THE Premier League has returned with a bang this weekend – but it’s not over yet.
Every top-flight game in September is being broadcast live on TV here in the UK and if you’re tempted to put on a new season acca, we’ve got selections for you from a big Monday Night Football clash on the South Coast.
Brighton vs Chelsea, Monday 8.15pm (Sky Sports)
The future looks Bright for both the Seagulls and Blues ahead of the new campaign.
On paper, it’s a daunting quartet – but now the pressure is on Big Frank to deliver.
He’s had his free hit year last season and did admirably with it, securing Champions League football with an excellent run after the lockdown.
But now Abramovich has given him the tools to mount a title push and will be expecting results.
Brighton have themselves undergone a hefty turnover of players and there’s excitement amongst the fanbase that they can push forward in their third top-flight season on the spin, despite spending very little.
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Aaron Mooy has departed for China, Ben White has returned from Leeds suddenly valued at £50m, while Lewis Dunk has committed his future to the club with a five-year deal.
Expect Graham Potter’s men to be up for this one, especially after they held Chelsea to a 1-1 draw in both a recent friendly and here at the Amex last season.
Rome wasn’t built in a day and we’re not expecting the Blues to suddenly become world-beaters despite some superb moves in the transfer market.
These things take time, although the talent Lampard now has at it’s disposal shouldn’t take long to bed in.
They’re a decent punting price of 4/6 to win the game but that’s not tempting enough for us to have a Monday night flutter.
Instead, turn your attention to the goals market.
Over 2.5 goals was a winner in 16 of Chelsea‘s 19 away matches last season – that was the highest in the league, by a distance.
Away from the Bridge, they scored plenty and conceded plenty too.
Back three goals or more with confidence at an overpriced 3/4, while we really like the 7/4 you can get on over 1.5 goals in what could be a frantic first-half.
Plenty of you will be backing Timo Werner to open his account for the season at evens and we’re not going to put you off, go ahead.
But if it’s value you want, the hugely impressive Christian Pulisic is the man to be on.
He was on fire at the end of last season and looks set to shake off a hamstring injury in time to play. 9/5 to net anytime? Huge. Get on.
And for ante-post fans, Werner – who bagged 35 goals last season – is 8/1 to top the scoring charts at the end of the campaign.
SunSport’s best bets
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