Puel and Big Sam can stun former teams


Claude Puel and Sam Allardyce can enjoy triumphs against clubs that axed them when the hectic Premier League schedule continues on Wednesday.

Puel was unceremoniously dumped by Southampton in the summer, despite leading Saints to the EFL Cup final, and the Frenchman has enjoyed a fine start to life at Leicester City.

Since succeeding Craig Shakespeare in October, Puel has guided the Foxes to four wins in seven Premier League matches and they are good value at 14/5 to beat Southampton at St Mary’s.

Allardyce, meanwhile, endured a difficult time at Newcastle a decade ago and will be keen to inflict more misery on a team that have failed to win any of their last seven top-flight matches.
Everton have looked much tighter defensively since Allardyce’s appointment and are 9/4 to continue their recent revival by winning at St James’ Park.

Continuing the theme of managers returning to former clubs, Brighton boss Chris Hughton may not enjoy much success against Tottenham. Hughton spent most of his playing career at Spurs, who are 39/20 to beat the Seagulls with both teams to score.

West Ham secured a fine 1-0 win against Chelsea on Saturday and are 15/1 to beat Arsenal by the same scoreline, while Liverpool can run riot against a West Brom team that have failed to win any of their last 14 Premier League matches. Jurgen Klopp’s free-scoring team are 33/10 to win the match by four goals or more.

Manchester United should defeat Bournemouth but may find it hard to break the Cherries’ defence down so a goalless first half at 2/1 may be worth a punt, while Manchester City are 7/1 to beat Swansea City 3-0 at the Liberty Stadium.

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