Burnley v Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace manager Frank De Boer may be fighting for his job just four games into this Premier League season. After losses against Huddersfield, Liverpool, and Swansea, the Palace board have supposedly met to discuss the Dutch manager’s future at the club. It’s not the start the legendary former Ajax man would’ve hoped for in English football.
On Sunday, he takes his struggling Palace side to Burnley, who have had a fairly good start to the season. Sean Dyche will be disappointed with his side’s 1-0 loss to West Brom, but delighted with the win against Chelsea and draw against Spurs. New man Chris Wood got the equaliser at Wembley and will be looking to build on that against a suspect Palace side.
De Boer and the Palace supporters will be delighted to finally get Mamadou Sakho back at the club. The Frenchman re-joined Palace, the club he’d spent last year on loan at, for £26million on transfer deadline day. His former Palace boss, Sam Allardyce has already claimed Sakho could make a huge difference to Palace’s survival hopes, “I think Mama Sakho could be the saviour, as he was for me.”
It may be too soon for Sakho, though, who has been recovering from injury and hasn’t played at all in pre-season. If he is fit, though, he’ll make a huge difference to the whole Palace side.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Burnley 0.50 at 2.360
Swansea City v Newcastle
It was a tough transfer window for Swansea manager Paul Clement, losing star man Gylfi Sigurdsson and striker Fernando Llorente. Swans fans, though, will be excited to see new loan signing Renato Sanches at the Liberty Stadium. The Bayern Munich loan man impressed for Portugal against the Welsh under-21 side in midweek and should get an immediate start at home against Newcastle.
There’ll also be a return for Wilfried Bony, the man who scored so many goals for the Swans before departing for Manchester City, and Clement will be hoping the striker can hit the ground running.
For Newcastle, doom and gloom have turned to optimism after the convincing win against a hapless West Ham United before the international break. Boss Rafa Benitez will be hugely disappointed in the club’s summer transfer window, but their display against the Hammers will give him a huge amount of optimism that he can keep this group of players in the Premier League.
This will no doubt be a tight match, with all eyes on new star signing Renato Sanches of Swansea, but Newcastle will be hoping to take their pre-international break confidence to South West Wales.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Swansea 0.50 at 2.420
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