PL week 9 – Best value bets
Nick Fraser
100 days ago
The Premier League returns on Saturday after the international break and we will take a look at the betting value around the matches.

Everton to draw with West Ham

These sides have enjoyed contrasting fortunes in their eight Premier League games to date, with the Hammers eighth in the standings on 12 points and the Toffees in the relegation zone with seven.

Pressure is mounting on Goodison boss Marco Silva, with widespread reports that defeat on Saturday will end his tenure on Merseyside after 18 months in charge.

Manuel Pellegrini has been at the London Stadium for a similar amount of time and, after a rough start, now seems to have his men on board and playing a decent brand of football.

The East End outfit did suffer a surprise 2-1 defeat to fellow capital club Crystal Palace prior to the international break but can bounce back and take a point from this one.

Whether that will be enough for Silva to keep his job only time will tell but, at around 14/5, it certainly looks the value bet here.

The men in blue have lost four consecutive top-flight games but should at least stop the rot this time around.

Aston Villa to beat Brighton

Home teams in Premier League games are more often than not odds-on to take all three points but the Villans are generally on offer at around 29/20 to get the better of the Seagulls this weekend.

The clubs are side by side in the standings, with the south-coast outfit currently one point better off, but there looks little to choose between the sides and they are set for a battle in the lower reaches of the division all season.

The West Midlanders beat Everton 2-0 at home in August but it is the 5-1 victory away at Norwich last time out that will see them buzzing to get back on the pitch and face Graham Potter's men.

Having said that, Brighton took care of an out-of-sorts Tottenham 3-0 in their previous match and will also be up for this one – but they are a different side away from the Amex Stadium.

It may be tight but Dean Smith's men are tipped to take it at a decent price.

Leicester to draw with Burnley

These two sides are separated by three places and two points and, while all the talk is of Leicester breaking into the top four and causing a splash this season, the Clarets seem to be flying under the radar.

That is the way manager Sean Dyche will like it as the understated tactician has his team playing as he likes – tough and hard to beat.

They have drawn their past two away fixtures and won a couple of home games for a four-match unbeaten run.

A price of 3/1 for the Lancashire outfit to take a point from this one seems generous despite the talent at Brendan Rodgers' disposal.

Burnley very rarely get a real hammering and a 3-0 reverse at Liverpool aside, have been in every league game this term and lost just two.

Leicester are the better side on paper but Burnley will scrap for everything to seal a draw.