Weekend Preview 15/09/17

Highlights

English Premier League
Chelsea vs. Arsenal (Sunday 1:30pm)
Sky Sports Premier League
Arsenal have still not fully recovered from the heavy defeat at Liverpool and despite winning comfortably in 2 home games they are underdogs against the title holders. Arsenal haven’t beaten Chelsea away from home since 2011 and Chelsea may well have a point to prove after losing both the FA Cup Final and Community Shield in slightly unfortunate circumstances.

Chelsea also played on Tuesday compared to Arsenal playing in the Europa League on Thursday though they did rest all but 3 or 4 of their full strength team. Sanchez got some much needed game time against FC Koln while Hazard did the same in midweek against Qarabag. Both should start. Cahill returns to strengthen Chelsea’s back line.

It’s unlikely Wenger will make the same tactical mistakes as against Liverpool but Arsenal will still have to play above themselves to get anything from this game. Chelsea will be keen to take the full 3 points and deepen Arsenal’s misery.

Suggestion: Chelsea -0.75 @ 2.060


Dutch Eredivisie
PSV vs. Feyenoord (Sunday 3:45pm)
Sky Sports Football
Feyenoord’s heavy defeat to Manchester City in the Champions League in midweek could have a big mental effect on them ahead of this game. PSV, already knocked out of Europe, should be much fresher and know a win puts them back level on points after last weeks defeat to Heerenveen.

While it is still early in the season, a Feyenoord win would be nothing short of a disaster for Cocu but luckily he has almost a full squad available with only Lozano out suspended. Feyenoord will likely be without Jorgensen and Haps, both key at either end of the pitch.

PSV will be determined to win this game, while Feyenoord would take a draw and with the line moving from -0.25 on PSV to -0.5 it shows that PSV are likely to have the mental edge and push for the win if the game is level in the latter stages.

Suggestion: PSV -0.5 @ 2.081

 

France Ligue 1
PSG vs. Lyon (Sunday 8:00pm)
BT Sport 1
PSG look in completely unstoppable form as they bid to regain the Ligue 1 crown and have a long run in the Champions League. Their opponents Lyon have not started the season quite as well, dropping points in 2 games and not being strong enough defensively to hold onto a lead.

Both sides played in European competition midweek but Lyon surprisingly played a stronger side than expected away to Apollon of Cyprus and still only managed a draw. PSG have had an extra 2 days to recover from a convincing win away to Celtic, so fatigue is likely to hit Lyon much harder than the hosts.

Both sides are very attacking in nature and it will be difficult for Lyon to sit back, which is why the goal line has been set so high in this game (4.25) but with 38 goals in the 10 matches between them this season this is understandably set. However, it’s PSG to make a big statement that is the suggestion for this game.

Suggestion: PSG -2.25 @ 1.892

 

Ones to Watch

Germany Bundesliga
RB Leipzig vs. Borussia Monchengladbach (Saturday 5:30pm)
BT Sport 2
After making their Champions League debut in midweek RB Leipzig should rotate a little for this game, with Keita a potential notable absentee. They have started the season well and the depth of squad should still have enough to see off a Monchengladbach side that has started poorly. While the away side will feel they can get something from the game and cause problems for their hosts Leipzig will still be expected to do enough to comfortably win.

Suggestion: RB Leipzig -0.75 @ 1.92


Spain Primera Liga

Real Sociedad vs. Real Madrid (Sunday 7:45pm)
Sky Sports Football
Both sides have notable injury absentees for this game with Sociedad struggling defensively while Madrid have attacking absences to deal with. Raul Navas is out for Sociedad while Inigo Martinez is a major doubt but this is offset as Madrid cope without Ronaldo, Marcelo, Benzema and possibly Asensio.

Despite this, both sides are very attacking and will both feel they can get a victory from this game. That is likely to lead to an open nature and both sides are more than capable of scoring, so beating the 3.25 goal line is realistic.

Suggestion: Over 3.25 goals @ 1.98

 

England Championship

Barnsley vs. Aston Villa (Saturday 5:30pm)
Sky Sports Football
With pre season favourites Aston Villa struggling badly the pressure is starting to show on Steve Bruce. Their typically strong home form only returned 2 points in the last week and they were lucky to hold on at home to Brentford.

Conversely, little is expected of Barnsley and after a bad start to the season they have recovered and shown what they are capable of by beating Sunderland comfortably at home and grabbing a draw at Preston, a difficult place to go.

Barnsley have the players capable of causing problems and Aston Villa’s wretched away from (4 wins from their last 26 Championship away games) shows they are going to have to play above themselves to take the 3 points.

Suggestion: Barnsley +0.5 @ 1.84

 

*Odds accurate at time of writing

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