We are just four games into the Premier League season, and already the action and controversy is in full supply.
We’ve already had our first sacking of the campaign. Poor old Frank de Boer, he probably never thought he would beat his short 85 day stint at Inter Milan. Unfortunately for him, Crystal Palace didn’t take pity on him, and sacked him after just 77 days after a poor start that saw them lose 4 Premier League games out of 4 and fail to score in any of them.
Meanwhile, Manchester United dropped their first points which leaves them and their next door neighbours Manchester City neck and neck at the top on 10 points each.
There’s another action packed fixture list this weekend, so we’re going to pick out our three best bets.
Tottenham have scored at least 2 goals in their last 7 matches against Swansea in all competitions
So it looks like the famous Wembley hoodoo come to an end in impressive style in midweek. Tottenham beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 at home thanks to goals from Harry Kane (2) and Heung Min Son.
You could see the confidence build in the Lilywhites as the match progressed. It is just the kind of win they needed to help them in the Premier League campaign where they are yet to win at Wembley this season.
They’re also coming off the back of an impressive 3-0 away victory at Everton last weekend, so things are looking promising. Plus, the August ‘curse’ which has plagued Harry Kane is no longer a worry. The England striker has yet to score a goal in August as a professional Footballer, but he now has 4 goals in 2 games since the turn of September.
While Tottenham don’t have any new injury concerns, it is likely that Mauricio Pochettino will make a few changes to his side to limit the impact of the midweek high intensity match against Dortmund.
While Serge Aurier impressed, Kieran Trippier is likely to return at right back. Dele Alli, is in contention for a place after sitting out the Champions League match through suspension. He could possibly come in for Son.
Swansea have had a bit of a mixed start this season as they try to come to terms with life after Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente. They are actually unbeaten away from home so far, having beaten Crystal Palace, and taken a draw away at Southampton. However, last time out they looked flat as Newcastle beat them 1-0 at the Liberty stadium.
Once again, Paul Clement is unable to rely on Ki Sung-yueng, Nathan Dyer and Kyle Bartley. Leon Britton is also a doubt as he recovers from a back problem. And Wilfried Bony is pushing for a start, but may have to wait a little bit longer.
Swansea have had a difficult time against Tottenham in recent years, having lost 10 out of their last 11 fixtures, including last season’s 5-0 drubbing at White Hart Lane. They should expect another difficult afternoon.
Suggested bet: Tottenham over 3.5 goals @ 3.5 (Coral)
Chelsea have won 16 of their last 18 home matches
Last season’s champions Chelsea have made a good start to the Premier League campaign which saw quite a lot of unrest emerge during the summer window.
After a dramatic fall out with striker Diego Costa, and manager Antonio Conte seemingly unhappy with the clubs transfer business, that looks like old news as they make a bid to retain their title.
So far, they have won all of their games except for their first day defeat to Burnley in which they had two players sent off. This is largely in part to their new boys hitting the ground running, and Alvaro Morata has looked particularly impressive. The Spaniard has impressed with his sharp movement and has scored 3 goals in his opening 4 matches.
Arsenal weren’t without their own summer controversy. Alexis Sanchez was linked with a move all summer but now looks set to see his contract out and leave the club on a free transfer. The club also lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to rivals Liverpool.
New boy Andre Lacazette has impressed with his sharp finishing, though, and looks to be a threat. He has scored 2 goals in his opening 4 Premier League matches.
However, Arsenal haven’t been able to deal with their summer controversy in the same way as Chelsea. They have lost 2 of their opening 4 matches, and that difficult start looks like it may continue against Chelsea, a team they have a history of struggling against.
Suggested bet: Chelsea to win @ 1.75 (Bet365)*
Man Utd have scored at least 2 goals in their last 5 matches
Manchester United look like they have learned from last season’s failing and strengthened the areas in which they struggled.
Last season’s campaign was blighted by a lack of goals. Despite an incredibly long unbeaten record, they just couldn’t find the goals to turn them into title challengers. This season looks different, though, and the Red Devils have already scored 12 goals in 4 matches.
It was their trademark watertight defence that struggled last time out though as they dropped their first points of the season in a 2-2 draw against Stoke City.
When they signed Romelu Lukaku for a fee which could reach £90million, a few eyebrows were raised over the size of the fee. However he is looking to be worth every penny at the moment, having scored 4 goals in 4 matches so far. He in particular, will be relishing the prospect of facing his old club, Everton.
Despite a summer transfer spree that caught the eye, Everton look like they’re struggling to gel their side together. They have won just 1, while losing 2 and drawing 1. Against Tottenham in their 3-0 home defeat, they looked shocking and nowhere near good enough.
It may take a while for Everton to get up to speed, but unfortunately the Premier League is unforgiving. They face a very difficult afternoon at Old Trafford against a rampant Manchester United side spearheaded by an ex-Everton favourite.
Suggested bet: Manchester United -1.5 @ 2.1 (Bet365)*
Recommended Bets Overview
|Tottenham vs. Swansea||Tottenham over 3.5 goals||3.5 (Coral)|
|Chelsea vs. Arsenal||Chelsea to win||1.75 (Bet365)*|
|Man Utd vs. Everton||Man Utd -1.5||2.1 (Bet365)*|
*Odds at publication. Subject to change.