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Correct Score prediction preview: 24th October

Ed Acteson returns with a correct score prediction preview, ahead of the Rollover £3,000 Correct Score – Pick 3 pool, featuring three tantalising Premier League games on Sunday. Check out his correct score prediction preview and join his Syndicate.

 

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Brentford vs. Leicester

Sunday, 14:00

Brentford’s fine start to their maiden Premier League season continued on Saturday and, despite succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea, they battered the table-topping Blues in the latter stages of the match and were left ruing missed chances.

They meet a Leicester side slowly clicking into gear after a sluggish start to the season. The Foxes are now unbeaten in three games, having drawn against Palace before defeating Manchester United and then Spartak Moscow on Wednesday. Brendan Rodgers’ side scored ten goals in those three games though, netting four in each of the last two, and it seems as though their attack is finally coming to life.

Leicester will have been incredibly encouraged to see new signing Patson Daka follow his goal against Manchester United with all four against Spartak and he, alongside the evergreen Jamie Vardy, will be a real threat for a Brentford defence who have conceded just seven goals in eight games this season.

Five of those goals came in their last three games, however, and, although I am mightily impressed with the manner in which The Bees have started the season, I do expect their initial success to level out and this game could provide a wake up call.

The biggest argument against Leicester here is that they played a midweek game in Moscow which could leave them tired. However, confidence will be sky high in the Foxes’ camp and I’ll take them to win a high-scoring affair.

Verdict: 1-3, 2-3, AOA

 

West Ham vs. Tottenham

Sunday, 14:00

A London Derby that, up until a couple of seasons ago, was a mismatch but is these days a genuine battle between two fairly even European contenders.

Defeat to Brentford a few weeks ago was a setback for West Ham after three straight victories but they recovered well by beating Everton last weekend. My suspicion that they will run out of gas this season with the addition of Europa League football will be put to the test as the fixtures mount up but doesn’t seem to have affected them thus far.

However, they encounter a Spurs side who have got their season back on track in recent weeks, stringing together three straight wins (at the time of writing, prior to their trip to Vitesse) following a grim September. Nuno Espirito Santo will have been incredibly encouraged to see Harry Kane net his first Premier League goal of the season last weekend, in addition to providing an assist for Son Heung-Min.

It’s been a difficult few months for Kane, whose bid to leave Spurs for Man City during the summer failed and has derailed his form. However, in the past the England captain has regularly got off to slow starts to the season and, once he’s started scoring, he hasn’t stopped.  I’m going to count on that being the case here.

As impressive as West Ham have been over the last 18 months, a confident Tottenham should have their number as Europa League fatigue sets in, with Spurs players more used to such European exploits and Harry Kane coming to life. I’m taking the Tottenham win.

Verdict: 1-2, 1-3, 2-3

 

Manchester United vs. Liverpool

Sunday, 16:30

For many it’s the biggest Premier League game of the season and the Northwest Derby is always an intriguing affair. Arguably this year even more so with Manchester United and Liverpool both having designs on the Premier League title this season, though, at this early stage, one looks far better equipped than the other.

United came from two goals down to beat Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday and secure their first win in three games. However, the Red Devils haven’t kept a clean sheet in nine games in all competitions now and have conceded six in their last two, having leaked four against Leicester last weekend.

With Harry Maguire lacking match fitness and Raphael Varane missing through injury, United are clearly vulnerable at the back at the moment, something Liverpool will know all about having missed most of their key defenders for the majority of last season. However, The Reds will have no pity and will look to exploit that weakness here.

Liverpool overcame a very tricky Atletico Madrid side during the week, taking their unbeaten run in all competitions to 21. It’s their longest streak in the Premier League era and shows that Jurgen Klopp has got his side back to their very best.

Frighteningly, the Liverpool attack is looking imperious once again and they haven’t failed to score less than two goals for nine consecutive matches. In fact they’ve only scored two on one occasion during that run, with 15 goals scored in their last four games in a very difficult run against Porto, Man City, Watford and Atletico Madrid. None of this bodes well for United.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side continued their frustrating tendency to concede first against Atalanta and, although they have proven themselves capable of coming from behind many times over the last year, Liverpool won’t let them off the hook so easily.

Frankly United’s best chance of success here is a Ronaldo masterclass, yet it is Mo Salah who many currently regard as the best player on the planet and the Egyptian leads the Premier League goalscoring charts with a ridiculous seven goals and four assists in eight games.

I fear it could be a long afternoon for a defensively vulnerable United who, if Liverpool start well and score first, could crumble, leaving their besieged manager under pressure.

Verdict: 0-3, 1-3, 2-3, AOA

 

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