Jon Wozniak concentrates on those Premier League matches being covered on live television.
What follows are his thoughts about those games and the bets he fancies in them. They will often differ from Vernon’s own football tips which anyone subscribing to VG Tips on a monthly or annual basis can receive by signing up to VG Tips by clicking on this link.
Jon likes sticking his neck out and look for something at a big price. His fancies for the televised games this weekend follow that pattern.
Manchester City versus Arsenal 12:30 BT Sport
Saturday’s meeting between Manchester City and Arsenal will be the 49th in the Premier League era. Arsenal edge the head-to-head with 23 wins to City’s 15, but they don’t have a chance in this game. I’m not sure what Mikel Arteta’s plan is for the Gunners, but he had better figure one out quickly. Arsenal have conceded twice in each of their first two games, without scoring.
Arteta’s side had 35 per cent possession against Chelsea (Premier League website). I expect them to get overrun against an elite Manchester City attacking line. My biggest concern for Arsenal is their attack. They had a meagre six shots at home, that’s not good enough in the Premier League.
Manchester City opened up their home campaign with the 5-0 demolition of newly promoted Norwich City. Pep Guardiola’s side are 2/7 favourites for this game. Those odds aren’t worth betting on. I’ve been feeling brave of late, and you’ll get odds of 12/1 with Bet 365 for a 4-0 home win, that’s what I’m going with.
Jack Grealish scored on his home debut, and several bookies price Grealish at 9/5 as an anytime scorer.
Liverpool versus Chelsea 17:30 Sky Sports
It’s the 59th Premier League game between both clubs. This is a game between two title contenders who have started with two wins, and two clean sheets. The dual between Virgil van Dijk and Romelu Lukaku is one to watch.
Thomas Tuchel lacked a potent striker, hence why Chelsea signed Lukaku. Jürgen Klopp has four extremely talented centre backs at his disposal. I expect the Liverpool gaffer to stick with the pairing of Joel Matip and van Dijk.
Andy Robertson is in contention for a return to the Liverpool line-up. Robertson is highly influential because of his ability to create chances. The Scotland International has penned a new deal with the club.
Take notice of Liverpool’s midfield, because Klopp has used two different trios in two games. Jordan Henderson’s return to the starting XI is a boost. Teenager Harvey Elliot played brilliantly against Burnley, but I’m not sure if Klopp is bold enough to start him on Saturday.
Liverpool’s attackers have all scored this season. Diogo Jota is the man in form, with two goals, but Mo Salah also looks sharp.
Chelsea will fancy their chances in this game, and a draw wouldn’t be a poor result. Speaking on the club’s official website, Tuchel spoke of his happiness with the current squad.
Reece James is in excellent form for the Blues. The 21-year-old had an assist and scored in Sunday’s 2-0 win at Arsenal. Paddy Power price Lukaka at 7/5 as anytime scorer.
Chelsea won the corresponding fixture last season, but Klopp and the Anfield crowd could be the difference in this game. I’m backing Liverpool to win 2-1, priced at 10/1 with Sky Bet.
Burnley versus Leeds United 2pm Sky Sports
This is only the third time Burnley and Leeds have met in the Premier League era. Leeds hammered the Clarets 4-0 when the sides last met at Turf Moor.
Sean Dyche’s team can’t seem to buy a win in the league, they’ve lost their last five in a row. They’ve conceded 12 goals in the unwanted run of defeats. Dyche added Wayne Hennessey and Nathan Collins to the squad, but the club operates on a strict financial model, meaning they won’t pay over the odds for players.
Leeds picked up a draw last weekend against Everton. That point will give the team some belief, after an opening day 5-1 thrashing at Old Trafford. I wrote about Leeds being over achievers last season. They may well prove me wrong, but if they are to, these are the games they need to win.
The visitors are 6/5 favourites with most bookies to win this fixture, with Burnley priced at 5/2.
Wolves versus Manchester United 4:30pm Sky Sports
Wolves look lost without Nuno Espírito Santo in the dugout. Two defeats in two games aren’t ideal preparations for the visit of Manchester United, and Wolves are yet to score in this campaign.
Raul Jimenez returned to action last week, after his long layoff. Paddy Power offer odds of 9/5 for Jimenez as an anytime scorer.
Despite having 63 percent possession on Sunday, United were held to a 1-1 draw at Southampton. Big money signing Jadon Sancho made a second half appearance in that game. The bookies price Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side at 4/5 for the win. Odds of 8/1 with Bet 365 look more appealing for a 0-2 United win.