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Brighton look a much better this season under Potter with a draw against West Ham and a comfortable win over Watford away. The defence looked good last season and nothing has changed in that regard, but he has the side playing more attacking football, creating chances and scoring goals. It might be a short term success as we believe the squad still lacks Premier League quality, but for now the form looks good. Southampton were edged out against Liverpool in a game they could have won, but were embarrased 3-0 by Burnley in the last outing. They create chances but their lack of goals continues to be a problem especially when they are vulnerable defensively. A local derby is usually a close run affair and Southampton have the edge in quality, but Brighton have the form and home advantage. A draw looks likely here.
Fulham suffered a shock defeat to Barnsley at the start of the season but have bounced back with 3 victories since then. Their last outing a 4-0 victory over Millwall was a comprehensive display with possession of 87%. The attacking threats were always going to be dangerous and if they get into a rhythm the Premier League quality will shine through. The fans will be buoyant at home and a win could see them go top. Forest have had a win loss and a couple of draws. They look like a mid table side, able to pick up good results against the weaker sides, but likely to park the bus against the top teams. They managed to do it against Leeds, but that was a very fortunate outcome creating little all game and showing very little impetus to do so. Fulham have clinical goal scorers and if they sit back like Millwall, we’ll expect a similar result.
Millwall will be suffering after the midweek defeat. They were outclassed in all departments and rarely has such a large gulf in class been demonstrated in the Championship. The lack of quality in the Millwall side means they must work doggedly and tirelessly to keep the game as tight as possible, not letting the other side play but creating few chances of their own. It’s worked well for the most part this season with a couple of wins and a draw. Boro are a decent side at home but turmoil of the pitch has left them without a solid foundation upon which to build this season. They’ve picked up a win draw and 2 defeats, distinctly average. The home advantage and the demoralising defeat suffered by Millwall makes Boro favourites here.
Stoke have lost 3 and drawn one so far this season, last years favourites really struggling to get going. The lack goals and look disorganised at the back. Butland is having a nightmare and could well be dropped for this fixture. They are playing top of the table Leeds, who they beat comfortably last season in this fixture. Leeds are top of the league and looking in good form. They’ve collected 3 wins and a draw, those points dropped in unfortunate circumstances against Nottinham Forest. They might be vulnerable at the back in this fixture will 3 of the back 4 unlikely to feature for Leeds. Goals and attacking are what the away side does best, and we’re backing them to get the job done away from home.
Derby have started the season with a win and 2 draws. Not the fast start many of the fans were hoping for but positive after the raft of player and managerial changes over the summer. They’ve had good performances against some good oppositiona and will fancy themselves against the newly promoted side at home. Bristol were comfortably beaten by Leeds but have played better in recent weeks registering a win and a draw, the last a good win at home to QPR. These two sides are both play off contenders with reasonable form and decent squads. Derby have the home advantage but have already showed their capacity to draw fixtures and we wouldn’t be surprised if they register another here.
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We have 1 football accumulator tip today and its a Win – Draw – Win treble focused on the Premier League. The 3 o’clocks where a nightmare last weekend so we are hoping for something slightly better this week! Here’s the weekends tip & let us know if you are on it via twitter @UK_Footytipster or in the comments below.
WIN – DRAW – WIN TREBLE
Everton weren’t at their best last weekend, but they had plenty of chances in the first have to take all 3 points. New signings will take time to settle in and the suspension for Sigurdsson won’t help matters, but overall the squad is in good shape going into this season. It’s likely that Kean will start here and he’s a real wildcard for them up front. Watford were hammered 3-0 at home to Brighton, it was a terrible performance and serious question have to be asked. They’ve plenty of talented players and look good creatively, but they were a shambles defensively. Everton are a tough opposition at home and will fancy themselves heavily after last weeks result.
Norwich lost 4-1 against Liverpool but could have easily gone 2-0 up. They are explosive on the counter-attack and should have put early chances away, stage fright got the better of them at Anfield but is less likely to do so at home. Pukki and Buendia are the main threats going forward, but they’ve retained the defensive fragility shown in the Championship last year. Newcastle have spent plenty of money this summer but the signing of Bruce was uninspiring. A manager well known for being inadequate at this level could find himself at the mercy of a squad trying to transition to a new style of football. Rafa built the team on a solid defence, Norwich will be looking to expose a side not used to attacking and without the solidity of a set mentality. Value in a home win with BTTS.
Aston Villa showed for 80 minutes that they have the ability to cope with Premier League opposition but their last 15 minute capitulation is cause for concern. McGinn is a real class act and goes about his business in a less flamboyent but no less effective manner than his teammate Grealish. Villa have spent a lot of money but with Heaton, Mings & Grealish they have a good spine of the team, goals could become an issue, but plenty are expected from the midfield to compensate for the lack of a top striker. Bournemouth were poor on the opening day, but they’ve a good Premier League squad and are experienced at this level. They have goals but their defence is always going to be suspect due to Howe’s style. Bournemouth are a very streaky side, they tend to go on terrible runs followed by amazing ones. This could be the start of the terrible run. Home win.
Southampton had their chances away at Burnley but conceding 3 goals away from home to a side that is renknowned for being unable to score is a very worrying sign. It was tough conditions but defensive mistakes allowed Burnley to score goals without being very creative. Last season they looked better going forward, but the team still looks short of goals on paper. They are against a Liverpool side who have already played 3 games this season and a little bit of fatigue could be an issue. They have plenty of firepower but will need to improve on their defensive display in the Super Cup Final. Southampton might get a goal, but it’s unlikely, Liverpool will be licking their lips here. Away win , probably a -2 Handicap.
We have 1 football accumulator tip today and its a Win – Draw – Win treble focused on the first week of the Premier League with a splash of The Championship for good measure. As we said last week it’s hard to judge the start of the season, so we’ve looked for potential value in outsiders.
Here’s our first tip of the season & let us know if you are on it via twitter @UK_Footytipster or in the comments below.
WIN – DRAW – WIN TREBLE
Crystal Palace are not in a good place right now. Zaha is said to be fuming at the board and management having not been allowed to leave this summer. They’ve lost their best defender in AWB and haven’t adequately replaced him, they’ve got options up top now, but no striker will put the fear in the Everton defence. The Toffees have strengthened significantly in summer but it remains to be seen how these additions will adapt to the Premier League. The quality added will strengthen the 1st XI and give more depth to the squad. Everton look in the better place and Palace are clear relegation candidates.
Last year was another positive season for Watford but ended with a very poor run of form. They have a good manager, good owners and a squad who are improving year on year. They aren’t good enough to challenge the top 6 yet as consistency is something they are lacking, but their cup run last year showed the potential. Another good transfer window will see them well placed going into this season. Brighton struggled last year and will do so again this year. They are looking to play a more attractive brand of football, but don’t have the talent or the goals to make it work. The defence kept them in the league last season and they will be more exposed this season. Home win by 2 or more is a great bet here.
QPR looked really good on the opening weekend, they are playing an attractive style of passing football and it’s refreshing to see QPR looking to move forward. The attacking possession based football must have the quality to deliver it and they are getting the best out of this squad. Defensively they will be vulnerable, especially against teams able to successfully press and Huddersfield should have the fitness from last years campaign. Unfortunately they’ve not solve their goal scoring issues from last season and the loss of Mooy is a huge blow. They lack quality through the team and this will be a very tough season for them. QPR should have the edge at home.
We have 1 football accumulator tip today and its a Win – Draw – Win treble focused on the first week of the Championship season. It’s hard to judge form at the start of the season, so we’ve looked for potential value in outside winners. Here’s our first tip of the season & let us know if you are on it via twitter @UK_Footytipster or in the comments below.
WIN – DRAW – WIN TREBLE
Barnsley are in for a rough start to the season as they welcome relgated Fulham. The attacking trio of Cavaleiro, Mitrovic and Knockaert looks phenominal on paper, and they recently strung together a good pre-season performance against West Ham. Defensively they were at sixes and sevens last season, so it will be interesting to see how they’ve remied that over summer. Barnsley will have to adapt to life in the Championship once again, but we are yet to see how they will fare at this level, especially against one of the favourites for promotion. They have the home advantage and the confidence that promotion brings but we fancy the Fulham attack here. Over 2.5 seems a likely bet @ 1.90.
It’s always tough to back against Forest at home as they have a great record at the City Ground. Last season the performances were average at best, which led to a 9th place finish and the end of another manager. The lack of stability and changing of play styles is really hampering the club who look lost without identity. West Brom suffered play-off heartbreak last season but with the squad they had, automatic promotion should have been achieved. They are without Hegazi to start the season, but have made solid acquisitions, especially with Sawyers in midfield. They have the attacking quality to take all 3 points here.
It’s been an up and down transfer window for Brentford losing some key players, but managing to bring in good replacements. With a much changed squad it’s difficult to know how they will start the season. What we do know is that they will play expansive attacking football with real quality, especially at home. They do have defensive frailties which is the main cause of their inconsistency. More off season disruption has hindered Birmingham once again. The squad was weak last season and focused on grinding out results under Monk, a poor style of football but they have enough talent to keep them in the league. Lack of direction and goal scoring ability might see them fall to defeat here.