Mourinho returns to the Bridge, West Ham to cause an upset while Arsenal and Leicester are set to entertain! I’m not sure if I’m sold on the Nations League or not, in all honesty International football just irritates me outside of the AFCON, Euro or World Cup. Nevertheless the greatest League in the world is back and I cannot wait!
Chelsea v Man United
Following a 0-0 draw between Man City and Liverpool, Chelsea find themselves level on points at the top of the pile. All three of these sides have 20 points after 8 weeks, and with Arsenal and Spurs both just two adrift, the race for top spot could prove much closer than expected!
Mourinho goes into this game having lost 4 of his last 5 away games against sides he’s previously managed, United are low on confidence – yes even in the midst of their facade magic win against the mighty Newcastle – and have won just 1 of their last 16 Premier League trips to the Bridge.
Eden Hazard is being just that, a hazard for opposition lately and I can’t see how United’s defence will cope with him. That been said, Chelsea haven’t looked glorious at the back themselves and so I’ll go with Chelsea win/draw + both teams to score @ 11/10.
Cardiff v Fulham
It may be early but I think the writing is on the wall for Cardiff. They find themselves rock bottom of the table having amassed just 2 points from a possible 24. Fulham’s defence is a joke at the moment, they have shipped 21 goals in the 8 games they’ve played, and although their attack looks promising it hasn’t been enough to nullify their issues at the back.
Although I fancy Fulham here, both teams to score looks the better bet. Get on @ 13/20
Bournemouth v Southampton
I really like Eddie Howe and have a great respect for his work at Bournemouth. His side have gone from strength to strength and he has kept his feet firmly on the ground. Southampton have been largely poor this season and it’s hard to see Bournemouth slipping up. Back the home win @ 1/1.
Man City v Burnley
City has shown signs of marginal decline from last season, with this campaign looking much less like a walk in the park. In my opinion sides are better prepared to deal with their possession based approach, we still see City dominate the ball but not create as many clear cut chances.
Burnley has a mountain to climb here though. I think their only hope could be the fact that City haven’t got a back four who are keeping lions at bay, and they haven’t managed to keep in a clean sheet against Burnley in the Premier League – ever!
Considering the gargantuan odds on offer for both teams to score, I think it’s a solid bet. Get on @ 29/20.
Wolves v Watford
What a season for Wolves! They have come into the League and absolutely ripped up trees. Wolves will feel it is a good time to play Watford given the fact that their early season surge has come to an end.
Watford is without Jose Holebas and Christian Kabasele for their trip to Molineux and I think it will be tough for them.
Given the way Wolves have been playing, there is no reason they can’t take all three points here. Back the Pack @ 15/20.
West Ham v Spurs
West Ham must be a punters nightmare. They have an abundance of talent and are more than capable of getting those “shock” results and yet when they look to be a banker they cannot get over the line.
Spurs have had a positive start to their season but the defeat to both Inter and Barcelona have left their qualification hopes in ruins; with a massive game against PSV coming up you can’t help but wonder whether Spurs will have that at their back of their minds come Saturday. Christian Eriksen probably won’t play and you just get the feel West Ham may be in with a sniff. I’m going to back the Hammers on the double chance @ 9/10.
Newcastle v Brighton
Newcastle is another side that are struggling. They have had a tough start to life this season but to only have 2 points is a terrible return. Brighton aren’t exactly in the form of their lives and Chris Hughton’s men will travel to St James’ with an air of quiet confidence come Saturday afternoon.
Hollywood bets looks to have the Magpies priced up as favourites but I think there is value in a Brighton double chance.Get on @ 13/20.
Huddersfield v Liverpool
Huddersfield is really struggling right now. They started the season well but seem to have been found out. 8 games in and they are still without a win and of course they find themselves in the relegation mix.
Liverpool aren’t the defensively shambolic outfit they were last season and if anything it is their ability to grind out results and keep clean sheets that has made them look more like title contenders then their emphatic attacking display.
There isn’t much more to say here really, Liverpool win this no question. For more value, get on Liverpool to win 1:0, 2:0 or 3:0 @ 23/20.
Everton v C Palace
Everton will look to make it 3 wins on the bounce when they welcome the Eagles to Goodison Park on Sunday afternoon. Everton look to be putting together a good run of form since Richarlison has returned from suspension.
Palace has failed to impress and with a possibility of no Willy Zaha I can’t see past a home win. Get on @ 17/20.
Arsenal v Leicester
Monday night pits Arsenal against Leicester in what could be the most exciting game of the round. Arsenal are brimming with confidence and one wonders whether the Gunners are possible undercover challengers to the title…
Leicester often struggle away from home and although we can never underestimate their attacking prowess I cannot see how they could spoil the party currently happening in North London.
Arsenal to win + over 3.5 goals @ 5/4 is the tip.
- Bournemouth win
- Liverpool to win: 1:0, 2:0 or 3:0
- Arsenal + over 3.5