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.
His fancies for the televised games this weekend follow.
Watford vs Liverpool. Saturday 12:30 BT Sport
Watford like the to cause an upset when they play Liverpool. The Hornets hammered the Reds 3-0 in February, the same scoreline for Jürgen Klopp’s first visit to Vicarage Road.
Claudio Ranieri returns to the Premier League. The Watford board entrusts the former Chelsea boss with staving off relegation. Ranieri has been statistically better when playing Liverpool at home. But, the Italian coach isn’t punching with the weight of Chelsea behind him.
“Of all the managers who have faced the Reds at least five times at home, the Italian has the highest home win-rate against them in Premier League history (80 per cent).” So says the Premier League website.
Ranieri is confident of avoiding relegation.
“I am very happy to come back to the Premier League – one of the best leagues in the world. I am an ambitious man and I hope to bring Watford to safety at the end of the season and to also improve next season,” he told the Watford FC website.
The Reds’ 3-0 defeat last season ended a club-record 44-match unbeaten run. On Saturday, Klopp’s side must forget that defeat, maintain the only unbeaten start to the season, and get back to winning ways. After conceding five goals in two games, Liverpool surrendered the top league position after consecutive draws to Brentford and Manchester City.
Sadio Mane has scored 99 Premier League goals, and he could become the 3rd African player to reach a remarkable milestone of 100 goals in this league. William Hill offers odds of 11/8 for Mane as an anytime scorer. The Liverpool striker Mo Salah is the league’s joint top scorer with 6 goals.
Diogo Jota and Trent Alexander-Arnold could play on Saturday after they took part in full training at Melwood. I’m taking Liverpool to win this game 2-0, priced at 6-1 with Sky Bet and William Hill.
Brentford vs Chelsea Saturday 17:30 Sky Sports
With football, there are several success stories that stand out in my find. Sheffield Wednesday winning the League Cup in 1991 under Ron Atkinson. Leicester City winning the Premier League, and the rise of Brentford under Matthew Benham.
The price of success means the Bees get thrown into the lion’s cage. 7th placed Brentford have already played three London derbies in 7 games. Thomas Frank’s team came through those tests with 7 points, with wins against Arsenal and West Ham. Brentford held Palace to a 0-0 draw at Selhurst Park.
Chelsea have conceded three goals, and they will try to control midfield, limiting Brentford’s chances. Ivan Toney will need his scoring boots, because he won’t get too many opportunities against the meanest defence in the league.
Saturday afternoon will not be easy for Brentford. Under Thomas Tuchel, Chelsea are dangerous. The Blues are the league’s top scorers, and they have won all but two of their games.
Expect Tuchel to shuffle the pack this weekend. Romelu Lukaku could start from the bench, giving way to Timo Werner and Kai Havertz, who both scored for Germany in the international break.
I’m sticking my neck out here for Brentford to get a draw, priced at 11/4 with Paddy Power. Several bookies price Chelsea at 4/7 for the win, with Brentford at 11/2.
The above are the viewpoints of Jon Wozniak. As with all those of us keen on our football, we each have our own betting fancies.
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