After a long two weeks, the Premier League is back in action with a number of juicy games to tip up and try and make some money.
Here’s my five best bets of the weekend:
Tottenham v Liverpool, Sat, 12:45pm
The result of Jurgen Klopp’s first Liverpool match is anyone’s guess—seriously. The affable German has set about changing doubters into believers and is widely expected to trace out his high-press, intense attacking template over the club…but how soon will that take shape?
The “new manager bounce” is a phenomenon many fear, and Spurs fans will be wary that Klopp is just the sort of short-term boost the Reds need to grab a result at White Hart Lane. But the hosts have been very good of late too, and are probably the better side on paper in respect of Liverpool’s injury list.
Both Teams To Score — the coward’s way out here perhaps, but at the same time the most preemptable outcome.
Southampton v Leicester, Sat, 3pm
There have been three-plus goals scored in each of Southampton’s four home fixtures so far this season, and with Leicester City inbound there’s no reason to suspect that will change.
In the red corner, Graziano Pelle is in the form of his life and scores approximately 90 percent of his goals on the St. Mary’s Stadium turf, Dusan Tadic is actually fit and Sadio Mane is catching fire.
Meanwhile, over in the blue corner, Jamie Vardy (England international) is in impeccable form and Riyad Mahrez should come back into the XI.
These are two good teams who mesh together well for the sake of goals.
Saints dominate the ball and fashion cute chances using Pelle as a fulcrum, while the Foxes sweep any loose balls into the channels for Vardy to chase on the counter. It should be action-packed and full of goals.
Man City v Bournemouth, Sat 3pm
Kevin De Bruyne was our anytime goalscorer bet last week and it paid off, and with Sergio Aguero now ruled out for the next seven matches, someone is going to have to pick up the goalscoring slack.
Wilfried Bony hasn’t looked entirely at ease in the system so far—had he partnered Aguero regularly it would have been fine, but on his own his style doesn’t mesh well with the team—so he’s a dangerous horse to back. Kelechi Iheanacho is a proper No. 9 and a talented young man, but will he get the playing time?
It’s safer to back the £55 million Belgian, who has, remarkably, already got three goals and two assists in three starts.
Newcastle v Norwich, Sun, 4pm
Sunday’s only game sees Norwich City travel to troubled Newcastle United—a game which doesn’t scream “exciting,” but probably will serve up a decent spectacle.
There will be those who see this as the chance for the Magpies to wrestle their season back on track, but Norwich have to be seen as the favourites due to their form away from East Anglia (only one loss, vs. Southampton with 10 men) and the recent injury news troubling Steve McClaren.
Newcastle lost goalkeeper Tim Krul—a man almost solely responsible for one of the three points the club have actually won this season—to a season-long ACL injury during the international break. Daryl Janmaat is a doubt, revelation left-back Kevin Mbabu is struggling with a niggle and even second-choice shot-stopper Karl Darlow has an ankle ailment.
With the Magpies lacking confidence and bedding in a third-choice goalkeeper, this could easily turn into another disaster.
Swansea City v Stoke City, Mon, 8pm
Swansea haven’t registered a victory in four attempts, leading to a slight falter in their star’s expected trajectory into the night sky. The talk of them troubling the elite has faded and with good reason, but they’re still a formidable side—particularly at home—and have enough to overcome Stoke City.
Evens is a fantastic price to back the Swans at, who will enjoy several favourable matchups across the pitch in this contest. Jefferson Montero should have Glen Johnson on toast, the hosts are far superior in midfield and Ashley Williams will deal with any nastiness Jonathan Walters can throw his way.
Expect Garry Monk’s men to ease out of their own funk here.
Odds are provided at time of writing, please check your betslip to confirm they have not changed before betting.