Club football is back! It’s been a long two weeks, hasn’t it?
The tedium of international football has thankfully ended for a few weeks at least. The Premier League season can hopefully regain its momentum and provide us with a thrilling return to action this weekend.
Our focus here is on some of the Premier League’s 3pm kick-offs this Saturday. You can check out the odds and build your acca here…
Arsenal vs Bournemouth
It’s been a long international break for Gunners everywhere. Arsene Wenger is enemy of the fan base again – as are the board – and the 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last time out is still sore.
It was a dire display, and Arsenal have since sold Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while retaining Alexis Sanchez drew great criticism amidst a chaotic summer window.
Bournemouth are in their own muddle, having lost their first three. A decent performance at home to Manchester City ended in late heartbreak, but the failure to pick up points against Watford or West Brom is a worry.
Eddie Howe’s side will look to expose Arsenal’s fragile defence, and we can expect goals here. Both teams to score at 16/25 is short, but it is surely one of the bankers of the weekend.
We may well see Bournemouth go with a back three again at the Emirates, while Wenger is expected to move Hector Bellerin to the right and play Sead Kolasinac at left-wing-back.
The Cherries can play with freedom here, and will fancy their chances to take advantage of a wounded Arsenal.
TIP: Score draw @ 8/1
Everton vs Tottenham
Spurs’ frustrating draw at home to Burnley puts additional emphasis on this match. Dropping more points at Goodison Park would could see them fall eight points behind league leading Manchester United.
The hosts similarly have improvements to make, after a pair of uninspiring performances against 10-man Manchester City and Chelsea saw the Toffees pick up just one solitary point.
Ronald Koeman’s team will always be well organised, but their lack of mobility in the final third limits their chances of breaking through the excellent Spurs defence.
Harry Kane found his goal scoring form during the break. Spurs’ talismanic striker and the 2016/17 Golden Boot winner is at a great price of 5/4 to score at Goodison.
TIP: Spurs to win to nil @ 3/1
Leicester City vs Chelsea
The last two Premier League champions face-off at the King Power Stadium this Saturday. Chelsea have bounced back from their opening day disaster against Burnley, and could name deadline day acquisition Danny Drinkwater in the squad against his former club.
The Foxes’ tough fixtures to start the season have produced satisfactory results so far, even though they are on just three points.
Retaining Riyad Mahrez on deadline day is as positive as it was surprising, and the Algerian presents the greatest threat to a team he humiliated two seasons ago. The magical winger is 11/1 to open the scoring.
Speaking of magical forwards, Chelsea will welcome Eden Hazard back into their matchday squad, but may opt to ease him into action with a hectic few weeks coming up. Antonio Conte might decide to pack the midfield for this one, and hope that Alvaro Morata’s fine start to the season can continue.
The Blues easily dispatched Everton last time out, but will find Leicester’s two banks of four tough to break down with Shinji Okazaki dropping into the midfield too.
Craig Shakespeare’s side are perfectly set up to hit Chelsea on the break, and look good value to score at 12/25.
TIP: Chelsea to win and BTTS @ 2/1