West Ham v Man Utd: West Ham (+1)
West Ham’s midfield problems are sorted and they look very dangerous going forward, with Anderson and Yarmolenko out wide and Arnautovic up top. Good results against Everton and Chelsea plus all the United drama means this looks like a good bet.
West Ham v Man Utd: Arnautovic First Goalscorer
Since joining West Ham, he has scored about 33% of their goals while on the pitch, and also has three in his last 4four starts for West Ham.
Apparently Mourinho wanted to sign him but Hammers are lucky to have him.
Nap of weekend: Wolves to beat Southampton
Under Nuno Espirito Santo, Wolves have only lost two out of 30 games at home (albeit most have been in the Championship), and Joe Hart says they are the best newly promoted side he has played against. They played well against Man City and United, and dominated Burnley at home last day out.
Southampton welcome Ings back which is a big plus but still do not offer enough going forward. Wolves to win this.
3pm Saturday Treble
Man City v Brighton: Under 2.5 goals
Brighton conceded exactly two goals in five of their six games so far, were 2-0 down in their last three games and came back to 2-2 in two of them, and also nearly got a 2-2 against Spurs last week.
They do not give up easily and will not roll over if a goal or two behind.
Man City have a big game in Europe the following week against Hoffenheim, so we think City will win but shut up shop and get ready for their European travels.
Newcastle v Leicester: Both Teams To Score
Leicester are the BTTS specialist. They topped the table for this last season, and it also clicked in their last four league games.
Similarly, it clicked in three of four for Newcastle, who have scored against Tottenham, Man City, Chelsea and Arsenal already this season, but not Cardiff.
Also have a look at the next manager to be sacked market as both will be under pressure/could walk/sacked if they lose. But BTTS looks a good bet.
Wolves to beat Southampton
As outlined above.
Chelsea v Liverpool: Liverpool to Win
Liverpool have won first their first seven games for the first time in their history, and they’ve had some decent teams!
Jorginho won’t get the time or space to get in his 10,000 passes, and Morata and Giroud have only one goal between this season. A lot of their chances are falling to Kante, who isn’t known for his finishing, whereas Liverpool have goal threats from everywhere.
Hazard scored a worldie in the league cup but should have saved it for the big game Saturday night.
Chelsea v Liverpool: Mane First Goalscorer
Salah was phenomenal last season, but he is taking up too much of the goalscorer market as a result.
Liverpool’s goals should be more evenly distributed this season.
Mane already has four so get on him to score first.
Cardiff v Burnley: Burnley to Win
Cardiff are as bad as we expected. Burnley, out of Europa League, can now get back to doing what they do best: keeping clean sheets and winning games that maybe they shouldn’t (Bournemouth hit the bar at 0-0 last week, were the better side but Burnley won 4-0).
Cardiff v Burnley: Tarkowski anytime goalscorer
Vydra got 21 goals for Derby in the Championship last season, and whether its Barnes/Vokes/Wood up top he will benefit from coming on to their knock downs and score a few goals this season.
But I am going for the centre-back Tarkowski to popup with a goal. He’s Burnley’s (joint) top goalscorer this season with two!
Cardiff were letting the likes of Leroy Sane win headers from set-pieces last weekend, so would expect Tarkowski to be able to get his head on a few and bury one.
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace: Match Result – Draw
Bournemouth have had a good start to the season. They were unlucky at Burnley last week, hitting the bar at 0-0, and Eddie Howe was happy with their second half performance.
Palace are very good defensively, especially with Sakho and Tomkins at the back. Tomkins was missing for a few games but was back last week.
Both teams meeting expectations and are rated similar too so back the draw!
Bournemouth v Crystal Palace: Milivojevic Anytime Goalscorer
Palace’s starting XI last week, only Zaha had scored this season.
Milivojevic scored 10 goals last season. He is on penalties and takes the odd free kick. Bournemouth have given away two penalties in last two home games (Leicester in the league, Blackburn in the cup).
So if someone other than Zaha is going to score for Palace, then Milivojevic is a bet.