It’s all about goals right now in the Premier League – and we are planning another exceptional weekend.
We’ve got betting tips for you from three big top-flight matches, starting with Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea host their London rivals Crystal Palace.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace, samedi 12h30 (BT Sport)
This is not the start that Frank Lampard and Chelsea were hoping for.
A huge summer expense, but only four points out of nine possible to start the new campaign and already out of the Carabao Cup.
We warned you it could be a bumpy ride – but it’s a pressure game, with the fanbase expecting a comfortable three-point home.
Palace, meanwhile, have started the new season superbly, as they tend to do. It is after Christmas that they must pull themselves together.
Although they were second to Everton last time around, Roy Hodgson will be delighted with a six-point return after a delicate run of opener.
With the absence of authorized supporters in the stadiums, it feels like the fear factor has somewhat disappeared for teams heading to the Big Six.
Palace have met the Blues at Bridge fourteen times in all competitions since 1990, winning just twice.
Both of these victories came on consecutive visits, 2-1 triumphs in 2015 and 2017.
Since then, it’s been three losses on the spin for the Eagles.
Are we supporting them to reverse this trend at 13/2? No, even if we are tempted.
But that doesn’t mean we’re rushing to back Chelsea at a petty 4/9 either.
Lampard’s team might be the big performers in the division, but that doesn’t always win you football games.
It’s fun, especially for the neutrals, but do you trust them to win a game right now against a team known to have a shock result?
Not at this price. You support goals, just like we did the last three weeks of the game successfully.
Two of Chelsea’s three PL games this season have scored over 2.5 goals, with 2-0 at home against Liverpool being the exception.
With that attack – and questionable defense – you’re going for the same thing again.
Palace won’t come and turn around and we expect them to net, as they did early at Old Trafford.
The Blues are a huge 8/1 to win after being late and we feel that is one of the prizes of the weekend.
Timo Werner scored his first competing goal for Chelsea in midweek against Tottenham and it won’t be long before he breaks his Premier League duck.
It’s odd to score anytime, with the value pick in place of another newboy from Chelsea to Kai Havertz.
The German rested against Spurs after beating Barnsley three times in the last round – bringing him down to a much tastier 15/8 to get his name on the scoresheet.
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Arsenal vs Sheffield United, dimanche 14h (Sky Sports)
It sounds a lot like season two syndrome for Chris Wilder’s Dull Blades.
Sheffield United are scoreless and scoreless this season which prompted a lot of people to have them as relegation contenders at the start of the season.
Not for us.
The Blades are admittedly in bad form but have been hampered by the heroism of Illan Meslier against Leeds and a questionable red card decision against Villa.
Ollie Burke seems like a goal far from proving a real asset and we don’t think it will be long before they start to climb the table.
Arsenal, meanwhile, got off to a good start for the new campaign but were overpowered by champions Liverpool last time around.
Mikel Arteta’s sides seem to be going in the right direction and you can see things starting to fall into place.
It’s games like this where they have to prove it.
Land at home, struggling visitors – doesn’t that just smell of a classic Gunners implosion?
Well right off the bat we’re going away from 4/7 on Arsenal winning the game. It’s far too risky.
Sheffield United’s xG – or expected goals – was a shade of under 1 in losses against Wolves and Villa, while closer to 2 in loss to rival Yorkshire Leeds.
Basically the balance of the game and the odds they created meant they should have scored in all three.
They’ve scored in the last three meetings with Arsenal and we can’t see them drawing four blanks in a row.
Those xG stats show the goals are coming, so take the Blades back to the net to a massive 7/10.
That’s a higher price than an Arsenal win, with a lot less risk.
We’re also a fan of over 2.5 goals combined with both teams to score as the Gunners look to strike back after Liverpool’s loss.
Matches involving Arsenal in the Prem this season are averaging 3.3 goals per game, so you’re rolling the dice here at a 10/11.
Alexandre Lacazette has been in superb form at the start of this campaign, although he is linked with a move away from north London.
Many of you will go with the 6/4 on him scoring at any point, but we love the look of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who scores the first at 23/10.
The Gabon international looks sharp after signing his new deal and we believe it is the value pick in the goalscoring market.
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Manchester United vs Tottenham, dimanche 16h30 (Sky Sports)
Ole may be behind the wheel – but he has to get his stuttering side out of first gear.
It was another lackluster performance for the Red Devils as they emerged victorious from a South Coast scum with Brighton, before sending their second Carabao Cup XI five days later.
United are yet to start this season, but managed to escape with all three points thanks to another strike from Bruno Fernandes from 12 yards.
Tottenham were stung by a similar move, conceding a time-out penalty to deny them a 1-0 win over Newcastle.
In truth, Mourinho’s men should have been out of sight but it was still a bitter pill to swallow.
The Special One always likes to face off against his former clubs and last season this game saw two very even teams take him down.
United have taken four points from those two matches, including a late draw recovered in north London.
Striker? Fernandes – and yes, it was a penalty.
The two teams have only scored in two of the last seven H2H at the Theater of Dreams.
But the last three games have seen more than three eye-catching goals.
Neither team convinces us at the back and United have looked particularly light-hearted, with a reinforcement to follow before the transfer deadline slams.
Conceding five games in two is certainly not United’s way and Ole will be looking to fill in the gaps – but even with Spurs’ busy schedule, we are seeing the visitors scoring.
Bring both teams back to the net at 7/10 and play a little game on the two teams that come out of the box and each score in the first half to a massive 7/2.
It happened in United’s last game at Brighton, as they gave in early to Palace in that embarrassing Day 1 loss.
In this game last season, the Red Devils missed the winners 2-1 thanks to a brace from Marcus Rashford.
The England star has scored two goals in his last four but is a massive 15/8 to score anytime.
That’s a huge prize for a United striker at home, earning you £ 28.75 for your tenner.
For those of you who are feeling brave, it’s even juicier 5/1 at net first. Don’t miss this.
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