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.
Crystal Palace versus Spurs 12:30 BT Sport
Spurs look to maintain their unbeaten run away to Patrick Vieira’s winless Palace. Nuno Espirito Santo’s side won each of their first three games 1-0. Harry Kane is close to full fitness after his summer break, and he’s been on the scoresheet with England.
Palace’s ability to score is a concern. Under Roy Hodgson, they found the back of the net 41 times in 38 games. The team are in transition under Vieira. He’s a manager who has promised the fans attacking football, according to a report in the Evening Standard. Midfielder Connor Gallagher has scored both of Eagle’s goals this season. Those goals came in the 2-2 draw with West Ham on the opening day of the season.
Viera watched his side have two shots on target in a 0-0 draw against Brentford at home. Things didn’t get any better when Palace played Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Palace had four attempts, with one shot on goal. Palace fans may have bought into Vieira’s vision and plan, but their patience won’t last.
Crystal Palace are investing in their academy, and Jesurun Rak-Sakyi is a player to watch. The 18-year-old midfielder scored for England U-18’s recently. Rak-Sakyi has made two Premier League appearances for the club.
I often wonder why some International fixtures are played. Nuno might be without Son for Saturday’s clash. The South Korean forward picked up an injury in a 0-0 draw with Iraq. Son has been instrumental for Spurs this season, scoring the winning goal in two of their opening three fixtures.
Stupidity often gets the better of professional footballers. Against Tottenham’s wishes, Giovani Lo Celso and Cristian Romero reported for international duty. In doing so, the pair breached Brazil’s quarantine laws. After five minutes, officials called off the match between Argentina and Brazil in Sao Paulo. (Aston Villa’s keeper is also in bother).
Despite the shenanigans in South America, Tottenham have too much talent for Palace. Palace haven’t beaten Spurs in the Premier League in five attempts. I don’t see them getting any points in this game. Personally speaking, I’m taking odds of 7/1 for a Tottenham 2-0 win.
Chelsea Versus Aston Villa 17:30 Sky Sports
Villa won at home when the sides last met, but Chelsea are playing at a higher level this season. I’ve been impressed with Thomas Tuchel. The former Borussia Dortmund manager has got his side playing really well. When we last had Premier League action, the European Champions looked in control at Anfield, until the referee sent Reece James off. For handball. Tuchel’s side came away with a 1-1 draw, but they looked like the best team on the day.
The price Chelsea paid for Romelu Lukaku seems inflated, but he’s the missing piece to the club’s forward line. The Belgian forward is off the mark on his return to England, and Paddy Power price him at 4/6 as an anytime scorer. Chelsea’s new signing Saul Niguez is poised to make his debut.
Chelsea’s talent seems endless. Italian midfielder Jorginho is playing consistently well in Chelsea’s midfield. Villa have their work cut out to stop him from creating chances for the Chelsea frontline.
On Sunday, Tyrone Mings enjoyed another clean sheet for England, his 12th in total. The Villa defender will do well to come away from Stamford Bridge without conceding. Villa lost Jack Grealish in the summer, and despite picking up four points in three games, it’s difficult to see how they can come away from this game with a positive result.
I am not tempted to back Chelsea to win by four or five, because they’re likely to take their foot off the gas in a game they should dominate. Most bookies price the Blues at 1/4 to win the game. Sky Bet and Paddy Power offer odds of 13/2 for a 3-0 home win.
Leeds United versus Liverpool 16:30 Sky Sports
The Leeds faithful won’t like this, but I’m still waiting for the wheels to fall off at Elland Road. Leeds have scored four and conceded eight, as they enter week 4 without a win.
Because of the high-scoring games between these two sides, this is a fixture for the neutrals, and my preferred fixture for the weekend. Leeds made the Reds work hard for a 4-3 victory at Anfield last season. Both sides shared a 1-1 draw at Elland Road.
Regular readers to this blog will know how much I value strength in depth. Liverpool’s regular strikers are in form. Mo Salah’s next goal will be his 100th in the Premier League. Reaching the 100 goal milestone is a remarkable achievement. The club are talking with Salah’s agent to pen a new deal. At 29-years-old neutrals may question that decision for a player whose current contract doesn’t expire until 2023.
Jürgen Klopp’s side have had a lot of success with Salah on the pitch. Against Chelsea, Liverpool looked at their best when Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold linked up on the right-wing. Alexander-Arnold is one of my favourite Premier League players. His versatility and desire to win games reminds me of Steven Gerrard. I’ve been waiting for Klopp to announce that Alexander-Arnold is their permanent starting right-winger.
Liverpool won’t want to give up any ground to Man City and Chelsea. This is a must win game for Klopp’s side. Bet 365 and Paddy Power price Leeds at 7/2 for the win. Paddy Power offer 4/6 for a Liverpool win, with several bookies offering a price of 3/1 for the draw.
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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