Let’s hope this continues.
First up Sunday is Arsenal‘s visit to the northeast to take on Newcastle.
The Gunners have been allowed to spend money in the transfer window, smashing their transfer record for winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille. This adds to the abundant offensive talent the club already possesses. However, it’s the acquisitions of David Luiz from Chelsea and Celtic’s Kieran Tierney that are of most interest as they could fill defensive gaps that have been long apparent at the club. Still, that’s for another day as all three are unlikely to start today.
That said, Arsenal should have enough ability to see off the hosts this afternoon, after all they have won 12 of their last 13 matches against the Magpies. Additionally, 13 of the last 17 goals Arsenal have scored in all competitions have been scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (9) and Alexandre Lacazette (4). The latter is a doubt due to injury, so we’ll side with Aubameyang to open the scoring.
The feature game this afternoon sees two relatively inexperienced managers going head to head at the helm of two giant sides, as Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s Manchester United hosts Chelsea managed by Frank Lampard.
It’s difficult to judge these two teams. United have spent a lot of money in the close season to boost their defence after conceding over 50 goals in finishing 6th last season. But they have parted company with Romelu Lukaku, their leading scorer last season, without replacement.
Chelsea have only one real addition, Christian Pulisic from Borussia Dortmund, before being handed a transfer ban by UEFA. As good as Pulisic may be, he has big shoes to fill as Belgian star Eden Hazard has departed. Similarly, Chelsea may have a lot of talented kids to call on, but it’s debatable whether they can be relied upon consistently.
Given the uncertainty surrounding both sides, we’re going to fall back on an old favourite. Harry Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender when he moved to Old Trafford last week. He is a monster in the air and we’ll take him to mark his new home debut with a goal.
Newcastle/Arsenal: Aubameyang to score first, 1 pt, at 4/1, Betway
Man United/Chelsea: Maguire to score anytime, 1 pt, at 9/1, Paddy Power
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