2016-17 Premier League - Saturday Roundup

There's a bit of a strange pattern developing at the moment in the Premier League, with several of the teams who struggled last year now sitting in comfortable mid table positions. Whether those positions will still hold at the end of the season it's all but impossible to say - the points margins are fairly narrow even now. But nonetheless, several of the Premiership's supposedly weaker teams are on a decent run of form.

This makes predicting some of this weekend's matches even more difficult than it usually is. West Brom very nearly beat Spurs last week, and we've looked at their chances against Liverpool in a separate post. Crystal Palace are also featured separately as they take on last season's champions, Leicester.

That leaves Bournemouth, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, but who absolutely thumped Hull 6-1 last week. They feature in the early kickoff against Tottenham Hotspur, who might have expected a win last week against the Baggies but ended up only just salvaging their unbeaten record instead.

Unfortunately for Bournemouth, we find it hard to see them beating Spurs even at home. The likeliest outcome is an away win but that doesn't give us decent odds, so given the Cherries' recent form we're tempted to look at the draw instead. The best place to back that is at ToteSport, who are offering a tempting 13/5.

Elsewhere in the league, Hull host currently struggling Stoke. Hull ahve been decent but unspectacular this season, and last time out was one to forget. Stoke, by contrast, have been struggling to find form at all, but they finally seem to have got off the mark as well as off the bottom.

We reckon Stoke will edge this one, and the best place to back them is at StanJames, at a decent 6/4.

Finally, West Ham have had a tough season so far as well, looking in complete disarray at times. There's plenty of quality in the squad though, and manager Slaven Bilic is no fool. We think this weekend's fixture against Sunderland, who almost look already relegated even at this early stage, will be an opportunity for Bilic to try and sort things out.

The best place to back West Ham to Win to Nil is at Coral, at a very decent 19/10.

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