Goals galore at Carrow Road and more top Premier League betting
Every week BetBright columnist Sam Tighe provides his rundown ahead of the Premier League weekend, picking out a goal fest, an underdog victory, an anytime goalscorer and a both teams to score prospect…
Goals Goals & More Goals (Over 3.5): Norwich City vs. Leicester City (15/8)Add to betslip
Through seven Premier League games, neither Norwich City nor Leicester City have managed a clean sheet between them. The former produce good attacking football at the expense of defensive solidity, while the latter are fortunate that Riyad Mahrez is shining so brightly barely anyone is focusing on the frankly hilarious efforts of Wes Morgan and Robert Huth so far.
As this season has illustrated, Claudio Ranieri has opted to play wide-open and out-score opponents. With Mahrez and Jamie Vardy in irrepressible form and a gameplan that releases both into space on the counter with frequency, you’d be mad not to expect at least two goals from any game the Foxes play at the moment. In fact, they’ve managed that in five of their seven games so far—that’s half your battle right there.
Norwich are in a position to pick at the space left over, with Wes Hoolahan in superb form and Nathan Redmond a true threat in an end-to-end game. Expect exactly that.
The Biggest Upset of the Week: Watford Win At Bournemouth (27/10)Add to betslip
News of Callum Wilson’s torn ACL and resulting six-plus months out has been greeted with doom and gloom; many are now revising their relegation predictions, adding the Cherries into their projected bottom threes. They’ve been incredibly unlucky—Wilson is the third key man they’ve lost inside the first two months of the new campaign.
It’s very likely Wilson’s goals will be missed and his absence increases the likelihood Eddie Howe’s men go down. What’s even likelier, though, is that the short-term knock to the club’s confidence ahead of this weekend’s game leaves them ripe for turning over at home.
AFC Bournemouth’s home form hasn’t been amazing—the only win is against Sunderland, while the opening-day loss to Aston Villa is looking more and more anomalous as the weeks go by—and Wilson accounts for more than 50 percent of their nine league goals so far. They’ll miss him, and Watford are poised to take advantage.
On Target: Kevin De Bruyne, Manchester City (5/6)Add to betslip
This is hardly a punt, given Kevin De Bruyne has scored in each of his two Premier League games so far, but at 5/6 it looks like decent value.
Manchester City have looked wholly unconvincing for the last two weeks, but a bright spark can be found in their new disgracefully expensive Belgian playmaker. De Bruyne is the master of finding and manipulating space, drifting laterally to occupy pockets defensive midfielders didn’t even know existed, and he’s a player you can rely upon to make an impact even against an opposing side utilising a low defensive block.
Given the torturous scorelines Newcastle United have been on the end of at the Etihad Stadium in the last few years, you can near-guarantee they’ll be sitting in and trying to work the counter. At times City have struggled against that, but in De Bruyne, they have a man who is untrackable when in the mood and should be in the right place at the right time to convert a chance.
Both Teams to Score: Aston Villa vs. Stoke (5/6)Add to betslip
Tim Sherwood doesn’t believe in clean sheets, and it’s starting to look like Mark Hughes has joined the same church group. Aston Villa and Stoke City’s strengths lie in their attacking prowess—Adama Traore, Jack Grealish, Xherdan Shaqiri and Bojan are all in contention to take to the field—with solidity further back a definitive afterthought as a result.
There’s a distinct chance Jack Butland has another world-class game—the young Bristolian has been incredible since stepping into Asmir Begovic’s large shoes between the Potters’ sticks—but even so, Stoke have struggled to keep clean sheets. Without Ryan Shawcross they seem unusually unorganised at the back.
Villa, meanwhile, are utilising a rotating cast of underwhelming right-backs and pursuing with Joleon Lescott despite starting his B6 career very poorly. This one screams BTTS.
Fancy all these bets? Then get the Acca at 31/1 – easy money!
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