Bournemouth v Leicester, Saturday 15th September, 15:00
Bournemouth may have suffered their first defeat of the season at Stamford Bridge last time out, but they held out until 72 minutes and even had a couple of golden chances to take the lead. Add that to seven points from three games against Cardiff, West Ham and Everton, and Eddie Howe’s charges appear in good shape at this early stage.
Leicester may have won only two of their four games, against Wolves and Southampton, but like Bournemouth they thumped a lower league team in the Carabao Cup and have only tasted defeat to top-six outfits. They lost 2-1 against both United and Liverpool, but the former were boosted by Paul Pogba’s best performance of the season so far while Liverpool have been the standout performers in the new campaign.
There’s very little to separate these two and they’ve actually shared the spoils in five of their six Premier League encounters, while the exception was settled by just the odd goal. Both of these sides contain firepower within their ranks and it would be no surprise if they each made it onto the scoresheet. Given half of these six head-to-heads finished 1-1, the correct score looks a fantastic price.
Manchester City v Fulham, Saturday 15th September, 15:00
Fulham coach Slavisa Jokanovic likes his side to play expansive football and after a disappointing opening two fixtures, they’ve done better in their last couple of games to take four points from Burnley and Brighton.
They’ve now scored seven in their last three, including at a top-six side in Spurs, while City have shown themselves susceptible at the back by conceding in each of their last three.
These came against teams promoted either this season or last in Huddersfield, Wolves and Newcastle, but while they remain unbeaten, Pep’s charges aren’t quite playing with the same vim as last term yet.
With that in mind Man City & both teams to score holds considerable appeal*, though given Aleksandar Mitrovic has scored over half of Fulham’s goals this season we prefer him as an anytime goalscorer at the prices. The Serbian has found the net in each of Fulham’s last three, while he scored twice over the international break including a belter against Romania and is certainly not lacking in confidence.
Newcastle v Arsenal, Saturday 15th September, 15:00
Newcastle appear a team in trouble with reports of arguments behind the scenes prior to the international break between captain Jamaal Lascelles and Matt Ritchie, while their only point of the season so far has come at relegation favourites Cardiff.
They have however had tough fixtures with their other three games against top-six outfits Spurs, Chelsea and City, but they lost each of those 2-1 and a repeat scoreline would be no surprise.
Arsenal were dominated by Man City in their opening game but showed more promise against Chelsea and probably should have taken something from that clash. Since then they’ve achieved back-to-back victories over West Ham and Cardiff, though they did concede in both these games as the Bluebirds registered their first goals of the season.
Unai Emery was never going to resolve the Gunners’ defensive frailties overnight, but against a Newcastle team lead by Rafa Benitez, they won’t have to face too much resistance from any press to prevent them playing out from the back. Given Newcastle have only conceded more than twice against a top-six outfit in three of 15 such games since the start of last season, all coming on the road, the 2-1 correct score is a healthy long shot.