There weren’t many shocks in the first round of Premier League matches last weekend, with wins for five of the big-six, and the other Chelsea losing to Manchester United.
There will be plenty of punters looking to combine some of the big-six teams in accas again this weekend, and we’ve got free tips for Saturday’s Premier League matches involving Arsenal and Burnley, Southampton and Liverpool, and Manchester City and Tottenham.
Arsenal vs Burnley (12.30)
Both Unai Emery and Sean Dyche must have been delighted after their team’s collected three points in this season’s opening round of Premier League games, but at least one 100% record will bite the dust around 2.20pm on Saturday afternoon.
Burnley impressed in beating Southampton 3-0, but past head-to-head evidence suggests they’ll need to produce an even better performance if they’re to add to their total at The Emirates.
Arsenal have now won 13 of their last 14 games against last week’s opponents Newcastle, and they boast a similarly good record against Burnley having won nine of their last 10 matches against the Clarets. That included winning both of last season’s matches 3-1.
Arsenal are fancied to take all three points and, if you fancy them to repeat last week’s clean sheet, you can have even-money for Arsenal to win to nil. However, after keeping just eight clean sheets last season, neither of which were against Burnley, 2/1 or better about Arsenal winning and both teams to score looks better value.
It’s also worth noting that Aubameyang scored four goals against Burnley last season, two in each game, so expert the Gabon International to be a popular anytime goalscorer bet – even at 4/6.
Southampton vs Liverpool (3.00)
Jurgen Klopp looked delighted when Liverpool lifted the UEFA Super Cup on Wednesday evening, but it will be interesting to see whether the drama of extra-time and a penalty shootout in the midsummer heat of Turkey has taken its toll on any of his players.
Southampton will be hoping the Turkish heat as done its damage, as they’ve lost their last four matches against Jurgen Klopp’s title chasers. But even if Liverpool aren’t at their best, it’s hard to see where Southampton are going to find the necessary improvement to bridge the gap after their 3-0 defeat at Burnley.
A Liverpool win looks decent value at 1/2 and it will come as no surprise if the weight of money for Liverpool shortens that price up before kick-off. If you want an anytime goalscorer bet, Salah looks the most likely to land slight odds-against. He looked the freshest of the Liverpool forwards at the end of the match on Wednesday and he’s scored in each of his last three matches against Southampton.
Manchester City vs Tottenham (Saturday 5.30)
It’s amazing that Man City are a best-priced 3/8 to beat Tottenham, a side that the bookies made third favourites to win this year’s Premier League before it started. However, ask yourself what price you’d lay about a side that has won their last 21 Premier League matches, including a run of 10 consecutive home games.
Tottenham’s recent form against Man City does offer some hope to Spurs fans, as Tottenham beat City 1-0 in the first-leg of last season’s Champions League, a mistake Pep Guardiola lived to regret as his side paid for not scoring any away goals.
The return leg ended 4-3 to City, but three of their last four head-to-heads have now been decided by a solitary goal. That suggests Guardiola has the utmost respect for Spurs and it would be no surprise if this is another cagey affair. Having said that, there is a chance that an early goal could make this one of the highlights of the season, especially as City scored five goals last weekend and Tottenham three.
However, it could be worth stick to the theory that this could be a low-scoring match, with the 17/10 about there being less than 2.5 goals making plenty of appeal.