SOCCER Saturday is back today after the international break, and I am really focussed on turning this really poor form around.
England Premier League
Man City DNB to beat Arsenal @ 1.80 (Betfair) – 3 points
Man City come into this key encounter against Arsenal on the back of a defeat to Stoke City and having also lost to Arsenal in the Community Shield, will be extremely motivated for a victory tonight.
Arsenal come into this game with their new 16 million pound signing Welbeck ready to take charge and start up front. Wenger will be aiming to play most of his top players after the international break but instrumental Aaron Ramsey is most likely going to be out for a fortnight. Defensively is where Arsenal seems to be a bit shaky as he has conceded in all 3 Premier League games so far, and that does not bode confidence for them. Koscielny looks to be out for a few weeks, so young Calum Chambers is stepping in, there is a lack of solidity to Arsenal’s back line.
Man City will be happy to the good start to the season they have made, and with Aguero striking form early, Pellegrini will feel he has a better attacking threat to help him to out-score Arsenal. What really worries Man City is the poor form of Yaya Toure. The Ivorian has looked a shadow of himself so far this season; and unless he turns around form, it might be difficult for Man City to retain the title. Defensively Man City looks extremely solid and there is a possibility that Mangala might replace Dimechelis to add more stability to the back. This game will be a true test of Man City’s title credentials with their first tough opponents, so they will come out aggressive looking for a positive result. This is the reason I back Man City DNB tonight.
Chelsea to score in both halves v Swansea @ 2.00 (Bet365) – 2 points
Mourinho’s men have gone ahead and stomped to victory in their opening 3 encounters in the Premier League. Chelsea have managed to go on a full throttle attack in all their games, and after netting 11 goals in 3 games you can say they are ready to take on the title of favorites for the league.
Diego Costa has been a true inspiration for the front line of Chelsea netting in all 3 games played so far and with the addition of Remy; this will give Mourinho enough firepower to challenge on all 4 title fronts. With the Arsenal taking on Manchester City just before they kick off; Mourinho will be hoping that beating an unbeaten Swansea will put them to the top of the table at end of Matchday 4.
Chelsea have managed to net in the first half in 2 games, and net in the second half in 2 games; while the team was still bonding together and getting a proper understanding. After the international break, expect all their players to have picked up their training, fitness and be ready to strike with more furore than before.
Swansea have kept 2 clean sheets in their last 3 games, however they haven’t been challenged by any top side. Gary Monk is extremely new management; has failed to succeed in any of his big fixtures in his short career. His teams have conceded 4 against Liverpool, 3 against Everton, 2 against a struggling Arsenal. They haven’t done much to strengthen defensively this campaign; and I believe his squad will come un-stuck against a strong Chelsea outfit.
I take the pick of Chelsea to score both halves as they will want to hit the ground running with a good first half goal, and then Remy who will be expected to make his debut in the 2nd half along with a number of players (Drogba, Willian, Ramires, Schurrle) who need to prove themselves, and that should easily lead to a 2nd half goal.
Liverpool DC to beat Aston Villa @ 2.05 (Betfair) – 2 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
Liverpool v Aston Villa – Over 14 Asian corners @ 1.83 (Bet365) – 2.5 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
Wolverhampton to beat Blackpool @ 1.95 (William Hill) – 3 points
France Ligue 1
Rennes v PSG – Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score anytime @ 2.00 (Betfair) – 3 points
Portugal Segunda Liga
Freamunde DNB to beat Feirense @ 2.20 (Ladbrokes) – 2 points
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