Free-spending Chelsea and dethroned champions Manchester City are both in action on Saturday as they look to return to winning ways in the Premier League.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace – 1:30pm
Chelsea are on a bit of a wobbly old run. They slipped up on penalties in cup action during the week after battling back from 0-3 to earn a point against the promoted West Brom. They have added a new goalkeeper, Edouard Mendy, but will be enough to shore up a shakey defence? Or will Frank Lampard spend even more in a bid to bolster his backline. Crystal Palace are well poised to cause their London rivals some issues but in order to do so, they will have to overturn a very poor historical record against the Blues.
Suggested bet: Both teams to score at 1.85
Everton vs Brighton – 4pm
In the last five contests between these two outfits, the home side have prevailed. That’s 3-2 to Everton, who start on Saturday in third albeit with only goal difference separating Leicester and crosstown rivals Liverpool as the only three clubs with a perfect record through three matches.
The big threat for Brighton is how freely Dominic Calvert-Lewin is scoring at the moment. The forward though is far from the only threat Carlo Ancelotti has in terms of attacking prowess with James Rodriguez and Richarlison already in prime form.
Suggested bet: Everton to win at 1.74
Leeds United vs Man City – 6:30pm
Like Chelsea, City are ready to spend whenever there is a need. And Pep Guardiola believes his wonky defence is in need. And so, the club have welcomed Ruben Dias in another big-money move.
The hope will be that his arrival will be missing piece in the puzzle after City were humbled 5-2 by Leicester last week. Leeds have proven themselves as no slouches in front of goal and scored three against Liverpool and then four against Sheffield United. This one has potential disaster written all over it for City with their all-out style; both in attack and defence. They have run more than City this term and won more tackles and more duels. Expect them to harass the former champions from the outset as they look to capitalise on any mistakes at the back.
Suggested bet: More than 2.5 match goals
Newcastle vs Burnley – 9pm
Burnley arrive at Newcastle with three straight loses and it doesn’t get any easier with the Magpies in good shape.
Newcastle have not lost at home against Burnley in their last seven matches although in the league the number to note is just one win with three draws. The Toon Army will be in full voice after a midweek win in the Carabao Cup.
Suggested bet: Newcastle to win at 2.41