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With the transfer deadline day fast approaching football’s been awash with rumours, speculation and rejected transfer requests.
- Newcastle (DLD) v Arsenal (LWD) – Saturday 29th August
Whilst Newcastle are yet to win a league game this season, Arsenal looked shaky last time out against Liverpool and would have gone home empty handed were it not for the brilliance of Petr Cech. The centre back pairing of Calum Chambers and Gabriel looked uncomfortable, and could continue at the back, Koscielny is not expected to recover in time for this one, and Mertesacker is only 50/50. This is great news for Newcastle, and could affect the odds – Newcastle to win the game should fall from 6.2 to around 5.9. There is more fuel to this fire when you note that Steve McClaren will welcome back Daryl Janmaat from suspension.
Newcastle also enter into this one off the back of a spirited draw against Man Utd. They’ll need to be more lethal in front of goal to get a result from this one, though Serbian youngster Aleksandar Mitrovic has shown flashes of brilliance and is desperate to get off the mark for his new club.
Newcastle is always a tough place to go and this side are in need of a win, whilst Arsenal have looked out of sorts so far and are not at full strength. Buy Newcastle Under – Newcastle to take all three points to fall from verdict: 6.2 to below 6.0.
- West Ham (WLL) v Liverpool (WWD) – Saturday 29th August
Liverpool are quietly making a great start to this season, with three consecutive clean sheets and two wins out of three. West Ham’s problems have mounted since that opening day win at Arsenal however, Enner Valencia is out injured, Zarate’s still out, Adrian’s still suspended and Carl Jenkinson is suspended too after his red card against Bournemouth.
This means some serious reshuffling from Slaven Bilić; expect Tomkins to deputise on the right, and new signing Ogbonna to come back into the side, though note that this is a player who was hauled off after just 34 minutes in the 4-3 defeat to the Cherries.
A bigger problem for West Ham is a lack of firepower, with Zarate and Valencia injured, Carroll nowhere near full match fitness, and even Diafra Sakho carrying a knock alongside his ongoing police problems. The going will be very tough here against an in form Liverpool side, odds for the draw to rise slightly from 5.5 to 5.7. The loss of captain Kevin Nolan could also have split the West Ham dressing room to some degree. Nolan left seemingly suddenly by mutual consent as he could not be promised regular football; he’d been a prominent figure at the club for over four years.
Liverpool’s front trio of Benteke, Coutinho and Firmino have looked incredibly dangerous so far although they perhaps haven’t grasped how to complement one another fully quite yet. If not for Man of the Match Cech in the 0-0 against the Gunners, Liverpool would have won, and these three caused the Arsenal defence no end of problems. The defence was also ruthless; Skrtel and Lovren were rock solid, whilst Clyne and Gomez have slotted in easily.
All things considered Liverpool will certainly be going into this game looking for a comfortable win, and to continue their unbeaten, clean sheet status. Short already, but their opponents are not inspiring. Buy Liverpool Under with the SpiffIndex at 1.38. Verdict:
- Stoke (LDD) v West Brom (LDL) – Saturday 29th August
What in the past would have been written off by many as a drab low scoring affair could prove to be quite the opposite. West Brom currently sit bottom of the table, having conceded six and scored just two whilst Stoke are also still looking for their first win though they’ve looked markedly brighter. Arnautovic, Shaqiri and Adam should support frontman Diouf, though Affelay and Ireland are also in contention.
This’ll be Tony Pulis’ first trip back to the Britannia Stadium with the Baggies, but he’ll have a tough time. West Brom fielded a strong lineup in midweek against Port Vale, whilst Stoke rested many key players against Luton, and the fact that they had to go all the way to penalties could hamper the team’s performance on Saturday. Odds for Stoke to win to fall from 1.99 to 1.8.
The transfer saga surrounding Saido Berahino is another unneeded headache for Pullis. It is uncertain whether the striker’s in the right frame of mind, and was left out of last week’s match against Chelsea. First team Coach Gerry Francis told The Express and Star: “There’s things going on in the young man’s head at the moment and Tony doesn’t feel as though he’s been in the right frame of mind.”
He continued: “But that’s not to say he won’t be playing at the weekend.” Even if he does, it’s unlikely he’ll be fully focussed; add to this speculation surrounding Joleon Lescott after a contract dispute and things don’t look too harmonious at West Brom right now.
A speculative punt on West Brom Over might reap dividends. Odds for a West Brom win on the Verdict: are 4.5 and likely to go upwards.