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6 Scores Challenge: Sam Matterface and Steve Freeth's predictions including Chelsea v Leicester

Following this season's launch of bet365's 6 Scores Challenge, we asked Sam Matterface and Steve Freeth to offer their predictions for this week’s fixtures.

(This article was originally published on 25.08.2022)

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Chelsea v Leicester

Steve: 2-1
Sam: 2-0

Steve: Historically, this has been a good fixture for Leicester, especially after the FA Cup final of 2021, but they look a right mess right now from back to front. Danny Ward is bottom of the goals prevented chart; he’s in my Fantasy team because he was cheap, but I’m regretting that already!

Two goals were conceded at home to Brentford, four against Arsenal, they’ve given up 10 big chances and created one, and that’s a huge worry for Brendan Rodgers, but fortunately for them, Chelsea look vulnerable, particularly after last week.

Mason Mount, Kai Havertz and Raheem Sterling have yet to score. We haven’t seen as much of Reece James marauding forward with him playing in a three, preventing him getting up the field. Kalidou Koulibaly is suspended as well, and I don’t know where Wesley Fofana will be watching, but I doubt it’ll be on the pitch!

I think it’ll be a close-ish game, but Chelsea 2-1 would be my selection in this.

Sam: Chelsea feel they’ve got off to such a poor start that they’re determined to throw money at the problem, but I think they’re neglecting their biggest issue, which is creativity in the midfield area. Jorginho wants too much time on the ball in a pressing league - that was in evidence against Leeds United. N’Golo Kante can’t stay fit and that’s been an issue for two years.

Mateo Kovacic is a player who can drive the ball forward, and he’s needed back as quickly as possible. Conor Gallagher I’d love as the answer but I’m not sure he’s going to be.

Kalidou Koulibaly is suspended, and Wesley Fofana is going to form part of the narrative in a game that I think Chelsea will win; Leicester have been picking the ball out of the net far too often, they don’t look set and Brendan Rodgers looks aggravated by off-field shenanigans.

They’ve signed one player so far, and that was a goalkeeper who was on trial at Bournemouth and he didn’t make the grade there - there’s obviously problems behind the scenes.

Chelsea can take advantage - and they need to, bearing in mind they’ve dropped points against Tottenham and Leeds in the last two.

Liverpool v Bournemouth

Steve: 1-0
Sam: 3-0

Steve: After Monday night, that Liverpool squad - and Jurgen Klopp really - are coming under a bit of scrutiny after their worst start for a decade, but you’d think Bournemouth at home is an ideal opportunity to record their first win of the season.

I touched on it before the Manchester United game, how they keep conceding goals is amazing for a team of their quality. It’s now seven successive games that they’ve conceded first, and if you’re Scott Parker and Bournemouth, do you go for the jugular, or sit in and make it difficult and frustrate the Anfield crowd? I can see the latter.

Aside from the Villa game, Bournemouth have had a tough start, and I can see Liverpool coming through this, but only by the odd goal.

Sam: Liverpool couldn’t have dreamt for a better visitor to Anfield than Bournemouth on the back of the Manchester United defeat, bearing in mind Bournemouth have conceded seven goals without reply since their opening day win against Aston Villa.

I thought Liverpool were sluggish and lacked creativity in midfield against Manchester United, but I don’t think they were as bad as everyone’s making out. They were very good in patches against Crystal Palace, though they weren’t very good against Fulham.

There were a couple of moments during Monday’s game where they came to life, but they got done on the counter attack squeezing far too high. Keiffer Moore, however, doesn’t have the pace to run in behind like Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Anthony Elanga.

I think Liverpool will win this and win this comfortably. They’re unbeaten in 20 Premier League home games, and that will continue.

Manchester City v Crystal Palace

Steve: 1-1
Sam: 2-1

Steve: I know you turned your nose up in pre-season about my Palace bet in the ‘Without the Big Six’ market, Sam, and while they’re still outsiders, they’ve pleased me a great deal with their last two results. Eberechi Eze has also really caught my eye. Returning from injury, I thought he was fantastic in that victory against Villa.

Historically, Palace know how to win against Manchester City; they picked up four points without conceding a goal last season, and I think they could be a bit vulnerable having shipped three at Newcastle.

All the money will be for the home team in this, but I can see it being a real coupon-buster.

Sam: As you touched upon, Steve, Palace won 2-0 at the Etihad and they can trouble them again, because Wilfried Zaha can follow the pathway set by Allan Saint-Maximin last week down that City right where they were vulnerable.

You’d expect Pep to try and plug that gap; he may well make changes, but that’s difficult to do with so many injuries in that defensive area.

I thought Palace were excellent tactically at Anfield. Patrick Vieira’s a very good coach, and Zaha’s in the form of his life and I think he’ll cause problems.

City will probably win, but it might be tighter than you’d expect.

Arsenal v Fulham

Steve: 3-1
Sam: 3-2

Steve: What a difference a year makes! Top of the league instead of bottom, three games on the trot with the same team and scoring for fun, while City and Liverpool have showed signs of weakness.

Could this be Arsenal’s year? For the top four, I think so, yeah. Title challenge? Maybe not. Even the most ardent Arsenal fan would probably agree it’s been a soft start for Mikel Arteta in the fixtures they’ve had, and they have a decent run up until October.

Fulham never win at Arsenal; in fact, they’ve never won at Arsenal. In Aleksandar Mitrovic, they have a player who’s answered a few of his critics with a fine start, but I think the Cottagers will lose their unbeaten tag. I fancy them to breach the Gunners’ defence though.

Sam: Arsenal top of the table, and I think if you told anyone six months ago that after three games, they’d be two points clear, everyone would look at you rather quizzically, but they absolutely deserve to be there. They’re playing excellent football and I think this could be a terrific game; they’ve really balanced the squad, and this is their best start in 18 years.

Gabriel Jesus is in great form, Oleksandr Zinchenko is in terrific form, they’ve been sharp, they’ve been incisive, but can they deal with Aleksandar Mitrovic?

One of the big problems they’ve always had is dealing with physicality of centre-forwards going up against their always-fallible backline. William Saliba and Gabriel look a different quantity together. I know there have been one or two mishaps at the back, but when they’re sorted out I think they’ll be further along than many thought they would be.

I think they’ll win with Gabriel Martinelli getting on the scoresheet, but they may struggle at the back a couple of times.

Wolves v Newcastle

Steve: 2-2
Sam: 0-0

Steve: Three games and no wins yet for Wolves, and while that’s a good position being an Albion fan who’s backed them for relegation, I’m already resigned to the fact I might have backed a loser.

What I’ve seen so far, particularly in that first half against Spurs, with Goncalo Guedes and Matheus Nunes, there was real quality peppering that Spurs goal and they were a bit unlucky not to be on the scoresheet, with Nathan Collins eventually being undone by the sheer quality of Harry Kane, but there are positive signs for Wolves.

Newcastle will be frustrated having bloodied the noses of champions City, but the Magpies are on the up, and if Allan Saint-Maximin is on a going day then this could be an entertaining game.

Sam: It’s probably a bit too early for Alexander Isak to get over the line and get the Newcastle jersey on, but they’ll be missing Callum Wilson which is a real problem for them.

I saw them in midweek at Tranmere and they stood up to physical test really well - this will be another battle. Wolves are pretty combative; we saw that at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last week, and I think it’ll be a match of very few goals.

Nottingham Forest v Tottenham

Steve: 0-3
Sam: 0-1

Steve: The City Ground will be rocking, with four points from three games and Spurs coming to town, but I can’t help thinking Forest have been quite fortunate; they’ve conceded the most shots and shots on target, with their xGA over eight and they’ve only conceded three.

Dean Henderson has been a really good signing, but Harry Kane might make them pay, and if he doesn’t, Son might, and if he doesn’t, Kulusevski might, and I can sense the first heavy defeat of the season for the Tricky Trees.

Sam: This is another match that I don’t think will be as entertaining as it looks on paper. The idea of Nottingham Forest and Tottenham to me sounds like a cracking game of end-to-end football but if Tottenham play how they did in the first half against Wolves, and Forest play to type then it’ll be a low-scoring affair, in fact none of the games involving Forest this season have seen more than three goals.

I don’t think Spurs have been very good since the opening day again Southampton and they didn’t start that game particularly well, but Harry Kane has helped them take four points from the games against Chelsea and Wolves, and that underscores the value of having a kingpin striker.

Steve Cooper said after the Everton game that he thought they should’ve won, I think he was talking about them scoring late on and not holding on, rather than being the better team, because I don’t think they were. Spurs to win 1-0.

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