Arsenal and Everton are the big teams in action during Saturday's 3pm kick-offs and Mike Norman fancies both to be involved in entertaining games while our man also fancies Fulham to get their first win of the season on Sunday...
"Since the Cherries got promoted to the Premier League these two teams have met six times, with a total of 25 goals being scored (an average of over four per game)."
Emery's first win won't be a straightforward one
Arsenal 1.42/5 v West Ham 8.615/2; The Draw 5.69/2
A match between two teams that have lost both of their opening league games, conceding 11 goals (Arsenal five, West Ham six) between them in the process. There shouldn't really be anything to be overly alarmed with quite yet though, given the Gunners have faced Manchester City and Chelsea, while Liverpool away was the Hammers' first fixture of the season.
Last week's home loss to Bournemouth will definitely be a cause for concern however amongst West Ham fans, and should the Hammers lose at the Emirates on Saturday afternoon then they will repeat their three-game losing start to last season. Take note Manuel Pellegrini; Slaven Bilic never recovered from that slow start and was sacked a few months later.
Performance wise Arsenal never really threatened against City, while to the point where they went 2-0 down at Stamford Bridge they looked all over the place. Unai Emery's men did bounce back in decent fashion to level the scores at 2-2, but they rarely looked like getting the winner before Chelsea snatched the points late on.
West Ham were poor at Anfield, albeit against a very good team, and by all accounts they weren't much better against Bournemotuh with sections of fans ringing out a chorus of boos at full-time.
I believe Emery's men will have too much for West Ham in this encounter but I don't envisage it to be all plain sailing. Both sides have looked very suspect at the back in their opening games and I won't be surprised at all if both attacks create plenty of chances.
It goes without saying that you'd have to fancy Arsenal's attack to outscore West Ham's if the game does open up, and that's how I'll be wagering in this match; a home win with both sides getting on the scoresheet.
Cherries and Toffees to serve up another goalfest
Bournemouth 2.727/4 v Everton 2.89/5; The Draw 3.55/2
Both Bournemouth and Everton have made very encouraging starts to the new season which means we should be set for an excellent clash when the two sides meet at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Cherries comfortably defeated newly-promoted Cardiff on the first weekend of the season before coming from a goal behind to beat West Ham last week. Eddie Howe's men come with few surprises; they'll line-up 4-4-2 with the excellent Callum Wilson leading the line, they'll be well organised, stick to their game plan, and you have to be on your game to beat them. They're a rock solid mid-table side.
Everton will probably set their sights a little higher after drawing away at Wolves - despite playing with 10 men for more than half of the game - before beating Southampton far more comfortably than the 2-1 scoreline suggests.
Marco Silva looks to have recruited really well with his big-money signing Richarlison hitting the ground running with three goals in two games. Theo Walcott and Gylfi Sigurosson are excellent support players alongside the Brazilian, with the trio playing just behind lone striker Cenk Tosun who had a fantastic game against the Saints last weekend.
Silva still has new signings Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne, Andre Gomes, and Bernard still to come into his side when they're fully fit and required, and you get the feeling that this Everton team will be on the premises of a Top Six Finish all season long. They certainly look like they're capable of scoring plenty of goals, which wasn't always the case last term.
And it's goals that I fancy in this game; both clubs should be full of confidence after the starts they've made to their campaigns, and in recent seasons this fixture has never been short of goals. Since the Cherries got promoted to the Premier League these two teams have met six times, with a total of 25 goals being scored (an average of over four per game).
Fulham fancied to gain first win of the season
Fulham 2.1211/10 v Burnley 4.1; The Draw 3.412/5
Because of their Europa League commitments this will be Burnley's eighth game in four weeks; they are yet to win any of their previous six inside 90 minutes.
It's not the ideal start for Sean Dyche's men by any means and Saturday's home defeat to Watford has already got some Clarets fans wondering whether participating in Europe will ultimately be their downfall this term. It's a tough juggling act that's for sure, although the 3-1 defeat to Olympiakos on Thursday means it might not be an issue for much longer...
A lack of goals has also been a concern for Burnley in the early stages of the season, and for that reason I'm willing to take a chance on Fulham gaining their first win back in the Premier League when the two sides meet at Craven Cottage on Sunday.
The Cottagers haven't started the season great either, losing at home to Crystal Palace before losing late on at Wembley to Tottenham last weekend. But Slaviša Jokanovic's men performed with a lot of credit in the second half of that game, and even squandered a good chance when the scores were level at 1-1.
Fulham spent a lot of money in the summer transfer window and you sense that there are at least three or four teams worse off than them in terms of ability in the Premier League, and that avoiding relegation is well within their capabilities. They'll no doubt target games like this one to take all three points, and with Burnley not quite on form yet then this is a great opportunity to get their first win of the season.
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2018/19 Season P/L:
Staked: 8 pts
Returned: 5.91 pts
P/L: -2.09 pts
- 2017/18 P/L = +20.09 pts from 128 pts staked (15.69% ROI)
- 2016/17 P/L = +42.63 pts from 160 pts staked (26.64% ROI)
- 2015/16 P/L = +14.99 pts from 234 pts staked (6.4% ROI)
- 2014/15 P/L = +35.30 pts from 215 pts staked (16.42% ROI)
Back Arsenal Win & BTTS v West Ham @ 13/8
Back Over 3.5 Goals in Bournemouth v Everton @ 11/5 (best bet)
Back Fulham to beat Burnley @ 2.1211/10