Chelsea’s loss at Newcastle last weekend has closed the gap at the top, with Manchester City now three points behind. What twists lie ahead this coming weekend?

Recommendations

Crystal Palace to beat Stoke City:  17/10 BetVictor

West Ham to win at Sunderland: 7/4 Ladbrokes

Swansea City to beat Tottenham Hotspur: 6/4 Ladbrokes

Crystal Palace v Stoke City

Both teams were impressive last weekend, with Palace creating plenty of chances at Tottenham especially via Yannick Bolassie.  Stoke had a famous win at home to Arsenal after a fast start but the highlight of their season so far is inconsistency with the Arsenal victory and a win at Spurs book-ending three successive losses

Crystal Palace have won just one of their last nine Premier League matches (W1 D3 L5) and Warnock is on record as looking for strikers in the January transfer window. This is likely to be a very tight match but the draw is priced stingily at 9/4. Better value is the 17/10 on the home win with BetVictor, hopefully converting some of the opportunities they are creating

Sunderland v West Ham United

Galvanised by the recruitment of more attacking players, giving the squad strength in depth that it lacked last season, West Ham are up to 3rd and 27 points after 15 games is West Ham’s best ever return in Premier League history. Tey will be confident of extending their run at Sunderland.

Sudnerland have no wins in their last five games and have failed to find the back of net in seven of their last 11 Premier League games and three of their last four. It will take a while to break them down (Sunderland have been involved in five 0-0 draws this season in the Premier League; more than any other side. ) but West Ham have a couple of strings to their bow this season with creativity added to their traditionally direct approach under Allardyce which still produces results. West Ham have 12 headed goals this season, twice as many as any other Premier League side.

I will be backing West Ham here at 7/4 with Ladbrokes.

Swansea City v Tottenham Hotspur

21 points after 15 matches is Spurs’ lowest haul in the Premier League since the 2008-09 season (15 points) and inconsistency is a fature. Their record is especially poor after Europa League Thursdays, as is the case this week with a game at Besitkas before Sunday

The main challenge for Spurs will be dealing with Wilfried Bony who has 19 goals in the Premier League in 2014, more than any other player. Bony has netted seven times in his last nine Premier League appearances.

Swansea are 6/4 for this game with Ladbrokes.  I think they will win this game.

Recommendations

Crystal Palace to beat Stoke City:  17/10 BetVictor

West Ham to win at Sunderland: 7/4 Ladbrokes

Swansea City to beat Tottenham Hotspur: 6/4 Ladbrokes