Cheeky Punt likes the look of Anthony Martial to score first, goals at Stamford Bridge and Southampton to beat Tottenham.
Everton v West Brom
All three new signings impressed during Everton’s opening-weekend win over Tottenham, and the Toffees start as a warm order in the betting to beat a West Brom side who marked their return to Premier League action with a 3-0 reverse against Leicester City. The Baggies only managed three wins on their travels in their last Premier League campaign and may struggle to contain the attacking pizzazz of ballers such as Richarlison and James Rodriguez at Goodson.
Betting: Everton (-1) to win at 7/5 (Paddy Power) –Odds may fluctuate, accurate at time of printing
Leeds United v Fulham
Leeds scored with all three of their shots on target in their opening-day defeat against Liverpool. In true Marcelo Bielsa style, the Peacocks man-marked all over the pitch at Anfield and don’t expect this to change just because they are facing Fulham at home. El Loco remains pure box-office in West Yorkshire, with murals now going up on the side of houses celebrating the eccentric South American genius. And his team can raise the roof at Elland Road by edging past the Londoners and opening their account for the season against the Cottagers.
Betting: Leeds to win 1-0 at 11/2 (Paddy Power) – Odds may fluctuate, accurate at time of printing
Manchester United v Crystal Palace
How big is the Premier League? Anthony Martial’s son got hold of his phone the other day and randomly keyed ‘Bb G’ into Twitter. And got over 339 likes. That’s how b*stard big. The Frenchman produced 11 goals and seven assists on home soil last season and could be the wager here to score first against a Palace defence which may struggle against his raw pace.
Betting: Martial to score first at 3/1 (Paddy Power) – Odds may fluctuate, accurate at time of printing
Arsenal v West Ham
A Saturday night London derby to warm the cockles and Arsenal look the smash job of the entire coupon. They’ve won their last five against the Hammers at the Emirates and Willian’s debut last week was nothing short of sensational. West Ham’s confidence is low and they could get a real paddling here. David Moyes admitted his side were “miles” off against Newcastle and I expect Arsenal to put it on them early doors this weekend.
Betting: Arsenal to be in the lead after 10 minutes at 9/2 (Paddy Power) – Odds may fluctuate, accurate at time of printing
Southampton v Tottenham
So it looks like finally, finally Spurs are going to sign someone to replace Gareth Bale. And to be fair Gareth Bale ticks plenty of boxes. Spurs are to pay around £20m in wages and loan fees according to the tabloids, and once he puts the gold clubs away it will be interesting to see if he’s still capable of turning it on in the Premier League. Danny Ings has bagged in both Premier League appearances for Saints against Spurs, who were a complete bag of sh*te last week against Everton. The home win looks huge here. In fact, individuals who don’t take the 21/10 here about a Southampton win are frankly unstable and cheat in relationships.
Betting: Southampton to win at 21/10 (Paddy Power) – Odds may fluctuate, accurate at time of printing
Newcastle United v Brighton
The Toon have scored only one goal in six Premier League meetings against Brighton. It could be a bit grim on Sunday, truth be told. No fans of course and the North East has gone into local lockdown, including a 10pm curfew for bars and pubs and a blanket ban on people racing whippets, saying “Well aye” and eating Panackelty.
Betting: Neal Maupay to score first at 5/1 (Paddy Power) – Odds may fluctuate, accurate at time of printing
Chelsea v Liverpool
After squaring up on the touchdown post-lockdown and those “owned by oligarchs” comments there’s no denying there is genuine beef between Jürgen Klopp and Frankie Lampard. Chelsea and Liverpool lock horns this weekend and the action on the touchline could be just as tasty as the action on the pitch. Hostility, bitterness and bad blood between managers? We f**king love to see it. The Reds are favourites to claim three points but may struggle to cope defensively with Timo Werner’s electric pace. A stalemate looks very unlikely and anyone having a go at the ‘Overs’ won’t be disappointed.
Betting: Over 3.5 Goals & BTTS at 8/5 (Paddy Power) – Odds may fluctuate, accurate at time of printing
Leicester City v Burnley
Leicester have scored two goals or more in 12 of their last 20 home games and Sunday’s game – which is live on the BBC – should certainly be worth a watch. Jamie Vardy has now scored more Premier League goals than Didier Drogba in 42 fewer games. Which is nice.
Betting: Leicester to win and both teams to score at 13/5 (Paddy Power) – Odds may fluctuate, accurate at time of printing
Aston Villa v Sheffield United
I fancied the Villa here at 17/10, until I discovered they are without a win in their last eight Premier League matches in the month of September. So I reckon a draw could be the bet. As long as the Blades can cope with Jack Grealish: a player with so much skill and trickery I’d wager he doesn’t even get out of the bath to have a s**t.
Betting: Draw at 21/10 (Paddy Power) – Odds may fluctuate, accurate at time of printing
Wolves v Manchester City
City begin their Premier League campaign away at Wolves on Monday night but look criminally short at 1/2. Wolves are an excellent side and have actually won their last two league matches against Pep Guardiola’s men so could be worth a small flutter here at 5/1. Keep stakes sensible, though, as Man City are looking to become the first team in Premier League history to win ten straight season-opening matches. They still need a top class centre-half and Wolves could be all wrong for them here.
Betting: Wolves to win at 5/1 (Paddy Power) – Odds may fluctuate, accurate at time of printing
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