The Premier League starts with the champions Manchester City traveling to Newcastle in need of points to attempt to claw back their nine point deficit to leaders Liverpool.
They are strongly favoured to win today but need to be wary as they did lose here last season. Additionally, Newcastle are unbeaten in five home fixtures since losing to Arsenal at the start of the season. City should win, but their defensive injuries could mean chances for Newcastle.
It’s true the Geordies have had trouble with their strikers scoring, but the flip side of this is their defenders have become almost prolific! Ciaran Clark has scored in two of his team’s last three games and is top priced at 25/1 to net today. With City’s defensive problems this seems a hefty price.
The late game is an early relegation battle, with Southampton hosting Watford. This is second from bottom against last, and understandably both teams will be desperate for points.
Last time out Watford were dismal at home against Burnley while Southampton somehow managed to take home only one point at Arsenal, despite being clearly the better side. These results tend to suggest it’s the Saints that have more going for them at the moment, and we expect them to make home field advantage count.
James Ward-Prowse has scored in two of his team’s last three matches, as he has been taking a more forward stance of late. He also takes penalties and free kicks, and we’ll side with him to net today.
Newcastle/Man City: Clark to score anytime, 1 pt, at 25/1, bet365
Southampton/Watford: Ward-Prowse to score anytime, 1 pt, at 3/1, bet365
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