The two teams have made excellent starts to the Premier League season, and this match could lay down a marker of intent
The seventh round of action in the Premier League is sure to be a memorable one, with title challengers Chelsea and Liverpool locking horns at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening (29 September). In addition, defending champions Manchester City welcome Brighton to the Etihad Stadium, while on the following day, Cardiff City will be looking for their first win of the season against Burnley.
First things first
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First up, Premier League champions Manchester City host Brighton at the Etihad. City sit second in the table with 16 points from five games, and won this corresponding fixture 2-0 last season, and we are expecting another simple victory for the Citizens on this occasion.
Brighton, meanwhile, are very much facing an uphill struggle after some dreadful results on the road in recent months. They have not won any of their last 15 matches away from home and are unlikely to break that habit at the home of the champions this weekend.
City are priced at just 1.071 to take all three points while Brighton, to give you an idea of the magnitude of their task, are all the way out at 23.00 to record a shock victory. A 4-0 win for City comes in at 8.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$40 pay out – you can also back over 2.5 goals in the game at just 1.30, according to Oddsshark.
Chelsea and Liverpool clash in pick of the weekend contests
Following on from their League Cup match this past Wednesday night at Anfield, Chelsea and Liverpool now meet at Stamford Bridge in the Premier League. Chelsea prevailed 2-1 in midweek but this match will be a very different proposition altogether.
Both teams are unbeaten in the league, with Liverpool still boasting a 100 per cent record six rounds into the campaign. Chelsea won this fixture 1-0 last season but it is Liverpool who have the better overall record – they have won 77 of the 179 matches between the two teams, while Chelsea have just 62 wins to their name.
Three of the last five meetings between these two teams have ended in draws, but we are expecting a different outcome this time around. Despite being on the road, Liverpool come in as slight favourites at 2.37 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season, with Chelsea slightly higher at 2.87 to take the points.
This is likely to be a very close call indeed, with a 1-0 win for Liverpool coming in at 12.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment. You could also more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals in the game at a price of 2.15.
Cardiff still looking for first win
And finally, Cardiff City host Burnley on the Sunday afternoon still looking for their first league win of the season. The Welsh side are next to bottom with just two points so far, having lost four games and conceded 14 goals at a worrying rate of 2.33 goals per game.
Despite their heroics to finish seventh last term this has been a very slow start to the current campaign for Sean Dyche and his Burnley side. To make matters worse, they were eliminated from the League Cup in midweek at the hands of lowly Burton Albion and have ,managed just one league win so far this season – although that did come in their most recent outing, as they thrashed Bournemouth 4-0.
And with home advantage, it is Cardiff who come in as slight favourites to get their first league win under their belt. You can more than double your money by backing the Welsh outfit at 2.50, with visitors Burnley priced slightly higher at 3.00, the same price as a draw.
Given Burnley’s inconsistent form and the fact Cardiff are playing in front of their own fans, we are backing the home side to edge this game. A 1-0 win for Cardiff comes in at 7.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$35 pay out.
Premier League round 7 fixtures:
Saturday, 29 September
(4.00) West Ham United x Manchester United (1.85); draw (3.60)
(1.40) Arsenal x Watford (6.50); draw (5.00)
(1.72) Everton x Fulham (4.50); draw (3.75)
(8.00) Huddersfield Town x Tottenham Hotspur (1.40); draw (4.50)
(1.071) Manchester City x Brighton (23.00); draw (11.00)
(2.40) Newcastle United x Leicester City (3.00); draw (3.20)
(1.72) Wolverhampton Wanderers x Southampton (5.00); draw (3.50)
(2.87) Chelsea x Liverpool (2.37); draw (3.40)
Sunday, 30 September
(2.50) Cardiff City x Burnley (3.00); draw (3.00)
Monday, 1 October
(2.20) Bournemouth x Crystal Palace (3.20); draw (3.40)