Here are a few stats for the games played on Saturday and Sunday of the Premier League. I’ll be writing a separate preview on the MNF offering.
Swansea v Man United (12:30 – Sky Sports)
Referee: Jon Moss (Y4, R0)
- Swansea have never kept a clean sheet against Man United in 12 Premier League matches.
- The last six meetings have seen both teams scoring – BTTS here is (7/5)
- Paul Pogba found the net on the opening weekend as United trounced West Ham and he opened the scoring at the Liberty Stadium when the teams met here in November 2016 in a 3-1 win. Pogba to score is (3/1).
- Romelu Lukaku looks to become the fifth player to net in his first two PL appearances for Man United. The Belgian is (EVS) to score and (3/1) to open the scoring.
Bournemouth v Watford (15:00)
Referee: Roger East – first PL match of the season
- Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last seven matches against Watford, although six have ended in the points being shared. The draw here at Dean Court is (13/5).
- Outside of last season’s top six Bournemouth were the top scorers and they’ve added Jermain Defoe who will be looking to start his first Premier League game for the Cherries.
- Josh King was Bournemouth’s top scorer last season and he netted in both matches against the Hornets. The Norwegian forward is (15/8) to find the net here.
- Both matches last season ended in 2-2 draw. That scoreline here is (14/1) but this does look a game to be backing Over 2.5 Goals (10/11).
Burnley v West Brom (15:00)
Referee: Martin Atkinson (Y4, R0)
- These two sides started their campaigns with wins – Burnley shocked everyone by beating Chelsea at Stamford Bridge while West Brom defeated Bournemouth 1-0.
- Burnley are six games unbeaten against the Baggies in all competitions at Turf Moor (W3, D3).
- Both Premier League meetings here at Turf Moor have ended in 2-2 draws. That correct score is (18/1) while BTTS is (11/10).
- Sam Vokes is the only Burnley player to have netted in four consecutive Premier League matches. The Welshman has seven in his last six and he’s (23/10) to find the net.
Leicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion (15:00)
Referee: Lee Probert - first PL match of the season
- Both of these sides had tricky tasks on the opening weekend with Leicester gunned down late on by Arsenal while Brighton were cut down to size by Man City.
- Leicester are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League home matches against newly-promoted sides. You have to fancy them to record their first win of the season and are (3/4) to do just that.
- Jamie Vardy scored twice on the opening weekend and did so from just two shots on target. The England forward is (7/1) to bag a consecutive brace.
Liverpool v Crystal Palace (15:00)
Referee: Kevin Friend - first PL match of the season
- Liverpool haven’t kept a clean sheet against Crystal Palace in 13 competitive matches.
- The Eagles are looking to become the first side to win four consecutive top-flight matches v Liverpool at Anfield since Arsenal achieved it in 1935.
- Despite Christian Benteke playing for Liverpool, he has scored more goals at Anfield as a visiting player (5) than as a Red (4). The Belgian is (3/1) to score anytime is attractively priced at (3/1).
- The last ten meetings in all competitions have averaged 3.9 goals per game, so Over 3.5 Goals here is (17/11).
Southampton v West Ham (15:00)
Referee: Lee Mason - first PL match of the season
- Southampton had 29 attempts on the Swansea goal on the opening weekend but only two were on target.
- West Ham haven’t lost their two opening games in a season since 2010/11.
- St Mary’s has seen the fewest goals of all the Premier League grounds since the start of last season; that includes five goalless draws.
- The Hammers won 3-1 here in February. Mark Noble scored in that game and enjoys playing against the Saints. He has five goals against them, which is more than any other team he’s faced. Noble is (15/2) to further improve that goalscoring record against the Saints.
Stoke City v Arsenal (17:30 – BT Sport)
Referee: Andre Marriner (Y3, R1)
- Arsenal will be looking to win their opening two games to a Premier League season for the first time since 2009/10.
- Olivier Giroud scored against Leicester in the opening game of the season and the Frenchman netted in both halves in the 4-1 win when they last visited the Potteries. He’s (13/10) to find the net once more.
- Arsene Wenger has plenty of goalscoring players and that’s highlighted by the fact Mesut Ozil scored in both matches against the Potters last season. The German is (15/4) to score here.
- Alexandre Lacazette scored within two minutes of his debut and if he scores here then he would be the first Arsenal player to score in his first two Premier League appearances.
- Mark Hughes has lost more Premier League games against Arsene Wenger (13) than any other manager. An Arsenal win is (17/20) but do consider them on the handicaps.
Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United (13:30 – Sky Sports)
Referee: Craig Pawson (Y7, R2)
- The away side won both league contests in 2016/17 when these sides were both playing in the Championship.
- Dwight Gayle scored in both matches against Huddersfield last season. The striker has a perfect three goals in three games against the Terriers. He’s (11/4) to make it four in four.
- Newcastle recorded the most amount of away wins last season in the Championship with 14. They are (9/4) to leave Yorkshire with maximum points despite the suspension to Jonjo Shelvey.
- Huddersfield fielded the youngest starting XI against Crystal Palace in their 4-0 victory but no newly promoted team has won their first two games in this competition since it happened in the inaugural campaign.
Tottenham v Chelsea (16:00 – Sky Sports)
Referee: Anthony Taylor (Y3, R0)
- Chelsea have lost just two of their last 17 games in all competitions against Tottenham (W8 D7 L2).
- Spurs haven’t lost a Premier League London derby at home under Mauricio Pochettino (W9, D4). They are (11/10) to make it ten wins in London derbies.
- Spurs scored four goals against Chelsea last season with Dele Alli netting three. The highly talented youngster is (15/8) to find the onion bag here at Wembley.
- Harry Kane has failed to scored in any of his 11 Premier League appearances in the month of August but his next goal will be his 100th in all competitions for the club. Can he achieve that feat today – he’s (7/2) to open the scoring and (6/5) anytime.
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