A football feast's on the way on Sunday with four games in total making up for the lack of time watching Match Of The Day on Saturday night. There's likely to be goals aplenty at Anfield - which seems to be the case most times - whilst Spurs will aim to end that drab Wembley record that everyone - including ourselves - keeps banging on and on about...
This fixture last season was a big win for the hosts but we can't see similar this time around, particularly with a much improved – and much changed – Everton side and an in form Wayne Rooney. Old Wazza's found the net an impressive nine times against Chelsea in his career and with confidence flowing, he'll have to be watched closely.
Chelsea will be buoyed coming into this one after their dramatic, late win against Tottenham at Wembley a week ago and, if they are to stand a chance of reclaiming the title this season, they'll look at a home game against the Toffees as a comfortable three points.
What We Sayin’?
Sunday’s visitors haven’t scored against Chelsea in their last two meetings with the Blues – losing both. They also haven’t won a league game at Stamford Bridge since November 1994 – that’s quite an impressive barren run. A comfortable 2-0 home win at 11/2 would be our pick for this one.
The one game you probably don’t want to see scheduled as part of a Super Sunday is West Brom vs. Stoke City, unless you support either one of these sides. It is of course the Tony Pulis derby, which Sky Sports have summed up perfectly by using Gareth Barry and Darren Fletcher in their promotional content leading up to this one.
But, to be fair to Stoke, the style has changed since the days of having Pulis in charge and following their win last week at home to Arsenal, confidence will be high in the camp. That said, West Brom have won both their Premier League games so far and know another win will make them only the second side in the division to have a 100% record after three games played – alongside Manchester United.
What We Sayin’?
The history doesn’t look good – if you’re a fan of Stoke. West Brom are unbeaten in their last five clashes against the Potters, a run which includes four wins. Three of those results have been 1-0 – in fact, 15 of Pulis’ 31 wins as Baggies boss have been by that scoreline. Another 1-0? 6/1.
Now, before we start, does anyone else think it would be classic Arsenal to lose this, but then it would also be classic Liverpool to suffer defeat? This is a tough clash to call because of those reasons. Both rarely turn up when it matters – even with the hosts’ imperious record against the top sides – and Arsenal – last season.
There are so many memories of these two doing battle over the years. Michael Owen’s cup Final goal back in the early 2000s, Andrey Arshavin scoring four at Anfield in that crazy 4-4 draw a number of years ago now, and, of course, the opening day 3-4 Liverpool win last season. This should be a belting game, but the pressure is on Arsene Wenger’s side more than the hosts following defeat at Stoke last week.
What We Sayin’?
Liverpool are undefeated in their last four against the Gunners, there have been a mammoth 17 goals between these two in the last three games. It’s been five years since Arsenal won at Anfield, but instead of predicting a score which has shown in the past to be erm, well, erratic, we’ll simply go with a Liverpool win and BTTS at 12/5.
First thing’s first, what the hell are we doing pricing up Burnley at 14/1?! They’ve just won at Chelsea and Spurs are at Wembley, which almost immediately means they won’t win. We’ll surely have to have a word with our traders over that one!
Spurs did the most Spurs thing last week in nabbing what looked like a late equalizer before allowing Chelsea – via a superb Hugo Lloris assist – to sneak an even later winner, meaning that infamous Wembley hoodoo continues in competitive matches.
What We Sayin’?
Burney haven’t won a league meeting away at Tottenham since 1974, winning it 2-3, but in all competitions, home and away, Spurs haven’t lost to the Clarets in the last six meetings and surely, surely, surely they’ll break that Wembley duck. We’re behind Harry Kane to finally score in August, backing him to bag first in a 3-0 Spurs win at 11/2.
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