Chelsea vs Leicester, Sunday 18th August, 4:30PM
To describe Chelsea’s Super Sunday clash with Leicester City as a ‘must-win’ game for Frank Lampard might be overstating it, but he’ll be eager to get a victory under his belt after defeats to Manchester United and Liverpool – albeit the latter was on penalties and a much-improved display on the former.
Brendan Rodgers’ side aren’t exactly who you would want to face, though, when you’re chasing your first competitive win as Chelsea boss. The Foxes had the upper hand last season, winning at Stamford Bridge and drawing 0-0 at the King Power. Not exactly goalfests, then. Indeed, their last five meetings have featured just ten goals and Under 2.5 Goals should be considered at 20/23.
On paper there’s not that much difference in quality between the two first-choice starting elevens, not that Lampard seems to know his yet. They’re sixth and seventh favourites for the title with most bookies, so they don’t see much difference either. As such, Leicester to win at best price of 9/2 jumps out at us as a value punt. If you’re a bit wary of that then Leicester Draw No Bet can be got at around 12/5 with Ladbrokes.
The evergreen Jamie Vardy scored the only goal when these sides met last season and the striker, who has scored 53 per cent of Leicester’s goals under Rodgers, is 6/1 to net the opener on Sunday or 2/1 to get his name on the scoresheet against Chelsea for the fifth time.
Wolves vs Manchester United, Monday 19th August, 8PM
It was all going so well for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United. He’d only suffered two defeats in nineteen games since taking over the managerial reins and was buoyed by that comeback at Paris Saint-Germain. It was all going so well for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Manchester United. Until he met Wolves.
Two defeats in a fortnight to Nuno Espirito Santo’s side led to a downward spiral at Old Trafford, culminating in them taking just two points from their last five Premier League games.
The two sides meet again on Monday night at Molineux, in what will arguably be a bigger test for the Norwegian’s team than their league opener against Chelsea. Monday’s hosts won both of those matches at the same stadium 2-1 last season and a repeat of that scoreline is a decent looking 10/1.
Diogo Jota scored in both those ties and the Portuguese striker is 7/1 to open the scoring in Monday Night Football or 5/2 to bag one at any time.
Wolves’ starting eleven shouldn’t change much from last season’s incarnation as they’ve added squad depth during the summer window, rather than players who’ll walk straight into the first team. However, there’s no doubt the additions of Harry Maguire and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have bolstered the visitors’ defence and they won’t have Chris Smalling on the pitch handing Wolves a winner with an unfortunate own goal.
Despite United’s summer reinforcements, Wolves still have several players who’d be in with a decent shout at starting for United. We expect this one to be closer than those two aforementioned fixtures last season and are plumping for a draw at around 9/4. Both sides should be more than happy with it finishing 1-1, which is 5/1.