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Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Brighton vs Newcastle

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Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Brighton vs Newcastle

Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Brighton vs Newcastle

Sheffield United vs Everton

Each of these sides has racked up a trio of defeats since the season got underway. With Everton more established in the Prem you might expect the visitors to be the slightly better-placed to get something against a newly promoted side.

But with the Toffees’ rock bottom of the table and yet to score a goal, it’s possible the Blades could still have the edge at Bramall Lane.

The South Yorkshire side did score through Jayden Bogle against Man City last weekend, offering viewers a three-minute window when anything seemed possible – or, at least, City actually dropping a few points seemed possible.

It wasn’t to be, but it does at least suggest Paul Heckingbottom’s team has some fight.

Everton have signed striker Beto from Udinese, which sounds promising on the face of it. The Portuguese star scored 10 goals in Serie A last season, and Sean Dyche will hope he can provide an immediate remedy to Everton’s attacking woes; last season, his team could only muster 34 league goals.

Beto did find the net on his debut for the Toffees, equalising against Doncaster in the League Cup earlier this week; perhaps a similar dream start in the Prem awaits.

Nevertheless, previous results point to a lack of goal-scoring action; under 1.5 goals at 2/1 might be the way to go.

Brentford vs Bournemouth

Unbeaten in six games dating back to the end of last season, can Brentford nab all three points against a Bournemouth side seeking their first win of the Prem campaign?

With the Cherries at least playing with ambition and attacking intent under Andoni Iraola, even if it hasn’t quite paid off just yet, backing the visitors in the shots market is worth a look. Even against Liverpool, Bournemouth managed five on target, 12 in total.

So backing the Cherries to produce over 10.5 shots at 19/20 could pay off here.

Burnley vs Tottenham

Still looking for his first point since guiding Burnley back to the Prem, can the Clarets get something against a Tottenham side seemingly filled with a renewed sense of purpose since Ange Postecoglou got on the scene?

In fairness, Tottenham did tumble out of the League Cup earlier this week to Fulham, which seems like a missed opportunity for Spurs.

That stumble aside, in the Prem Tottenham have looked like a classy outfit, and it would be no shock to see the north London club atone for that midweek disappointment with a decent showing at Turf Moor.

Combine Tottenham to win and Under 3.5 goals in a double at 37/20.

Chelsea vs Nottingham Forest

The Tricky Trees scored two goals in the first four minutes against Man Utd a week ago. But despite that blistering start the game still ended in failure for Forest.

Can Steve Cooper’s side stay the course against a Chelsea side still fighting to demonstrate that the embarrassments, if not the excesses of last season are behind them?

The Blues enjoyed a fairly straightforward win over Luton last week, and will be hopeful of building a bit of momentum with a second win over beatable if spirited competition.

The visitors can take heart from the knowledge that they held this side to a 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge just four months ago. But has Pochettino already kickstarted the process of transforming his expensively assembled collection of players into a team properly worth getting excited about?

The jury’s still out for now. But BTTS at 10/11 looks a solid bet. We’re also happy to keep backing Taiwo Awoniyi, who is 3/1 to find the net any time – and has nine goals from his last seven appearances.

Man City vs Fulham

Fulham might have thwarted both of north London’s finest in the last week, but a trip to Manchester may prove too demanding even for Marco Silva’s merry band.

City have hardly been in untouchable mode this season, losing Pep Guardiola from the bench and Kevin De Bruyne from the team while generally doing enough, rather than a number on opponents. Yet they’ve taken three wins from three games.

The sense is that things can only get better for City – which is pretty worrying when the side are already doing fine. And with the Citizens having won their last 14 matches with the Cottagers, it would take a brave man to spy an upset in the works here, even with Fulham’s decent form.

In fact, this could be a game where City click; the side haven’t produced an emphatic scoreline at the Etihad yet this season, but this looks like a contender for a few goals.

Back City to win and Over 3.5 goals in a double at 21/20.

Brighton vs Newcastle

The Seagulls look to shake off last week’s surprise home defeat to West Ham, but Newcastle have their own demons to exorcise after last week’s loss to 10-man Liverpool. That despite having led for the majority of the match, only to see substitute Darwin Nunez score a late brace to bamboozle the Magpies.

Brighton were beaten 4-1 at St James’ Park by this side back in May, but when Newcastle have visited the Amex the action has generally been a little more restrained; four of the last five meetings have ended in low scoring draws.

If you think that pattern will continue here, the draw is a 3/1 shot. Alternatively, you could consider backing Anthony Gordon to score for the visitors; the former Everton man found the net against Liverpool last week, and has generally been lively in recent games. Gordon is 24/5 to find the net.

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