Another round of fixtures means another Super Sunday, with four live Premier League games on TV throughout the day. I could get used to this.
Here’s a double I’ve picked out from the best of the action.
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur: Both Teams to Score @ 4/5
Southampton will have been disappointed with their lacklustre start to the new season, slipping to a 1-0 defeat at Crystal Palace before being dumped out of the Carabao Cup by Championship side Brentford.
Manager Ralph Hasenhuttl said ‘it will be very difficult to win games’ after their cup upset, but they arguably had the better chances against Palace – outshooting their opponents 9-5.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs are another side on a downwards trajectory. Soundly beaten by Everton on the opening weekend, they limped past Bulgarian outfit Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the Europa League during the week – scoring twice in the last 15 minutes after their hosts were reduced to nine men.
Now they make the trip back across Europe, with seven of their players having started both games, making this potentially their third game in seven days.
Both sides have bagged in 10 of the last 11 meetings between these two sides and I fancy that to happen again with goals predicted.
Chelsea v Liverpool: Both Teams to Score and Over 2.5 Goals @ 17/20.
This game has the potential to be the pinnacle of this weekend’s football, as Champions Liverpool visit Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The hosts were 3-1 winners away at Brighton on Monday night, and will have been glad to see Timo Werner settle in instantly – earning his side a first half penalty.
The Champions, meanwhile, were 4-3 victors at home to Leeds United in what was an absolutely belting end-to-end game.
‘One season wonder’ Mohamed Salah has hit the ground running once again this term, bagging a hat-trick against last season’s Championship winners.
The resolute defence that won Liverpool their first league title in 30 years seems to have disappeared after Project Restart though – with that game seeing them concede three for the third time in just nine games.
That run includes their 5-3 victory over today’s opponents at Anfield in July, and I see no reason not to back goals once again.