thumbnail Hello,

Goal Australia's betting expert Paul Gough casts his eye over Saturday's English Premier League fixtures, with two out-of-form teams set to clash at Stamford Bridge

Chelsea remain the odds-on favourites to maintain their recent dominance over west London rivals Fulham, in the pick of Saturday's six EPL matches, despite the Blues' recent run of poor form.

The return of 'The Special One' Jose Mourinho - the man who led Chelsea to back-to-back EPL titles in 2005 and 2006 - was supposed to herald the start of a new era of success this season but instead the Blues have looked decidedly shaky.

Their shock 2-1 home loss against Swiss side Basel on matchday one of the Champions League on Wednesday night means the Blues have now failed to win any of their past four matches in all competitions, including a 1-0 loss to Everton last week in the Premier League.

Fulham however have also been ordinary since a first-up win at Sunderland and since then have taken just one point in three games and were lucky to scrape past lowly Burton Albion on penalties in the League Cup.

Chelsea have been installed as the $1.28 favourites to win this game at bet365, with Fulham priced at $11 and the draw at $5.50.

However, it should be noted that Fulham are winless in their past 15 matches in all competitions against Chelsea dating back to 2006 ‑ eight of these matches have ended in draws, including five of the past six.

That surely makes the draw worth a bet on Saturday - even at Stamford Bridge - with a 0-0 draw paying a tempting $15 in correct score betting at bet365 while a 1-1 draw is paying $10.


West Brom look a gift at exactly even money odds of $2 at bet365 to win at home against struggling Sunderland.

The draw is great value in the Chelsea-Fulham game at odds of $5.50 at bet365.

In other games on Saturday, early season leaders Liverpool should win at home at $1.50 at bet365 against improving Southampton paying $6.50 while Newcastle are almost as short at $1.80 at home against Hull City at $4.75.

And we also fancy West Brom at $2 at home to a poor Sunderland side at $3.80, with the Black Cats already third favourites to be relegated this season at $2.62 at bet365 behind Crystal Palace at $1.36 and Hull City at $1.83.

However, the other two games are tough to predict with Norwich at home against Villa while Everton travel to West Ham.

But the Canaries are unbeaten in two home games so far this season and we would rather back them at $2.30 at bet365 than a Villa side that have lost their past three EPL matches at $3.10 while the draw has some appeal at $3.25.

And Everton, fresh from that great upset win over Chelsea, have a great chance at $2.30 to win away at injury-hit West Ham at $3.20 remembering the Hammers suffered a dismal 1-0 loss to batting Stoke in their last home game in the EPL.

*Note prices subject to change

Goal Australia now has its own and account, so for all the latest news and features on Australian football follow us by clicking on the above links