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Liverpool Vs Southampton

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Liverpool Vs Southampton

Match facts

  • Brendan Rodgers will be without summer signing Adam Lallana for Liverpool’s first game of the season as the England international has a knee injury.
  • Daniel Agger, Jon Flanagan and Lazar Markovic are doubts, but could feature in some capacity.
  • Rodgers may be tempted to field that same XI which took to the field in the friendly against Borussia Dortmund last weekend, which would see Dejan Lovren, Javier Manquillo and Emre Can handed their first competitive starts for the Reds.
  • After a summer fire-sale, Ronald Koeman may be tempted to start all of his 5 summer signings for the trip to Anfield.
  • Fraser Forster, Ryan Bertrand, Saphir Taïder, Dusan Tadic and Graziano Pellè could all feature from the off as Southampton look to claim a huge scalp early in the new campaign.
  • Jay Rodriguez is Koeman’s only injury concern, while wantaway midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin is expected to miss out here.

Predictions

Liverpool begin life post-Luis Suarez with the welcome of Southampton and Brendan Rodgers will be keen to avoid a similar result at Anfield against Saints to last season. The south coast club secured a memorable 1-0 win over their Premier League counterparts, so Rodgers will want the team to avoid complacency this time out.

Koeman has a number of new arrivals to call on for the trip to Merseyside and despite their limited time together, they will need to adjust to the rigours of the Premier League quickly if Saints are to replicate their feats from last term.

Unfortunately for Saints, Liverpool still have enough about them to secure maximum points here so I predict a 2:1 at final whistle .

 

NaijaBet Odds

At the time of this post, NaijaBet is tipping Liverpool to win at slightly over 100% and  Southampton to win at over 700%.

Current Odd : 1.31    4.76    7.87

Arsenal vs Crystal Palace

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Crystal Palace

 

Match facts

  • The Gunners are undefeated in their last 18 home matches in the Premier League.
  • David Ospina is a doubt for Arsène Wenger, who will be without Serge Gnabry, Ryo Miyaichi and Theo Walcott through injury.
  • Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski and Per Mertesacker will miss out following their World Cup excursions with Germany.
  • Tony Pulis is expected to hand competitive debuts to summer arrivals Brede Hangeland and Fraizer Campbell when they travel to the Emirates.
  • Jerome Thomas will certainly miss out, while Damien Delaney, Adrian Mariappa and Jonathan Williams are doubts.
  • Joel Ward should start at left-back with Pulis yet to bring in any players in the position this transfer window.

Predictions

Crystal Palace performed commendably following the appointment of Tony Pulis and despite being relegation favourites, the Eagles finished a respectable 11th last season. The hard work starts now though and the Palace boss will be keen to consolidate themselves as a Premier League team this season.

NaijaBet Odds

At the time of this post, NaijaBet is tipping Arsenal to win at 100% and Crystal Palace to win at over 900% while draw is more than 500%.

Odds: 1.21    5.34    11.17