Chelsea v Everton
After a disastrous start to the season, Chelsea was back to their best against arch rivals Spurs, who they defeated 2-1. Marcos Alonso was the key man that day, grabbing two goals, and expect him to look to trouble Everton’s weaker right-hand side.
Against Spurs, Antonio Conte surprised a few by starting David Luiz in midfield, pushing N’Golo Kante further up field – used to press Victor Wanyama, who is suspect in possession at times. Both impressed, but I’d imagine Conte to revert both back to their usual positions for this one.
For Everton, the start to the season has been good. Wayne Rooney has hit the ground running and a midweek draw at Hajduk Split was enough to see them through to the Europa League group-stages. This is largely a team still gelling, though, and I’d expect them to fall short against Chelsea.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Chelsea -1.50 at 2.430
Liverpool v Arsenal
Another Merseyside team on a high in Europe is Liverpool, who emphatically beat German side Hoffenheim to progress to the Champions League group stages. It’s where Liverpool belong and Jurgen Klopp will be hoping to use that as a springboard to both new signings and success.
In Arsenal, Liverpool will face their toughest test so far this season, but no club performed better against their fellow top 6 sides last year and Klopp will be hoping that is the case again this year. Key man Sadio Mane has the pace and power to trouble a weak Arsenal defense, but Klopp will know he has problems of his own at the back.
Dejan Lovren remains a serious weakness for Klopp’s defense, whilst Alberto Moreno still has questions over his defensive prowess, despite an upturn in fortunes this year. I’d expect Andrew Robertson to come back into the side for this one, with his superior defensive talents vital against a tricky Arsenal front-line.
Arsenal struggled against top opposition last year, so Arsene Wenger will know they need to improve for this one. Their defeat to Stoke last weekend will have worried the Gunner fans and Wenger still needs to prove his doubters wrong. Liverpool is the favorite for this one and I can’t see them losing to Arsenal this weekend.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Liverpool -0.75 at 2.490
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