Liverpool have made a perfect start to the campaign, picking up 9 points and a trio of clean sheets. Does John Newsome expect more of the same, when they visit Leicester on Saturday?
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LEICESTER v LIVERPOOL
This early Saturday afternoon game is live on Sky Sports. Leicester got a well-deserved win against Southampton last time out but left it late with England star Harry Maguire getting the winner. Probably the surprise in that is Big Harry didn’t get his Big Head onto the ball, he actually coolly slotted the ball home with his right foot. Demarai Gray got the Foxes first goal in the 2-1 win against the Saints.
Liverpool beat Brighton 1-0 on Saturday with Mo Salah getting the solitary goal in front of the Anfield faithful. Brighton did well to restrict Liverpool to just 1 goal as Liverpool are a real force at home. The 3 points gained have given the Reds an early advantage at the top of the Premier League with Man City only managing a draw against Wolves. There’s a long way to go yet but Liverpool will certainly take whatever advantage they can in the race for the title.
This fixture last season was played in late September and finished 2-3 to Liverpool. Goals from Mo Salah, Philip Coutinho and Jordan Henderson. Leicester’s goals came via the way of Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy. Jamie missed a penalty to make it 3-3 and won’t have been happy.
Bet 365 have Leicester at 5/1 which is way too big at home, the Draw is 10/3, again too big and Liverpool are 1/2 to get the Away Win.
CHELSEA v BOURNEMOUTH
Chelsea beat Newcastle at St James Park on Sunday 2-1 to maintain their 100% start to the season and match Liverpool, Tottenham and surprisingly Watford at the top of the Premier League on 9 points. The Blues left it late and were helped on the way with a penalty which Eden Hazard slotted away and an 87th-minute own goal by Newcastle’s American right-back DeAndre Yedlin. In between the 2 goals, Newcastle did get a consolation but Chelsea will be grateful if the Yedlin help to keep them on track under new boss Sarri.
Bournemouth came from 2-0 down against Everton on Saturday to get a well earned 2-2 draw. Josh King and ex-Chelsea player Nathan Ake got the goals. The Cherries also had a man sent off and had to play the final 30 minutes without Adam Smith but were playing 10 men Toffees after they had a man sent off just before half-time.
This fixture last season was played on the last day of January and surprisingly finished 0-3 to Bournemouth. Goals from Callum Wilson, Junior Stanislas and
Nathan Ake stunned the Stamford Bridge faithful. Bookmakers Bet 365 have Chelsea as clear favourites at 2/7 with Bournemouth at a massive 8/1 to beat the Blues.
Bet 365 have it at 19/4 for the points to be shared. That’s nearly 5/1 for a Draw and that is real value for money.
EVERTON v HUDDERSFIELD
Everton drew with Bournemouth on Saturday 2-2. They were leading 2-0 at one point even after having Richarlison sent off in the first half. The Cherries were then reduced to 10 men too but then scored 2 goals to earn a share of the points. Theo Walcott and Michael Keane got the Toffees goals. Marco Silva won’t have been happy, either with losing Richarlison for the next game and only drawing after being 2-0 up.
Huddersfield have found their 2nd season in the Premier League more difficult than last year and have only a solitary point to their name after 3 games. They played out a goalless draw against Cardiff on Saturday in front of their home fans. Whilst they failed to score they did manage not to concede and earn their 1st point of the season.
This fixture last season was played in the cold of early December and Everton took the honours in a 2-0 win. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Dominic Calvert-Lewin scored the Toffees goals.
Bet 365 have the Toffees as clear favourites at 1/2, with Huddersfield at 6/1 to get an Away Win. The Draw is priced at 3/1.
Home Win 2-0
WEST HAM v WOLVES
West Ham are on a dreadful run at the moment and are rock bottom of the Premier League on nil points. New boss Manual Pellegrini has failed to work his magic on his new troops who now remain firmly rooted at the bottom. They were beaten 3-1 on Saturday but actually took the lead against Arsenal through a Marko Arnautovic goal, sparking the Gunners into life. Whether Manuel will be given time to turn around the fortunes of the Hammers is for Mr Gold and Mr Sullivan to decide. The Hammers faithful won’t put up with losing for too long and will kick off once again if things don’t improve. This game against Wolves will be another tough test.
Wolves got arguably the result of the weekend against current Premier League Champions Man City. They took the lead against Peps boys through a Willy Boly goal, unfortunately for Wolves, they conceded an equaliser but did hold on for a well-deserved point. Whilst it’s only 3 games in, that point could prove vital towards the end of the season.
These 2 haven’t played each other for quite a while in the Premier League and the Hammers should be favourites considering Wolves are newcomers but Wolves just might upset the Hammers and heap more pressure on Mr Pellegrini.
Bet 365 have this pretty even with West Ham at 16/11, the Draw at 11/5 and Wolves to get an Away Win at 19/10.
Away Win 0-2
BRIGHTON v FULHAM
Brighton did quite well up at Anfield in the late Saturday afternoon kick-off. They restricted Liverpool to a solitary Mo Salah goal. Ultimately it was a loss though and will want to bounce back against Fulham and will definitely see this as a winnable game. The Seagulls will put that loss behind them and move on to this Home game against Fulham.
Fulham finally came to the Premier League party on Sunday beating Europa Team Burnley 4-2 at Craven Cottage. New boy Jean-Michael Seri started the goal scoring and Aleksandar Mitrovic added a couple more. Another new signing and a World Cup winner in 2015 for Germany Andre Schurrle rounded off the 4-2 win. That win should give Fulham confidence the only downside is they were only playing Burnley who need to get out of the Europa League if they want Premier League status next season. These 2 haven’t played each other in the Top Flight for a very long time and this fixture was a regular in the lower leagues.
Bet 365 have Brighton as favourites at 8/7, the Draw is 9/4 and for an Away Win, Bet 365 have Fulham at 12/5.
Home Win 2-0
CRYSTAL PALACE v SOUTHAMPTON
Crystal Palace come into this home fixture off the back of an away loss last Sunday to this season’s surprise package Watford. Wilfried Zaha got the Eagles goal in the 2-1 defeat at Vicarage Rd and will definitely target this game against struggling Southampton. The defeat to Watford might not be feel as bad come later on in the season if Watford continue their great start to the campaign.
Southampton are another woeful team at the moment and it’s no surprise under the guidance of Mark Hughes. His time in management surely must be coming to and end and must be one of the favourites to lose his job. A legend in the game but his managerial skills are outdated and the Saints have only managed 1 point up to now after their opening day
0-0 Draw against Burnley. Southampton were beaten again on Saturday losing 1-2 at home to Leicester. They actually took the lead through a Ryan Bertrand goal but after Leicester had equalised they had Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg sent off for a 2nd Yellow card and conceded a last-minute goal to the the Foxes. The Saints faithful won’t put up with that for too long and Mark might be on borrowed time.
This fixture last season was played round about the same time in the middle of September and Crystal Palace were on a dreadful run. Dutch Manager Frank De Boer had just been sacked after losing the 1st 4 games without even scoring a goal and this was Roy Hodgson’s first game in charge at Selhurst Park. Unfortunately for Roy, Palace still lost and still didn’t score. Southampton ran out 1-0 winners with the goal scored early on by Steven Davis.
Bet 365 have Crystal Palace as clear favourites at 9/10, Southampton at 3/1 and for the points to be shared, Bet 365 offer 5/2.
Home Win 2-0
MAN CITY v NEWCASTLE
This late Saturday Afternoon Football live on BT Sports sees High Flying Man City take on Newcastle at the Etihad. Man City were surprisingly held to a 1-1 Draw last Saturday away at Molineux against newcomers Wolves. City were rampant throughout the game, hit the woodwork a couple of times and found the Wolves goalkeeper in fine form but couldn’t make their chances and possession count and actually went behind before defender Aymeric Laporte showed his forward teammates how to score and got the equaliser. That draw means that City are now 2 points behind Liverpool, Chelsea and Watford in their defence of the Premier League title. Early days yet but any advantage other teams can get against Pep’s boys will mean everything to the opposition.
Newcastle were beaten at home on Sunday 1-2 against Chelsea. The game was pretty even and Newcastle matched Chelsea throughout the game but ultimately were the victims of their own making. Gifting the Blues a penalty to go behind before Joselu got an equaliser in the 83rd minute. Unfortunately they couldn’t withstand the late Blues pressure and gifted Chelsea all 3 points through a DeAndre Yedlin own goal. That must have been hard to take for ex-Chelsea boss Rafa Benitez and the Toon Army. This will be another tough game at the Etihad and although Newcastle are a decent side, City will want to get back on track after the Draw at Molineux.
Last season this game was played in January and City ran out 3-1 winners. The brilliant Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick for City with Jacob Murphy getting Newcastle’s solitary goal. Bookmakers Bet 365 basically give Newcastle no chance of winning and offer them up at 18/1, 18/1 in a 3 horse race. Peps boys are a meagre 1/9 and for the points to be shared, Bet 365 are offering a massive 8/1.
Home Win 4-0
CARDIFF v ARSENAL
Newly promoted Cardiff entertain Arsenal in the early Sunday afternoon kick-off live on Sky Sports. Surprisingly Cardiff are not in the bottom 3 despite playing 3 games and have not yet managed to score a goal in their return to the Premier League. That is purely down to the magic of Neil Warnock who knows his teams can’t compete on an even keel with the Premier League regulars but can organise his team and make it hard for the opposition. Cardiff got another 0-0 draw away at Huddersfield on Saturday to go with the point gained the previous week in the goalless draw at home against Newcastle. This game against Arsenal will be tougher but another 0-0 is not out of the question
Arsenal finally got their season off to winning ways with a 3-1 win against struggling West Ham. They did have to come from behind to grab all 3 points. Nacho Monreal got the Gunners back on level terms after Marko Arnautovic had given the Hammers the lead. The Gooners were then helped on their way after the unfortunate Issa Diop scored an own goal. Danny Welbeck came on as a 2nd half substitute and sealed the Arsenal win in the 92nd minute. That will have given Unai Emery confidence in his debut season as manager of the Gunners following in the footsteps of Arsene Wenger.
Bet 365 have Cardiff at 9/2 to beat the Gunners and 3/1 for them to get a point. Arsenal are 4/7 to get the 3 points. The Draw is way too big a price and should be looked at to make money. There shouldn’t be many goals.
BURNLEY v MANCHESTER UNITED
Burnley continue their Thursday/Sunday campaign and entertain fellow strugglers Manchester United at Turf Moor. Although a 4 o’clock kick-off on a Sunday afternoon this isn’t a live Sky Sports or BT Sports TV game.
Burnley play the 2nd-leg of their Europa qualifying game on Thursday night against Olympiakos and have to overcome a 3-1 1st-leg defeat in Greece. The Turf Moor faithful, whilst wanting a good Europa League run, may secretly want to lose against Olympiakos and then can concentrate on playing in the Premier League which ultimately has to be the main concern this season. They were hammered 4-2 on Sunday away at Fulham. Jeff Hendrick and James Tarkowski got the Burnley goals which ultimately were just consolations.
Manchester United lost heavily at home on Monday night against Tottenham. The 3-0 scoreline is an embarrassment for United and Jose surely is on his last legs. What is up at Old Trafford. The crazy thing about that game against Tottenham is United played Tottenham off the park in the 1st half and if Romelu Lukaku had a right foot would have beaten Spurs. As the first-half finished 0-0, Mauricio Pochettino had a word in the changing rooms, tweaked a few things and in the 2nd half blew United away. Jose won’t be there much longer, there is something seriously wrong with him. Against Tottenham there was no Anthony Martial or Marcus Rashford. Both would grace any team in the top flight yet Jose feels fit not to pick them. If Marcus was French he’d be a World Cup winner. If Anthony was French and didn’t play for Jose he’d be a World Cup winner too. So Jose is the common denominator. This column last week predicted a Tottenham win at 2/1, let’s hope a few took advantage.
This fixture last season was played in mid-January and finished 0-1 to Manchester United. Anthony Martial got the winner for United. Surprisingly Manchester United are favourites with Bet 364 even after the turmoil at Old Trafford and are offered up at 7/11 with Burnley at 9/2. The Draw is 13/5 which is just over 2 and half to 1 and under the circumstances looks a good price. However, with Burnley playing that crucial 2nd-leg on Thursday, United should be too strong.
Away Win 0-2
WATFORD v TOTTENHAM
For the 2nd successive Sunday afternoon, Watford are live on Sky Sports and take on Tottenham at Vicarage Rd. Watford are this season’s surprise package in the Premier League and have matched Liverpool, Tottenham and Chelsea in winning their opening 3 games. The latest being a 2-1 home win against Crystal Palace. After a tame 1st half, Watford took control in the 51st minute through Roberto Pereyra who took his goal tally for the season to 3. Jose Holebas got the 2nd for the Hornets before Wilfried Zaha got a consolation goal for Palace. Both Roberto and Jose were shown Yellow cards late on. A great start for Javi Gracia ( Gracia not Garcia) and Watford who sit joint top of the Premier League table with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham. This will be a real test against fellow 9 pointers Tottenham but being at Vicarage Rd, Watford will be a match for anyone.
Tottenham played Manchester United on Monday night and after being outplayed for most of the 1st half, Mauricio worked his magic at half-time and Spurs blew away United in the 2nd half. The final scoreline of
3-0 flattered United and Tottenham were worthy winners. Tottenham will not only have to keep an eye on their players, they will have to keep an eye on Mauricio as he could be at Old Trafford pretty soon.
This game last season was played in the cold of early December and finished with the points being shared in a 1-1 Draw. Both goals were scored in the 1st 25 minutes. Christian Kabasele got the Hornets goal with Heung-Min Son replying for Spurs. Christian Kabasele got the Hornets goal with Heung-Min Son replying for Spurs. Tottenham did well to hold on for a point after playing most of the 2nd half with 10 men when defender Davinson Sanchez was sent off just after half-time.
Bet 365 have Tottenham as favourites at 7/10 to get the Away Win, Watford are 7/2 and the Draw is 29/10. Again on current form 29/10, almost 3/1 is way too big.
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