Bournemouth's possession v Leicester's cut and thrust tactics
Two teams with contrasting tactical approaches that both focus on attacking football meet at Dean Court in what should be a pulsating end-to-end encounter. Bournemouth's possession and high line approach should both penetrate Leicester's hoof-and-charge mentality and leave them vulnerable on the counter.
Bournemouth have averaged 52% possession so far, and have attempted more passes than 13 other Premier League clubs; there is no doubt that Eddie Howe is looking to continue with the fearless, aesthetically pleasing approach that led them to The Championship title. The creativity of Matt Ritchie and explosive movement of their front two should cause problems for Leicester's slow back four.
However, their territorial dominance favours Leicester's tactics. Claudio Ranieri has continued with Nigel Pearson's remarkably simple counter-attacking style; Jamie Vardy barges his way towards goal, the back six lump the ball to the wings, and Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez (who have scored or assisted seven of their eight goals so far) do the rest.
In the opening three games Leicester have made the fewest short passes (169 per match), the most inaccurate long balls (44.5), and achieved the lowest pass accuracy (69.1%) and overall possession (37%) in the league.
As Bournemouth press high up the pitch and attack with constant menace, Leicester will happily conceded possession and await the opportunity to punt the ball forward and rush towards goal. It could be a highly entertaining game of football.
Back over 3.5 goals at 21/10
Villa's new creativity vs Sunderland's shambolic defence
Excitement is building around Villa Park because, although the media remain pessimistic about Aston Villa's chances of avoiding a relegation scrap, fans know that creativity is waiting in the wings. Both Carles Gil and Jack Grealish have now returned to training, and - along with Adama Traore - could create an attacking trio to rival the top ten. Sunderland's dazzlingly chaotic defence is the perfect opportunity for Villa to showcase their reinvented attack.
Grealish's qualities are well publicised; his intelligence and subtle creativity will be crucial elements of Tim Sherwood's attack this season. The other two players are less known to English football, but both have shown great potential. Carles Gil averaged 3.6 dribbles per match and 1.2 key passes in his four Premier League games last campaign, and the playmaker is now back in favour with Tim Sherwood. Adama Traore's powerful run and assist at Crystal Palace displayed his more brutish, less nuanced attacking style; these three could complement each other superbly.
Sunderland's defensive frailties are numerous, but one key aspect is the fragility and nervousness of Patrick van Aanholt. The Dutch left-back has averaged 2 unsuccessful touches and been dispossessed 1.3 times per match this season. He has also been dribbled past twice per match and has been directly at fault for three of Sunderland's goals conceded.
The zig-zag back line and bizarrely disorganised pressing of Sunderland presents the perfect opportunity for Tim Sherwood to unveil his new vision for Aston Villa. Gil, Grealish, and Traore could all flourish against Dick Advocaat's struggling side.
Back Villa to win and over 2.5 goals at 11/5
Chelsea's Pedro vs Crystal Palace's wingers
Alan Pardew's preference for counter-attacking football - huddling in rigid defensive formation before pouncing down the wings when possession is recovered - creates pockets of space for the opposition out wide, because both Wilfried Zaha and Bakary Sako are relieved of defensive responsibilities. Saturday's match will be a good opportunity for Pedro to continue his excellent start to life in England.
As exemplified in the matches against Arsenal and Aston Villa, Palace's wingers frequently lurk high up the pitch even as the opposition press forward with the ball. The central midfield trio are expected to shimmy across to cover wide areas, but this is not always successful; Adama Traore's run and deflected goal came due to a lack of midfield cover on the flank, and Arsenal's opener - an Oliver Giroud volley from a Mesut Ozil cross - was similarly the result of absent Palace wingers.
Pedro, who created three chances and scored the winning goal on his debut, could flourish in this space on the right. If Sako does not defend doggedly and help cover the overlapping Branislav Ivanovic, Palace will surely be overwhelmed in this area.
Back Pedro to score any time at 5/4
Swansea's Montero v Man Utd's Damian
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This match, between two tactically astute managers favouring caution and pragmatism in the bigger games, is likely to be decided by the slimmest of margins. One key area of the pitch will be Jefferson Montero's head-to-head battle with Matteo Darmian, as the game's most in-form player takes on the least experienced.
Montero (3 dribbles, 2.7 key passes per match) terrorised Branislav Ivanovic and Daryl Janmaat in the opening two matches; the former looked hopelessly slow and undignified whilst the latter saw red.
United's new right-back has made an assured start in England, looking composed in possession and strong in the tackle. However, his opponents to date have been relatively poor, with none possessing the speed, agility, or directness of Montero.
This match could be won by a single goal as two highly structured teams battle cautiously for victory. Montero's dual with Darmian is perhaps the most fascinating subplot that could develop.
Back the draw at 11/5