Premier League Round-Up: Saturday 18/08/18

Premier League Round-Up: Saturday 18/08/18

Cardiff City vs Newcastle United – 12:30

Cardiff’s first game in the Premier League didn’t go to plan last weekend, as they were beaten 2-0 by Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth thanks to a first half strike from Ryan Fraser and last minute penalty from Callum Wilson. The Bluebirds looked second best throughout that encounter at the Vitality Stadium, so will head into this clash with Newcastle with little momentum. £10million summer signing Bobby Reid will be looking to get off the mark with his new club in this fixture. The 25-year-old will be relied upon heavily to provide the goals for Cardiff in their quest for survival this term, and it’s games like these against the teams likely to be around them in the table that he’ll have to prove his price tag. Cardiff have made their stadium somewhat of a fortress in 2018, losing just two matches on home soil all year, so will surely prove to be a tough side to break down in Saturday’s early kick-off.

Newcastle were unlucky to come away with nothing from their first match against Tottenham last weekend, as they slumped to a narrow 2-1 defeat thanks to a first half Dele Alli winner. The Magpies dominated possession in large parts of that game at St James’ Park, and in the second-half looked the most dangerous side. A resilient Spurs defence ensured they were kept at bay however, which means their search for a first win continues this weekend against Cardiff. Jonjo Shelvey is undoubtedly the key player for the visitors; he’s the one that really gets them playing in the centre of the park and can create chances from deep for the more attacking players to get on the end of. He’s linked up really well with Chelsea loanee Kenedy since the Brazilian joined the club in January, so if they’re on top of their game this Saturday there’s no doubting Newcastle can take something from this match.

Recommended bet:

Full-time draw at 2/1 with Coral

Everton vs Southampton – 15:00

Everton played out a thrilling 2-2 draw with new boys Wolves in their curtain raiser last weekend, and will feel as though they may have clinched all three points if central defender Phil Jagielka didn’t get sent off five minutes before half-time. Marco Silva’s men looked sharp on the attack and played some great football at times, with new £50million signing Richarlison the undoubted standout performer. The Brazilian winger bagged both goals in an all-round tremendous performance for the Toffees, so will be looking to continue with that form in this clash against Southampton should he start this clash. It is touch or go whether or not Richarlison will start this match after he limped off with a calf injury at Molineux, however reports suggest it was just cramp so he should be good to go, something that will massively enhance Everton’s chances of victory here.

Southampton played out a goalless draw with Burnley in their first match on Sunday afternoon, but will perhaps feel as though they should have done better considering their opponents had played four more competitive games than them in Europe prior to that clash at St Mary’s. In a balanced game which featured chances for both sides, Southampton failed to penetrate a solid Clarets back-line, but will also be happy with the fact they didn’t concede. New signing Danny Ings is expected to start this game, he came off the bench against his former club on Sunday but is predicted to line-up alongside Charlie Austin here as Saints look to get a first win under their belts this term. With some real attacking talent on the pitch, we think both teams will score here, however can see the hosts possibly being too strong for their Southern counterparts.

Recommended bet:

Everton to win & BTTS at 7/2 with Bet365

Leicester City vs Wolves – 15:00

After going a goal down within the first three minutes at Old Trafford last Friday courtesy of a Paul Pogba penalty, Leicester were on the back foot from the outset against Manchester United. The Foxes played some promising football at times, but ultimately fell short against Jose Mourinho’s resilient Red Devils after they doubled their lead through left-back Luke Shaw in the 83rd minute. Jamie Vardy did manage to claw one back for the visitors right at the death, but it proved to be no more than a consolation goal as Leicester left the North West empty-handed. New signing James Maddison looked sharp against United, so will definitely be key for the hosts in their quest for a first league win of the campaign. If Maddison can link up with front man Jamie Vardy here against Wolves then Leicester are sure to get on the scoresheet at least once in this fixture.

Despite Wolves enjoying the lion share of possession against Everton in their season opener, Nuno Espirito Santo’s men found themselves behind twice on home soil. The Premier League new boys clawed things back firstly through a fantastic free-kick from star man Ruben Neves in the first half, which Toffees goalkeeper Jordan Pickford never stood a chance with. Neves then turned provider with just ten minutes left on the clock, as he curled in an inch-perfect cross to summer signing Raul Jiminez, who glanced his header in to the bottom corner to rescue a point for the West Midlanders. We’re expecting another open game here, with both sides looking to catch each other on the counter-attack. Both teams to score seems to be a certainty in this one, with Jamie Vardy the favourite to open the scoring.

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Jamie Vardy to score first at 3/1 with SkyBet

Tottenham vs Fulham – 15:00

After a summer of free-spending at Craven Cottage, where Fulham spent in excess of £100million on new signings, the pressure is on for the West London club to deliver results in their first season back in the top-flight since 2014. Most would have expected Slaviša Jokanović’s men to have come away with all three points in their first match at home to Crystal Palace last weekend, however the Eagles had other ideas and sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory thanks to goals from Jeffrey Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha. They’ll now head into this challenging fixture at Wembley with their confidence knocked, and will have to be much stronger defensively to keep out the likes of Spurs front man Harry Kane, who will be hungry to claim his first ever August goal.

Tottenham scraped a slender 2-1 win against Newcastle in last Saturday’s early kick-off at St James’ Park. In a frantic first quarter, where defender Jan Vertonghen initially put Spurs in front from a corner, the Magpies clawed it level through striker Joselu just two minutes later. Dele Alli then popped up at the back post to head home the winner and clinch a vital three points for his side in the North East. Spurs’ form at their makeshift home is extremely strong; last season they lost just one game at Wembley, so they’ll be hoping to end their tenure at the national stadium in the same manner before moving to their new ground next month. We fancy Kane to end his summer goalscoring drought against the Cottagers, with the hosts coming out on top come full-time.

Recommended bet:

Harry Kane to score and Spurs win at 8/13 with Boylesport

West Ham vs AFC Bournemouth – 15:00

West Ham currently sit rooted to the bottom of the Premier League following their 4-0 defeat to Liverpool last Sunday. Manuel Pellegrini’s first competitive match in The Hammers dugout couldn’t have gone worse as a brace from Sadio Mane partnered solo efforts from Mo Salah and substitute Daniel Sturridge. They now welcome a Bournemouth side fresh from an opening 2-0 win over Cardiff to the London Stadium, hoping to get off the mark against Eddie Howe’s Cherries. With players like Marko Arnautović and Andriy Yarmolenko expected to line-up in this clash, the hosts will pose a huge threat going forward but it’s their quality at the back which is cause for concern. With that in mind, we can envisage this game to be quite a high scoring affair.

Bournemouth got off the mark quickly in their curtain raiser against Cardiff last weekend, but will know the challenge they face in this fixture will be much harder considering they’re away from home and against a team packed with new signings looking to avenge their recent defeat. Callum Wilson opened his account with a late penalty against Cardiff last weekend, and will be hungry to add to that here against the East Londoners. Wilson will be Bournemouth’s main threat in this one – will he pick up where he left off and heap more misery on West Ham? Former Hammers man Jermaine Defo is also expected to make an appearance this weekend, albeit probably from the bench in the latter stages of the game should Bournemouth require a goal, making the visitors a real threat in the final third.

Recommended bet:

Over 2.5 goals at 4/5 with Betfred

Chelsea vs Arsenal – 17:30

In this weekend’s most anticipated fixture, two teams who will be vying for the Champions League lock horns at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea’s compromising 3-0 victory over Huddersfield last weekend ensures they head into this match-up brimming with confidence, as they look to take six points from a potential six against The Gunners. New signing Jorginho impressed on his debut, netting a first half penalty to put his side two goals to the good in West Yorkshire. The Blues also looked extremely solid at the back last weekend, albeit against a side who carried little going forward. Long term absentees David Luiz and Ross Barkley both impressed after being handed rare starts, so it’s likely they’ll line up against Arsenal in Saturday’s late kick-off.

It was a case of the same old story for Arsenal in their first match last Sunday, as they were picked apart by a fairly under-strength Manchester City side on home soil. Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva secured all three points for Pep Guardiola’s reigning champions at The Emirates in a match that the Citizens completely dominated from the outset. Unai Emery now faces another extremely difficult challenge in his second competitive match in charge, as he looks to keep out a Chelsea side carrying plenty of momentum. The Gunners looked shaky at the back and nervous in possession on Sunday, with key players Mesut Ozil and Aaron Ramsey basically non-existent throughout the 90 minutes, something that will have to change if they’re to get anything from this game. One positive for Arsenal was the performance of 19-year-old central midfielder Mattéo Guendouzi, who despite a nervous start really grew into the game and showed maturity beyond his years against a hugely experienced Man City midfield. Guendouzi likely to retain his place in the starting line-up for this game, so it’ll be interesting to see how he performs against a robust, physical Chelsea midfield who won’t give him a moments rest on the ball.

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Correct score: Chelsea 2-1 at 8/1 with Bet365