• Chris Sobey


The weekend is here and that means a bumper weekend of domestic Premier League and EFL football. The action kicks off tonight with the traditional live satellite Championship fixture between two of last seasons relegated Premier League teams Huddersfield and Fulham at the Kirklees Stadium. Huddersfield doesn’t have a great record in this corresponding fixture and since 1999 they’ve faced each other twelve times in all competitions. The Terriers have only won one of these encounters, which was last November in the Premier League 1-0, Fulham won eight of these matches and there were three draws, which means the Terriers could have their work cut out to avoid defeat tonight.

On Saturday there are two lunchtime kick-offs, the usual live satellite Premier League game on this occasion between Arsenal and Burnley at the Emirates and there’s also a lunch-time kick-off between two of League One’s big hitters and league winner favourites Sunderland and Portsmouth at the Stadium of Light. The Gunners have a great record against Burnley overall and at the Emirates, since 2008 they’ve won twelve of their fourteen encounters in all competitions and at the Emirates, they won all seven encounters, all of which ended with over 2.5 goals.

The big lunchtime EFL League One clash between Sunderland and Portsmouth will be the seventeenth overall meeting in all competitions between the two former Premier League teams since 1998. Neither team has a dominant record since 1998; Sunderland won four, Portsmouth seven, there were six draws and at the Stadium of Light the Black cats won four, Portsmouth two, there were two draws and six of these matches ended with less than three goals. Sunderland will aim to pick-up their first league win of the season after drawing their two games so far 1-1, while Portsmouth will aim to record their second win of the season and first away from home. From a betting perspective backing or trading under 2.5 goals should return a profit.

Moving on the 3pm kick-offs and in the Premier League Aston Villa and Bournemouth will aim to pick up their first wins of the season at Villa Park, which should be a competitive and entertaining match, and from a betting perspective backing or trading over 2.5 goals or if you’re looking for a higher return over 2.5 goals and Both Teams to Score Match Double should go close to returning a profit. Brighton will aim to back-up their impressive opening day 3-0 win at Watford, if they produce a similar performance to last week and the last two corresponding wins at the Amex against the Hammers, they will have a good chance of collecting all three points today.

Everton will be quietly confident of picking up all three points against Watford today as the Hornets looked in disarray in their opening game of the season when they lost 3-0 at home against Brighton and Everton have a good record in this corresponding fixture winning four of the last six, five of the matches ended with over 2.5 goals as did eight of Watford’s last ten away games in all competitions. From a betting perspective backing over 2.5 goals looks like the safest bet, but if you’re looking for a higher return why not consider either BTTS & Over 2.5 Goals or Everton Win & Over 2.5 Goals.

Norwich and Newcastle meet at Carrow Road for the first time since both were in Championship back in 2016/2017 and they will be looking to pick up their first points of the season after both lost their opening league games against Liverpool and Arsenal respectively. UEFA Super Cup winners Liverpool will hope they don’t experience a hangover from their celebrations in Istanbul in the early hours of Thursday morning against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday. However, at this early stage of the season and with no injury worries over key players its unlikely Klopp and his squad will slip up on this occasion.

The match of the day in the Premier League on Saturday is the live satellite tea-time kick-off between Manchester City and Spurs at the Etihad and based on previous corresponding Premier League matches City should win as they’ve won seven of the last ten, Spurs won two, there was one draw and seven of these encounters ended with three or more goals.

There ARE football tips today.

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