Premier League preview: Saturday’s action including Brighton vs Tottenham
Bournemouth vs Leicester
Christ on a bike, Bournemouth have scored zero goals in their last three home games! That’s concerning, right? Meanwhile, Leicester may well have rebuilt some confidence after battering Nottingham Forest 4-0 on Monday night.
A Foxes win then? As previously noted, Leicester haven’t had problems scoring this season, finding the net twice in three of their four away games in the Prem. There’s little reason to believe the Cherries will suddenly burst into life on Saturday afternoon, so backing Leicester at 11/10 does seem a reasonable shout.
James Maddison may continue his fine scoring record, too; he’s netted three times in his last two appearances, and is 5/2 to score at the Vitality stadium.
Chelsea vs Wolves
Chelsea might still be figuring things out under their new manager, but at least they’ve got a manager. Wolves parted ways with Bruno Lage after their defeat to West Ham at the weekend.
Happily for the Wolverhampton club, the preferred replacement for Lage, Julen Lopetegui, has just been sacked by Sevilla. Which does make you wonder why Lopetegui is the preferred replacement…
In any case, the immediate future looks somewhat perilous for the Old Gold, who have scored three goals all season, just once on the road. It seems unlikely that Diego Costa’s arrival is set to galvanise the side. The new signing looked lacking in fitness when he came on as a sub against the Irons.
It would be a surprise if the hosts can’t see off this opposition, then. Chelsea kept a clean sheet against an uninspired AC Milan side as they won 3-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday – that’s the first time they’ve prevented the opposition scoring since the opening day of the season.
With Graham Potter seemingly on the right track with his new side, Wolves’ woes suggest backing the Blues to win to nil could pay off. That bet offers odds of 11/10.
Man City vs Southampton
Southampton have lost four of their last five games, and Ralph Hasenhuttl is rumoured to be the next Premier League manager for the chop.
Meanwhile, Man City have racked up 29 goals so far in this campaign. Under the circumstances, it’s probably worth recalling that the Saints have already suffered two 9-0 defeats during Ralph’s tenure.
For the visitors, will this be a similarly brutal afternoon at the Etihad? Well, the 9-0 is a 180/1 shot. But perhaps City’s busy slate will limit the damage. Pep Guardiola may prefer to get the job done without his side expending unnecessary energy.
Still, Erling Haaland is clearly having a whale of a time right now. Even if he gets only 45 minutes here, as he did midweek, that could be enough to do some damage. The Norwegian has scored a brace of first-half goals in his last two matches.
Haaland’s astonishing performances to date mean you’ll only get 7/4 on him to score twice here, though. One way to get a bigger price could be to back him to score within the first 14.59 minutes, which is a 4/1 shot; he scored in the 7th minute against Copenhagen, after all…
Newcastle vs Brentford
Newcastle gave Fulham a proper working over a week ago; can the Magpies maintain that momentum against Thomas Frank’s team?
Perhaps not. The Bees have recorded some eye-catching wins already in this campaign, but they’ve also lost just one of their four away matches. The other three ended in draws – as have five of Newcastle’s league games so far in this campaign.
It all sounds pretty well set up for another honours even affair on Saturday afternoon then; the draw is a 14/5 shot. Don’t discount Newcastle’s Callum Wilson from scoring, though; in four matches he’s found the net three times, and is 5/4 to score against Brentford.
Brighton vs Tottenham
After defeat to Arsenal last weekend, Spurs had to settle for a goalless draw against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Antonio Conte’s side are still third in the Premier League table for now – but Brighton are hot on their heels, just three points back in fourth place.
The Seagulls have experienced a change in manager, but it doesn’t seem to have done them much harm. New man Roberto De Zerbi oversaw a rollicking 3-3 draw at Anfield in his debut game in charge.
At the Amex, against a Spurs side that have scored one goal in their last three away games in all competitions, Brighton are entitled to fancy their chances.
Then again, De Zerbi teams have a reputation for conceding goals as well scoring them. And if Kane, Son and co are given a bit of space, the home win is hardly inevitable. Better, perhaps, to back over 3.5 goals, which is available at 23/10…
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