JORDAN put up his Sunday tips early and has added another on the MLS.
He says: “Posting this one through gritted teeth but I like the chances. The Premier League opening weekend looks tough until you get to Sunday.
It’s no secret about Arsenal’s injury concerns in defence and Arsene Wenger is going to have to break the bank to land somebody to fill in. There’s more chance of all of us on here winning the lottery in my opinion and they’ll do well to keep out Liverpool out of their goalmouth after a full pre-season under Jurgen Klopp and some good additions.
“Two players I would happily take into the Man United squad are Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum. Another important factor for me is Liverpool’s squad have had an “easy” summer. Wijnaldum didn’t even get a ticket to France for the Euros and Mane might have had a ticket but only to watch a game as he is Senegalese.
“The likes of Phillippe Coutinho and Robert Firmino have had the summer off to do as they please after being knocked out of the Copa America in the groups. You could even argue the likes of Clyne, Lallana, Milner and Sturridge didn’t even get a summer run-out with Roy Hodgson’s sporadic line-ups.
“What this dwindles down to is Liverpool being the much fresher side and with Arsenal’s injury woes it could be a bad afternoon at the Emirates. Arsenal’s fans might disagree and you’re welcome to but for me Liverpool will score and I’ll chance it before their time of 58 minutes.”
Premier League – (4pm)
Liverpool to score before 58mins
MLS – (12.30am)
Philadelphia Union – Goal before 60mins (5-6, bet– 2.4pts
Like last week I’m backing the Philadelphia Union to score before their goal time again. They travel to New England where the Revs are coming off a 3-1 semi-final cup win only a day ago so Philadelphia will be fresher and currently hold a five-point lead over New England and will want some sort of result here to keep hopes of a possible playoff place come the end of the season. Alejandro Bedoya will likely make his debut for the Union so that’s another good player in their ranks with Sapong and Pontius likely to be the beneficiary.
MLS – (9pm)
To finish off the weekend I’m going back to the US where Orlando City head up to Chicago in another East match-up. The Fire are the other side who have already played this week in their 3-1 loss to the Revs, with their standout player getting a straight red late on. I’m unaware if he’ll be suspended for Sunday’s game but if he is that’s a big loss for Chicago who traded away their other goal machine Igboananike. Orlando have the firepower to cause the upset here but its their defence which is the downfall. Like the Union, Orlando should be fresher despite the travel and with Larin, Kaka and Molino in good form they can score before their goal time.
Orlando City – Goal before 62mins (bet,– 2.4 points