The EPL is finally back! The world is once again in equilibrium and making sense, I cannot wait for the weekend and I’m sure you can’t either – so let’s get straight to it then.
To celebrate, we have a double feature edition this week, so look out for that, and as always, your weekly treble is included at the end. Enjoy!
Saturday 1 October
1/1 Arsenal | Draw 11/4 | Tottenham 51/20 (13:30)
7/20 Liverpool | Draw 42/10 | Brighton 7/1 (16:00)
I suppose the required narrative from the media when it comes to Liverpool should be that they are unbeaten from their last three at home…of course, this doesn’t tell the entire story, and they have been largely disappointing in fairness.
Brighton is a dangerous side to face; they have quality in attack and will play with unbridled freedom. They are still sniffing about in fourth place and while I don’t think they win – I back them to score. Get on both scoring at 9/10.
21/10 Fulham | Draw 24/10 | Newcastle 13/10 (16:00)
This should be a cracking game of football. I have thoroughly enjoyed watching both these teams play, their approach to games this season has been inspiring as well! There are goals galore, little regard for the supposed ‘big boys’ and an unwavering commitment to their ability! It’s incredible to watch.
Both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals at 12/10 should be a banker.
12/10 Southampton | Draw 47/20 | Everton 24/10 (16:00)
Everton were probably tipped to struggle prematurely – yes, I was one of them – and their recent performances have suggested a strength of character and ability to remain competitive. Southampton have serious weapons all over the pitch, but something about them continues to flatter and deceive!
I think Everton can get something from this and at 6/10 about their Win/Draw Double Chance, how could I not tip it?
34/10 Crystal Palace | Draw 26/10 | Chelsea 17/20 (16:00)
Don’t get it twisted, this is another incredibly tough game for Chelsea to play. Graham Potter has already found his name trending on twitter with some fickle fans in London calling for head, but it won’t get much easier on Saturday afternoon.
Palace are comfortable being those gritty defenders who look for a quick devasting counterattack. You absolutely cannot deny the fact that they are simply a side who allow the strengths of their best players to come through in every moment.
I don’t think this will be straightforward for Chelsea, and so while I’m happy to not include this in any main betting slip – I’m going for Palace on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 17/20.
24/10 Bournemouth | Draw 24/10 | Brentford 12/10 (16:00)
This might sound simplistic, but Brentford beat teams they are meant to beat…Bournemouth is one of those teams. I cannot see how Bournemouth handle the direct approach of their visitors, the added confidence the likes of Ivan Toney will no doubt now possess and the insecurity of their own home fans.
At 12/10 the away win is a gift.
1/1 West Ham | Draw 5/2 | Wolves 29/10 (18:30)
Tricky old game to call. West Ham have won just once so far this season and are yet to really kick-on. Wolves, on the other hand, have been there and there about, registered positive performances and have a feel about them which has been rather intriguing.
I suppose the proverbial spanner in the works though is that both these sides are devastatingly inconsistent. A draw might be the way to go.
Sunday 2 October
7/20 Manchester City | Draw 46/10 | Manchester United 13/2 (15:00)
Please see featured game
16/10 Leeds | Draw 24/10 | Aston Villa 17/10 (17:30)
I’m not sure what to make of Leeds to be honest. They absolutely battered Chelsea but are yet to consolidate that performance with anything of substance really. Since that fixture they have not been able to claim another victory in the league – but more so it is the way they have lost games.
Villa won’t be short on confidence, and so I’m inclined to back them on the Win/Draw Double at 9/20.
Monday 3 October
8/10 Leicester City | Draw 29/10 | Nottingham Forest 32/10 (21:00)
I’m not sure there is as much between these two teams as the betting market is making out…Leicester still sort of survive on the ghost of their past and Nottingham have raised an eyebrow or two simply because of the personnel they have been able to bring in.
I would have more confidence had this game not be played at the King Power. Nevertheless, over 2.5 goals at 7/10 is my pick.
TREBLE @ 8/1
Liverpool vs Brighton: BTTS 9/10
Fulham vs Newcastle: BTTS + Over 2.5 12/10
Brentford Win 12/10