth cost me a 'half-time draw' winner last time out, so I'm looking for a decent priced selection to get me into profit again and it's the Manchester derby that has grabbed my attention.
While United are the home team and have a 100% record so far this season, Jose Mourinho is never one to throw caution to the wind against the better teams and negating City's attacking threat will be at the forefront of his mind ahead of this one.
City are also heading into the game with a 100% record and Pep Guardiola will no doubt be desperate to get (another) one over his old rival but, in the absence of talisman Sergio Aguero, the Blues will probably be pleased enough with a point.