After a first day disaster in the opening Home Heroes of the season last Saturday, I am banking on Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea to get my season, and my bank balance, up and running again this weekend.
Last week’s Premier League openers saw some shocking results for the likes of QPR, Norwich and Liverpool, but they weren’t alone – this tipster suffered a similarly shaky start after tipping Queen’s Park Rangers to beat Swansea and Arsenal to beat Sunderland. The less said about that the better!
QPR’s monumental collapse came as a huge surprise to me and many others, while Arsenal’s failure to break down an average-looking Sunderland side was also disappointing. Nevertheless, I have learned my lessons from last week and won’t make the same mistake again. This Saturday I am banking on the Premier League heavyweights to do a job for me.
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Manchester United to beat Fulham @ 7/25
Looking at the results from last weekend you could be forgiven for thinking that somebody somewhere had got Man Utd and Fulham muddled up.
While Martin Jol’s side steamrollered their way to a 5-0 win over Norwich, Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were going down meekly to an Everton side who bossed the game from start to finish and made Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and co look a bit rubbish.
Nevertheless, I fully expect parity to be restored this week as the Cottagers travel to a ground where they have had little change over the years. The Lilywhites have won at Old Trafford only twice in their history – once in 1963 and, most recently, in 2003. Of the other 35 meetings, United have won 31 of them, including the last nine in a row.
On top of this, Van Persie will surely partner Rooney up front from the start for the first time and, with the Dutchman desperate to hit the ground running at his new club, we can expect goals from the multi-million pound strike force.
Fulham got off to a great start last week but I expect them to find their level this week. United all the way in this one.
Tottenham to beat West Brom @ 9/20
Just like in the Man Utd v Fulham game, in this one I am picking a team who lost their league opener over a team who won theirs impressively. This might seem like twisted logic, but bear with me.
Few would deny that Spurs’ trip to Newcastle was one of the toughest opening fixtures possible and their defeat shouldn’t necessarily be seen as a sign of things to come. Emmanuel Adebayor’s return will be a huge boost in front of goal, while home advantage will suit a side who finished 3rd in last season’s table based on home-results alone.
West Brom started superbly against Liverpool and had the league’s 6th best away record last term, but they lost both of their matches against Tottenham in 2011-12 and haven’t beaten them for five games.
Spurs under Andre Villas-Boas might still be something of an unknown quantity, but I expect them to win this one fairly comfortably.
Chelsea to beat Newcastle @ 12/25
Both of these sides got off to winning starts last week and both will fancy their chances in this one, but I reckon home advantage gives Chelsea the edge and I’ll be surprised if they don’t pick up all three points against Alan Pardew’s Magpies.
Newcastle were the last team to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but their 2-0 win in May is the only blip on the Blues’ home record in 2012 so far. The Champions League holders looked strong in their league opener at Wigan, dug deep to defeat Reading in midweek and, in Eden Hazard in particular, Roberto Di Matteo appears to have strengthened his squad impressively.
I have no doubt whatsoever that Newcastle will have another great season but I just don’t see them getting a result on Saturday – back Chelsea to send out a powerful statement of intent.
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