EPL Gameweek 7
Manchester City maintained their perfect start to the season but a injury to key man Kevin de Bruyne and a draw in their midweek Champions League clash are sure to open the door for the chasing group. Arsenal were flawless against Chelsea while the Red Devils look to have found their mojo. Liverpool will look to continue their scoring spree while Spurs face the ultimate test when they host the league leaders. With more than a handful of teams backing up from midweek European fixtures we are sure to see sine upsets.
Feature EPL Match Previews
Everton v Crystal Palace – (Sat 5:00am)
The early Saturday game returns this week with a very interesting encounter. Everton started the season on fire but back to back losses in the league and EFL Cup have Ronald Koeman searching for answers. Most concerning is the fact that they failed to find the net in either match – something that should not be happening against Norwich and Bournemouth. If they turn up with the wrong attitude this week they will be punished. Palace came from two goals down to beat Sunderland and register a 3rd consecutive league victory. Pardew has made it clear with his tactics that they will look to use Benteke’s aerial ability as often as possible. Palace have a excellent recent record against The Toffees with just 1 loss against them in the last 6 meetings which includes two wins and a draw in their last three travels to Goodison Park. Something is amiss with Ross Barkley at the moment and he doesn’t seem to be combining with Bolasie and Mirallas as well as The Wolf expects. Both teams have speed in wide areas but Everton definitely have an edge with Coleman and Oviedo as their flanking wing backs. Both teams have scored in the last 3 meetings at this ground which have provided a total of 12 goals. Benteke has scored 4 in his last 5 EPL appearances against Everton while Lukaku has netted 3 in his last 4 against Palace. The pair will kick the week off with a thriller!
Best: Both Teams To Score – YES ($1.66)
Value: Over 3.5 goals ($3.00)
Swansea v Liverpool – (Sat 9:30pm)
Liverpool were money yet again for The Wolfpack and we will continue to ride their goal scoring streak. They were completely dominant against Hull with Klopp quick to praise his sides counter pressing. The Reds are buying in to the Klopp formula and it is paying dividends. They are sharing the goals and the creation of goal scoring opportunities and it all comes on the back of their spacing and patience. With Hull down to 10 men and the game sealed they dropped off the pace in the second half but that can be expected. Milner is relishing his role at left back and for the meantime it is working out while Coutinho, Lallana and Mane continue to make a significant impact. Swansea will have to be at their absolute best and following and it will be extremely tough to do so following a double header against Man City last week. Llorente bagged his first goal for the club while Sigurdson and Fer look more than capable of breaking down opposing defences. Liverpool have won 5 of their last 6 against Swansea and have had no trouble scoring against the Swans, finding the net 20 times in their last 8 against them. We will back exactly the same markets as last week!
Best: Team Total – Liverpool Over 2.5 goals ($2.40)
Value: Team Total – Liverpool Over 3.5 goals ($4.75)
Hull v Chelsea – (Sat Midnight)
The Wolf was chips in on Arsenal last week and they delivered against what can only be described as a Chelsea side that continues to search for answers – especially at the back! Gary Cahill made a comic error to send Arsenal on their way and the manner in which they carved through the Chelsea defence throughout the match was simply unacceptable. Manager Antonio Conte was not shy to express his displeasure. He said that his side had the wrong attitude from the opening minute and described his team as only great on paper and not on the field. They have now conceded in 5 of their 6 EPL games this season and their 9 goals against is the most of any team in the top half. They shifted to a 3-5-2 in the second half and we could see more of that moving forward. Meanwhile Hull have scored in 4 consecutive matches across all competitions and at home The Wolf cannot see a fragile Chelsea holding anyone out.
Best: Both Teams To Score – YES ($1.80)
Value: Team Total Hull Over 1.5 goals ($4.20)
Watford v Bournemouth – (Sat Midnight)
Watford were poor away to Burnley last week but The Wolf says they will bounce back in a big way against a Bournemouth side that simply cannot get it together away from home. They have collected just a single point from their last 5 away matches in the league and have scored just once in their last 3 on the road. Walter Mazzari called out his Watford squad for their lack of intensity and The Wolf is expecting to see a similar performance to those that saw them beat West and and Man Utd by multiple goals. The Hornets have not won often but when they have turned up they have put sides to the sword. The match against Burnely was the first time in 8 games that they have failed to score. they have a superior line up on paper with Deeney, Ighalo, Pereyra and Capoue. If they win it will be by multiple goals.
Best: Watford WIN ($2.25)
Value: Watford -1.5 ($4.25)
Man Utd v Stoke – (Sun 10:00pm)
The decision to leave Rooney on the bench and play Mata against Leicester delivered in spades and Mourinho will be faced with a tough decision when he puts the names on the team sheet this week. Three of the four goals against The Foxes may have come from corners but United were running riot throughout with Mata releasing Rashford and Lingard into wide areas while Ibrahimovic controlled the attack from the centre. Stoke were on track to register their first win of the season but fell asleep in the final minute which allowed Rondon to steal a draw for West Brom. The Potters sit in 19th position with just 2 points and travel to Old Trafford, a venue where they have lost all 8 of their EPL matches. United are definitely under the odds as a result of last weeks result and Stoke’s position on the ladder. If there is one thing we know about United it is that defensively they are still far from set. They have conceded in 4 of their last 5 home games in the league while Stoke have found the back of the net in 7 of their last 9. We have seen Bailly, Smalling and Blind get caught out of position and The Wolf says with Shaqiri, Bony and Arnautovic all set to start Stoke will find the back of the net at least once.
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.60)
Value: Both Teams To Score – YES ($2.10)
Tottenham v Man City – (Sun 12:15am)
The top of the table clash and match of the round shapes as a genuine clash of styles. Man City are a perfect 6 from 6 in the league on the back of goals, goals and more goals. Their 18 goals is the best in the league but scoring will be a much bigger challenge against a Spurs side that have allowed just 3 goals. Tottenham have built their recent success around defence and the foursome of Walker, Alderwiereld, Vertonghen and Rose are hand down the most settled back four in the comp. Rose is likely to return this week and they will need him if they are to slow down Aguero, Silva, Sterling and Gundogan. The injury to De Bruyne opens the door for Spurs and as we saw in City’s midweek clash against Celtic, any team can get rattled when you take it to them. Pochettino will have taken note of this and The Wolf expect the Tottenham midfield to come out and press with a purpose in an attempt to put City under pressure. They looked far from convincing at the back against Celtic giving up three goals but what will concern Pep was some of the rash clearances they made. It is no secret that Pep likes his sides to play the ball out from the back and will a genuine lack of height on the pitch, long clearances make no sense. City have conceded in 8 of their last 9 EPL matches and there have been no shortage of goals in their previous battles. Both teams have scored in 8 of the last 10 meetings, 8 of the last 9 have had produced at least 3 goals and there have been 44 goals in the last 10 meetings at an incredible average of 4.4 per game. This has the makings of an epic!
Best: Over 2.5 goals ($1.66)
Value: Over 3.5 goals ($3.00)
Burnley v Arsenal – (Sun 2:30am)
The irresistible form of the Gunners continued in the Champions League as they put on yet another first half clinic – this time against Basel. It marked a 4th consecutive win across all competitions, all of which have come by a margin of two goals or more. Theo Walcott has more than justified the clubs decision to re-sign him and The Wolf says he holds the key for them this year. Sanchez and Ozil are world class and they will do their bit but it is the speed of Walcott which makes them all the more dangerous. His presence also allows them to play with a false number nine and provides them with another player who can play the short intricate passing game in and around the box – something which Giroud has never been able to do effectively. The Wolf will be careful disrespecting Burnley as they have already sprung multiple upsets at home. They are undefeated in their last three at Turf Moor including wins over Liverpool and Watford. The Wolf though cannot ignore what his eyes have seen with Arsenal. With the matches against Chelsea and Basel sealed at half time they put the cue in the rack. The Gunners have won 4 in a row against Burnley and will be making it five.
Best: Arsenal -1.5 ($2.10)
Value: Teams To Score – Arsenal Only ($2.25)
Gameweek 6: 6-4
Gameweek 6 ROI: 123.20%
Overall ROI: 81.56%
Gameweek 6: 3-7
Gameweek 6 ROI: 106.50%
Overall ROI: 104.44%
Overall ROI: 93%