By News Team
17th September 2020
The Premier League returns this weekend with some mouth-watering ties, not least Chelsea vs Liverpool, with Frank Lampard’s men set to face one of their toughest tests of the season.
Read on for our preview of the best of this weekend’s action.
Coming of age moment for Chelsea?
Chelsea host Premier League champions Liverpool on Sunday in the feature game of matchweek two. It could prove to be one of the Blues’ defining moments, a chance to show where Frank Lampard’s new-look side are in terms of their redevelopment.
Fresh faces Timo Werner and Kai Havertz made their debuts in the 3-1 win at the Amex against Brighton on Monday, with the former impressing particularly and his blistering pace offering a new element to Chelsea’s front line that hasn’t been seen since the exit of Eden Hazard. Chelsea shot-stopper Kepa Arrizabalaga remained unconvincing, however, as the club’s search for a new goalkeeper rumbles om, with Rennes’ Edouard Mendy rumoured to be on his way to west London in the near future.
Liverpool’s 4-3 win against Leeds was the most entertaining match of the opening weekend, and question marks have been raised over Jurgen Klopp’s back line as a result, with both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Virgil van Dijk, two stand-out stars from last year’s title-winning campaign, failing to impress.
The Reds are still favourites for the victory in this one at 6/5, however, while Chelsea to win is currently priced at 11/5 – but it’s the both teams to score win market that looks the most appealing. With both sides showing various defences frailties last weekend, goals at both ends seem a given, and you can get Liverpool to win with both teams to score at 5/2, while a Chelsea win with both teams to score is 4/1.
Everton finding their feet
It was the perfect start for Everton against Spurs last weekend, with three points, a clean sheet and a ‘top-six’ scalp away from home. It was also the first time that Everton had beaten Spurs in the Premier League in over eight years, and Carlo Ancelotti seems to have his side believing again.
The arrivals of James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure were certainly noticeable on Sunday afternoon. Both Allan and Doucoure’s class shone through in the middle of the park, while James’ creativity proved that there is lot to be excited about on the blue half of Merseyside this season.
Everton’s next opponents this Saturday, West Brom, on the other hand, were put to the sword by Brendan Rodgers’ Leicester, as Jamie Vardy picked straight back up from where he left off last season with a brace.
On the back of those two performances, Everton should expect nothing less than two wins from two here, which is priced at 8/15, while you can get West Brom to bounce back with a victory at 11/2. James to get his first Premier League goal for Everton, meanwhile, is 17/10.
West Ham’s horror run begins
West Ham boss David Moyes would have liked to see a big performance on Saturday evening against Newcastle, but instead he saw the polar opposite. West Ham were outplayed and looked flat in their 2-0 home defeat to Newcastle, and now a horror run of fixtures awaits, with Arsenal, Wolves, Leicester, Spurs, Manchester City and Liverpool their next six Premier League opponents consecutively.
A big response is needed from the Hammers this Saturday at the Emirates Stadium, but it’ll be unlikely against an Arsenal side who are looking like they have a lot going for them at the moment and will be licking their lips at the sight of the Hammers’ performance last weekend.
Arsenal are 52/100 to win this one as strong favourites, while star-man Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is 23/10 to get the first goal following the signing of his new contract. West Ham are priced at 5/1 for a shock upset in north London.