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Following an extended break due to international football’s strict requirements, the Premier League makes a long-awaited return this weekend. With excitement already high due to a number of high-profile games, it was turned up even further with Spurs appointing Jose Mourinho as their new manager following the shocking sacking of Mauricio Pochettino. Here’s what to expect from this weekend’s televised games.
West Ham United v Spurs
Already an eagerly anticipated fixture to the locality of the teams involved, West Ham and Spurs took on an altogether different angle earlier this week when the latter unveiled Jose Mourinho as their new manager. Spurs form throughout 2019 has been average at best and their decision to replace Mauricio Pochettino with “The Special One” shouldn’t be surprising even though it did come out of nowhere.
New managers often lift motivations in tired dressing rooms and Mourinho, a manager with vast credentials, should have no problem sprinkling his magic on a talented but underperforming Spurs side. West Ham are currently on a disastrous run of form following a promising start, and they seem ideal opponents for Mourinho to get his Spurs tenure off to the perfect start.
Spurs to win to nil and Dele Alli to score anytime is available at 9/1. Bet Here Now.
Manchester City v Chelsea
A battle of free-scoring giants takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday as Manchester City look to get their stuttering season back on track following a number of massive setbacks. Last time out, City conceded major ground to title rivals, Liverpool, and they’ll be desperate to send a message out to the Merseysiders by taking their frustrations out on Frank Lampard’s youthful side.
One key factor to be taken from both side’s fixtures this season is goals. Both have received deserved acclaim for their records in front of goal with several displays of scintillating football, but both have severe problems at the back and can easily be got at. Picking City to win appears an easy choice, but their inconsistencies could easy be exposed by a brave, young Chelsea side. Picking goals seems a far safer option.
Both teams to score and over 2.5 goals is available at 10/13. Bet Here Now.
Sheffield United v Manchester United
Sheffield United’s impressive start to life back in the Premier League has won many plaudits so far this season and The Blades will be tested once more on Sunday afternoon as they host a resurgent Manchester United side. Chris Wilder’s side have proved to be a stubborn outfit on many occasions this season and they won’t hold any fears about taking on Manchester United following spirited display already this season against Liverpool, Arsenal and Spurs.
If Manchester United are to continue their push for a Champions League place, then one would expect them to identify Sheffield United as a winnable fixture. After a tricky start this campaign, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have found a number of solutions for his side’s previous goalscoring problems with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford finally hitting their stride. If those two can maintain their form then there should be goals for Manchester United, but keeping their relentless opponents out could be a problem.
Score to finish 1-1 is available at 9/2. Bet Here Now.