Arsenal vs Tottenham
Level on points and with each side having won four of their five league games to date, both teams are thriving as they prepare for this north London derby. Arsenal continue to grow in confidence, while Tottenham are enjoying their best start to a season since 1965.
And with Ange Postecoglou’s ambitious, attacking approach delighting Spurs supporters, this always fiercely contested game is unlikely to disappoint in terms of action. But can Big Ange buck a recent trend and inspire his side to an away win?
Tottenham haven’t won away against Arsenal since 2010 – and have taken victory just once in their last 30 away games against the Gunners. The last couple of meetings at the Emirates have ended 3-1, but even if it’s more competitive this time, goals seem a good bet. Over 3.5 is a 5/4 shot.
Brighton vs Bournemouth
Brighton’s first ever experience of European football didn’t bring the result Seagulls fans would have been hoping for.
Following Thursday’s chastening defeat to AEK Athens at the Amex, Roberto De Zerbi attempts to leave his Europa League travails behind him as Brighton turn their attentions to the Cherries.
The visitors are still looking for their first league win of the season; Brighton have won four of their opening five league games, most recently beating Man Utd 3-1 at Old Trafford.
Brighton won both meetings with this side in the previous season. And seeing as Bournemouth are without a win in their last nine league games, it’s difficult to see this ending in an upset.
Combining Brighton to win and over 3.5 goals in a double at 7/5 could make sense; it would have paid off in all four of the Seagulls’ previous league wins this season.
Chelsea vs Aston Villa
The presence of Mauricio Pochettino as a steady hand on the tiller hasn’t quite led to a new era of excellence at Chelsea just yet.
Despite countless millions being spent, the West London side have failed to score in their last two outings – against Forest and Bournemouth, neither team necessarily renowned for defensive excellence.
Now Unai Emery’s Villa take it to the Bridge. But will Chelsea fans be effusively declaring they feel good around 4pm on Sunday afternoon?
Based on their performances so far this season, Villa come up short against the league’s biggest sides, while running rings around the lesser lights. Determining which category Chelsea currently fall into is a conundrum, though.
The Blues currently sit 14th in the Prem, having finished 12th last season. After a couple of disheartening results against sides that seemed very beatable, this Chelsea side seem to be a long way from recapturing the might of the Abramovich era.
Once again, taking on Chelsea is appealing. Back Villa or the Draw in the double chance market at 49/50.
Liverpool vs West Ham
The Irons have had a pretty fine time of it of late, scoring victories against Chelsea and Brighton, and even taking the lead against Man City at the Etihad last time out.
Okay, so David Moyes’ side eventually lost 3-1 against City, but that understandable defeat aside it’s been an encouraging start to the season. Can the Irons make a game of it against Liverpool on Sunday?
Whatever the final outcome, it could be worth taking a punt on the visitors to take an early lead. They’ve scored first in all their league games so far this season, while Liverpool, oddly, have conceded first in three of their last four league games.
With that in mind, you might consider taking West Ham to be winning at half-time – that’s available at 24/5. Alternatively, Liverpool to win and BTTS Yes in a double gets you 29/20 – that’s a bet that would have paid out in three of Liverpool’s last four league games.
Sheffield United vs Newcastle
When Sheffield United visited Spurs last week, a total of 13 cards were shown, culminating in Ollie McBurnie’s sending off. In fact, the Blades have been shown a total of 17 cards this season – as have Newcastle.
The Magpies have also drawn more cards from opponents – again, 17 – than any other team in the Prem. It all suggests that whatever the result, referee Stuart Attwell will be busy on Sunday.
Sheffield United manager Paul Heckingbottom was vocal about referees last week; will he have further cause for complaint this weekend?
Given these two sides’ form when it comes to picking up cards, backing over 5.5 at 11/10 looks a decent prospect. That bet would have paid off in four of Newcastle’s last five league matches…
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