The Premier League takes a break after this weekend – and we’re hoping for goals galore before international football takes over.
Here are our top betting tips and predictions for three of the top-flight games taking place over the next 48 hours, including a monster clash on Sunday.
Chelsea vs Sheffield United – Saturday, 5.30pm (LIVE on talkSPORT)
A new goalkeeper seems to have made all the difference for Chelsea.
There was strong criticism in the early part of the season over the Blues’ defensive abilities under Frank Lampard after they shipped three goals to both West Brom and Southampton.
But Edouard Mendy’s arrival from Rennes has helped sparked a turnaround and they now look formidable at the back, keeping five clean sheets on the spin for the first time since October 2010.
Chelsea are firing in attack too – scoring ten goals in their last three games in all competitions – and Timo Werner has really burst into life to show why he is considered one of the brightest talents in world football.
The German has seven goals in his last seven matches for club and country and is now Chelsea’s designated penalty taker, with both his goals against Rennes in midweek coming from the spot.
Sheffield United were the Premier League’s surprise package last season and had Chelsea’s number, winning 3-0 at Bramall Lane and drawing 2-2 at Stamford Bridge.
But the Blades are struggling this term – they have yet to win in seven games, picked up just a single point, and have found the net only three times.
So we simply can’t see anything but a comfortable victory for in-form Chelsea this weekend. We’re backing Mendy to make it six games on the spin without conceding and you can get 27/20 for a Chelsea win and clean sheet.
Werner will play a key role once more and is 5/4 to score anytime. It’s 13/2 he nets twice or more again – well worth a punt in our mind.
We also like the 3/1 on offer for Chelsea to win both halves and Werner to score anytime. That’s exactly what has happened in their last three games.
talkSPORT’s best bets
- Chelsea to keep clean sheet – 11/10 (BET HERE)
- Chelsea to win and Mendy to keep clean sheet – 27/20 (BET HERE)
- Chelsea to win both halves and Werner to score – 3/1 (BET HERE)
- Werner to score two or more – 13/2 (BET HERE)
West Brom vs Tottenham – Sunday, 12pm (LIVE on talkSPORT)
This clash pits the Premier League’s worst defence this season against its most prolific attack.
Like Sheffield United, West Brom are winless this season, and they look destined to make an immediate return to the Championship.
The Baggies were dispatched with ease by fellow newly-promoted side Fulham on Monday night and have shipped 17 goals in their opening seven games.
They now come up against a Tottenham side that are the leading scorers in the Premier League and could go top with a win – albeit temporarily with Leicester and Liverpool playing later in the day.
Spurs have netted 18 times in their opening seven games, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min forming a formidable pairing.
Gareth Bale may have arrived from Real Madrid in the summer but he’s been unable to upstage the duo so far, with Kane and Son scoring 14 of their side’s goals between them.
Kane is the top-flight’s top creator this term too, and by some distance, having claimed eight assists.
Both men will fancy their chances of finding the net against Slaven Bilic’s struggling side – it is 3/1 that they both score and Tottenham win.
Kane is averaging at least four shots a game and, at 11/8, Tottenham to win and Kane to have two shots on target looks decent value.
The England captain could well outscore shot-shy West Brom on his own – it/s 12/5 for that to happen – while you can get 16/5 for Son to do the same.
talkSPORT’s best bets
- Kane to score and Tottenham to win – 13/10 (BET HERE)
- Kane to outscore West Brom – 12/5 (BET HERE)
- Tottenham to win and Kane to have 2 or more shots on target – 11/8 (BET HERE)
- Kane to score anytime, Son to score anytime and Tottenham to win – 3/1 (BET HERE)
Manchester City vs Liverpool – Sunday, 4.30pm
What a cracker this is so early in the season as the title rivals clash at the Etihad Stadium – and there’s arguably more pressure on Pep Guardiola than Jurgen Klopp.
A City win would see them move within two points of Liverpool, with a game in hand. Lose and City will fall eight points behind the 2019/20 champions – and be left playing catch up once again.
With Sergio Aguero sidelined due to injury, City have been far less prolific than we are used to seeing under Guardiola this season, scoring nine times in their six top-flight games in 2020/21.
Liverpool have had no such issues in attack this season and have netted 17 times in seven games. While losing Virgil van Dijk was a bitter blow, they have won five games in all competitions on the spin in his absence and Joel Matip should return to strengthen their defence further this weekend.
Klopp must decide whether to start Diogo Jota – at the expense of Roberto Firmino – after his hat-trick in the Champions League in midweek.
Whoever Klopp picks alongside Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah, Liverpool will pose plenty of problems for City and we are backing them to prove they are a class above and set down a marker that they remain the team to beat. It’s 12/5 for Liverpool to take all three points – we’re jumping on that.
While Jota is in great form for the Reds, he may not even play so we’re steering clear of him in the goals market and backing Mo Salah to prove the difference for Liverpool.
Salah has seven goals already this term – almost as many as City’s entire team – and is 6/4 to net anytime, while you can get 18/5 for the Egyptian to score and Liverpool to win.
Liverpool have scored two goals in each of their last four Premier League games but have conceded in each of them too.
City, meanwhile, have netted just one goal in each of their last four Premier League games but have looked more solid at the back. So we’re not expecting this to be a high-scoring encounter.
Both teams to score and under 3.5 goals is tempting at 12/5 and if, like us, you fancy Liverpool to emerge victorious then you can get under 3.5 goals and a Liverpool win at 17/4.
talkSPORT’s best bets
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