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Chelsea young guns to give Toon the blues? Get Premier League tips for Saturday

Leigh Copson 15 Oct 2019
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard (credit:Joe Giddens/PA Wire/PA Images)

Premier League predictions for Saturday, October 19. Bettingpro writers Ben Darvill and Leigh Copson have picked out their favourite bets from this weekend’s matches in England’s top flight. Read on to get our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Leigh’s Bet: Chelsea v Newcastle United (15:00 BST)

Did the international break come at the wrong time for Chelsea? The Blues made an underwhelming start to life under Frank Lampard as they won just two of their first six Premier League fixtures and fell to a 1-0 home defeat to Valencia in the Champions League, but Lamps’ young guns came roaring to life after suffering a 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool in late September and went into the brief break on a four-match win streak in all competitions. A 7-1 thrashing of Grimsby Town in the League Cup was not about to make the rest of the top flight sit up and take notice, but they followed that up on strong fashion by sandwiching a Champions League win at Lille with Premier League successes against Brighton and Southampton, and that 4-1 victory at St Mary’s has got people talking about this youthful Blues side. While a title and perhaps silverware will be beyond them this season, there is plenty of excitement now surrounding a core of youngsters who have been thrust into regular first-team football thanks to the club’s transfer embargo. They have repaid Lampard’s faith with some impressive performances, earning international call-ups in the process, so suddenly things are looking a whole lot brighter at Stamford Bridge right now. However, the excitement would be cooled a little if they tripped up at home to Newcastle United on Saturday. The Magpies arrive in the nation’s capital on the back of a 1-0 win over Manchester United last time out and they have already recorded one big win on the road this season, upsetting Tottenham Hotspur in late August. That should not detract from how poor they have been so far though. Those two victories are the only two they have managed this season and pressure is already mounting on Steve Bruce, who was already an unpopular successor to Rafael Benitez. Away from home they have suffered comprehensive defeats at the hands of Norwich City, Liverpool and Norwich City, and I expect more of the same here if Chelsea pick up from where they left off against Southampton.

The Blues are flying right now so just like Norwich, Liverpool and Leicester I expect them to win this match by at least two goals, but in my search for bigger odds I am not just stopping at the ‘Winning Margin’ market or the handicap market. Instead I am using bet365’s Bet Builder to beef up my bet with a couple of options. Given Newcastle’s woeful defensive record on the road and Chelsea’s lack of clean sheets this season there is a recipe for goals here, so I expect we will see at least three of them at Stamford Bridge. And if I am looking for goals I have to be looking at goalscorers and the one name that immediately stands out is Tammy Abraham. The 22-year-old is finally getting his shot at first-team football with Chelsea, having spent the past few seasons out on loan, and he has grabbed his big chance with both hands to make an immediate impression. Abraham has scored eight goals in eight Premier League appearances so far, while also netting once in the Champions League, so he has to be considered the leading contender to break the deadlock here. Surprisingly the vast majority of his goals have come away from the Bridge, but that can be overlooked when you consider that he has been a winning First Goalscorer selection on four occasions already. That could be a winner for a fifth time on Saturday as Chelsea win by two or more in a match that sees at least three goals.

Ben’s Bet: Tottenham vs Watford (15:00 BST)

Tottenham’s season has failed to really get off the ground as of yet, with the London club stumbling from game to game with rumours of unrest seeing the side in apparent turmoil both on and off the field. A 3-0 loss to Brighton in their last game before the international break capped off an awful week for the side as they failed to bounce back from their humiliating 7-2 loss to Bayern Munich in the Champions League, with the German side hammering Tottenham as former-Arsenal player Serge Gnabry netted four second-half goals to really hurt their opponents. Switching focus back to league matters, Tottenham are already a massive 13 points short of early pace setters Liverpool, with just three wins in eight attempts a paltry total in comparison to Liverpool’s eight wins on the bounce. This run has seen the pressure building on manager Mauricio Pochettino, while questions have been asked of some of Tottenham’s star men, with many failing to stand up to be counted when they have been needed the most. One man that continues to fight hard though is Harry Kane. The Tottenham and England captain has netted five goals this season as he looks to drag his side out of their slump quickly enough to give themselves a fighting chance of making this season a success. However, with Spurs already 13 points short of Liverpool in the league, it looks as though a Premier League title will once again prove to be some way out of their reach. 

While Spurs have been struggling this season, Watford have been enduring a torrid start to their campaign. Without a win in eight and only holding three points from three draws in eight, the Hornets are already four points short of Southampton in 17th, while they supplied the first managerial casualty of the season in a proper knee-jerk reaction as they replaced Javi Gracia with former-manger Quique Sanchez Flores very early in the season. Often, fresh blood in the managerial hot-seat can bring improved performances from players, but this is yet to really happen for their new manager, with their 2-2 draw against Arsenal followed by a demolition job at the hands of Manchester City in Flores’ second game seeing any feel-good factor evaporate instantly. A 0-0 draw with Sheffield United is something to build on going into their next game, but their problems right across the pitch persist, with the side scoring a pathetic four goals in eight and conceding 20 times already. If Flores is unable to stop his side from leaking goals and cannot sharpen their blunted frontline then we would not be surprised to see another new manager in the hot-seat before the season is done. Despite their awful run of form in the build up to the international break, we think Tottenham can utilise this one to get back to winning ways as the side propping up the table have not been anywhere ear good enough so far. As mentioned, Watford are leaking goals and Kane is in good form after netting two goals on International duty, which is a worrying combination for the visiting side. On top of this, Pochettino will have surely put plans in place to plug his defence after their awful recent displays, and we are backing them to come up trumps against a Watford attack that has been toothless thus far. 

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