Tottenham v Liverpool15/09/2018 13:30
Blackburn Rovers v Aston Villa15/09/2018 17:30
Bournemouth v Leicester15/09/2018 15:00
Newcastle v Arsenal15/09/2018 15:00
Bristol City v Sheffield Utd15/09/2018 15:00
Both teams go into this match in fine form. Sheffield United are currently on a four-game winning streak with impressive away victories over Bolton (3-0) and QPR 2-0. Yet, their best result came last week, in their 4-1 spanking against Aston Villa. The United team are starting to gel, and its showing on the pitch with nine goals in their last three games.
Bristol City had a relatively slow start to their season, after losing key players like Bobby Reid, Aden Flint and Joe Bryan. But, Andreas Weimann has proven a solid attacking alternative with five goals already. However, they are still defensively weaker than they would want to be.
City and United are more than capable of going forward and scoring goals, but they haven’t been overly convincing at the back. None of their 10 H2H meetings has ended in a draw, and we see this being a high scoring affair. The last four meetings have had both teams score, with the most recent finishing 2-3 Sheff Utd.
Both teams come off the back of heavy 4-1 defeats in their last matches. Villa got battered away from home by Sheffield United 4-1 and, Blackburn were pounded by Bristol City on the road. Villa has had a pretty poor start to the season, with 2 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss. They are playing well but keep making mistakes in important parts of the game.
In fact, Villa are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, conceding 11 goals in total. Both teams have scored in every match so far, and we can see it happening again this Saturday.
Blackburn have started the season well following their promotion, with their players stepping up to the league with ease. The hosts have more than enough firepower going forward, especially with Bradley Dack being fit again. We think Villa will have the majority of the possession and really impose themselves on this game, but cannot see them keeping a clean sheet.
Both teams have scored in three of their last four most recent meetings, with 1 draw, 1 Blackburn win and 2 Villa wins.
The Cherries have had a pretty good season so far, with wins against Cardiff and West Ham. A draw against Everton, and last weeks loss to Chelsea at the Bridge. Asides from that loss to Chelsea (in which they should have scored), Bournemouth have scored at least two goals in their opening three games.
In fact, they have scored at least two goals in 9 of their last 12 Premier League matches. Scoring two goals against Everton (twice), Arsenal, Stoke, West Brom, Newcastle, Cardiff and more.
Leicester certainly won’t be easy though. They have impressed me so far this season, and have their top scorer in Jamie Vardy back. They may have lost to United and Liverpool, but they played pretty well in both of those matches and probably deserved a point at United.
The Foxes have dismantled Wolves, Southampton and Fleetwood in the cup before losing to Liverpool last week. All without Vardy. He will be a serious boost for Leicester and has scored nine of the last 17 away goals in the PL.
Leicester are usually involved in high scoring away matches, with 11 of their 13 matches seeing over 2.5 goals. We are backing the BTTS bet in this one, but they could be good value in the over 2.5 bet, go with what you feel is better value.
Man, I feel for Newcastle supporters this season, first the issues with Mike Ashley, followed by a pretty difficult fixture list. They are down in 18th on one point and 3 losses, but they have played fairly well considering.
They have scored in the three toughest games, against Spurs, Chelsea and Man City, and only conceded six goals in the process. In fact, they were unfortunate to not get a draw at home to Chelsea. This game comes at a pretty good time for Newcastle though, with Arsenal having serious defensive issues for all to see.
The Gunners managed a late winner against Cardiff, in their 3-2 thriller. But, they were Cardiff’s first goals of the season… Say’s it all really. Arsenal are currently sitting at 16th for the worse defence. They are conceding an average of two goals a game, and have let in a shocking 8 goals in four games.
Emery’s tactics are clearly taking a little while to kick in, but they are a clear goal threat going forward with an average of 2 goals a game. Over 2.5 looks like a good bet, as well as BTTS in this one. We have gone with the BTTS bet to coincide with our Acca. The choice is yours though.
I know, betting on the early kickoff… what am I thinking? Now, if this game doesn’t land I will be pretty annoyed. It has the shortest odds and has landed in four of their last five meetings. But, not only that, they both love a goal. These two sides have seen a total of nine goals when they met last season, and the value isn’t great but it’s going to be used to bump up the odds of this Acca.
I really do not see this match being a low scoring affair. Harry Kane and Salah both love a goal in this fixture, with Salah scoring all three of Liverpool’s goals last season. Kane netted in both of the fixtures too, and even missed a penalty in the 2-2 draw.
Liverpool have only failed to score in one of their last 12 PL meetings against Spurs, all the way back in 2015. Spurs have a great home record, in which they scored 40 goals last season.
At home, Spurs average 2.3 goals and Liverpool average 2.4 away. There are usually goals when these two meet with the average sitting at 3.2 per match. Liverpool have lost just one of their last five games against Spurs in all competitions (Spurs home fixture last season) but Salah still managed a goal in that 4-1 battering.