The Clarets travel to the Liberty Stadium on Saturday on the back of an expected loss to Chelsea and will be looking to get points on the board.
They come up against an impressive Swansea City side that spoilt Louis van Gaal’s start to life at Manchester United. Their attractive passing style and stoic defending helped them record a 2-1 win at Old Trafford and manager Garry Monk will be looking for more of the same in South Wales.
His side struggled last season due to Europa League fatigue and that led to their home form suffering. They only kept six clean sheets at home, conceding 26 goals over their 19 fixtures. A rate of 1.36 per game. Monk has attempted to remedy the situation with the acquisitions of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski and Argentina international Federico Fernandez and it’ll be interesting to see how they shape up.
That said they are up against a Burnley side that enjoyed their travels last season, winning eleven games on the road and scoring 35 goals at a rate of 1.34 per game. There’s enough firepower in Sean Dyche’s squad and Danny Ings will be desperate to finally get off the mark. Back both teams to score at 10/11 on William Hill.
On the south coast, Southampton face West Brom in what is bound to be a tight affair. Ronald Koeman has rebuilt a capable squad and they looked impressive despite losing to Liverpool. Serbain international Dusan Tadic has stepped into the Adam Lallana role and his creative flair will be essential in unlocking the Baggies defence.
Alan Irvine has his work cut out if he wishes to get a result. His side lost the last two meetings between these sides and they have never won a Premier League game in August. He’ll likely give a debut to record signing Brown Ideye but will be missing Joleon Lescott and new arrival Georgios Samaras.
The Saints will pick up their first three points of the season and you can get them at 17/20.
Swansea v Burnley – BTTS – 10/11
Southampton Win – 17/20
Double – 2.53/1
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The Premier League gets under way this weekend but we’ll start in the Championship with Leeds.
Ex-Forest Green manager Dave Hockaday got his stewardship off to a shaky start as the Yorkshire club succumbed to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Millwall.
This week they are up against promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough. Reports have been circulating that Leeds United chairman, Massimo Cellino, has been trying to rearrange the fixture due to a lack of confidence in his team. The Italian’s gut feeling is right and Boro should make short work of a poor Elland Road side. Boro at -1 Handicap are tempting at 4.33 on Bet365. For the safer option take them at Draw no Bet.
Cardiff City come away with a 1-1 draw against Blackburn Rovers last weekend but the Welsh side will be looking to put down a marker this week by claiming 3 points against Huddersfield. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side welcome back, Federico Macheda, Kagisho Dikgacoi and Javi Guerra. This additional firepower should be more than enough to see off the Terriers who have lost their player of the season, Adam Clayton. Cardiff to win is 1.75.
In the Premier League the all-London derby between West Ham and Tottenham offers value. The Hammers are missing big money signing Enner Valencia along with Ravel Morrison and Carl Jenkinson. Spurs meanwhile have Mauricio Pochettino at the reigns and the ex-Southampton manager will be looking to get his Spurs career off to a winning start. Tottenham draw no bet are good value at 1.44.
Middlesbrough and Tottenham draw no bet and Cardiff win is available at 3.87.
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Men and women around England rejoice – the football season is back.
While the ‘proper’ stuff doesn’t kick off until next week there’s loads of Football League games to get your teeth into if you like a punt or two.
The start of the season is always a difficult one to predict as new players bed into their new sides and after spending a large portion of pre-season with just eight members of playing staff on the books, Blackpool, are already most bookies favourites to go down. They face Stuart Pearce’s Nottingham Forest at the City Ground in what, on paper, looks to be a one-sided encounter.
Forest’s last opening day defeat was against the Clarets in 2010 but after a summer of transfer activity, including the £5.5m purchase of Britt Assombalonga, they should see off the threat of the Seasiders with a home win.
Last season’s nearly boys, Derby County, start their campaign with a visit from newly promoted Rotherham United. The Millers have added a glut of players to their side since promotion was confirmed but two of their attacking prospects are sidelined after Frazer Richardson picked up a knock while Febian Brandy struggles for fitness.
Expect the Rams to set their stall out early in their bid to put right last season’s failure in the play-off final with a home win.
In League One, Preston face Notts County at Deepdale. The home side had a solid pre-season and look set to mount a promotion push after their inevitable play-off collapse last season. County had a difficult time at the back end of the season and manager Shaun Derry has added 13 new faces to his squad in an effort to turn the Magpies fortunes around. Home win.
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