With the Premier League taking center stage this weekend on what is a stacked Saturday from across Britain, we are offered a long list of noteworthy meetings. On that note, for those of you looking to stick on a weekend acca, we have searched far and wide to find you a couple of helpful tips that are worth keeping an eye out for.
Saturday 3rd October
BST 12:30 Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Starting with Saturday’s hosts, throwing away the lead late on in midweek and watching bitter rivals Tottenham end their EFL Cup adventure on penalties, Chelsea have struggled to get themselves flying out the traps this season. While Frank Lampard’s men might have really broken the bank this summer and brought in a host of new arrivals, the Blues have managed to win just one of their opening three Premier League contests and have only continued to show some hugely concerning issues at the back. While the former England midfielder might have seen his side pick up what appeared to be a hugely unlikely point on their travels last weekend, it did not cover what was another defensive horror show for the former champions. Entering the half-time break on the wrong end of that stunning 3-0 scoreline away at Premier League returners West Brom seven days ago, Chelsea have now managed to win just one of their opening three top-flight appearances and their defensive issues are still firmly under review by Lampard. While fans around West London would have been glad to see summer arrival Timo Werner open his account on EFL Cup duties across the capital on Tuesday night, their leaky defence could face another stern test this weekend. While Crystal Palace might have seen Everton end their 100% start thanks to even more VAR controversy last time out, Roy Hodgson’s men have made a string of improvements since returning to action. Landing that stunning 3-1 win when they made the trip to Old Trafford a fortnight ago and with Wilfried Zaha already recording three Premier League strikes this year, it should be noted that seven of the last nine matchups between Chelsea and Palace have finished with both teams finding the net.
Tip: Both teams to score @ 4/5
15:00 Everton vs Brighton
Continuing on their EFL Cup adventure with what was a thumping 4-1 win against West Ham at Goodison earlier in the week, few across the Premier League would have expected a stunning purple patch for Everton. Suddenly with the mood in their camp at a red-hot high and Carlo Ancelotti determined to guide his side back to the European stage, the Blues hold a 100% start in their opening three top-flight appearances and are one of just three sides who can boast such a record entering October. With the likes of James Rodriguez having nothing short than a stunning immediate impact under the former Napoli boss, Saturday’s hosts have won all five of their competitive contests this season and they also have one leading marksman continuing to set the Premier League on fire. Rewarded with a first call-up to Gareth Southgate’s England squad in midweek, the red-hot Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagged yet another hat-trick against the Hammers on EFL Cup duties in midweek and has broken records at Goodison on his stunning purple patch. Along with bagging another trio of strikes against a returning West Brom a fortnight ago, the former Sheffield United starlet has already racked up eight goals across all formats and will be confident of extending his tally this weekend. On the flip side, while Brighton might still be reeling from their hugely-controversial 3-2 defeat against Manchester United on the South Coast, they have shown some continued issues at the back. Watching the former champions also hand them a 3-0 hammering on Cup duties in midweek, the Seagulls have shipped over 2.5 goals in three of their four matchups against Premier League opposition this season. It should also be noted, in each of the last three meetings between Everton and Brighton at Goodison, they have finished with a home victory and we’re backing a similar outcome on Saturday.
Tip: Everton win and over 1.5 goals @ 23/20
15:00 Nottingham Forest vs Bristol City
Starting with Saturday’s guests, while Bristol City might have seen Premier League outfit Aston Villa end their EFL Cup adventure last month, few across the Championship would have expected a stunning start for the Robins. While many around Ashton Gate might have been worried how they would fair since long-standing boss Lee Johnson stepped down earlier in the year, they have immediately found their feet under Dean Holden. Continuing on what has been a real early-season purple patch, they were last seen on second-tier duties putting in another thumping display last weekend. Landing what was an impressive 2-0 win against Sheffield Wednesday last time out, Bristol City have won all three of their opening Championship contests so far this season and are one of just two sides, along with Reading, who can boast a 100% start since opening October. Along with conceding just a single goal since opening the 2020/2021 campaign, Holden’s side have impressed with their performances in the final third. Bagging a pair of strikes in all three of their Championship victories so far, there is no doubt that the Robins will make the trip to the City Ground confident of cashing in on their recent purple patch. On the flip side, while the mood in City’s camp appears at a real high, the same cannot be said for a Nottingham Forest side low on both former and confidence. Throwing away a top-six finish thanks to that woeful 4-1 drumming against Stoke on home soil over the summer, the pressure is now really on Sabri Lamouchi. Hit with a 1-0 defeat away at last year’s relegation scrappers Huddersfield last time out, the Reds have lost all three of their opening Championship appearances so far this year and are yet to record a single strike across any format.
Tip: Bristol City win @ 17/10
Our Saturday Accumulator:
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace – Both teams to score @ 4/5
Everton vs Brighton – Everton win and over 1.5 goals @ 23/20
Nottingham Forest vs Bristol City – Bristol City win @ 17/10
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