We are back for the first SUPER SUNDAY of the new Football Season. Looking forward to taking some opportunities to cash in on some value in the markets.
England Premier League
Southampton DNB to beat Newcastle @ 1.90 (Bet365) – 2 points
Newcastle v Southampton – Pelle Anytime Scorer @ 3.15 (888Sport) – 2 pointsSouthampton’s Graziano Pelle had a great breakout season last time around when he netted 16 times for the Saints, and he will be expected to lead the line for the team again in the new season. Pelle who was a late starter to football, manage to score against most of the teams in the league last season, that also saw him make his full international debut during that spell.
He is already coming off in confident mood after netting the opening goal for them in both legs their Europa League qualifying campaign against Dutch side Vitesse. In addition he netted 7 goals in the total pre-season campaign; which will stand him in good stead coming into an important campaign where Southampton have European football and are expected to perform better than last season. He was even subbed off after around 70 minutes; so he can be rested for this important fixture.
He travels to Newcastle who have barely made any changes to their back line and only kept 2 clean sheets all of last campaign; which brings into question on how they plan to win games if they cannot keep tight at the back. Steve McClaren is coming off a season where his Derby team were a lock for the promotion, and then did not even make the playoffs after that. McClarens teams have always had an issue on the defensive end
A price of over evens for an anytime scorer is always good; and someone who is scoring goals and is in form against a team that generally has a poor defence, for the prize of 3.10 is a gift in my opinion.
Stoke entertain Liverpool with a lot of confidence going behind them especially after the strong showing made by them on the last day of the season, when they demolished Liverpool by a score of 6-1.
Stoke have signed a good bunch of players leading up into this season that has helped them strengthen and give experience such as Glen Johnson, Joselu, Ibrahim Afellay, Sergio Molina, Shay Given, van Ginkel. They still retain a core of their players who performed well last season to help to a 9th place finish last year such as Adam, Bojan, Walters, Diouf, Ireland, Arnautovic among others who will continue delivering a strong performance for the coming season. Mark Hughes has made the Britannia Stadium some what of a fortress and had a better home record than several big teams like Swansea, West Ham, Everton, West Brom etc. Stoke are intact really good on the offensive end especially at home with only Chelsea keeping them to a clean sheet in the whole of last campaign.
Liverpool have strengthened their lineup with a bunch of attacking signings such as Firmino, Benteke, Ings, Milner as well as Clyne. Those signings help them to resolve their issue of scoring goals an creating chances while going forwards; however with lack of any new defensive signings, its still leaves them vulnerable towards conceding, much like they did when they conceded 6 at the end of the campaign.
Liverpool did not face any major opposition during their pre-season tour and despite that they conceded goals against average opposition like Swindon Town, Malayasian All Stars and Brisbane Roar. As ever Skrtel, Loveren & Mignolet should start off on the defensive end but they have showed last year that they are vulnerable especially at set pieces where Stoke City tend to grab a lot of their goals.
For this price of 1.85, it should be a relative banker for both of these teams to score in this encounter.