Premier League Preview – Lambert To Revive Plummeting Potters


Paul Lambert can make a winning start to his tenure as Stoke City boss when Huddersfield visit the bet365 Stadium.

Monday’s 3-0 loss at Manchester United means the Potters have conceded 50 goals in their first 23 Premier League games, by far the worst record in the top flight.

Stoke, who have lost nine of their last 12 games and are 6/4 to be relegated this season, did draw 1-1 at Huddersfield on Boxing Day though and can win from behind on Saturday at odds of 6/1.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino returns to Southampton on Saturday eyeing up three points as his side push for a top-four spot.

Pochettino spent one season at St Mary’s before joining Spurs in May 2014 and has guided the club to fifth, third and second in the last three seasons.

Spurs are 29/4 to beat Saints 2-0 and extend their unbeaten run to six matches.

Chelsea have been poor in front of goal recently and were fortunate to edge past Norwich in the FA Cup on Wednesday. However, Antonio Conte’s side remain tight defensively and should have enough quality to beat Brighton by a one-goal margin.

Arsenal were dreadful at Bournemouth last weekend and may have to settle for a draw (33/10) against Roy Hodgson’s revitalised Crystal Palace side, while Burnley can hold Manchester United to another draw (11/4) after being unfortunate to be pegged back to 2-2 at Old Trafford on Boxing Day.

Sam Allardyce and Alan Pardew lock horns at Goodison Park when Everton, who were awful in the 4-0 loss at Spurs last weekend, host a West Brom side that finally tasted victory for the first time since August when they saw off Brighton.

It may not be pretty but Everton can edge to a 1-0 victory on Saturday at 19/4 with recent signing Cenk Tosun 21/4 to score the first goal.

Leicester are 11/5 to beat Watford with both teams to score, while West Ham can build on their recent good run by seeing off Bournemouth 2-1 at 33/4.

Finally, Manchester City can return to winning ways against Newcastle United with Nicolas Otamendi 15/4 to score at any time against Rafa Benitez’s team.