Jose Mourinho is back, and it will be interesting to see what his appointment means to the Tottenham players who have grossly underperformed this season.
We have an early chance to assess this as West Ham hosts his Spurs team (it just felt weird writing that!) in the first Premier League fixture of the weekend. The talent is there – it was only a few months ago they were competing for European football’s biggest prize – and Mourinho’s has usually been able to galvanise a team quickly.
And it’s not as if today’s opponents are themselves flying high – West Ham lie just two places off the relegation zone and have lost four of their last five games.
We take Mourinho to work his magic and Tottenham to start his reign with a win, based on a defensively sound performance and the threat of the master goal poacher Harry Kane.
The evening game today looks a real cracker – Manchester City versus Chelsea.
Frank Lampard”s Chelsea team has been receiving many plaudits for the way they have played the game this season, and it has been refreshing to see. But let’s not forget their record when playing the bigger teams this season – they lost to Liverpool, twice to Manchester United and drew at home with Leicester. An away game at the Etihad will be a big ask.
City haven’t been playing with their usual fluency, hampered no doubt by injuries, but will be keen to avenge their loss to Liverpool last time out. They are already nine points behind the Reds, and thus can’t afford to drop more points, especially at home.
We see City showing their class today, winning in style. Additionally, Sergio Aguero has netted eight goals in his last six appearances against today’s opponents. We see him continuing this run, and will take Paddy Power’s enhanced 9/2 that he scores a brace.
West Ham/Tottenham: Kane to score first, 1 pt, at 100/30, BoyleSports
Man City/Chelsea: Aguero to score a brace, 1 pt, at 9/2, Paddy Power
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