Premier League: Heads up, Rudiger…

Today’s early game in the Premier League sees Newcastle travel south (don’t they always: ed?) to take on newly promoted Cardiff.

Both teams lost their opening fixtures, Newcastle while playing well at home to Tottenham and Cardiff a tight game at Bournemouth.

The home side will look upon this fixture as a great opportunity to get off the mark for the season, but they play something of a bogey side as they have lost their last 10 league games against the Magpies.

Newcastle probably are the better side, but showed weakness up front against Spurs last week. Cardiff will look to spoil the game and hope to score via a set piece. Throw in the animosity between the two coaches, and this screams out as a draw, and probably a goalless one. We’ll guard against an own goal by backing no goalscorer at 6/1.

The late game sees Arsenal traveling to Chelsea for a tasty London derby.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery must have crossed a black cat in arriving in London because a home game against Manchester City and then a visit to Stamford Bridge is hardly the luckiest way to start his new regime.

We at Lap of the Odds saw these two teams play a preseason game in Dublin, and although Arsenal won a penalty shootout after the game ended 1-1 this only happened after Chelsea changed most of their side. The Blues dominated for most of the game and we think they will be on the front foot for most of this clash.

Big central defender Antonio Rudiger scored a header in that game (and had another great chance) as Arsenal’s defence struggled. We’ll take the 11/1 on offer that he does so again.

Recommendations:

Cardiff/Newcastle: No goalscorer at 13/2, 1 pt, SkyBet

Chelsea/Arsenal: Rudiger to score anytime, 1 pt, at 11/1, Unibet 

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