Jon Wozniak concentrates on those Premier League matches being covered on live television.
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Jon Wozniak writes:-
The Premier League season got off to a flying start when Brentford defeated Arsenal 2-0. The Bees deserved their win and I’d like to call it an upset, but as I wrote last week, I didn’t fancy Arsenal’s chances. Arsenal are in trouble, especially in front of goal.
For this weekend I begin with Saturday’s early kick-off at Anfield.
Liverpool v Burnley (12:30 BT Sport)
If you thought Liverpool’s lack of transfer activity is a club blunder, think again. The Reds barely reached fourth gear at Carrow Road. Virgil van Dijk, back from injury, impressed with the ball at his feet. According to the Premier League’s official website, the Dutchman completed more passes than any other player. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mo Salah had acres of space on the right and Burnley must prepare for a similar line-up at Anfield. Jürgen Klopp may recall skipper Jordan Henderson to the starting XI.
Salah set a league record by scoring in the first game of the season for the fifth year running. The Egyptian King looks in great form and several bookies price Salah at 4/9 as an anytime goal scorer.
Burnley won the corresponding fixture 0-1 in 2020. Bet Victor is offering odds of 40/1 for the same scoreline. Sean Dyche’s team lost 2-1 at Home to Brighton last weekend, that’s their 4th Premier League defeat in five. It could be a long season for Burnley. Those who read Vernon’s season-long football predictions will know that, pre-season, the bookies priced Burnley at 6/1 for relegation.
Klopp’s side have won their last five, and with Salah and Roberto Firmino looking sharp, I’m taking odds of a 10/1 for the Reds to win 4-0, with Bet365.
Brighton and Hove Albion v Watford. Saturday 5.30 pm (Sky Sports)
Brighton is a great ground to visit, especially in the warmer months. Watford haven’t won there in their last three attempts. Despite both teams winning their opening games, I fancy a 2-2 draw to wrap up a wonderful afternoon of top-flight action. Watford gave away two late goals in the win against Villa.
Sometimes you get a feeling about a game, and Bet365 will give you odds of 20/1 for the 2-2 scoreline. Vernon feels Watford could prop up the Premier League. That may be the case, but they’ll put up a good fight. Brighton and Watford drew 1-1 last February.
Southampton versus Manchester United Sunday 2pm (Sky Sports)
This fixture has produced several memorable games. Do you remember the score when the two sides last met? United ran out 9-0 winners at Old Trafford. In 1996, United, under Alex Ferguson lost 6-3 at the Dell. Southampton led by the brilliant Matt Le Tissier saw off a richly talented side on that day.
I am not suggesting United will win 9-0 on Sunday, but Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s side are playing well. United blew Leeds away 5-1 last Saturday, but the hosts could well have scored more. Bruno Fernandes scored a hat-trick, with Paul Pogba assisting with four of United’s goals.
Why am I mentioning something you probably already know? Well, Ralph Hasenhüttl has a few days to figure out how to stop United running riot at St Mary’s Stadium.
The Saints have lost three consecutive Premier League games, and I am certain that run will extend to four games. You can get odds of 3/5 for an away win. The bookies do not fancy Southampton in this fixture, priced at 9/2. The hosts had better be at their best, otherwise things could get embarrassing for them.
Arsenal v Chelsea 4:30pm (Sky Sports)
The Gunners haven’t lost to Chelsea in three Premier League fixtures, but I don’t think that trend will contine. I’m taking Chelsea at 7/1 with Sky Bet to come away with a 2-1 win. In years gone by, this was a fixture with lots of intensity. Remember Kanu running riot against Chelsea’s back four?
Mikel Arteta will be the first big name casualty of the 2021/22 Premier League season. Arsenal were once the master of the transfer market. Today, I see them as a transitional club for players hoping to make their mark at the very top. Arsenal edge this fixture with 22 wins to 19 in the Premier League era, but I expect Chelsea to claw back a victory at The Emirates.
West Ham United v Leicester City 8pm (SkySports)
David Moyes has done a fantastic job at West Ham. The Hammers twice came from behind to beat Newcastle 4-2 at St James’ Park. Michail Antonio is unplayable on his day, and the former Reading and Sheffield Wednesday winger deserved his MOTM performance. England’s Declan Rice operates at the heart of West Ham’s midfield engine. He’s a player with a brilliant future. The Hammers are unbeaten in four league games.
Since returning to English football, Brendan Rodgers has won the FA Cup and Community Shield with Leicester City. The Foxes lost both games last season, by scores of 3-2 and 3-0. Veteran Jamie Vardy provides the visitors with their primary threat.
Add in the ingredients of Monday’s visitors to the London Stadium, and you have the formula for a fantastic game of football. Paddy Power price West Ham at 6/4 favourites, with Leicester also priced at 6/4 with Sky Bet. This is a game I’m interested in, but I won’t be placing a bet on. Monday’s game features two sides able to snatch victory on their day against any side in the league. I am not sure which team will celebrate the three points.
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Jon’s own personal bets for other matches this weekend include:-
Manchester City to beat Norwich City 3-0 at odds of 6/1.
Aston Villa v Newcastle United draw at 11/4.
Crystal Palace v Brentford. I believe Thomas Frank’s side will take last Friday night’s momentum to South London and snatch a 2-1 victory at 11/1 with Bet365. Watch Frank Onyeka on Match of the Day, he’s going to be a great signing for Brentford.
Leeds United v Everton. Say what you like about Rafa Benitez, but he knows his onions. Both sides shared the spoils last season, each winning on the road. I’m taking Everton to continue that trend with a narrow victory. The bookies fancy Leeds at 5/4, but I’m feeling confident with odds of 2/1 for a win by Rafa’s men.
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