Result: +14 units, bet won
Chelsea London vs Swansea City is the match between the first two teams in Premier League as it stands at the moment. Both teams come from wins in the last matchday, but with Chelsea starting the Champions League next week, the Blues need the points and the confidence. Last time the two teams met, Chelsea barely defeated Swansea with a Demba Ba goal, but since the striker has transferred to Besiktas the spot for a goalscorer remains open.
Diego Costa has picked up a knock in the last match with Spain, and together with Eden Hazard are doubtful. For Swansea the absentees list completes itself with Rory Donnelly and Leon Britton. In the match against Everton, the Blues were already leading with 2-0 in the third minute, and the score sheet ended up being 3-6. Chelsea are waiting so all of their summer signings can prove themselves in front of their supporters, while the fans are waiting a goal from their favorite Didier Drogba. While the Blues look impressive in attack, they are shaky in defense, but in Courtois they have a solid last line of defense.
Swansea managed to win against Man Untied at Old Trafford nonetheless, and their feel for goals lies with Nathan Dyer with three goals in three matches, while Bony has been a constant presence in the assisting department, but without a goal yet. The Swans have a new goalkeeper in Fabianski who has conceded only one goal so far. The visitors are very quick in attack and regardless of the fact that Chelsea play at home, they need to be careful on counter attacks.
Some tipsters do not agree with the low odds Chelsea got for an outright win – 1.30 with William Hill; this being while Swansea got 11.00 and Chelsea to win and both teams to score is at 3.40, while the same betting market for Swansea stands at 13.00. The headline offers for both teams stand as follows: Hazard to score and Chelsea to win at 3.00, and Bony to score and Swansea to win at 17.00. Chelsea for both halves at 1.75 odds, Swansea at 19.00 and Eden Hazard to score is at 2.15. We are betting 7 units on both teams to score and over 2.5 goals per match at 2.60 with William Hill.
Borussia Dortmund recovered quite nicely from the loss to Bayer Leverkusen by winning against Augsburg. Now by hosting Freiburg they aim for another three points that would put them higher than the 8th place they are on now. It might end being a doable win, but it might turn to be rather difficult in wake of the new wave of injuries the team has been hit with.
Freiburg have only one point from the first matches of the season, and they look towards the Signal Iduna Park clash as a means to thank the supporters for their continued help. They are yet to score in this Bundesliga edition, but the missed penalty from last game does not leave them looking poised to do some damage this time. Freiburg also lost some of their best players this season, Mathias Ginter transferred to Dortmund and Oliver Baumann to Hoffenheim.
Marco Reus got injured once again during the last minutes of Germany’s match against Scotland and is set to miss four weeks of competitions. Ciro Immobile got a knock in his start for Italy, but should be fit to play at least for his Champions League match. Schmelzer, Hummels, Gundogan and Sahin will also find their names on the unavailable list. Last time the two teams met Dortmund won 5-0, with goals from Reus, Lewandowski and Blaszczykowski, but considering that neither will start on Saturday it remains to be seen how Klopp will use his squad. Thankfully for Dortmund they got their playmaker back, and whether Kagawa starts this week or the next one is a matter of time.
Ladbrokes gives Dortmund 1.28 odds to win outright, Freiburg gets 10.00, and a draw is at 5.50. Both teams to score and Dortmund to win is among the most popular betting markets at 2.55, and Dortmund with a -2.0 Handicap at 2.50. The home team to win to nil is at 2.10, and Freiburg to win either half is at 4.20. Mkhitaryan and Aubameyang to score anytime are at 2.00 and we’re betting 8 units on Dortmund to lead after 30 minutes with 2.05 odds from Ladbrokes.
Arsenal continue their Premier League quest against the current title holders, as Manchester City looks at the Emirates as a means to shake off the last Premier League match. Unibet gives the edge to the Citizens for this match offering 2.35 odds for an outright win as opposed to Arsenal’s 2.85, while the draw, one of the most popular betting markets is at 3.50.
The two teams not long ago, when Arsenal won the Community Shield, managed to keep a clean sheet while Manchester City looked like the average team one would not call champions. Since then Arsenal has had mixed results in Premier League, mainly due to their injury scares, as Giroud, Theo Walcott, Mikel Arteta, Kieran Gibbs and most likely Aaron Ramsey will be missing out. Ramsey looks to be the latest victim of the international break, when he was taken off the field during extra-time in his match for Wales after slipping unfortunately on the playing surface.
Arsenal newest transfer is all set to play after the great performance for England, but it is yet unclear whether he will be in the starting eleven. The visitors provided us with the first shock of this Premier League edition when they lost against Stoke City, who have a bad away record. Manchester City face a crucial week in their title and Champions League ambitions, which makes the match against Arsenal is a must win. They do have Sergio Aguero in great form, but what can a striker do when the back line is as wobbly as a falling leaf?
Stevan Jovetic is also injured, as he picked up a slight knock before his country’s match against Moldova and the extent of the injury is yet to be determined. He was the player that got to start in Man City’s matches this season, and even scored two goals against Liverpool. Should he not start, Manchester City will rely on Dzeko at 2.60 to score with Unibet, and Aguero at 2.55 with the same bookie.
Man City to lead at half time is at 2.95, Arsenal at 3.40 and over 2.5 goals is at 1.72. Sergio Aguero to score and Manchester City to win is at 4.10, while Welbeck to score and Arsenal to win is at 5.50. We are betting 7 units on both teams to score in the second half at 3.00 with Unibet.
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