Jurgen Klopp’s apprentice inflicted an opening round defeat on Crystal Palace and the Eagles are likely to cop a loss when they encounter the German master on Saturday.
Huddersfield, coached by David Wagner, made the most of its opportunities to win its first-ever English Premier League game. The 3-0 scoreline flattered Huddersfield because it was lucky not to concede goals from the clear-cut chances that Crystal Palace created but what is beyond dispute is that the high-pressure tactics of the Terriers caused all sorts of problems for the Eagles. Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is a totally different character to former Eagles boss Sam Allardyce and their football philosophies are worlds apart. Crystal Palace may come good under the ex-Netherlands defender but, on the evidence of the first English Premier League round, the Eagles need a trip to Liverpool like the proverbial hole in their head. It does not help Crystal Palace that one of its star players, Wilfried Zaha, is out of action with a knee injury – the Eagles do not boast the strength in depth of Liverpool.
Liverpool’s defence is too porous to steam into it at very short odds and the Reds did struggle to beat some of the English Premier League lightweights last term. However, one wants to side with Liverpool in its English Premier League date with Crystal Palace and the bet that one likes is the Reds to win and the match to go over two and a half goals, an option that is available at odds of 1/12.00+1001.001.00-1.00 with BetStars.
Each of the last eight English Premier League games between Liverpool and Crystal Palace have gone over two and a half goals and the Reds have won two of the most recent three meetings of the teams. Those favourable trends lend even more support to one’s English Premier League top pick.
Something is not right in the Chelsea camp and, therefore, one must select Tottenham to beat the Blues in Sunday’s English Premier League derby at Wembley Stadium.
Chelsea coach Antonio Conte is well on his way to losing the Blues dressing room, Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas are out after being sent off last weekend and Eden Hazard may not take to the hallowed turf. Tottenham was excellent in kicking off its English Premier League campaign with a 2-0 win at Newcastle and Spurs would not be trading at odds against if they were playing at their regular home ground.
Last season’s corresponding English Premier League fixture resulted in a 2-0 home victory for Tottenham and one would not be at all surprised if Spurs won by a similar margin this term. Bet365 is offering odds of 11/102.10+1101.101.10-0.91 about a Tottenham triumph in one of the English Premier League’s big matches.
The blueprint to tackling Leicester is to sit back and put the onus on the Foxes to make the pace. One fully expects Brighton to play cautiously in its English Premier League game at Leicester on Saturday and, consequently, under two and a half goals is a play at odds of 23/251.92-1090.92-1.090.92 with Marathonbet.
Brighton did not play expansively versus Manchester City on its English Premier League debut and Seagulls boss Chris Hughton is sufficiently astute to adopt similar tactics against a Leicester side that loves nothing more than to counter attack – it is how the Foxes shocked the world and won England’s title in the greatest upset of all time.
Liverpool to win and over 2.5 goals
Saturday 19th August, 15:00 GMT
Spurs to beat Chelsea
Sunday 20th August, 16:00 GMT
Leicester v Brighton – Under 2.5 goals
Saturday 19th August, 15:00 GMT
Eric has been a sports journalist for over 20 years and has travelled the world covering top sporting events for a number of publications. He also has a passion for betting and uses his in-depth knowledge of the sports world to pinpoint outstanding odds and value betting opportunities.
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