Premier League: Big stars to shine

There are three games scheduled for Sunday in the Premier League, with one of the first being Chelsea’s trip to Burnley.

This game is scheduled for a Sunday because both teams have been competing in the Europa League on Thursdays. However, the difference in the size and quality of the two squads has been shown in the league results after European matches – Burnley have struggled while Chelsea remain undefeated and just two points off the Premier League lead.

There may be some hope for the Clarets as Chelsea star Eden Hazard is a doubt for the game, but we think this will just put the spotlight on Brazilian star Willian. He has been playing exceedingly well of late, and in what could be a tight game we take him to open the scoring.

Kicking off at the same time is the London derby between Crystal Palace and Arsenal. The Gunners are on a great roll, new manager Unai Emery has inspired the North London side to seven league wins on the trot. They are firm favourites to win this match.

It’s true Arsenal’s defence still needs working on, they haven’t kept a clean sheet in an away league game this season, but they are free scoring enough to get away with this. And Palace have only scored once in their last four, so are unlikely to be able to take advantage of any sloppiness.

One of Arsenal’s stars in the last few weeks has been striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The striker has come off the bench in the last two games to bag a brace. His pace creates an extra danger for the opposition as the game opens up in the latter stages. We’ll take the 4/1 on offer that he scores the last goal in this game.

The final game sees Manchester United host Everton. Normally this would be a home banker, but we’re not living in ordinary times as far as Manchester United are concerned. They have only won two of their four home games, and last time had to come back from 2-0 down against bottom of the table Newcastle.

Everton are in form, having won their last three league games, and have the fire power to cause United trouble.

That said, defensively Everton haven’t been great, conceding 12 goals from their nine games to date. We look for Paul Pogba to try and dominate the game from midfield. He has had 27 shots on goal this season, way more than any other teammate, and Paddy Power offers an enhanced 15/2 that he has at least three on target today. We’re aboard.


Burnley/Chelsea: William to score first, 1 pt, at 7/1, Paddy Power

Crystal Palace/Arsenal: Aubameyang to score the last goal, 1 pt, at 4/1, Ladbrokes 

Man Utd/Everton: Pogba to have at least three shots on target, 15/2, Paddy Power 

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