Premier League: Shine on Kevin…

There are four more Premier League games to enjoy Sunday, and the game of the day sees Manchester City host Leicester.

City were very impressive in beating Wolves last Monday, with Kevin de Bruyne running the show in an advanced position just behind the central striker. The Belgian star had licence to get more forward as City played two holding midfielders in Rodri and Fernandinho. There’s every reason to believe this policy will continue given the threat Leicester offer and the injuries City have. He’s also on penalties and free kick duty!

With this in mind, the enhanced 7/1 that William Hill is offering for de Bruyne to be named man of the match seems a very large price. We consider this to be a two point play. Lump on.

The early game sees Sheffield United take on Leeds at Bramall Lane. The hosts can take some credit out of their 1-0 loss to Aston Villa last time out, as they had a man sent off after just 12 minutes. That said, they have no points after two games and the pressure is on.

Leeds have arrived in the Premier League with a bang, taking part in two 4-3 classics straight from the get-go. Even in their defeat at Anfield Leeds had a lot of possession, and we think they will likely dominate this stat today.

This will allow Polish star Mateusz Klich to get forward and threaten the Sheffield defence. He has scored twice already this season, and we’ll take him to net again.

Next up sees Tottenham take on Newcastle, hoping to build on their exciting 5-2 win over Southampton last weekend.

Spurs are less likely to find Newcastle as defensively wide open at the Saints were, but in Son Heung-min they have a player brimming with confidence after netting four times last week. We’ll take him to score again.

The late game sees West Ham host Wolves, with the Hammers looking forward their first points of the season.

West Ham were abject in their loss to Newcastle on the opening week, but deserved more out of the game against Arsenal the following week. We think they will be very keen to get three points today, throwing men forward in search of goals. This may not result in a win, but they should create chances.

Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek likes to get into the penalty area and is always a threat at set-pieces. We’ll take him to open his account for the season.

Recommendations:

Manchester City/Leicester: De Bruyne to be man of the match, 2 pts, at 7/1, William Hill

Anytime goalscorer Trixie: Klich (Leeds) at 9/2, Son (Spurs) at 11/10, and Soucek (West Ham) at 4/1, Paddy Power

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