Arsenal v Leicester
With the signings of Alexandre Lacazette and Sead Kolasinac, Arsene Wenger will be hoping to see an improved Arsenal this season. With the Community Shield already secured this year, if Arsenal does improve, then they could return to the top four.
It’s hard to ignore some of their issues from last season, though, mainly a weak defense and gaps in midfield. A star center back and a strong central midfielder should’ve been high on Wenger’s shopping list, but the Frenchman has not addressed those areas yet. This could prove costly.
Arsenal has struggled in recent years against Leicester, despite winning the tie at the Emirates by a goal to nil last year. Leicester is strong, combative and plays well on the counter at speed, something Arsenal has failed to deal with.
Vicente Iborra and Harry Maguire should make the Foxes stronger in defense, whilst the signing on Kelechi Iheanacho from Manchester City is a masterstroke by manager Craig Shakespeare. The 20-year-old is fast, clinical and will be out to prove a point with the former Premier League champions.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Leicester 0.50 at 2.740
Watford v Liverpool
Last season, Watford were exactly the type of side that Liverpool would struggle against. They’d sit deep, invite pressure onto them and make Liverpool break them down. Klopp’s side failed on a number of occasions, losing to Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Bournemouth. They also lost to new-Watford boss Marco Silva’s Hull side, who’ll no doubt employ largely the same tactics when the sides meet at Vicarage Road.
Jurgen Klopp would’ve looked to address this in pre-season, both with his signings and with his tactics. The signing of wideman Mo Salah will release Coutinho to a central position, whilst allowing Liverpool to stretch the width when attempting to break sides down. Andrew Robertson joining at left-back will make a difference too, with the Scotsman comfortable on the ball and adding more of an option going forward than the veteran James Milner.
Liverpool still has work to do in this summer’s transfer market, but they should have enough to hit the ground running against Watford.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Liverpool -1.25 at 2.360
Newcastle v Tottenham
In Rafa Benitez, Newcastle has a manager who knows the Premier League inside out. From spells at Liverpool and Chelsea, the Spaniard has masterminded victories against better sides in the league on a number of occasions. This could be another one to add to the list.
Despite keeping their side intact with no additions, Tottenham has been at sixes and sevens so far this offseason. Fans are in disarray at the lack of additions, particularly after the departure of Kyle Walker.
With discontent at Spurs and a well-drilled, defensive Rafa Benitez side, I think we could see Newcastle pick up a vital 3 points on their Premier League return.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Newcastle 0.25 at 2.810
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