We should always celebrate the weekend, but this weekend more than most; next week there's a lull in the club football intensity for another international break. So bask in that tidal wave of Premier League games as if you're binging on your favorite fatty food, because after this weekend, you've got the fun of watching England lose its international friendly against France, when Wayne Rooney refusing to track back leads to the winner from Blaise Matuidi, probably.
Premier League points are an expensive commodity, no more so than at Bournemouth, where Eddie Howe's depleted and defeated promoted side takes on a similarly-flagging Newcastle United, with both teams needing the win. But Newcastle's manager, Steve McClaren, is under much more pressure than Howe. Though this looks on paper like a chance for Newcastle to record only its second win of the season, more likely from this viewpoint is a poor draw, and BetVictor's 13/5 is good value.
In spite of having kept four Premier League clean sheets and placed themselves confidently in mid-table, bookmakers continue to undervalue Watford. Against Leicester City at the latter's King Power Stadium this Saturday, the Italian-owned team from Hertfordshire has the solidity and tactical nous to take all three points, even though the home side has reached the dizzy heights of third in the table. BetVictor, again, has 19/5 for a Watford win.
Sunday sees Aston Villa fans hiding behind their sofas with their hands in front of their faces, as the Premier League's current bottom side takes on Manchester City. New manager Remi Garde will need to be bold with his selection and tactics in order to get anything from the game, but far more likely is a comprehensive City win. It's 10/3 with Bet365 for City to win by two goals.
The north London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur will, of course, attract a lot of bets, but it's likely Arsenal, the favorite, will prevail after the extra rest from playing in the Champions League, not the Europa League. That said, Arsenal has a higher injury count than Spurs, which may make the game closer. Nonetheless, if you want to place a bet on this match, it's better to go with something other than a bet on the result. Arsenal's new hero Joel Campbell is 9/4 with Betfair to score anytime, should he get the chance.
On Sunday, in the Bundesliga, Borussia Dortmund, in second, takes on Schalke in the Ruhr derby, with the visiting team in fourth before the match. It's going to be a highly-charged affair, with plenty of goal-scoring opportunities, and the chance to see if Dortmund's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang can continue his incredible scoring streak. bwin offers a tasty 4/1 for the Gabon international to score two or more goals in the game.