With the Premier League making its long-awaited return this weekend, we’re set for a busy Saturday from across the footballing globe. On that note, we have found a handful of helpful tips from across Britain that could boost your weekend acca:
Saturday 10th August
BST 12:30 Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest
Starting with Saturday’s hosts, while many around Elland Road might have been worried about a hangover after missing out on a route back to the Premier League last season, Leeds really caught the eye in their Championship opener last weekend. Making the trip to play-off hopefuls Bristol City and picking up a 3-1 win, the mood in Marcelo Bielsa’s camp should be on a high. With many including Robins boss Lee Johnson tipping them to clinch automatic promotion this year, the Whites have continued to shine in the final third over the summer and have bagged two or more goals in four of their last six contests. One man who will be looking to fill the void left by Kemar Roofe’s move to Anderlecht earlier this week is the red-hot Pablo Hernadez. Enjoying a stellar pre-season that saw the 35-year-old score three goals, the winger once again found the net at Ashton Gate last weekend and now has four goals in his last five matches across all competitions. Given Nottingham Forest’s sluggish start to the season and their continued issues on the road, Hernandez should be confident of extending his tally on Saturday lunchtime. Throwing away a 1-0 lead against West Brom in their Championship opener last weekend, new boss Sabri Lamouchi has seen his side win just one of their last four contests and have now conceded two or more goals in three of their last four contests. More worrying for fans around the City Ground, Forest have won just one of their last 14 Championship matches on the road.
Tip: Pablo Hernadez to score anytime @ 13/8
12:30 West Ham vs Manchester City
Managing to already lift their first piece of silverware of the season and gain an early phycological advantage over Liverpool thanks to their penalties victory at Wembley in last weekends Community Sheild, many have Manchester City are tipped as the leading contender to reclaim their Premier League crown. Holding a one-point buffer over Jurgen Klopp’s men last season and securing a first domestic clean sweep, the former Barcelona boss will be most impressed by his sides’ form in the final third. With no team across any of England’s footballing tiers holding a better-attacking record last year, the Sky Blues have also scored three or more goals in five of their last six contests. Finding the net against Liverpool last weekend, one man who will certainly be relishing the chance to come up against a West Ham side still struggling with some continued defensive issues is winger Raheem Sterling. Bagging a brace when he faced off against West Ham out in Asia over the summer, last year’s PFA Young Player of the Year has scored four goals in his last four matches against the Hammers. As for former City boss Manuel Pellegrini, while Saturday’s hosts may have once again spent big over the summer, they have endured an inconsistent pre-season. Playing out a 2-2 draw against Atletico Bilbao last weekend, West Ham have lost three of their last five contests and have now shipped five goals in just their last two appearances. Also recording just a single clean sheet in any of their final nine Premier League matches last season, Sterling and co should be looking to make an early statement on Saturday lunchtime.
Tip: Raheem Sterling to score anytime @ 10/11
15:00 Derby County vs Swansea
Well, along with picking up a 2-1 win away at Huddersfield in their Championship opener on Monday night, the mood in Derby’s camp couldn’t be any higher, especially with the announcement that Wayne Rooney will be joining them as a player/coach role in January. After suffering a heartbreaking 2-1 loss against Aston Villa at Wembley in last seasons play-off final, the Rams have now turned to former PSV boss Phillip Cocu to fill the void left by Frank Lampard’s departure this summer. While they may have failed to now record a single clean sheet in any of their last six matches across all competitions, Derby should also be boosted by their eye-catching record at Pride Park last season. The Whites won four of their last five Championship appearances on home soil and it is also worth noting that they scored two or more goals in each of those victories. As for Swansea, also turning to a new Head Coach in Steve Cooper this summer, they too have enjoyed a bright start to the year. Coming from behind to snatch a 2-1 win off of Hull in their Championship opener last weekend, the former England youth coach has seen his side now enjoy a seven-match unbeaten run, including a very impressive 2-1 win over Italian heavyweights Atalanta in their final pre-season appearance. With both teams finding the net in each of the last three matchups between them, including a 1-1 draw when they last met in South Wales back in May, we’re backing another lively encounter between two sides who have their sights set on securing a Premier League return this season.
Tip: Both teams to score @ 8/11
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Leeds United vs Nottingham Forest – Pablo Hernadez to score anytime @ 13/8
West Ham vs Manchester City – Raheem Sterling to score anytime @ 10/11
Derby County vs Swansea – Both teams to score @ 8/11
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