A lack of imagination and attacking cohesion at Chelsea can result in a Tottenham win, says Jones Knows who also sees West Ham spoil Nottingham Forest’s party at the City Ground.
Nottingham Forest vs West Ham, Sunday 2pm, live on Sky Sports
Jumping to difficult conclusions at this time of the season rarely bodes well from a betting bank balance perspective, which is why I’m happy to forgive Nottingham Forest for such a limp and tentative performance at Newcastle on Last weekend.
Steve Cooper’s men produced an expected goalscoring figure of just 0.28 from five shots on goal at St James’ Park and were thoroughly outplayed in key areas of the pitch, particularly in midfield where Joelinton and Bruno Guimaraes showed Forest how to run a Premier League game.
I expect a lot more fizz, excitement and spark from the boys at Cooper as Premier League football returns to the City Ground for the first time in 23 years and 82 days, the longest gap between a team’s games in Premier League history. From Forest’s starting line-up last week, Brennan Johnson and Neco Williams weren’t even born the last time Forest played at this level and the average cost of a pint of beer was £1.90. The glory years.
I expect a rowdy, cup-like atmosphere – something David Moyes will want his team to manage in the opening rallies. They have the experience and the class in midfield with the exceptional Declan Rice to come through early and then take over as the game progresses.
The Hammers scored 55% of their goals after halftime last season and the Evens for the second half to produce the most goals makes sense for those looking to attack a market.
SCORE PREDICTION: 0-1
Chelsea vs Tottenham, Sunday 4.30pm, live on Sky Sports
The most courageous act is still to think for oneself. Aloud.
It’s time to put that into practice.
No matter how scary it seems to trust Tottenham to win a game of football at Stamford Bridge, if I’m fully invested in the theory that Spurs are a threat in every competition they play in this season, I have to just support them. to beat an undercooked and underwhelming Chelsea side as outsiders to 21/10 with Sky Bet.
Many of you will be shouting at me right now for pointing out that Chelsea have lost just one of the last 32 league meetings at home to Spurs, winning 21. But it’s a new era at Tottenham with Antonio Tale at the bar. They go far and play with supreme energy while Chelsea – on the evidence of the past six months – stagnate.
Now is the perfect time for Spurs to head west to London.
Thomas Tuchel is clearly not happy with the tools at his disposal before the transfer window closes and it was marked all over their slow and steady performance in the 1-0 win over Everton.
There seemed to be a lack of imagination and attacking cohesion as they stumbled to an expected goals figure (without penalties) of just 0.86 – a pretty incredibly low amount given they won 16 corners in the game against a team that cannot defend from set pieces. A lack of imagination in the frontcourt has been a concern in 2022. Chelsea have scored just 34 goals to an expected 32.1 year-to-date with Liverpool (46), Man City (50) and Tottenham (51) all showing much bigger numbers in the final third.
With Chelsea’s defense still among the best in the Premier League and Spurs very unlikely to get away with the game, I’m happy to be greedy and raise the price by backing Conte’s men to win by a goal at 7/2.
SCORE PREDICTION: 0-1 | BETTING ANGLE: Tottenham win by one goal (7/2 with Sky Bet – Bet Here!)
Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, Monday 8pm, live on Sky Sports
If Liverpool bring the same lack of drive, physicality, desire and pressing to the table in their 2-2 draw with Fulham, then those who win the 1/4 with Sky Bet on a home win might be on. about to experience financial difficulties.
A side that have typically averaged 19.1 shots per game in the Premier League over the past year and recorded an expected goals figure of 2.50 are well below their usual standards, posting just 11 shots and one xG of 1.23. They also recorded the shortest distance covered by any team last weekend and were overtaken by Fulham by just under 7km – only Aston Villa (7km) and Wolves (8.6 km) were overtaken by a greater distance on the opening weekend.
Jurgen Klopp will have been privately furious and embarrassed by these numbers.
It makes this moment absolutely terrible for Crystal Palace to travel to Anfield. A reaction is expected.
Despite starting their season with a loss to Arsenal, there were encouraging signs for Patrick Vieira’s side in their approach play, but I’m still not really convinced they’ll score enough goals to make a serious breakthrough in the top eight this season.
The Reds have conceded just four goals in their last 14 Premier League home games and a fourth consecutive win without conceding at home to Palace is expected (4/5 with Sky Bet).