PREMIER LEAGUE OUTRIGHTS
Manchester City @ 6/5
Chelsea @ 11/4
Liverpool @ 4/1
Manchester United @ 15/2
Tottenham @ 33/1
Leicester @ 80/1
Entering the third round of fixtures, things are beginning to take shape; five teams are still point-less, four teams are yet to find the back of the net, and West Ham can’t stop scoring! This week gives us a glimpse of the infamous European Super League, with four of the six teams that broke away for all of 48 hours, facing off …I’m sure Florentino Perez will be tuning in! The highlight is without doubt Chelsea’s visit to Liverpool, where all eyes will be on the huge tussle between the unstoppable force – Romelu Lukaku, and the immovable object – Virgil van Dijk.
MANCHESTER CITY vs ARSENAL, Saturday August 28th, 12:30pm
Mikel Arteta enters his reunion with ex-mentor Pep Guardiola a clear favourite to be the first Premier League manager to face the chop. A 6-0 drubbing of West Brom in midweek in the Cup, featuring a Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang hat-trick on his return to the side threatened to paper of the cracks somewhat. However, last weekend’s bullying at the hands of Romelu Lukaku was far from ideal, and Arsenal’s league performances must improve. Defeat against the Champions on Saturday would make it three league defeats in a row to start the season for the first time in 67 years. It could be another unwanted record for Arteta …
Speculation has continued to surround Man City this summer. Having missed out on number one target, Harry Kane, Guardiola will have to grin and bare it with only the likes of Jesus, Mahrez, Sterling, Torres and Grealish to play with. The latter scored his first goal for City last week in their customary 5-0 battering of Norwich and Grealish will look to run riot against the vulnerable Gunners this weekend. Whilst City have struggled against Arsenal in the Cup competitions in recent years, their league record is immaculate, winning all eight of the previous eight league meetings between the two.
Jack Grealish to score anytime and Manchester City to win @ 3/1
LIVERPOOL vs CHELSEA, Saturday August 28th, 5:30pm
After perfect starts, both Klopp and Tuchel will be confident their sides can give Man City a much more competitive title race this year. Hosts Liverpool are back with a full-strength squad and Virgil van Dijk’s presence cannot be overstated. He is crucial to the confidence of Liverpool’s team and his calmness and poise at the back allows Trent Alexander-Arnold to bomb on and join the likes of Mo Salah and Diogo Jota further forward, who have both been on target already this year. Skipper Jordan Henderson is also back calling the shots, solidifying the Reds’ 3-man midfield, which Klopp will be hoping can overrun Chelsea’s midfield duo on Saturday.
Chelsea however will not be easy to brush aside. Romelu Lukaku’s impact was evident after just minutes last weekend, where poor Pablo Mari was given a footballing lesson. Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Reece James looked thrilled to have the big target man to run off and were regularly looking to swing dangerous crosses into the box for the Belgian to attack. Under Tuchel, Chelsea have developed into a clinical and well-organised outfit that are very difficult to beat.
Saturday will give us a huge indication of what we should expect from these two sides this year. Are Liverpool back to their old best with their returning stars? Can Chelsea follow up their Champions League success with a serious title tilt, under a brilliant manager and their ever-improving squad? Things will become a lot clearer come Saturday evening.
Mo Salah OR Romelu Lukaku to score anytime @ 11/10
WOLVES vs MANCHESTER UTD, Sunday August 29th, 4:30pm
For United, Mason Greenwood really does look classy. His pace and finishing are so impressive and Solskjær will hope he has a big season ahead of him. Of course, having Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho and Paul Pogba’s distribution behind him is a huge bonus, whilst Raphael Varane could make his debut and kickstart an exciting defensive partnership with Harry Maguire. Don’t forget a certain Cristiano Ronaldo is still set to come into this team …With the talent at Solskjær’s disposal, anything other than a serious title challenge can be seen as a failure this year. United’s struggles in the ‘low-key’ games have been their undoing in recent times and they’ll be keen to avoid a slip up on Sunday, following dropped points at Southampton last weekend.
Wolves on the other hand are still looking for their first points of the season, following narrow 1-0 defeats to both Leicester and Tottenham. Bruno Lage’s side mustn’t be underestimated, however. They are difficult to break down, will have plenty of the ball through Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho in the midfield, and offer a threat up top through the likes of Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore, despite transfer speculation surrounding the latter.
Bruno Fernandes, Mason Greenwood OR Paul Pogba to score first @ 11/4