The Premier League is back in full force this weekend.
All of the top-flight matches in September are shown live on TV here in the UK and if you’re tempted to come up with a new acca season, we’ve got selections for you from two of the weekend’s big matches. opening.
Liverpool vs Leeds – samedi, 17h30 (Sky Sports)
It’s sweet sixteen years for Leeds fans as they look forward to their first top league game since 2004.
Too bad they pulled the short straw and must face the champions of Jurgen Klopp at the fortress of Anfield.
It doesn’t matter though for Marcelo Bielsa and his fearless side, who will likely revel in the task just as Norwich did 12 months ago at the start of their campaign with a positive and offensive performance on Merseyside.
Okay, that didn’t end very well for the Norfolk men who face Huddersfield on Saturday, rather than the league champions.
But Leeds under Bielsa won’t swing and fold – and they will attack.
Premier League fans had a good view of their pace of work in the 1-0 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup third round, where the Whites gathered more possession than the hosts and created 18 chances.
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Creating has never been their problem, it’s putting the ball in the net which will decide whether Leeds have a successful return to Prem or find themselves in the same position as the Canaries – bright, energetic but lacking in bite.
Rodrigo is the West Yorkshire men’s big prospect and his stock couldn’t be higher after starting ahead of Spain in their recent Nations League clash against Germany.
He should have scored in this game and will be offered plenty of chances on this side, who like to stack men in the box and send balls from the flanks.
If nothing else, Leeds won’t be boring to watch this season.
What about their chances of scoring points on Saturday? Well the bookies don’t write them out completely at 10/1 and we’re sure a lot of money will be spent by their fanatic fans.
For the rest of us though, there is money to be made in matches with Bielsaball – back goals. And a lot of them.
There are big question marks on their defensive line after failing to land former loan star Ben White from Brighton, while their clean sheet potential will not be as high in the Premier League if they are unable to catch the ball as much as them. d like.
We might not back them to win on Saturday, but we estimate that Leeds side score – and drop over 3.5 goals in what could be a very entertaining spectacle at Anfield.
It would be very Bielsa to omit Rodrigo and start Patrick Bamford after all the hype, but if the Spaniard plays he is well worth a beat on a first goal to a huge 7/2.
If you’re a fan of a big-priced outpost, nibble on Bielsa for some magic and go further than Sheffield United did last season by reaching the top six – that’s a whopping 10/1.
If they start quickly, this award won’t last long.
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Brighton vs Chelsea, lundi 20h15 (Sky Sports)
The future looks bright for the Seagulls and Blues heading into the new campaign.
Frank Lampard’s squad underwent a transformation in just a matter of weeks, with their attacking options dropping from decent to scary.
Although Hakim Ziyech looks set to miss this one on the South Coast, Lampard can call on Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic and Mason Mount.
On paper, it’s an intimidating quartet – but now the pressure is on Big Frank to keep his promises.
He had his free kick last season and did it admirably well, securing Champions League football with a great run after lockdown.
But now Abramovich has given him the tools to mount a title push and will wait for results.
Brighton has experienced significant player turnover themselves and the fan base is excited that they can advance into their third season of high flying on the spin, despite very low spending.
Aaron Mooy left for China, Ben White returned from Leeds suddenly valued at £ 50million, while Lewis Dunk committed his future for the club with a five-year contract.
Expect Graham Potter’s men to be ready for this one, especially after holding Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in a recent friendly and here at the Amex last season.
Rome weren’t built in a day and we don’t expect the Blues to suddenly become world champions despite some great moves in the transfer market.
These things take time, although it shouldn’t take long for the talent Lampard to have at his disposal to come to fruition.
It’s a decent 4/6 price to win the game, but it’s not tempting enough for us to have a Monday night beat.
Instead, turn your attention to the lens market.
Over 2.5 goals was a winner in 16 of Chelsea’s 19 away games last season – it was the league’s highest, by far.
Away from the bridge, they scored a lot and conceded a lot too.
Going back three or more with confidence to an overpriced 3/4, while we really like the 7/4, you can get over 1.5 goals in what could be a frantic first half.
Many of you will be supporting Timo Werner to open his account for the season at all levels and we won’t put you off, go for it.
But if that’s the value you want, the hugely impressive Christian Pulisic is the man you need to be.
He was on fire at the end of last season and should get rid of a hamstring injury in time to play. 9/5 for net at any time? Huge. Ascend.
And for outpost fans, Werner – who scored 35 goals last season – is 8/1 at the top of the scorecard at the end of the campaign.
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