Live Match Preview – Arsenal v Brighton

Arsenal take on Premier League newcomers Brighton in the noon kick-off Live on BT Sport on Sunday. There’s no recent head to head form between the two teams, apart from two FA Cup ties in 2013 and 2015, both won 3-2 by Arsenal.

Arsenal have won their last 8 home Premier League games, including all 3  this season. They’ve averaged a 3-1 score line over their 3 home games this season and are ranked 2nd in the home form table.

Brighton are yet to win away from home since gaining promotion to the Premier League, having lost twice and drawn once, scoring just the 1 goal.

Everything points to this being a routine home win for Arsenal and I really can’t see Brighton causing an upset. For my fun bet I’ll go for an Arsenal win and Over 2.5 goals at 8/11 with BetVictor.

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Live Match Preview – Arsenal v WBA

Monday night football sees Arsenal take on West Brom at the Emirates, in an early season mid-table clash. Arsenal currently sit 12th in the league, with WBA 2 places above them. Arsenal are currently 9 points behind the two Manchester clubs, but a win tonight will see them leap up to 7th in the table.

Arsenal have pretty much dominated this fixture, since West Brom got back into the Premier League in 2010. WBA won the game in their first year back in the top flight, but since then it’s been 6 wins to Arsenal, with them winning the game 1-0 last year.

Arsenal have won their two previous home games this season, making it 7 home league wins in a row, when including the back end of last season.

WBA won at Burnley in their first away game of the season, but then lost at Bighton on their most recent away day.

Arsenal are 1/3 with bet365 to win the game and although that’s the result I expect to see, it’s not a price I like to play at.  For my fun bet I’ll go for the more risky bet of Arsenal to win and West Brom not to score at 21/20 with bet365.

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Live Match Preview – Chelsea v Arsenal

The first of the two live Premier League games on Sunday see Chelsea at home to Arsenal. Chelsea didn’t get the start they were hoping for in the defence of their title, having 2 players sent off in a 3-2 home defeat to Burnley. Since then things have improved dramatically with 3 wins on the bounce, including a 2-0 win over Everton in their most recent home league game. They also found the back of the net 6 times in the mid-week Champions League match.

Arsenal by contrast, started well enough, coming from behind to beat Leicester in their first match of the season, but followed up with two away defeats, including losing 4-0 at Anfield, which leaves them 19th in the away form table. They bounced back from that heavy defeat with home wins in the league and Champions League, but huge doubts remain over their form away from home.

Despite Chelsea’s defeat on the opening weekend of the season, they’ve still won 16 of their last 18 Premier League games.

Things don’t get much better for Arsenal when we look at recent renewals of the fixture, with Chelsea winning 8 to Arsenal’s 2 from the last 10 encounters at Stamford Bridge. The last 5 have all gone the way of Chelsea and last year they ran out 3-1 winners.

So everything points to a home win and further misery for Arsene Wenger, but despite that Chelsea are 4/5 to win the match, which all things considered, is larger than I thought they’d be.

Other bets to consider are Chelsea / Chelsea in the Half Time / Full Time market at 7/4, or Chelsea and Both Teams To Score at 21/10.

Of the two, I prefer the former, so to give a bit of added interest to watching the match, for my fun bet I’ll be going for a Chelsea win at half time and full time and take the odds of 7/4 with bet365.

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Manchester City versus Liverpool highlight a jampacked Premier League week 4

The Premier League’s week 4 will be headlined by Manchester City and Liverpool, as both clubs test their title credentials in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture. That isn’t the only big game of the weekend as Everton host Tottenham in a match between two teams that have sputtered during the first three weeks of the season. Meanwhile, Manchester United have the opportunity to move to a perfect 12 points from 12 in Saturday’s late game against Stoke.

Manchester City vs. Liverpool

Both teams have phenomenal attacks, yet both need to tighten up at the back to show they are title contenders. Liverpool are expected to have Philippe Coutinho in the team after his transfer saga to Barcelona ended in tears. Whether he will play or not is anyone’s guess. Manchester City haven’t been able to hit high gear yet. The team struggled against Everton in week 2, and another poor performance will make everyone question Pep Guardiola’s transfer purchases.

Latest odds: Manchester City to win: 5/6, Liverpool to win: 11/4, Draw: 3/1

Arsenal vs. Bournemouth

Two teams that have no momentum coming into the weekend. Arsenal are in shambles after yet another terrible transfer window. Bournemouth, on the other hand, have scored just once in three straight losses. Playing at home, Arsenal need a big performance from Alexis Sanchez and new boy Alexandre Lacazette.

Latest odds: Arsenal: 1/3, Bournemouth: 7/1, Draw 17/4

Brighton vs. West Brom

Has there been a team more surprising than West Brom? Okay, maybe Huddersfield, but the Baggies aren’t far off. West Brom have secured seven points from nine and have kept two clean sheets in the process. Brighton still haven’t scored this season, and the club scrambled for more attacking players on transfer deadline day. Will it help? Maybe, but West Brom are better than many will give them credit for.

Latest odds: Brighton to win: 8/5, West Brom to win: 15/8, Draw: 2/1

Everton vs. Tottenham

Will Wayne Rooney play? Some in the media are calling for him to be picked despite his drink-driving charge this week. One thing is for sure, Everton need him. The striker has tallied both of Everton’s goals this term, and no one else has looked likely of scoring. Tottenham aren’t the team they were last term, but a frantic end to the transfer window should help them. Are they top four material? Time will tell, but it’s hard to say they upgraded the team in the offseason.

Latest odds: Everton to win: 11/4, Tottenham to win: 1/1, Draw: 12/5

Leicester vs. Chelsea

The last two Premier League champions will do battle in Leicester, and both teams need wins for different reasons. Leicester have secured just three points, and the Foxes need to distance themselves from the bottom of the table already. Meanwhile Chelsea need to keep pace with the title contenders. Alvaro Morata is in good form for Chelsea, and has already tallied two goals this season.

Latest odds: Leicester to win: 7/2, Chelsea to win: 8/11, Draw: 11/4

Southampton vs Watford

Two teams on five points, and both clubs have potential to cause problems for the top sides in the division. Neither side have lost this term after three matches. Watford look to have found two gems in coach Marco Silva and forward Richarlison. Of course, Southampton have quality in their side too, and the Saints were able to retain the services of Virgil van Dijk.

Latest odds: Southampton to win: 3/5, Watford to win: 17/4, Draw: 3/1

Stoke vs. Manchester United

Manchester United have set the pace for teams in the Premier League this term. The Red Devils have been flying high behind the goals of Romelu Lukaku (three). Stoke have shown fight, beating Arsenal and drawing with West Brom. Although they will put up resistance, Manchester United should be far too powerful.

Latest odds: Stoke to win: 6/1, Manchester United to win: 1/2, Draw: 3/1

Burnley vs. Crystal Palace

Taking points from Chelsea and Tottenham has put Burnley in a great position in this young season, and fans should be excited about the team’s prospects. On the other hand, Crystal Palace are terrible, and the team haven’t scored yet this season. Frank de Boer is on the hot seat and has one game to save his job. A loss to Burnley and the club will cut ties with the sack race leader.

Latest odds: Burnley to win: 5/4, Crystal Palace 23/10: Draw: 11/5

Swansea vs. Newcastle

Another fixture featuring potential Premier League strugglers. Swansea are just one point above Newcastle in the table. Both teams need wins to stave off the chance of an early relegation dogfight. This match probably won’t be pretty, and managers Paul Clement and Rafael Benitz will go head to head tactically to get the best of the other. Swansea should debut Renato Sanches, which will be quite exciting, even if the on-field product isn’t.

Latest odds: Swansea to win: 13/10, Newcastle to win: 21/10, Draw: 9/4

West Ham vs. Huddersfield

The weekend’s final game takes place on Monday as West Ham host Huddersfield. The Hammers have been dreadful despite spending quite a lot of money in the offseason. Slaven Biic is under pressure, and anything less than a win against the newly promoted side will probably see him sacked. Huddersfield have been playing well, and the team have been a breath of fresh air in the Premier League. Huddersfield’s defence has been perfect keeping three clean sheets in three matches. Throwing another shut out wouldn’t be a surprise on Monday night.

Latest odds: West Ham to win: 17/20, Huddersfield to win: 16/5, Draw: 5/2

* All odds courtesy of bet365.

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Europa League – 5 teams most likely to win the competition

The Europa League may be considered Europe’s second major club football tournament, but year after year, the competition excites fans across the continent. Unlike the Champions League, the Europa League is far more wide-open and thanks to its unpredictability, the tournament can be a lot more fun to watch than the Champions League throughout the season.

Last year saw Manchester United win the competition while five-time champions Sevilla took the spoils the previous year. Of course, when the teams eliminated from the Champions League join the fray after Christmas, the entire tournament changes. But for now, who are the bookies’ favourites to lift the prestigious trophy?

High Five

AC Milan

AC Milan have spent more than €200 million on new players this summer, and so far, the club have navigated the tricky waters of Europa League qualification superbly. The team are also playing well in Serie A with two wins from two matches. New captain Leonardo Bonucci has brought a cool, calm presence to the club, while Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio and Andrea Conti have solidified the team’s backline. Milan have a huge roster right now, which can help it battle in both the Europa League and Serie A. The only real question is, do the Rossoneri have enough striking options to win the competition?

Odds To win: 7/1

Arsenal

A few weeks ago, Arsenal looked likely of being a top contender to win the tournament. However, after three weeks of Premier League matches, the team have failed to look like a potential champion. A lot will ride on whether or not Alexis Sanchez stays or goes; and who the team can bring in to replace him. Alexandre Lacazette looks like the real deal, but Arsenal’s midfield has been poor. A strong performance in the Europa League seems unlikely right now.

Odds To win: 8/1 

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic have been in the Europa League for seven of the last nine seasons, and typically put up a strong fight. In 2011-12, Athletic were the beaten finalists, losing to Atletico Madrid. Spanish teams have won eight of the last 14 Europa League tournaments. The countries clubs just do well in the competition. Athletic will be very talented and last season’s top scorer Aritz Aduriz is back despite being 36-years old. The team didn’t make it out of the group stages last term, but Athletic have a winnable group with Hertha Berlin being their only real competition on paper.

Odds To win: 25/1 

Everton

Everton have spent heavily to assemble a very good squad that can challenge for a Champions League place in the Premier League. Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen have all arrived this summer; and Everton have started the Premier League well. The Toffees biggest problem in the Europa League is the group of death the team were drawn in. Serie A’s Atalanta, France’s Lyon and Cypriot team Apollon Limassol will make it a very difficult task to qualify. Everton’s group E is the most difficult group in the competition.

Odds To win: 25/1 

Villarreal

Villarreal should have no difficulty getting out of group A. The team have added striker Carlos Bacca, who should get plenty of goals this term. Like Athletic, Villarreal will have more of an opportunity to win the Europa League than Spain’s La Liga. Villarreal’s best performance in the Europa League was in 2015-16 when the team made it to the semifinals, a feat they did twice previously since 2000. Once the team get into the knockout round, their progression will depend on the luck of the draw.

Odds To win: 25/1

Odds quoted courtesy of bet365.

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