After 7 Saturday fixtures in the Premier League, Sunday and Monday provide us with 3 more interesting games. Last year’s Championship winners Newcastle travel to last year’s Championship Play-Off Winners Huddersfield, whilst last year’s Premier League Champions Chelsea travel to Wembley as they take on last year’s Premier League Runners-up Tottenham. Finally, Premier League favourites Manchester City host Everton, a side they took just one-point off last season.
Huddersfield vs Newcastle (Sunday 1.30)
Huddersfield’s 3-0 away win at Crystal Palace didn’t get the headlines it deserved last weekend, but manager David Wagner’s tactical masterclass against a new-look Crystal Palace, who are looking to play a more aesthetically pleasing style of football under Frank de Boer, had to be admired. Meanwhile, last season’s Championship Champions Newcastle succumbed to a Tottenham side that picked up where they left off last season. Of course, Newcastle finished above Huddersfield in last year’s Championship, winning this fixture 3-1 in March, though Huddersfield did win 2-1 at Newcastle earlier in the season. A really tough match to call but, with both teams scoring in both games against each other last season – slight odds-on for both teams to score looks the value-bet.
Both Teams To Score @ 10/11 with WilliamHill or Bet365
Tottenham vs Chelsea (Sunday 4.00)
Champions Chelsea fall from grace was quick and painful last week as they suffered a home defeat to a Burnley side that won just once on their travels last season. The early sending-off of Gary Cahill certainly had an effect, but even a 10-man Chelsea side last season would have been fancied to beat Burnley. Following that defeat, an away match against a Tottenham side that started the season with a comfortable 2-0 against Newcastle, is probably the last match you’d want to play, especially as Tottenham won 17 and drew 2 of their home matches last season. One of those wins was a 2-0 win over Chelsea, and 11/10 looks a fair price for a Tottenham win – even if Tottenham playing at Wembley instead of White Hart Lane tempers my enthusiasm.
Tottenham Win @ 15/13 with Unibet
Manchester City vs Everton (Monday 8.00)
Much is expected of Manchester City this season, with big summer signings bolstering what already looked the strongest squad in the Premier League. However, Pep Guardiola still needs to prove he has the tactical versatility to win the Premier League, and the Koeman-managed young Everton side are unlikely to be pushovers for anyone this season, despite the exit of top-scorer Romelu Lukaku. Quotes of 1/3 or less for a City home win certainly look on the short side against the team strongly-fancied to top the teams outside the perceived big-6 this season, especially considering that City have failed to win any of their last 4 Premier League games against Everton. City did only lose once at home last season though so, with Everton drawing 6 of their 19 away games last season, including this one, the 5/1 for a draw looks a big-price.
Draw @ 5/1 with Betway, Bet365 or BetVictor