The Premier League is BACK – thank goodness for that. Sundays without Martin Tyler and Gary Neville aren’t quite right and football fans across the country will be looking forward to the first Super Sunday since the international break.
Full respect to the fans of Burnley, Crystal Palace, Swansea City and Newcastle United but this isn’t the greatest Super Sunday schedule of the campaign. Most of the time, we are treated to at least one of the big four on a Sunday afternoon – this weekend is slightly different but intriguing all the same.
With four potential relegation candidates in action, this could turn out to be an important weekend in the contest of the campaign. On paper, sitting in front of the television for 180 minutes of fairly tedious football doesn’t sound great but both contests could be fascinating in their own way...
BURNLEY vs Crystal Palace
Home advantage could prove crucial in this contest – Burnley were formidable in front of their own fans last season. You have to give Sean Dyche credit; he always seems to find a way to keep Burnley supporters happy. Losing Andre Gray was difficult but Dyche moved quickly and effectively to snap up Christopher Wood from Leeds United.
And Wood made an immediate impact for the Clarets, bagging an injury-time equaliser for Dyche’s side against Tottenham Hotspur on just his second appearance for the club. With the New Zealand man picking up where he left off at Elland Road, it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see him add to his tally in the not-so-distant future.
Wood was a goal machine in the Championship last season and Burnley have a real talent on their hands. He is currently valued at 19/10 to score during Sunday’s contest and the Palace defenders will be wary of his threat in front of goal.
Frank de Boer’s honeymoon period never really got going – the Dutchman has been under intense pressure since the opening weekend. Going back to basics might be the best way forward for Palace this season but De Boer appears intent on turning the Eagles into a slick passing unit.
The visitors have enough quality in attacking areas to hurt Burnley but it is hard to back Palace on current form. 5/4 is decent value for Dyche’s men considering their home form last season and another Clarets triumph could be on the cards here.
TIP: Burnley to win @ 5/4
SWANSEA CITY vs NEWCASTLE UNITED
In the later game, Swansea host Newcastle and neutrals will be excited to see Wilfried Bony and Renato Sanches line up for Paul Clement’s side. The Welsh club were active on transfer deadline day and plenty of punters will fancy new-look Swansea to pick up all three points against a Newcastle unit that tends to struggle away from home.
Tammy Abraham got off the mark for the Swans in their 2-0 victory away at Crystal Palace before the international break but Bony could make an instant impact here. He was a goal machine during his first stint at the Liberty Stadium, notching 35 goals in 70 appearances, and is well priced at 8/5 to score on his second Swansea debut.
To say that it didn’t quite go to plan for Bony at Manchester City is an understatement and he should be much more suited to Clement’s style in south Wales. The Ivory Coast man still has plenty to give and he could put Newcastle to the sword with a bit of luck.
The visitors will be without the suspended Aleksandar Mitrovic and the onus will be on both Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie to score the goals. Rafa Benitez was reportedly left unhappy at Newcastle’s lack of transfer activity towards the end of the window but the Magpies boss must focus on the future rather than past failures in the market.
Both teams to score could be the way to go here but over 2.5 goals offers a little extra value at 6/5 in the betting. Newcastle are capable of bagging on the road but Swansea might have enough to exploit the Magpies defence. This should be an entertaining fixture...
TIP: Over 2.5 goals @ 6/5