The Premier League returns with a heavyweight clash between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Friday night.
Arsenal will be looking to make it three in a row domestically when they travel to Hull off the back of a 1-1 draw at Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Manchester City are expected to cruise past Bournemouth in a 3pm Saturday game.
Manchester United will be hoping to put their Manchester derby disappointment behind them and get back to winning ways on Sunday lunchtime.
Here are this week’s Premiership Tips:
Chelsea vs Liverpool
Chelsea were unconvincing defensively in a 2-2 draw with Swansea City last weekend in a game they dominated possession and territory, whilst Liverpool thrashed the defending champions 4-1.
What’s worse for Antonio Conte’s side is that they will be without John Terry for this one meaning their defence is likely to include both Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz. I fancy Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and co to get the better of this Chelsea defence.
Liverpool won 3-1 here last season under Jurgen Klopp and I am favouring them repeating a similar success. My biggest concern is that Diego Costa has refound his form and Liverpool’s defence itself is fragile. At least Dejan Lovren will return though.
I’m thinking goals and a Liverpool result.
Manchester City vs Bournemouth
Manchester City are on fire right now, even without Sergio Aguero and Vincent Kompany. Pep Guardiola as them playing and scoring as freely as many thought they might just do heading into the season.
Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva are running the show from midfield and Kelechi Iheanacho filled in adequately for the suspended Argentine at Old Trafford last weekend.
Bournemouth beat lowly West Brom 1-0 at home last weekend but aside from their 3-1 thrashing at home to Manchester United on opening day, they haven’t been tested as anywhere near as what City will do to them on Saturday.
Everton vs Middlesbrough
Everton start the weekend in third place facing a Middlesbrough side who have taken four points against four teams all currently in the bottom half.
Romelu Lukaku struck a hat-trick in Monday’s 3-0 thrashing of Sunderland and the striker could have had six if he had found his finishing touch in the first half.
The Toffees have conceded only two goals in taking 10 points this season. Gerard Deulofeu is a creative threat, though Ross Barkley hasn’t had the best of games in his last two outings. Kevin Mirallas is another player who can cause his Middlesbrough defence problems.
1.69 aren’t great odds by any means but I think Everton look good and Middlesbrough aren’t as good as I thought they’d be when they came up. It’s live on Sky so we can take the hosts in-play when they look like winning.
Best bet: Everton are 1.69 to win with Betfair
Watford vs Manchester United
Jose Mourinho will be looking to get his team back to winning ways and should do just that at Watford on Sunday.
United can be forgiven for being outplayed by Manchester City and lower opposition will be welcomed to get more points on the table.
Watford have conceded in each of their first four games of the season and but for a surprise win at West Ham last weekend they would have been in the relegation zone.
The Hornets have picked up 0 points at Vicarage Road from their opening two games and I don’t expect any change in that tally come Sunday.