Nearly when the Premier League has jump started, we have the last few days of action packed football before international football break.
There are interesting games in store indeed, with the undoubted fixture being Arsenal’s outing to Anfield to face Jurgen Klopp counter-attacking Liverpool.
Check out our tips for the following game underneath. Select any game to see our detailed analysis on each game.
Watford vs Brighton & Hove Albion
This is the first Premiership match between these two in their history. All previous encounters were either cup games or Championship games. Watford are actually looking like a good side that can feel safe about their Premier League spot this season and next. We also think they’re a really good side at home. Their record against Brighton is also a good one as they haven’t lost in their last 5 encounters, winning 3 of those.
Watford to win outright
Over 2.5 goals
Manchester United vs Leicester City
Manchester United start the season on an impressive form. 8 goals scored and 0 conceded. On the other hand Leicester have also shown prowess in front of goal but have also been easy at conceding. Their mid-week EFL cup game looked easy and this is perhaps a great time for these two sides to meet.
Leicester City 2 goals ahead
Over 10 match corners
Chelsea vs Everton
Sunday’s early fixture features two teams of caliber. Probably the second best fixture of the week for this writer. Both blues will be likely to consider this as a crucial match. Chelsea to remain in touch at the top and Everton to aspire to break into the top 6. Everton had a tough Monday night managing a 1-1 draw at Goodison Park in a hard-fought card rich match. This one will be no different. Antonio Conte will be riding high after a good win away to Tottenham on Sunday. Much needed confidence boost after their season opener.
Cahill and Hazard still out of this one through suspension and injury respectively. Scheiderlin out through suspension for Everton whilst Ramirez and McCarthy struggle to get back from injuries.
Everton Double Chance: 2x
Card before 28:00 @ 1.83
West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City
Two mid tier sides at best. Both these teams will look for the 3 points here. Stoke City have had a really good win at Arsenal’s expense last weekend and look to build on this
Not many goals in this one and typical draw game
Liverpool vs Arsenal
The best fixture of week 3 right here. Both teams will try their utmost for 3 points here as it could literally put them out of the title race after just 3 games. Liverpool will meet Hoffenheim today and that means 2 really important games in less than 5 days. This on has had an average of 5.7 goals per game in the last three encounters. Vital for Arsenal to get 3 points here. The Coutinho and Alexis Sanchez saga continues into its 4th week. Barcelona is simply not giving up here. This will be a thrilling encounter and rightly so, Sunday prime time.
Both teams to score and over 3.5 goals
Over 5 first half corners
Arsenal Double Chance: 2x
Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley
Tottenham have now lost 8 of their last 10 games at Wembley Stadium. This is their home pitch for the rest of the season at the least until they build their new stadium. Luckily for them, a chance to beat one of their favorite opponents. In fact, Tottenham has won 5 straight against Burnley when at home (except this isn’t really home). All the last 5 games had more than 2.5 goals in them. Tottenham to score lots of goals and get their confidence back in this one.
Tottenham and over 2.5 goals
Tottenham over 2.5 team goals
Correct score prediction Tottenham 4 Burnley 0
AFC Bournemouth vs Manchester City
Must win game for Pep Guadiola side, as is any game for a team aspiring to take the Premier League title. A draw at Everton means a 2 point gap at the top already and no team can afford to start losing points already. Especially when that team spent over £200m to get the players needed to compete. Bournemouth comes off a competitive EFL Cup game on Tuesday so there is the factor of squad rotation in this one for the home side. Kyle Walker will be out through suspension for this one and Mendy might be back in full fitness to start.
Man City to win outrightly
Correct score prediction Bournemouth 0 Man City 3
Over 9 total corners
Crystal Palace vs Swansea City
Not looking good in the Premier League this season for both these teams. More than likely, Swansea will be without their main strikers as they are out with long term injuries. Both teams have scored zero goals in this campaign and are looking to get over that psychological hump. Their defensive woes also continue with both teams having allowed 4 goals in the first two games. The stats couldn’t be closed for each of these. This may be the breakout game for both teams looking to get crucial points to help them salvage at the end of the season. Make no mistake, this is a direct relegation encounter.
Crystal Palace to win outrightly
Crystal Palace over 1.5 goals
Huddersfield Town vs Southampton
A good start to the season by Huddersfield with 2 convincing wins and ease at scoring goals. The EFL Cup on Wednesday against Rotherham will probably bring along a squad rotation, seeing that Saturday’s game against Southampton should take priority. Huddersfield has shown potential to be able to remain in the Premier League. Southampton, usually find it difficult to score and if it weren’t for a late penalty on Saturday, Southampton would have lost a 2-0 comfortable lead. These two teams usually have many goals when they go head to head and both rely on home advantage to win their games
Over 2.5 and both teams to score
Over 9 total corners
Newcastle United vs West Ham United
This is not looking good for Newcastle unless they can really pull a rabbit out of the hat. Benitez looks visibly annoyed that the transfer market has not yielded what he hoped for and the situation up front for Newcastle looks bleak. West Ham had a good comeback at the weekend and almost managed a draw at Southampton after being 2-0 down. West Ham have won their mid-week EFL fixture whilst Newcastle will meet Nottingham Forest whilst this prediction is being written.
This could go either way but we will take the outside.
Newcastle Doube Chance: 1x
Both teams to score @ 1.70
Over 5 first half corners
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big Elsewhere
The English Premier League has welcomed some of the best players in the history of football. Players from different continents have made a huge impact on the league with impressive performances. There are others who failed to impress and can be termed as flops.
The League is quite unique from other European leagues. It is more competitive, fierce, physically challenging in nature. Needless to say, a player who isn’t mentally and physically geared up for this will stumble under the pressure.
Established stars can fall by the wayside with their former successes and triumphs becoming nothing more than a footnote in the EPL. Impressively, some of these players put in impressive performances when they moved to other leagues.
3 Premier League Flops Who Made It Big In Other Leagues
Following the impending sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid, Tottenham bought several players, one of the players they bought was Paulinho.
Paulinho was signed from Corinthians in Brazil where he helped them win the Copa Libertadores, Brasileirao, and the FIFA Club World Cup.
They defeated Chelsea in the latter to lift the trophy. Importantly, he had just won the FIFA Confederations Cup with Brazil and was voted as the third-best player at the tournament.
He joined Tottenham as the club’s record signing in 2013, so a lot was expected of him. However, his performance was not as impressive as the club had envisaged. He was later sold to Guangzhou Evergrande in China at a loss.
The Brazilian’s transfer to the Chinese league resulted in a change of fortunes, as helped the club claim the Chinese league and the AFC Champions League title in his first season.
In the second, he was voted into the Chinese League team of the year in recognition of his performance. Also, he won the league, FA Cup, and Super Cup.
Although critics downplayed his performance, citing the standard of the Chinese league compared to the English league, Paulinho impressed in Spain too following a €40 million move to Barcelona.
Paulinho helped the club claim the league and the Copa del Rey trophy. His performance in his only season with Barcelona impressed Ronaldinho who said: “He really stood out.”
- Iago Aspas
Most Premier League fan remembers Aspas only as a Liverpool flop with the number 9 jersey. Aspas moved from boyhood club Celta Vigo to Liverpool for a deal estimated to be around £7.7 m, with Liverpool hoping to have unearthed a gem. However, that gem turns dregs, failing to score in any of his 14 league appearances.
After just one season, Liverpool decided that they have seen enough so they sent him on a season-long loan to Sevilla with an obligation to buy. In his season-long loan at the club, he was the joint top scorer in the Copa del Rey alongside Neymar with 7 goals and won the UEFA Europa League.
At the end of his season-long loan at Sevilla, the club signed him from Liverpool but sold him to Celta Vigo in the same transfer window. In every of his first 5 seasons at Celta Vigo, he scored in double digits.
In fact, in three of the 5 seasons, he won the Zarra Trophy awarded to the Spanish player with the most league goals in a season. As of December 2020, Aspas had won La Liga player of the month four times.
- Diego Forlan
Perhaps, the most notable and interesting English Premier League flop who became a star in another League. He was not just impressive in another league; he was extraordinary with his National team Uruguay.
Sir Alex Ferguson signed Forlan in 2001 following the attacker’s impressive form at Independiente in Argentina. In his first season in England, Forlan made 18 appearances but failed to score a single goal. The two seasons after were not impressive either, hence his transfer to Villarreal.
Impressively, Forlan scored 25 league goals in his first season with Villarreal and won the league’s top scorers award (2004/05). Also, he was awarded the European Golden Shoe award alongside Thierry Henry the same year. He left the club two seasons later for Atletico with 59 goals scored in 128 matches.
In his second season with Atletico Madrid (2008/09), Forlan beat Samuel Eto’o to the Spanish league’s top scorer’s award. He scored 32 league goals in 33 league appearances that season which earned him the Pichichi trophy. Again, he won the European Golden Shoe but this time it was not shared with anyone.
The next season (2009/10), Forlan played a key role as Atletico won the Europa League. He scored six times in the tournament, including two in the 2-1 win over Fulham in the final. He was voted as the man of the match in the final.
With his national team, he was just as impressive; he scored the most goals at the 2010 FIFA World Cup alongside Thomas Muller, Wesley Sneijder, and David Villa.
Furthermore, he was voted into the FIFA World Cup dream team and won the Golden Ball and goal of the tournament title. By the time he retired, he was Uruguay’s highest goal scorer in history, a record which has since been broken by Luis Suarez.
Forlan eventually became so good that some Football fans think he is the caliber of player that could have won the Ballon d’Or.
There are several reasons why players struggle when they change clubs, especially to other countries. Culture, language, teammates, family are some factors that can affect their performances.
These 3 cases show that a player may fail to perform in one league but go on to become a star in another league.
Top 10 Football Dribblers Of All Time
The beautiful game of football is arguably the only sport that entertains its fans with the opportunity to witness a genuine instance of sheer genius with a series of beautiful nutmegs. The display of skills, footwork, eye-catching dribbles by different players makes the game more entertaining.
A lot of players around the world can dribble, go past a defender with a single flick and pace. However, good dribblers can be considered as one of the most important key players of a team, as they can unlock any kind of defense.
There are tons of Football dribblers, but only the best have made it onto the CheapGoals list.
10. Roberto Rivelino
Rivelino’s magic with the ball was unbelievable, doing things nobody ever has or will do on a football pitch, and also had a quality of certainty about himself when he was on the ball.
He would not only wind past his opponents but also mortify them and smash defenders’ confidence. Sudden speeding up, various body bluffs would see him outfox defenders on numerous occasions, as some would say Garrincha made the ball talk to his feet.
Other than being authoritatively one of the best footballers to ever graced the beautiful game and lived with three World Cup medals, this iconic Brazilian player was incredible at dribbling. Being able to control the ball in front of defenders and going past them with ease and confidence is something an aspiring footballer would dream of.
8. George Best
Undoubtedly one of England’s greatest players, having scored 137 goals in 361 appearances for Manchester United in a career that spread over more than a decade for the Red Devils. He had the confidence to make use of the ball within and outside of his boot so well that he could cut around players quickly and easily.
De Lima is known for dribbling past defenders and after that going ahead to score a goal. only a few players have aced the popular ‘step over’ dribble as Ronaldo always proved to be a match-winner time over time with his solo dribbles.
6. Johan Cruyff
One of Cruyff’s best abilities was that he had the ability to recognize any weakness and shortcoming in a defender. Like De-lima, he had a move named after him called “The Cruyff Turn”. It would appear as though he was passing the ball to a teammate but instead to kick the ball, he would turn 90 degrees and drag the ball within his foot behind his back leg. This sudden 90-degree move always left the opponent over to the cleaners.
Talking about football dribblers, Garrincha compared to Pele was generally viewed as the best dribbler ever. His extraordinary speed combined with his stunning ball control always leaves defenders powerless, and unfit to deal with his mesmerizing dribbles. At just 5ft 6inches Garrincha’s low center of gravity helped him weave around opponents effortlessly.
4. Diego Maradona
Maradona uses a style of dribbling called “Gambetta” in which he would use his body position to trick into going the wrong way.
Maradona is an impudent, supreme football dribbler – who uses his small stature to make an extraordinary impact which made him one of the best dribblers in football. His strength and control made it difficult to knock him off the ball.
Considered by many as a standout amongst one of the most skillful players in football, he was commended for his abilities and inventiveness. only if his prime had lasted longer, he may very well have been crowned with Ballon d’Or but Okocha is one of the best football dribblers. Be that as it may, it always a joy to watch the Nigerian dazzle on the football pitch.
The former PSG forward and Brazil legend came into the limelight amid his time with Barcelona scoring 70 goals in 145 caps for the club. Dinho brought his mesmerizing pattern of football from the streets of Brazil onto the world stage, and defenders couldn’t deal with his skills and frills.
Every little thing about him appeared to be so superb. From his sly bluffs to his sudden change in increasing speed, all that he did was accompanied by a smile all over his face. His most popular trick was ‘Snake Bite’ where he would trick defenders by pushing the ball sideways, however, all of a sudden pulling the ball back the other way. He is considered one of the best football dribblers.
Having for all intents and purposes wins everything minus a World Cup, the four-time Balon d’Or winner is magnificently unstoppable on his day. The Barcelona forward has scored lots of stunning goals, beating three, four, even five players before firing it in the back of the net.
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This is CheapGoal’s top 10 football dribblers, if any of our loving readers feel otherwise or have their preferred special list, pls don’t hesitate to drop and comment…