It's getting colder and darker outside, and, if you're a West Ham fan, it's getting more miserable. What to do if you're a supporter of a club marooned at the bottom of the table? The same thing as the others - make some winning bets. Our top predictions and picks for Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 will give you plenty of ideas which way to go with your wagers.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
Everton vs. Crystal Palace
Everton's surprise loss to Bournemouth and Palace's 3-2 smash-and-grab against Sunderland make this fixture a lot more interesting than might otherwise be the case, with these teams fifth and seventh, and separated only by three points.
Those summer signings seem to have helped Palace find the balance that it needed at the start of the season; Christian Benteke looks like he's back to his old self, and it's interesting that his improvement comes at the same time that Everton's own Belgium striker, Romelu Lukaku, has begun to look a little out-of-sorts. Still, Everton should take this at home, narrowly.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1
Swansea City vs. Liverpool
On paper there is only one winner here, although that's been said before, and Liverpool lost to Burnley in a game where, similarly, Jürgen Klopp's side would have been expected to win. The difference is, Swansea plays a possession-based passing game that plays into Liverpool's counter-attacking plans. Look out for anytime goalscorers (Coutinho, Firmino and Mane) and margin of victory here.
Sunderland vs. West Bromwich Albion
David Moyes is really struggling to keep Sunderland from looking like relegation fodder, and will not want to face a West Brom side that might have only scored seven goals, but has conceded an excellent six. Add to that the bustling style of Salomon Rondon, who has turned into a powerhouse recently, and you have a lot of problems for Sunderland's papery defensive line. The scores will be low.
Hull City vs. Chelsea
Hull can take great credit for the way the side has played in a difficult reintroduction to the Premier League, but after the 3-0 humiliation suffered by Chelsea against Arsenal last week, it seems reasonable to expect a severe reaction from the Blues. Hull will once again look to the strength of Abel Hernandez and the trickery of Robert Snodgrass, but will be relying on breaks against a defence that isn't easy (usually) to break.
Watford vs. Bournemouth
So disappointing was Watford against Burnley on Monday that it was tempting to wonder if the team would have won if the match were replayed a hundred times. The Hornets were found out by Burnley's well-worked crosses and headers, and with eleven goals having been conceded so far, it's likely Bournemouth will get chances.
The Cherries usually play better at home, and unlike Burnley the team isn't set up to bludgeon the ball into the back of the net, so this might be a closer game more suited to Watford's smooth passing style.
Top Bet: 12/5 with Unibet for a draw
West Ham United vs. Middlesbrough
West Ham is in meltdown at the moment, and seems to be playing especially awfully at the club's new home in Stratford. If Slaven Bilic is still in the manager's seat by Saturday, major changes will need to be made to the team. Aitor Karanka has not had the best of starts with Middlesbrough either - defeat to Spurs was the third in a row - and this could well be a dreary draw.
Top Bet: 5/2 with BoyleSports for a draw
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 2
Manchester United vs. Stoke City
With Manchester United having taken Leicester City apart in its most recent domestic outing, struggling Stoke's only chance might be if Jose Mourinho and his team are tired after Thursday-night Europa League exertions. However, United won't be playing a full-strength team in that competition, and this is more likely to be another lesson in how to squeeze the life out of opposition at home.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Manchester City
City is top of the table with a 100% record so far, and while better teams have come unstuck later in the season, at the moment the balance of the side looks better than that of Spurs, which plays in the Champions League a day earlier so at least will get extra rest.
Without Harry Kane, Spurs will rely on Son Heung-Min to unlock the City defence, but it seems City has enough resources to win this.
Top Bet: Manchester City 9/1 with BetStars to win 1-0
Leicester City vs. Southampton
The result of this match probably depends on how well Leicester, such a high-energy team, can regain full fitness after what looks like a testing Tuesday-night assignment against Porto in the Champions League, and whether it benefits from the two days extra recovery time it has over Saints, who play on Thursday in the Europa League.
Southampton has picked up its form in recent games and looked great against West Ham, but this seems like a tired, ground-out victory for Leicester.
Burnley vs. Arsenal
Sean Dyche played just the right tactics to outwit Watford on Monday, and will welcome the chance to try and overcome another high-profile team that likes to play football on the ground, having already beaten Liverpool.
Burnley has a lot of spirit, and Arsenal is not necessarily a team purpose-built for teams that enjoy bullying them, but Arsene Wenger's side should just about have the skill to beat Burnley's will.