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Everton v Southampton

Richarlison and Everton celebrate his goal against Wolves
Richarlison and Everton celebrate his goal against Wolves

Both sides will be looking for their first wins of the Premier League season after draws on the opening day.

Everton earned a hard-fought point against Wolves, playing with 10 men for the best part of 50 minutes after Phil Jagielka's dismissal, while Southampton shared a point with Burnley and it looks hard to look past a first win for Marco Silva's side.

The Toffees led twice on the road at a buoyant Wolves outfit and you would expect Everton to improve gradually as their new signings bed in.

Richarlison was the only summer arrival to start at Molineux, scoring twice on his full debut, and we are backing him to continue his form in front of goal, with a price of 11/2 in a score-and-win double providing great value.

Jagielka will be suspended after his sending off and it provides Everton with a chance to hand a possible debut to deadline day signings Kurt Zouma or Yerry Mina. Should they keep a clean sheet on their first appearance for the Merseysiders, a win-to-nil is available at a tempting 2/1.

Southampton were extremely poor last season and escaped relegation under Mark Hughes by a whisker, and an improvement is needed soon if they are to reach the standards of a side aiming for a top-half finish. They arguably have talent in their squad - this match might just provide a wake-up call for their season.

Super 6 prediction: Everton 2-0 Southampton (Sky Bet odds: 13/2)

Best Bet: Richarlison to score and Everton to win at 11/2

Key Opta Stats

  • Everton are unbeaten in their last 13 home league games against Southampton (W9 D4), since a 0-2 defeat in November 1997.
  • Southampton have scored just seven goals in their last 13 league visits to Goodison Park, failing to score six times and never scoring more than once.
  • Southampton’s 2-0 win in November 1997 is their only victory in 19 Premier League visits to Goodison Park (W1 D5 L13).
  • Everton have lost just one of their last eight home Premier League games (W4 D3), 1-3 vs Manchester City in March.
  • Southampton won their last away match of the 2017-18 season – they’ve not won consecutive away league games since March 2017.
  • Richarlison scored with both of his shots on goal against Wolves on his Everton debut – he’d failed to score with his last 53 shots in the Premier League while at Watford.

Leicester City v Wolves

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores
Leicester City's Jamie Vardy scores

The Midlands rivals were unfortunate on the opening day - Leicester performed well and lost at Man United, Wolves faced 10-man Everton for 50 minutes and playing against a side with a man less can often prove to be difficult.

Nuno Santo Espirito's side's wait for a first victory since returning to the Premier League could go into a third match with a home win our preference.

There was plenty of encouragement for Claude Puel to take from the 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford, including summer signing James Maddison who was Leicester's bright spark and nearly scored, you can back the former Norwich man to find the back of the net anytime at a best price of 2/1.

Meanwhile, Jamie Vardy was on the score sheet v Man United and the England forward is one away from scoring his 50th Leicester goal on home soil - the 31-year-old is available at just over 4/1 to open the scoring.

Leicester strengthened well over the summer with Maddison plus defenders Jonny Evans, Ricardo Pereira, Caglar Soyuncu and Filip Benkovic and they will be well drilled this term.

Wolves, too, have made excellent additions to their talented Sky Bet Championship-winning squad, but they are still gluing as well as adapting to life in the top tier and the Foxes should triumph in this King Power clash.

Super 6 prediction: Leicester 2-1 Wolves (Sky Bet odds: 15/2)

Best Bet: Leicester to win at 11/10

Key Opta Stats

  • This is the first Premier League meeting between Leicester and Wolves since February 2004, in a goalless draw at the King Power Stadium in a season that saw both sides relegated.
  • Wolves have won just one of their seven visits to the King Power Stadium in all competitions (D3 L3), winning 4-1 in the Championship in May 2007.
  • Leicester vs Wolves remains one of only four in Premier League history that has seen a team come from three goals behind to win, with Wolves doing so at Molineux in October 2003 despite trailing 3-0 at half-time.
  • Leicester have earned just four points from their last 24 available in the Premier League (W1 D1 L6).
  • Jamie Vardy’s next goal scored at home will be his 50th at the King Power Stadium for Leicester City.
  • Since the start of last season, Wolves’ Rúben Neves has scored seven league goals, with all of these coming from outside the box.

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham

Tottenham celebrate a goal at Newcastle
Tottenham celebrate a goal at Newcastle

Sides with contrasting summers as Tottenham spent nothing and Fulham surpassed the £100m mark - and the Cottagers will certainly be hoping it pays off on their return to the Premier League.

Slavisa Jokanovic admitted this week that so many new additions will need time to glue and adjust to the Premier League and we feel they will come unstuck against a well-organised Spurs team.

Although they were quite fortunate to leave Newcastle 2-1 winners on the opening day, there were positives to take from the match going forward including a goal for Dele Alli.

Harry Kane failed to get on the scoresheet to fuel talk of his failure score a Premier League goal in August, but he has netted four goals in his last two appearances against Fulham and we are backing him to silence those critics.

He is around 9/4 to open the scoring at Wembley, odds-on anytime, in a fairly straightforward victory for hosts Spurs, who are still playing at Wembley after the delay on their new ground.

Super 6 prediction: Tottenham 3-1 Fulham (Sky Bet odds: 9/1)

Best Bet: Harry Kane to score first at 9/4

Key Opta Stats

  • Tottenham have won eight of their last nine Premier League meetings with Fulham, losing only in a home match in March 2013 (0-1).
  • Tottenham have lost just two of their last 38 home league games (W30 D6 L2), vs Chelsea and Manchester City last season.
  • Tottenham got off to a winning start against Newcastle but haven’t won their first two games to a Premier League campaign since 2014-15.
  • This will be Fulham’s 1000th match in the English top-flight – the 36th different team to reach that many games. The last side to reach the milestone were Norwich in January 2016, with a 0-3 defeat at Bournemouth.
  • Tottenham striker Harry Kane has never scored a Premier League goal in August, despite playing 14 games, 988 minutes and attempting 46 shots. By contrast, he’s scored nine goals from 41 shots and 820 minutes in Premier League games in September.

West Ham United v AFC Bournemouth

West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini
West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini

Like Fulham, West Ham were also among the few teams to pass the £100m mark in the summer and they are searching for their first win after losing at Liverpool on the opening day.

Their team under Manuel Pellegrini is now full of undoubted talent and we are backing them to beat a Bournemouth side who were victorious against Cardiff last weekend.

This is a real tough one to call so early in the season, but the Hammers should benefit from home advantage and get the three points on the board

Super 6 prediction: West Ham 2-1 AFC Bournemouth (Sky Bet odds: 15/2)

Best Bet: West Ham to win at 29/15

Key Opta Stats

  • Both West Ham and Bournemouth have two wins apiece in their six Premier League meetings, with two draws.
  • Bournemouth’s first ever Premier League victory came away against West Ham, winning 4-3 at Upton Park in August 2015 thanks to a Callum Wilson hat-trick.
  • The side scoring first has only won two of the six Premier League meetings between Bournemouth and West Ham, with the Cherries winning 4-3 in August 2015, and the Hammers winning 1-0 in August 2016.
  • Five of the six Premier League meetings between West Ham and Bournemouth have seen both teams find the back of the net, with the exception being a 1-0 win for West Ham in August 2016 – in the first ever league game at the London Stadium.
  • Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson has scored four goals in his four league games against West Ham, including a hat-trick in August 2015. Only against Huddersfield (5) has he scored more in English league football.

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