After pinpointing Ben White to be carded at 6/1 on Friday night, Jones Knows casts his eye over Saturday’s games as the Premier League returns with a bang.
Fulham vs Liverpool, Saturday 12.30pm
They go again. With such little change, barring a slight revamp of their forward line, there is absolute confidence that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will be out to steamroll opponents from the first whistle yet again. This is a team that scored 147 goals across all competitions last season, including 94 in the Premier League where they are unbeaten in their last 19 games, winning 16.
I’m intrigued to see how Fulham fare with Marco Silva rightly back at the top table of English football, but easier challenges will lie ahead.
The price is a little skinny for me to officially back, but those that like playing the short ones should take full advantage of the 10/11 with Sky Bet for Mohamed Salah to score in the match and the boost of Evens for him to have a shot on target (£10 maximum).
Despite Liverpool’s rampant run of results, the Egyptian’s form went off the boil towards the end of the campaign but a prolonged rest and signing a new contract on July 1 seems to have lit the fire under Salah again judging by his performances in pre-season. He ripped Manchester City apart in the Community Shield, reminding everyone just why he landed the PFA and FWA Player of the Year awards last season.
SCORE PREDICTION: 1-3
Bournemouth vs Aston Villa, Saturday 3pm
Jumping to firm conclusions at this stage of the season isn’t a wise betting tactic but I’d be flabbergasted if Bournemouth overperform on their season expectations from the markets, where they are odds-on to go down.
They only just scraped over the line last season in the Sky Bet Championship with a lack of attacking quality a real worry for their prospects as they make the step back into the big time.