The Hard Tackle takes a look at the best betting markets for the top fixtures ahead of the twelfth game-week of the Premier League.

Action resumes in the Premier League after the international break with the fixtures providing some mouth-watering matchups. Manchester United host Arsenal in what is going to be one of the very rare times that Jose Mourinho goes into a match against Arsene Wenger as the underdog.

Liverpool travel to face Southampton aiming to keep their good run going while Chelsea visit Middlesbrough. Elsewhere, Tottenham host West Ham in a London derby, Crystal Palace host Manchester City while defending champions Leicester City travel to face Watford.

The Hard Tackle takes a look at the potentially profitable markets available in the top matches:

(Note that the odds mentioned here have been extracted from Bet365 on Smartbets)

(Note that all stakes are taken as 1 unit)

Favourable Bets result for Gameweek 10: 4/10

Average odds: 1.8085 {Result: -2.8 units ( +7.115 – 10)}

The Hard Tackle aggregate: 47/91 (Note: Full return is adjusted against the total bets)

Underdog Bets result for Gameweek 10: 2/7

Average odds: 4.50 {Result: +2.7 units ( +9.7 -7)}

Overall Result for Gameweek 10: -0.1 units ( -2.8 +2.7)


1. Crystal Palace FC vs Manchester City FC

Crystal Palace are in a slump and as they gear up to host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, the signs look ominous for Pardew’s men. The Citizens are on a high after their famous 3-1 win over Barcelona in the Champions League and would look to put the disappointment from the 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough behind them.

It's Pardiola vs Guardiola this weekend. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)
It’s Pardiola vs Guardiola this weekend. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

City are a potent threat from outside the box and Crystal Palace have conceded the most goals from outside the box. Although, Palace do have their attack going for them in the recent matches and could trouble City on the other end. It looks set to be a high-scoring game.

Favourable Bets:

1. Over 10.5 Total Corners @1.80

2. Over 2.5 Match Goals @1.60

3. Asian Handicap Cards Man City +0.5 @1.850

Underdog Bets:

1. Over 13 Total Corners @3.50

2. Over 3.5 Match Goals @2.37

2. Southampton FC vs Liverpool FC

Liverpool go into the game with a few injury scares. As per the latest rumours, Coutinho, too could be out for the game against Southampton. Southampton have been slowly getting on track under Puel but were handed a shock defeat last time around as Hull came back from a one-goal deficit to beat the Saints 2-1.

Homecoming for Mane. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)
Homecoming for Mane. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

The club would be eager to regain some form and a positive result against an injury-plagued Liverpool side could provide a massive boost to the whole club. Liverpool have not managed to keep the opposition at bay barring two matches and Southampton’s potent attack is likely to leave its mark too.

Favourable Bets:

1. Over 2.5 Match Goals @1.75

2. Over 3.5 Asian Total Cards @1.90

3. Both Teams to Score – YES @1.66

4. Over 1 First Half Goal Line @1.75

Underdog Bets:

1. Over 12 Corners @ 3.10

3. Manchester United FC vs Arsenal FC

Arsenal are the in-form side going into the game. But, Manchester United have shown flashes of what they are capable of in the current season. And given Arsenal’s history at Old Trafford and Wenger’s history against Mourinho, the odds look stacked against the visitors despite coming into the game on the back of an amazing run.

Another face-off against Mourinho, that too at Old Trafford. The odds are stacked against Wenger. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)
Another face-off against Mourinho, that too at Old Trafford. The odds are stacked against Wenger. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal have some injury concerns and that, combined with past records and Manchester United needing a win badly, it all points towards a positive result for the Red Devils.

Favourable Bets:

1. Under 5.5 Cards @ 1.83

2. Over 10.5 Corners @ 2.00

3. Manchester United Asian Handicap 0.0 @ 1.80

4. Tottenham FC vs West Ham United FC

Tottenham do have a few players out injured with Pochettino already confirming the unavailability of 3 of the first-team players. West Ham United on the other hand have some of their long-term absentees coming back into the setup and the Hammers would be looking to gain some momentum from a result in the London derby.

Bilic needs to make some bold decisions to recapture previous season's form. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)
Bilic needs to make some bold decisions to recapture previous season’s form. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Favourable Bets:

1. Both Teams to Score @1.90

Underdog Bets:

1. Correct Scoreline 2-1 @9.00

5. Middlesbrough FC vs Chelsea FC

Chelsea are in menacing form. Conte’s formation change has worked wonders for the Blues. But, if Chelsea are on a roll, Middlesbrough also seem to be adapting to the rigors of top-flight football very well in their first season back up to the Premier League.

Mirroring his mentor Mourinho. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)
Mirroring his mentor Mourinho. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Karanka’s side has fared pretty well against top sides with draws against Manchester City and Arsenal while suffering a narrow loss against Tottenham. The home side could prove to be a handful for Conte and while Chelsea have been miser in the defence, keeping a clean sheet in each of their five previous Premier League games, Middlesbrough are also a more than decent side defensively.

Favourable Bets:

1. Half-time result – Draw @2.25

Underdog Bets:

1. Draw @ 4.00

2. Correct Scoreline 0-0 @10.00

6. Miscellaneous Bets

Elsewhere, Everton are favourites to win the game against Swansea.

Favourable Bets:

1. Everton Win @ 1.60

2. Sunderland – Hull Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 2.15

Underdog Bets:

1. Stoke – Bournemouth Full-Time Result – Draw @ 3.40

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