Premier League Matchday 3 – Tottenham v Liverpool Prediction

Take a look at what the Draftkings team thinks will happen when Tottenham take on Liverpool at 1230 today.

With the great Jamie Hinks (@JamieHinksDK) , Andy Davies (@MrAndyD72)
and Tyrone Atkins (@Tyzerbomb, #BertieHitsThirty).

All edited and supervised by Wade McElwain @wademcelwain

Premier League – Matchday 3 Draftkings Picks

Check out my choices for Saturday’s Matchday 3 action!

GK Lukasz Fabianski, $4,500, LEI v SWA

I’m not so impressed with how Leicester City have been attacking this season, and this man has been pulling off a lot of saves. A bargain even if he doesn’t keep a clean sheet.

DF Kyle Naughton, $3,700 LEI v SWA

Again, the CS factor is unimportant, as Naughton has been pumping in the crosses this season, and even had what looked like a goal-bound grasscutter be turned away… by Fernando Llorente!

DF Matt Targett $4,500 SUN v SOU

Are Sunderland rubbish? Answers on a postcard please. They’ll spend the game in their half holding out, and Targett will bombard the box. Good enough for me.

MF Eden Hazard $8,600 CHE v BUR

Chelsea’s North, South, East and West at the moment. He’s everywhere.

MF Paul Pogba $8,000 HUL v MUFC

What a debut for the £89 million man. Hull have defended stoutly so far but Pogba has proved that he can dance past multiple opponents and make dangerous runs. A liability.
FW Zlatan Ibrahimovic $9,600 HUL v MUFC

Don’t mess with the form. If he can outjump Jose Fonte, he won’t struggle with Curtis Davies and Jake Livermore. What is it with Hull recruiting former Tottenham players? And ex Tottenham guys often being valued DK picks?

FW Nordin Amrabat $4,000 WAT v ARS

No, I’m not crazy (ahem) and no, this isn’t a mistake. He really isn’t my utility pick, I saw him there and though he was value. He’s scored good points so far, Arsenal’s defence looked horrendous against Liverpool, and Watford have kept up with their strong opponents so far.
UTIL Andros Townsend $7,100 CRY v BOU

He’s been scoring hatfuls of points, and now he’s got that Christian Benteke chap alongside him.

Tactical Takeaways: Swansea 0-5 Chelsea

On a day when many Premier League ties were decided by one goal, and a couple were decided at the death, those choosing to tune into Swansea – Chelsea may have felt robbed. Unless of course Benny Hill is their thing, in which case the Blues’ 5-0 thrashing of their hosts would have been a feast.

Trouble is, it’s so hard to analyse the league leaders when the opposition seemed to do everything possible to shoot itself in the foot. Swansea’s incompetence was so breathtaking that J.R. Ross – the wrestling announcer you often hear superimposed on Germany 7-1 Brazil videos- should have been called in to commentate the rout. By the time goal number three sailed in, it was pretty evident that Garry Monk’s men had thrown in the towel, which ironically meant an end to all the cute backpasses they provided Chelsea.

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United – Liverpool, les deux pôles opposés

La reprise de volée de Cantona en finale de FA Cup. La tête d’O’Shea à la 90ème. Le 4-1 infligé à United et le carton rouge de Vidic en 2009. Manchester United – Liverpool est un clasico qui nous a régalé dans les dernières décennies, alimenté par une féroce envie de triompher sur l’autre.

Des précédents chauds bouillants

On retrouve deux équipes dont les destins ont étés fréquemment opposés : Liverpool a dominé les années 80 alors que United traversait une énorme période de galère. L’arrivée d’un certain Alex Ferguson a tout changé : déterminé à détrôner les Reds, ses équipes ont parvenu à écumer les titres sur les décennies suivantes, et finalement dépasser les 18 titres de D1 remportés par Liverpool. Le règne des Mancuniens – ainsi que le déclin de leurs rivaux- ont été tellement cinglants que ces-derniers n’ont toujours pas parvenu à s’imposer une seule fois en Premier League.

La saison dernière, Liverpool a pourtant eu une opportunité incroyable de rafler un premier de champion, en défiant le marché des paris en lignes à plusieurs reprises avec des prestations inattendues alors que United sombrait. La suite on la connait par cœur.

Manchester a de l’allure, Liverpool…

Après une saison au sommet, Liverpool a repris à dérailler. Rien ne semble avoir marché depuis le départ de Luis Suarez. Ses remplaçants (notamment Mario Balotelli et Rickie Lambert) ne marquent pas. Les jeunes milieux de terrain achetés… ne voient pas le terrain, et quand ils jouent ils n’offrent pas beaucoup d’espoir à leurs supporteurs, à l’instar du rouge de Lazar Markovic contre Bâle.

Alors que Liverpool est en chute libre – en championnat et en Europe- Manchester semble se reprendre grâce à un mercato ambitieux et l’arrivée de Louis Van Gaal. Cinq victoires d’affilée ont redonné de l’allure aux Mancuniens, capables de profiter du retour de Michael Carrick. Les parieurs en ligne seront frappés par le fait que depuis le retour de son sénateur, United a réalisé le plus de passes en Premier League, et par les dix buts réalisés sur cette période.

Une occasion unique pour les fans des paris en ligne !

Pourtant les apparences peuvent être décevantes : malgré ses cinq victoires d’affilée, les Red Devils n’affichent toujours pas le jeu que son public s’attend, et demeurent toujours un chantier ouvert. De plus, la dernière fois que les deux clubs ce sont rencontrés à Old Trafford, Liverpool s’est aisément imposé 3-0. Alors que les visiteurs ont été inconstants, ils ont tout de même alterné de beaux matches avec des prestations médiocres. Quelle équipe se présentera à Old Trafford ?

Une question que les parieurs en ligne devront se poser. Adam Lallana, lui, ne semble pas s’interroger du tout : malgré la côte fracturée, si Rodgers a besoin de lui, il n’hésitera pas. Balotelli pourrait également retourner de sa blessure, mais seulement sur le banc, alors que Sturridge risque de rater le match, en laissant Raheem Sterling tout seul en attaque. Les Red Devils, eux, pourront aligner Robin Van Persie, auteur de six buts lors de ses neuf derniers matches en Premier League contre Liverpool. Une moyenne meurtrière pour une rivalité meurtrière.

Chelsea tripped up on Tyneside

Newcastle is Chelsea’s twilight zone. Jose Mourinho has yet to win a league game here, though he tried to make up for that by making three changes at half-time to counter a Patrick Kluivert goal back in 2005. Though the Dutchman and his dreadlocks wouldn’t last at St James’ Park – he left the following season – his goal would go down in lore, knocking Chelsea out of that year’s FA Cup, thus ending their chances of winning the quadruple.

What’s truly bothersome about today’s defeat is that this isn’t a very good Newcastle side, even with its ten absent pieces back in the fold. Though the Toon obviously deserved their win, Chelsea arguably played themselves out of contention after a promising start, and look to have allowed Manchester City to come back within three points. At least the preposterously early invincibility theme is behind us.

What Pardew got right… and what he got wrong

It’s fair to say that the former West Ham and Southampton man isn’t every punter’s cup of tea. But credit must go to him for a number of choices, beginning from the use of Jack Colback in midfield. His late run in the first run wasn’t picked up by Fabregas, but by the onrushing Courtois, who deprived him of a clear-cut chance. Colback was everywhere, and a huge nuisance to the Blues. Tottenham could have done with a destroyer of his ilk in midweek.

Pardew’s choice to try quick vertical attacks also occasionally bore fruit, as the speedy Ayoze was able to turn his marker a couple of times in the first half and release the wings. Without the domineering Matic around, Newcastle knew they could chance their hand in the middle, and did so.

That considered, it’s hard to work out exactly what kind of strategy Pardew had in mind for this game. It may explain why his teams are so maddeningly inconsistent, how they can be world-beaters one minute, and masochists the next. Key to this was his midfield’s lumbering build-up. Often exposed to the counter, Newcastle left their defence unprotected on more than one occasion, and Chelsea should really have taken advantage.

Newcastle’s midfielders were guilty of either rushing too eagerly towards Hazard – which allowed the Belgian to slot a pass across the edge of the box to the onrushing Willian, who flashed his effort wide – or unable to cover space when their fullbacks tucked in. One such oversight from Ameobi allowed Willian to rush into the box unmolested, and could have proved costly. Newcastle’s midfielders were very poor on cutbacks, which include Hazard’s effort on the post late on. Almost everybody rushed to the front post.

Chelsea’s missed opportunity… and Gary Cahill

Whilst they didn’t create an overwhelming amount of chances, the Blues were clearly on top in the first twenty minutes, and should simply have done more to expose Newcastle’s frailties. The midfield’s regular counters – thanks in no small part to Oscar and being cleverly positioned in key passing lanes- should have led to an early Chelsea strike.  Apart from Willian’s strike, Costa chose to have a crack from the edge of the box when nobody was on Oscar- another open cutback option.

After that, Chelsea allowed Newcastle back in the game, though the sloppiness would come back with a vengeance when Gary Cahill fluffed a clearance, allowing Newcastle to open the scoring a few minutes into the second half. Gary Cahill simply hasn’t developed into the leader Chelsea were hoping to mould to replace Terry. He still needs training wheels, over two seasons after playing the game of his life in Munich.

Their backs to the wall, Chelsea finally woke up again: Fabregas’ diagonal chips in the box offered Chelsea some good alternatives, especially when Drogba was able to knock one down for Costa, whose effort found both Coloccini and Taylor in its way.

Despite my misplaced twitter cynicism, Jose Mourinho actually got his subs right. Drogba pulled one back for Chelsea and was an incredible physical presence in the box. The choice to throw in Schurrle may not have been so rewarding, though he looked decent trying to drop deep and build things up. It was, however, a necessary move, as Willian and Oscar seemed to have left their heads in the changing room.

Tactical takeaways: Chelsea 3-0 Tottenham

It’s not every day that a club buys Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho, Etienne Capoue and Érik Lamela and falls off a cliff. Yet that is what has happened to Tottenham Hotspur, who despite another summer of sexy acquisitions are still miles off fulfilling their potential, or flashing more than glimpses of the passing football Mauricio Pochettino’s Southampton was capable of. The aforementioned players aren’t hipster football icons, the preserve of those among us who choose to follow alternative leagues: they’re good, in some cases damn good. They undoubtedly have their flaws, but are mostly young and can learn.

Yet here in North London their skill is a thing of the past, a relic the Spurs faithful are desperately clinging onto, in the hope that this tunnel really does lead back to the great outdoors.

Yesterday’s game perfectly encapsulated this, as an interesting start from the Lilywhites quickly turned into a nightmare when Chelsea landed a fierce one-two to put their opponents on the ropes. Tottenham never recovered. So much promise, so little to write home about. Chadli’s criminally late entrance wasn’t enough to change things.

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City – Everton: les Citizens ont-ils tourné la page?

C’était peut-être seulement une question de temps avant que Manchester City ne s’empare de la seconde place en Premier League aux dépens de Southampton. Maintenant, c’est aux hommes de Manuel Pellegrini de prouver qu’ils peuvent recoller avec Chelsea, qui a gardé son avance de six points après sa victoire à domicile contre Tottenham.

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Tottenham – Everton, le derby belge

Tottenham accueille Everton samedi pour un match lourd d’enjeux qui prendra sans doute le devant de la scène dans le monde des paris en ligne. Au-delà des aspirations européennes et des ambitions de beau jeu affichées par les deux équipes, l’affiche pourrait impliquer pas moins de cinq gros poissons belges, à savoir Nacer Chadli, Moussa Dembélé, Jan Vertonghen, Romelu Lukaku et Kevin Mirallas. Le marché des buteurs fera notamment l’objet des attentions des parieurs.

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Tactical Preview: Chelsea v QPR

QPR head to Stamford Bridge a clear favourite to lose- and possibly bag a huge shellacking in the process. Though Harry Redknapp’s men are coming off a two-game winning run, they are still second from bottom in the Premier League table- not to mention weak on a number of levels, and this is the wrong time to be visiting a Chelsea side that won’t be in a very forgiving mood.

Last Sunday’s disappointing draw aside, the Blues will remember how threatening QPR can be in the Derby, the Rs winning both in their last visit here two seasons ago and at home in a game more remembered for what horrible things John Terry yelled at Anton Ferdinand. The resulting furore made everyone forget just how poor Chelsea had looked that day, going down to nine men before the half and losing to a Heidar Helguson penalty.Heidar Helguson!

QPR don’t have a high-variance option

One of the more damning indictments of QPR’s football this season is their inability to combine defence and attack. Which is just as good, because a good calculated risk against a team like Chelsea would be to avoid sitting back, and try something that the opposition isn’t expecting. A perfect example was when Everton visited the Bridge a few seasons ago, coming away with a 4-4 draw. It’s certainly a bigger risk, but adds a surprise factor and does give the minnow a bigger window of success, and QPR do happen to boast a fearsome attacking duo in Charlie Austin and Bobby Zamora. One came up with the goods against Villa, the latter has the grit and athleticism to bring Eduardo Vargas into play.

Trouble is, QPR have tried this before, as the ludicrous 3-2 home defeat to Liverpool proved. What’s worrying is that Harry Redknapp’s choice to throw caution to the wind and press Liverpool all over the park still ended up backfiring. His team should have won, but Leroy Fer (usually one of their best players) hit the woodwork twice in the first half alone, and QPR shipped in two goals after the 90th minute to come away with nothing. The Rs only opted for all-out aggression against Liverpool because they didn’t respect their passing game anyway, and may not dare be so brave this time round, especially as…

The Diego Costa party bus is back in town, and Richard Dunne and Steven Caulker are terrified

Diego Costa and Cesc Fabregas’ arrival in the summer has given Chelsea a whole new attacking dimension. Gone is the team that struggled down the stretch last season against packed defences, not now that Fabregas can pick defences apart with his vertical passing, one-twos and neat interplay with the fullbacks, and Costa… well…

Caulker and Dunne need help, as they aren’t exactly the speediest defensive pairing on the circuit. Picking up from the previous point, Burnley tried aggressive tactics against Chelsea, and paid the price despite taking an early lead at Turf Moor. All it took was a neat pass from Cesc Fabregas to Branislav Ivanovic… and a finish from Diego Costa.

QPR aren’t built for the counter

Trouble is, even a more cautious QPR could fail to make the grade, having been very average when adopting a more defensive approach, even against teams who struggle to build from the back. QPR looked awkward against both Aston Villa and West Ham, and can count themselves lucky to have pulled away against the Villains just as their opponents were looking to take control.

With two midfielders (Henry and Sandro, for example) sitting in front of their frail back four, only Leroy Fer is left as an attacking outlet in the middle. Redknapp may not have the stones to deploy attacking players like Vargas on the wing, or two strikers up front- a setup that has allowed them to win their last two games. When one thinks of Stamford Bridge upsets, QPR are unlikely to emulate Sunderland’s impressive effort from last season: they haven’t got the defensive mettle and the Blue are much improved. In most things anyway…

Chelsea need a wake up call on set pieces

50% of QPR’s goals in the league this season have come from set pieces, a worrying trend for a team like Chelsea that still has its work cut out ironing out that very weakness. Against Manchester United, it cost Chelsea two deserved points. Now that Manchester City look weak, it would be the wrong time to start dropping points. Manchester United certainly rue the chances they didn’t put away to keep the Citizens at a distance three seasons ago.

Eduardo Vargas v Gary Cahill

A final point concerns last week’s GOAT, Gary Cahill, who for all his talent does occasionally have games where he makes multiple- and often costly- mistakes. He will need to keep a careful eye on Eduardo Vargas who- if Redkapp starts him, and that’s quite an if- will be a major pain in the neck, cutting inside to create one-two scenarios and look for the chink in Chelsea’s armour. The former Universidad de Chile man was woefully misused in Italy, and is slowly putting together a campaign that will justify all the hype we read about him two years ago.