Sunday sees the first clash of the season between two of the big six teams as Liverpool host Arsenal at Anfield and it already has the feel of a make or break game for Arsenal. Following Arsenal’s shock defeat at the hands of Stoke City last time out, the pressure is already mounting on Arsene Wenger and if he were to lose at Anfield this weekend, his side could conceivably be six points behind the league leaders after just three games. Liverpool also know that if they can beat Arsenal, they can open four point lead over one their Champions League qualification rivals.
Liverpool are unbeaten so far this season in competitive matches, winning three times and drawing once. This week they thrashed TSG Hoffenheim 4-2 at Anfield to seal their qualification for the group stage of the Champions League and Jurgen Klopp will have been delighted with his team’s performance in that match. Liverpool had a superb record against teams in the top six last season and finished atop of that mini league; it was against teams lower down the division where they struggled. Jurgen Klopp could make changes this weekend, with Andrew Robertson in line to replace Alberto Moreno at left back, but Philipe Coutinho is expected to miss out once more as he continues to be linked with a move to Barcelona.
Arsenal were extremely poor last time out against Stoke City as Jese scored the only goal of the game to give The Potters a 1-0 victory. Pressure is already mounting on Arsene Wenger and another defeat at Anfield on Sunday could see a return to the ‘Wenger Out’ banners that we saw so often last season. Arsenal have looked very shaky defensively this season and Wenger has been criticised for playing players out of position, but he is expecting to welcome back star man Alexis Sanchez this weekend. The Chilean will give the team a huge boost and is by far and away their biggest attacking talent.
- There have been 20 goals scored in the last four matches between these two sides at Anfield, so expect more goals on Sunday.
- Liverpool won both fixtures between these sides last season, but they haven’t won three in a row against Arsenal for almost 20 years.
- Arsenal have failed to win any of their last 12 away matches at top six sides, losing seven and drawing 5.
This could go either way, but what’s for sure is that there will be goals in this one. Both of these teams have struggled defensively in recent times, with both sides conceding three goals each on the opening weekend of the season. I think we could see a score draw in this one and if I was pushed to pick a correct score line it would be 2-2.
Betting Tips (Bet365)
Liverpool start this game as slight favourites at 23/20, whilst an away win for Arsenal is available at 5/2 and the draw is a tempting 27/10. A bet that looks like decent money to me is the Draw and BTTS at 3/1. Neither side will want to lose this one and I can’t see either team keeping a clean sheet, so that is where my money would be going.Find more odds under www.online-betting.org.
Draw & BTTS (Yes) – 3/1 (Bet365)
Chelsea host Everton on Sunday looking to build upon last weekend’s impressive 2-1 victory away at Tottenham Hotspur. They will come up against a solid looking Everton side who are unbeaten so far this season and caused Manchester City plenty of problems in last weekends 1-1 draw at The Etihad Stadium. This is set up to be a good game and fans of both sides will be watching intently to get a gauge on how their teams fortunes are shaping up this season.
Antonio Conte’s Chelsea side recovered from their humiliating opening day defeat to Burnley with an inspired victory away at a Tottenham Hotspur side who dropped just four points at home in the whole of last season. Even without the suspended Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas, Chelsea still had enough about them to beat Spurs thanks to two goals from left wing back Marcos Alonso. Tiemoue Bakayoko impressed on his debut in central midfield, whilst Alvaro Morata appears to be getting up to speed in attack. Conte will be desperate to send out a message to the rest of the Premier League that last season wasn’t a one off for Chelsea and that they are title challengers again.
I’ve been impressed by Everton this season, they have looked well organised and tough to break down in all of their games. Ronald Koeman’s side are unbeaten in all six of their competitive games and picked up a 1-1 draw away at Hadjuk Split on Thursday night thanks to a stunning first goal for the club from Gylfi Sigurdsson. Wayne Rooney has scored on both of his Premier League appearances for his boyhood club since his return and he will be hoping to inflict more damage on a Premier League title hopeful this weekend.
- Everton are unbeaten this season in six matches; can Chelsea end that run?
- Can Wayne Rooney score for a third successive Premier League match after finding the net against Stoke City and Manchester City?
- Chelsea must improve upon their performance from the opening day of the season at home and fans will be desperate to see a performance similar in quality to those of last season.
Everton look like a tough team to beat this season and in Jordan Pickford, Seamus Coleman, Ashley Williams, Michael Keane and Leighton Baines they have a very solid back five when all are fit. Despite that I fancy Chelsea to just edge this one; they looked very impressive against Spurs last weekend and confidence will be high in the camp heading into this one.
Betting Tips (Bet365)
Chelsea start this game as big favourites at odds of 9/20, whilst an away victory for Everton is 15/2 and the draw is 7/2. Those odds on Chelsea look very short to me and I don’t think there is too much value to be had there. If you fancy Wayne Rooney to continue his goal scoring run, then he is available at 10/3 to score at anytime. Willian has impressed me this season and I’m backing him to score at anytime at odds of 21/10.
Willian to Score at Anytime – 21/10 (Bet365)
Chelsea could only manage a draw tonight away at Hull City, meaning that instead of the 8 points we all were predicting, they are now “only” six points above us in the table.
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