Something For Midweek: Mourinho's goal-filled games and why Jesus needs to fire
How Tottenham under Jose Mourinho have become the great entertainers and West Ham's unlikely hero make Jamie Pacheco's things to look out for this midweek.
Mourinho the great entertainer?
There are lots of things to associateJose Mourinho with. But those things aren't usually goal-filled matches and dramatic comebacks. There's been plenty of the first during his three games in charge, which finished 3-2, 4-2 and 3-2 respectively.
And there was a big comeback last Wednesday when they beat Olympiakos 4-2 in the Champions League from 2-0 down plus when West Ham and Bournemouth came back from 3-0 down to make it 3-2, to create some nervy final few moments for the Spurs faithful.
So is this what we can now start to expect from the Lillywhites every week? Well, maybe not to the same extent but until he's had some time to sort out the defence, they may not start keep in many clean sheets anytime soon. And at the other end of the pitch Dele Alli looks back to his best while Harry Kane is scoring again and Heung-Min Son has been in fine form all season.
It might be worth going to the well once again when they travel to Old Trafford on Wednesday. It's 2/1 there are over 3.5 goals and 11/2 that there over 4.5 goals, which would of course have paid out in all of Spurs' three games under Mourinho to date.
All eyes on Zaha
A few weeks ago when Wilfried Zaha was somewhat out of form, no-one was really talking about a move away from Selhurst Park, like they normally do. But now that he's put in back-to-back eye-catching performances and scored in both those games, the talk is back on.
Manchester United would love to have him back after a disastrous first spell at the club but they're not the only ones monitoring his progress. And it's a move that could easily happen in January rather than the summer. Even Roy Hodgson has said as much, admitting it's hard for a team like Palace to hold onto such a valuable player. Betfair Sportsbook make it 4/1 he signs for Man Utd during this upcoming January transfer window, with PSG the second favourites at 5/1.
But first up you can get 11/10 that Palace follow up their weekend win with another three points when they host Bournemouth and a pretty big-looking 3/1 that Zaha scores in the game.
Jesus needs to make the most of his chance
Some consider Gabriel Jesus to be pretty unlucky. For a guaranteed starter for Brazil to often be a bit-part player at his club is quite an unusual situation. But maybe there's some truth to the idea that he fails to make the most of his chances.
A Sergio Aguero muscular injury is a yearly occurrence so Jesus generally gets a decent run in the side at least once a year. A return of five goals from 18 appearances for City this season isn't too bad given most of them were off the bench but what is worrying is that he's scored just once since the start of October, having featured in 11 matches during that time.
With Aguero out injured, he started against Shakhtar in midweek and then again against Newcastle on Saturday and as we know, failed to score in either game.
It's pretty likely that as soon as Aguero returns he'll be straight back in the side but the least Jesus can do is score as many goals as possible in the meanwhile to give Pep Guardiola some sort of selection dilemma. It's 4/6 he scores against Burnley and 16/5 he gets two or more.
Chelsea's defensive woes
Frank Lampard probably isn't too fussed about not being able to sign any midfielders or forwards during the next transfer window because he's probably pretty happy with what he's got.
But what he wouldn't give to be able to sign a couple of defenders. He's given most of the ones in his squad a chance at one stage or another but whoever plays, doesn't seem to make much of a difference.
It's now just one clean sheet in their last eight across three different competitions. It's 8/11 both teams score when they host Aston Villa and a pretty attractive 7/5 that Chelsea win while conceding.
West Ham's unlikely hero
Fair play to Manuel Pellegrini for handing keeper David Martin his top-flight debut aged 33 in what was one of the more endearing stories of the weekend. And fairplay to Martin for being up to the challenge, making six saves as the Hammers kept a very unexpected clean sheet at Stamford Bridge.
With Lukas Fabianski out till the New Year, he has a chance to add a few more top-flight appearances to his CV. It's 4/1 that Martin and West Ham can repeat the trick and keep a clean sheet at Wolves on Wednesday night.