Leicester City v Crystal Palace
The King Power stadium opens its doors this Saturday lunchtime where lacklustre Leicester host Crystal Palace. Pressure is almost unbearable for Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers, who is by far the bookies favourite to be shown the door next.
I think everyone thought that Leicester was turning a corner when they picked up their first win of the season in a convincing 4-0 victory over fellow strugglers Nottingham Forest at the start of the month but since lost 2-1 away to Bournemouth – in a game where they took the lead inside the opening 10 minutes through Daka but lacked the quality to see it through and pick up anything from the game.
Looking ahead to this fixture, it’s a similar story for the visitors who have failed to collect 3 points from any of the games where they’ve scored first – including games against Manchester City and Liverpool. Although managed to seal all 3 points last week, coming from behind to beat Leeds United.
Goals haven’t been a problem for Leicester this season, in fact only 6 sides in the Premier League have scored more goals than rock bottom Leicester (15). It’s defensively that is the major issue, conceding 24 already averaging 1.5 per game.
If Leicester are to get anything from this one, they’ll be relying (once again) on James Maddison to provide a bit of quality, with 5 goals and 2 assists to his name, Maddison is the only shining light coming from Leicester now.
Palace have only kept one clean sheet in their last 5 and both teams have found the back of the net in this fixture in their last 4 meetings which is why BTTS looks very appealing once again, in this one.
Tottenham Hotspur v Everton
Spurs look to build on their midweek victory in the Champions League and collect another 3 points against Everton on Saturday evening. Conte’s men scored 3 first half goals to secure a vital 3 points in their group. Plenty of positives to take back into the domestic campaign… Heung Min Son is starting to rediscover his unbelievable form from last season and after picking up 2 of Tottenham’s 3 goals in the week, he will be full of confidence coming into this one.
As for the visitors, last weekend’s defeat to Manchester United was their first in 5 games (2W, 2D, 1L). Lampard’s team currently sit in 12th with 2 victories to their name which came in GW8 & 9.
This fixture was a walk in the park for Spurs last season, completing a 5-0 demolition of Lampard’s men – although Everton were unbeaten in the 3 games before that (1W, 2D) so they will take a little bit of hope from results gone by.
The Toffee’s are currently conceding at least once per game this season and with Spurs finding the net in their last 14 Premier League games, averaging just under 2.4 goals per game. It’s safe to say that there is a strong possibility of this continuing.
Just a single loss to Tottenham’s record so far this season, coming against bitter rivals Arsenal in a 3-1 defeat at the beginning of the month but an instant response last week in their 1-0 victory over Brighton pushed the London side up to 3rd place.
I struggle to see where Everton’s goals are coming from and averaging just 0.89 goals per game it’s hard to bet on anything other than a Tottenham victory in this one. I expect Harry Kane and Heung Min Son to take the headlines come Saturday night.
Manchester United v Newcastle United
It’s a battle between 5th and 6th in this one with an opportunity for Newcastle to move up to 4th if results go their way this weekend.
Manchester United come into this one with 6 first team players missing through injuries etc… As for Newcastle, its touch and go on whether summer signing Isak will be fit enough to feature.
The Red Devils have picked up 12 points from a possible 15 in their last 5 games and will be desperate to add another 3 to that tally come Sunday evening but Eddie Howe’s side are a force to be reckoned with this season – losing only once at the hands of Liverpool (2-1). Since then, 2 draws and 2 wins has seen Newcastle climb up the table and with their impressive defensive capabilities, where they have managed 3 clean sheets and kept the average down to 1 goal conceded per game in comparison to United’s 1.63 per game. It’s not just defensively where Newcastle have been superior to Untied it’s also in the final third, scoring 1.89 goals per game compared to United’s 1.63 shows that they are starting to compete with the rest of the league.
New signing Anthony will want to continue his impressive start to life in England, the Brazilian has scored in each of his 3 games for The Red Devils and given United that spark going forward that they missed in the opening game weeks.
It’s a tough one to call here… United have scored 16 goals in their last 5 meetings with The Magpies but both sides have found the net in all 5 of those games and I expect that trend to continue – with maybe even a cheeky double chance for Newcastle at 4/5 looking tasty for some punters.
Liverpool v Manchester City
Two of the Premier League giants clash at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Liverpool host Manchester City in what is set to be yet another entertaining affair between the pair. The Reds arrive into this in varying league form but did run riot in midweek in Glasgow. They ran out 7-1 winners at Ibrox in the Champions League, with Mo Salah hitting a hat trick in a record breaking six minutes time. Confidence will be oozing after this but as a team, they’ll have to be at their very best to gain points here against the reigning champions. In the Premier League they remain unbeaten on their home patch, winning three times and drawing twice. Opponents Manchester City also had a midweek fixture, returning with a point from Copenhagen in a rare 0-0. However, back in the Premier League, the Citizens are unbeaten in their nine games played and sit in 2nd position behind Arsenal. This game against Liverpool will be a chance to put down a serious marker in their quest of becoming champions once again!
Although the home side have been struggling to string a set of results together thus far, their home record is excellent. One thing to note is for this selection we just need to see them hit the back of the net. This is something that’s been achieved in a staggering 27 games in a row in the league. So, there’s every reason to believe this will become 28 come Sunday night! In the recent H2H matches against City, we’ve seen BTTS return a winner in 9 of the last 10 in all competitions too. Goals, goals, goals are expected by the vast majority and I’m on board with these assumptions. The main man has surprisingly been Roberto Firmino, the Brazilian has netted six times in the previous five PL matches. He could well find himself on the scoresheet again if given the nod in attack. Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota and Mo Salah are all pushing for a start themselves and all offer serious attacking threats. Most notably the Egyptian, who as mentioned, was in blistering scoring form midweek and will be hoping to kick start his goal scoring in the PL.
The free scoring Sky Blues have been on fire in front of goal, currently averaging a whopping 3.66 goals per 90 minutes. This is now over a sustained period, having played nine games in the season so far. Not only this, City have scored in 18 games on the spin the league and their in-form striker Erling Haaland has been unstoppable. He’s odds on to score himself with all the bookmakers and that’s only one player, never mind the rest! The Norwegian was given the night off during the week and will be all guns blazing come Sunday afternoon. As a team, nine different players have notched in total, Phil Foden the best of the rest with six goals scored. Of course, this fixture against Liverpool is likely to test City to the maximum but I believe they have more than enough firepower to get the goal we need in relation to the BTTS selection.
With all the statistics pointing to goals in this encounter, I’m more than happy to side with pick of both teams to score here.
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