2014-15 Premier League Match Previews: Week 3 (Part 4)

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Updated: August 27, 2014
Chelsea 2014-15

Everton vs. Chelsea

 

Match Date: 31 August 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Goodison Park

(Featured image: Chelsea | Source: Zimbio)

 

Everton are unbeaten in two straight fixtures at the Premier League’s new season, but their results are not necessarily among the most attractive. They have only picked up two points (and four goals) from these matches following their deadlocks with Leicester City in their season debut and with Arsenal in their second league appearance. Thus far, the side are undefeated in 26 out of 29 home matches they had in the English top-flight tournament (including the previous season) and they currently rank 10th in the table. Chelsea, by comparison, had excellent openers for their new top-tier campaign. They have won in both of their first two tourneys, earned a clean sheet, and scored five goals. Burnley and Leicester City both succumbed to The Blues, thanks to magnificent abilities in creating scoring chances and in attacking set pieces.

 

Football betting tip: Chelsea could pull off a narrow in over Everton.

 

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Aston Villa vs. Hull City

 

Match Date: 31 August 2014 (local)

Match Venue: Villa Park

 

A highly defensive display from Aston Villa prevented their latest opponents, Newcastle United, from inflicting them with their first defeat of the season. However, their rivals also employed the same pitch approach which eventually led the battle into a draw. This added only one point to The Villans’ league score, which has now grown to four following their excellent season opener versus Stoke City. They currently rank seventh in the league table, just one spot below their upcoming opponents, Hull City. The latter have enjoyed the same unbeaten results as Paul Lambert’s men but they earned a better place in the tournament by way of a stronger goal difference. The Tigers’ outstanding skills to shoot from direct free kicks will be their key to remain ahead of Aston Villa, although they may need some improvements in their aerial performances to make this more plausible.

 

Online betting tip: Aston Villa and Hull City will share the spoils, with both of them scoring at least one goal apiece.