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The Premier League started with a bang, as Arsenal & Leicester played out an early game of the year contender, with Arsenal coming from 3-2 down, scoring 2 late goals to secure a dramatic victory.
The goals didn’t stop their either, with 6 goals in the Watford – Liverpool fixture, and 5 goals and 2 red cards in the Chelsea – Burnley match. Meanwhile, new boys Huddersfield secured an impressive 3-0 win away to Palace. Aside from that, goals were in short supply, with both teams failing to score in the remaining 6 victories, with title challengers Man City, Man Utd and Tottenham securing routine victories.
Today, we discuss our three top tips ahead of this weekend:
Man Utd have kept a clean sheet in their last 3 matches
Jose Mourinho showed that his new look side are up for the challenge of becoming Premier League champions this season. Although West Ham didn’t put up much of a fight, Manchester United dispatched them with ease. New boy Romelu Lukaku looked particularly good as he opened his Manchester United goalscoring account bagging two goals.
Man U’s home form has been their nemesis last season, while their away form was very impressive. They will be hoping to carry that into this season, starting with their trip to Swansea. Although, the Liberty stadium hasn’t been a very happy hunting ground for United of late, with the Swans winning two of their last three against United at the Liberty.
Swansea will have to deal with this week’s news that Gylfi Sigurdsson has joined Everton for a 45million pounds fee. He was comfortably Swansea City’s best player, and the pressure is now on the club to replace him, and spend the money wisely. Otherwise, a tricky season beckons. Moves for Wilfried Bony, Nacer Chadli and Joe Allen are touted, but they won’t come in time for the visit of United.
After securing a point away at Southampton with their 0-0 draw, Manager Paul Clement is expected to name an unchanged side. He has Ki Sung-yueng and Nathan Dyer out, and with Fernando Llorente still doubtful, Chelsea loanee Tammy Abraham is expected to start.
Manchester United have just a few injury concerns, with Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young out, but United’s squad depth will more than cover their absence.
Suggested bet: Manchester United win to nil @ 11/10 (Bet Victor)
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 6 of Liverpool’s last 7 home games
It hasn’t been the best of starts to the season for Manager Jurgen Klopp, despite a promising start to the summer. First he secured early, and impressive moves for both Mohammed Salah and England u20 World Cup hero Dominic Solanke. Scottish Left back Andrew Robertson also joined from Hull. These signings gave the Liverpool fans hope that the club could challenge in both the league and Champions League in the coming season.
However, not only have the club failed to add to this list of players, with bids for Virgin Van Dijk and Naby Keita failing, but they face a losing battle to hold onto their star man. Philippe Coutinho is expected to complete his mega transfer to Barcelona any day now as the Catalan club start to spend their 200 million windfall from the sale of Neymar. This leaves Liverpool with a race against time to not only add to their squad as they originally intended, but to also replace their Brazilian Maestro.
A central defender will be of particular interest to Jurgen Klopp, as the Liverpool defence is still looking shaky. This was best demonstrated by their 3-3 draw on the opening day. They are also coming off the back of a mid-week trip to Hoffenheim, and question marks will be asked of whether their squad can cope with European commitments. Adam Lallana, Danny Ings, Mamadou Sakho, Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and Nathaniel Clyne are out, giving Jurgen Klopp little room for rotation.
Crystal Palace boss Frank De Boer was a curious choice for Crystal Palace. The tough to beat, direct style of Football had served them well in previous years. In fact, it is this approach with ex Manager Sam Allardyce that had kept them up last season. Frank De Boer plays a completely different style of Football, which may take some time to bed into the club. Perhaps even longer than expected demonstrated by his team’s 3-0 defeat to new boys Huddersfield. That result will have raised concerns amongst the Palace fans who questioned whether the team have the players to play De Boers chosen 3-4-2-1 formation.
It wasn’t helped by the fact that two of their best players are on the sidelines. Both Yohan Cabaye, and Wilfred Zaha are likely to be perfect for De Boers style of Football, so they are a big loss. Bakary Sako, Pape Soure, James McArthur and Connor Wickham are also missing.
Suggested bet: Over 3.5 goals @ 17/10 (Unibet)
Tottenham have won their last 14 home matches
This is one of the most intriguing matches in the early season fixture list, with lots of questions being asked of both teams in this encounter. Firstly, Tottenham have the tricky task of having to negotiate moving to Wembley Stadium for a season. A lot has been made of whether Mauricio Pochettino’s men can cope with playing at Wembley, and signs in the Champions League last season suggest that they struggle. They will be hoping to gain revenge on their London rivals who knocked them out of the semi finals of the FA cup, and secured a league title ahead of them last season, despite the impressive tally of 86 points.
Tottenham do look like picking up where they left off though, the away trip to Newcastle looked like a tricky tie, and they came away from that with a 2-0 victory, in part thanks to the petulence of Jonjo Shelvey who picked up a red card.
Tottenham have a few players on the injury list still, with Danny Rose, Erik Lamela out. Kieran Trippier is a doubt. But Heung Min-Son made his return from the bench against Newcastle, and should be fit to start. Victor Wanyama may also return. A lot hinges on the formation Tottenham play, and it is likely that they will return to a back three, with Eric Dier slotting into defence, and Victor Wanyama coming back into midfield alongside Mousa Dembele.
Chelsea meanwhile, look like an unhappy camp. There has been a lot of murmurings of Antonio Conte’s discontent with his club’s summer transfer business, despite them spending over £100million. To add to his concerns, both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas will miss the match against Tottenham after receiving red cards during the defeat to Burnley.
To make matters worse, last season’s attacking trio are all out. Pedro has an injured ankle, Eden Hazard is still recovering from a broken ankle, and Diego Costa has been banished from the side. He is reportedly in Brazil, chilling on the beach while demanding a move to Atletico Madrid.
Suggested bet: Tottenham win @ 11/10
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