While the international break has had a real facelift recently in order to make it more interesting and attractive to supporters, fans from around the world will breathe a collective sigh of relief with the return of club football after what has felt like a lifetime. With the return of club football comes the Premier League, with England’s top league providing the most exciting action football has to offer.
With the comeback of England’s top league, we have picked out our best bets for the weekend’s action, with some real value choices on offer.
Everton vs Liverpool
The Merseyside derby kicks off this weekend’s action in what should be an utterly enthralling game at Goodison Park. The league leaders (no, not Liverpool) host the Reds as Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton look to maintain their perfect start to the season. Liverpool meanwhile are looking to bounce back from their humiliating 7-2 loss to Aston Villa in their last match, with the reigning-champions given a lesson in football by their opponents. Of course, the form table would have some leaning towards Everton, but the Toffees have been woeful against their local rivals as they have gone 22 games without a win against Liverpool in all competitions spanning all the way back to their 2-0 win back in October 2010. However, an Everton win is not what we are plumping for. Instead, we really like the look of the Toffee’s Dominic Calvert-Lewin to score anytime at 8/5. Six goals in four matches has spearheaded Ancelotti’s side meaning the young English forward is the joint top-scorer with Son Heung-Min after four matches. With Liverpool having shipped 11 goals in four games and Everton have scored 12, we think there will be goals, and Calvert-Lewin will fancy his chances in this one.
Chelsea vs Southampton
Frank Lampard’s Chelsea have endured a rather turbulent return to Premier League football with two wins in four games alongside a draw and a loss. A powerful second-half performance against Crystal Palace saw the Blues run out 4-0 winners, but the previous match ended in a 3-3 draw with West Brom that had previously threatened to end in a humiliating defeat as the London side trailed 3-0 at half-time. Southampton meanwhile come into this one on the back of a comfortable 2-0 win over West Brom. However, disappointing losses to Crystal Palace and Tottenham means the Saints have lost twice in four games. The form of the two does make it slightly more difficult to call a winner, but with Chelsea playing at home, we feel they are the side to back. As for the number of goals scored, we think this one could be a bit of a goal-fest, with Chelsea far better going forward than they are at the back, with a huge amount of their investment this summer made to improve their attack. Southampton meanwhile were hammered 5-2 by Tottenham the last time they played a top-six side and we feel while they will likely get on the scoresheet, they may be overcome by their hosts exciting attack.
Tottenham vs West Ham
Yet another of the big derby matches happening across the world this weekend, with West Ham travelling to face Tottenham on Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham currently sit in sixth in the table with two wins, one draw and one loss, which means they are five short of Everton at the top as things stand. Their start to the season has been a fairly solid one, although they were disappointing in their opening day defeat to Everton. Their last match saw the side trounce Manchester United 6-1 at Old Trafford with the international break coming at the worst time for Spurs. West Ham meanwhile enjoyed a supreme 3-0 win over Leicester at the King Power Stadium just before the league took a break, with this win over the Foxes following a similarly impressive 4-0 win over Wolves. West Ham have made something of a habit of beating the sides they perhaps should not be beating, and with Tottenham their next opponents, perhaps it is not too ridiculous to predict that they will do so again. Of course, we do not predict this one will be as comfortable as the 7-0 aggregate win they boast over Wolves and Leicester this season, but if the Hammers can keep a cap on the Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane partnership, then they will have silenced a huge portion of Spur’s attacking output.
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