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ALEX CROOK PREVIEW: Premier League Gameweek 17

talkSPORT’s chief football correspondent ALEX CROOK previews an exciting weekend of Premier League action…

Friday, 8pm


The City Ground should be bouncing as Nottingham Forest take on high-fliers Tottenham under the lights on Friday night.

Forest eased the pressure on manager Steve Cooper by coming from behind to salvage a 1-1 draw at Wolves last weekend, but it is still one win in their last 12 Premier League games for the hosts.

I fancied Tottenham strongly to end their four-game winning run against Newcastle last weekend and they did not let us down by running out comfortable 4-1 victors.

Given that Forest have only won one home game since beating Sheffield United in August, it is hard to see past another victory for the North Londoners, and I fancy goals to keep the armchair TV viewers entertained, after all Spurs have not kept a clean sheet sin ce October.

The question is are Forest good enough going forward to take advantage? I’m not sure they are, especially with top-scorer Taiwo Awoniyi still sidelined, but they are capable of at least getting on the scoresheet so over 2.5 goals in the game looks a solid option for the second part of my build-a-bet.

Destiny Udogie scored the opener against Newcastle and Ange ‘That’s who we are mate’ Postecoglou will not change his gung-ho approach and actively encourages his full backs to bomb forward. Pedro Porro carried a real goal threat against Newcastle so I am going to add the Spaniard to score at any time to the treble.

A build-a-bet of Tottenham to win, over 2.5 goals and Pedro Porro to score at any time returns 9/1 with

Saturday, 3pm


Newcastle suffered Champions League heartache in mid-week as they were sent crashing out by AC Milan.

My selection of Newcastle to win to nil was looking good at half-time after they dominated the first half and took a deserved lead through Joelinton’s thunderbolt, but the nature of their second half collapse will have been a big concern for manager Eddie Howe.

The injury-depleted Magpies were running on empty by the end of the game, as they were in defeat at Tottenham on Sunday while Fulham’s confidence will be sky high after back-to-back 5-0 wins over Nottingham Forest and West Ham.

I think the short turnaround between games could be a problem for Newcastle and am tempted to put up Fulham to win at 3/1 with

However, given the hosts do not often lose at St James’s Park I am going to play a little safer by backing Fulham to win (draw no bet) at 2/1 with

Saturday, 5.30pm


The Sean Dyche derby sees Burnley host in-form Everton at Turf Moor.

Without their ten-point deduction, the Toffees would be being talked about as European contenders, and this no longer has the feel of a relegation six-pointer as far as the visitors are concerned.

I was asked on a podcast this week if Burnley have turned a corner after taking four points from their last three games, but, having seen them at Brighton last weekend, I am not convinced that is the case.

But for an inspired display of goalkeeping from James Trafford, the Clarets would have been well beaten and I can see Everton continuing their upward trajectory by picking up a fourth successive victory – something they have not managed for 13 months.

Everton to win is 11/10 with

James Tarkowski scored against his former club in Everton’s 3-0 EFL Cup win over the Clarets in August and Tarkowski is 17/2 with to score at any time and repeat the trick, which is tempting given Vincent Kompany’s Burnley never convince me with their set-piece defending.


Build-a-bet: Tottenham to win v Nottingham Forest, over 2.5 goals and Pedro Porro to score 1pt at 9/1 with
BACK Fulham to win v Newcastle (draw no bet) 1pt at 2/1 (⭐ ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK Everton to win v Burnley 1.5pts at 11/10 (⭐ ? CLICK TO BET NOW)
BACK James Tarkowski to score at any time 0.5pts at 17/2 (⭐ ? CLICK TO BET NOW)



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