Emmanuel Adebayor may have been on the verge of leaving Arsenal this summer, but back the lanky forward to prove his newfound loyalty by ensuring West Brom endure a miserable return to the top flight.
The Baggies face a daunting trip to the Emirates Stadium tomorrow as the Premier League season kicks off – and the 26-year-old will be the biggest threat to their defence. Back the Togo international to score a brace (12/1) and the Gunners to ease to a 3-1 victory at 10/1 with Ladbrokes.
Barcelona and AC Milan attempted to prise Arsene Wenger’s top striker away from north London, but Adebayor decided to stay and already looks lively after notching his first goal of the season against FC Twente in the Champions League qualifier.
New signing Aaron Ramsey made his first start in Holland and could be worth a cheeky punt to get on the scoresheet. He is 16/1 with Ladbrokes to celebrate his first league appearance with a goal.
Jesus-a-like Jonathan Greening will be crucial for Tony Mowbray’s men, but he will have to be on top of his game. Often a threat from set pieces, the former Manchester United man is a tasty 33/1 to score.
Ishmael Miller is an imposing figure that should cause the Gunners defence trouble at set-pieces. The man dubbed the “Moston Menace” at former club Manchester City is 16/1 to bag one and give the away support something to cheer about.
Frank Lampard has finally signed his new deal at Chelsea and will be aiming to celebrate by scoring against Portsmouth at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
Lampard is probably jealous that he staged his “will he, won’t he” contract saga at the same time as a certain Portuguese winger and was buried under a few thousand inches of transfer speculation.
I’m sure he will have recovered in time to annoy Uncle Harry Redknap by bagging the opener against Pompey (5/1 with Ladbrokes).
The 30-year-old playmaker must impress new manager Felipe Scolari with Deco and Michael Ballack all vying for the same midfield role.
Prepare for a scrumdown to take freekicks if they all get on the pitch at once, but back Deco to score on his league debut.
The former Barcelona man was lively during Euro 2008 and will be aiming to repay Scolari for rescuing him from the sinking ship at the Nou Camp. Back the 30-year-old to get on the scoresheet at 2/1 and Chelsea to win 2-1 (7/1).
Yes, you read that correctly, I reckon Pompey will find the net to give Blues supporters a nervy end to the game – but don’t count on the visitors ending the Blues’ 736-game unbeaten record at home.
Former Liverpool beanpole Peter Crouch has given Chelsea trouble in the past, but I would back his strike partner Jermain Defoe to notch the last goal of the game at 10/1.