Soccer Saturday is where most of us get a football fix for the week, the most football games in the world are played on this day, so plenty of chances to make some money.
Celtic come into this game against St Johnstone winning their only Premier League game so far beating Hearts by a score of 2-1 in that encounter. They also come after a strong home win against the Hapoel team in mid-week where they smashed 5 goals past them including 3 in the first half, and the scoring was well spread across various players in the team. In fact coming into this encounter in their UEFA Champions League qualifiers, they have found the back of the net in 4 out of 5 games, with 3 of them where they smashed 2 goals at the back of the net.
Leigh Griffiths has already got 5 goals in 6 games, Dembele 4 goals in 7 games and Rogic 3 goals in 5 games. They have a number of players who are still building up their form, Sinclair already netted 2 goals so far while Forrest, Bitton, Ciftci, Commons and McGregor have yet to sparkle so far.
They take on St. Johnstone who had 3 goals smashed past them by Celtic in 3 out of the 4 meetings played last season, while the last game saw Celtic play a rotated squad as they already secured the title by then. St Johnstone already nabbed 4 points from the 2 games played so far, but they were held to a 0-0 against an unclinical Motherwell while they conceded 2 goals against a better Hearts team. They have shown to be vulnerable defensively last season and that could be the inclination that Celtic might be looking for.
I think Celtic have shown us some great scoring form so far this campaign, and I expect them to find another 2 goals at the back of the net tonight.
Everyone always want to know whether you can play and win a game on a blustery afternoon at Stoke, and Manchester City have actually losing 2-0 last year at the Britannia and will want to make amends in the start of this new campaign. Manchester City will look in a better confidence on the offensive end after stealing a victory last week against Sunderland and then smashing Bucharest in mid-week. The common factor in both those games, Sergio Aguero finding the back of the net. While Aguero nabbed a hat-trick in midweek; he could have easily had 5 goals if he didn’t miss those 2 penalties. I think that will turn around that mind-set and will continue to take penalties for the team in the Premier League.
Aguero has actually enjoyed playing against Stoke City, finding the back of the net, scoring 2 penalties and netting another goal in their last 3 games against Stoke in the league. He will be aiming to continue on that rich vein of form as long as there is great support to him from De Bruyne, Silva and Sterling from the midfield while Kolarov and Sagna will be aiming to create chances from the wings when they bomb on forward. Aguero has the ability to come up with some brilliance at anytime; and I expect him to be leading the line and score a goal against Stoke to help Manchester City win this game.
England Premier League
Chelsea to beat Watford @ 1.67 (Bet365) – 3 points
Watford v Chelsea – BTTS @ 1.67 (Bet365) – 3 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
Chelsea started out the new season under Antonio Conte in great form by winning the game late on with a 2-1 win against West Ham and will be aiming to secure another win when they travel away to Watford this weekend. Chelsea go into this season without any European football, so their mind is squarely fixed on winning the Premier League and in order to do that, they need to keep things tight at the back and not concede in a poor fashion like they did last week. Eden Hazard gave us a reminder last week of what we had missed out last season, he was back to his best and his partnership with Costa will see a lot of positive momentum moving forward for Chelsea as the season goes on. The biggest decision facing Conte is whether to continue playing a 4-2-3-1 system, or bringing in Batshuayi who looked good in the 10 minute cameo and shift to a 4-4-2 formation. Either way, Chelsea liked good last week for the goals and will be continue that attacking brand of football in this game.
Watford were lucky to grab a steady 1-1 draw on the opening weekend against Southampton despite going down to 10 men and will feel that will give them confidence coming into this weekend’s game against Chelsea. They have 2 recognised strikers in Ighalo and Deeney and that makes Watford one of the few teams to play with a 4-4-2 formation. That leave some opportunities for opponents to attack them on the counter attack which is the kind of football that Chelsea like. Watford will rely on their defensive midfielders in Capoue and Behrami to keep the opponents in check, and if they are unable to, you could see that Chelsea could steam roll them.
I expect Chelsea to push on for a strong win, especially since they got off to a good win against West Ham which will build their confidence.
England Premier League
Leicester v Arsenal – BTTS & Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.95 (Bet365) – 2.5 points
Leicester v Arsenal – Over 10 Asian Corners @ 2 (Bet365) – 2 points (#INPLAYMAGIC)
Leicester come home to the King Power stadium looking to turn around the poor form after the shocking 2-1 loss to Hull City last weekend. Despite Riyad Mahrez getting on the score sheet, the team didn’t deliver a strong performance in front of goal with Vardy, Gray and Musa missing some plain sitters in front of goal, and will need to turn around that come this week against Arsenal. Leicester will feel that the Arsenal defence is ripe for the taking after the numerous injuries that they are facing. The most interesting games from last year in the Premier League were the games between these 2 sides, as they were one of 2 teams to beat Leicester in the league and they in-fact did the double over Leicester last season and the Foxes will be looking for revenge coming on to this game.
Arsenal despite their defensive headaches which might continue into this week, really showed decent flow going forward. While they had the opening goal and then went 4-1 down; they came back to 4-3 to be within 10 minutes of securing a draw against Liverpool. Arsenal will be missing Iwobi and Ramsey from this weekend, and will replace them with Cazorla and Chamberlain to come in their place, both of whom showed great glimpses of form when they came off the bench. The defence will continue to remain shaky with the likes of Koscielny possibly coming back and partnering Chambers at the centre, which still leaves them vulnerable at the back.
Neither team is coming into this game with defensive security as Leicester have leaked 4 goals in their 2 competitive fixtures this season and 9 goals in 3 games during the International Champions Cup. On the other hand, Arsenal have conceded 4 last weekend to Liverpool while 5 goals in 5 pre-season games as well. I think both teams will be looking to attack the defence of the opposition who are lacking confidence, while their attacking prowess will be on display. I am backing both teams to score and over 2.5 goals in this fixture.