Fresh from tipping Aston Villa to beat Arsenal and a Scotland win on penalties at 14/1, our betting expert Jones Knows makes his Premier League predictions.
Newcastle vs Chelsea, Saturday 12.30pm
Steve Bruce can be a fiddly customer to overcome when the underdog – home wins against Manchester United and Chelsea last season prove that. However, timing has to be key when foreseeing when an unexpected Toon result is on the horizon. This is not one of those occasions.
Despite their abysmal metrics (had just 20 shots on target this season, scoring with 10 of those) and – at times – visually mind-numbing performances, Bruce has rarely come under significant pressure in his job as he has only gone six matches without a win once since taking the job.
He seems to bag a win when one is needed. When the pressure is mounting. And, that situation is still a few weeks away, so Chelsea, who are certainly going the right way under Frank Lampard, shouldn’t have too many problems here in strengthening the staggering away win statistics across the Premier League this season.
In 78 Premier League games, there have been 34 away wins, compared to 29 at home – easily the highest ratio of away wins in Premier League era.
JONES KNOWS PREDICTS: 0-2 (13/2 with Sky Bet)
Aston Villa vs Brighton, Saturday 3.00pm (Play Super 6 to win £250,000 here!)
Everybody now, in your best Danny Dyer voice. This one may get proper tasty.
Last year’s fixture between these two produced the most shots in any one Premier League match last season – 44 in total.
And, it’s easy to argue Villa arrive here with a more dangerous attacking look to them having headed off to the international break with a richly impressive away win at Arsenal to their name, predicted by members of this parish. Trumpet blown.
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No team has created more chances per game (12.5) than them…