Aston Villa manager Dean Smith believes Danny Ings and Ollie Watkins can cause problems for several clubs this season, starting with Saturday’s home game against Everton in the Premier League (Aston Villa 7/5, Draw 12/5, Everton 11/5 – Match Betting).
Villa decided to splash the cash in the summer, with Ings arriving from Southampton for £25million.
The England international has rewarded Villa for their faith in him by scoring two goals in four matches, and Smith believes he can form a deadly partnership with Watkins. The pair started up front together for the first time in the 3-0 defeat to Chelsea last week, and Smith says there’s no reason to deviate from the plan as Everton try to extend their unbeaten run this season.
Smith told the Express and Star: “We brought Danny in because we feel he will complement the way Ollie Watkins plays. I certainly see them playing together.
“If I play them, they will definitely play together (in a two). It would be foolish of me to move Ollie Watkins out wide when he scored 16 goals last season and 25 the season before that for Brentford in a central position.”
Smith could recall Emi Martinez and Emi Buendia after they completed their 10-day quarantine in Croatia, while Everton are without injured duo Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Fabian Delph.
There are four 15:00 games on the agenda on Saturday, with Arsenal looking to make it two successive wins as they travel to Burnley. The Gunners beat Norwich last week, and Mikel Arteta’s side can move towards the top half of the table with a victory (Burnley 3/1, Draw 11/4, Arsenal Evens – Match Betting).
Liverpool will get the chance to move to the top of the table when they host Crystal Palace at Anfield, with title rivals Manchester United and Chelsea not in action until Sunday (Liverpool 1/4, Draw 11/2, Palace 14/1 – Match Betting).
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp will be unable to call upon the services of Roberto Firmino and Harvey Elliott due to injury, while Palace trio Odsonne Edouard, Michael Olise, and Will Hughes are all pushing for a first start after the 3-0 rout of Tottenham last week.
Manchester City are also in action, as they face Southampton at the Etihad Stadium (Man City 1/7, Draw 8/1, Southampton 20/1 – Match Betting).
Aymeric Laporte’s groin issue means Pep Guardiola will need to make at least one change, but both Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden are looking to start after recovering from their respective injuries.
Southampton have yet to win this season, and they will be up against it, with Theo Walcott, Stuart Armstrong and Shane Long all unavailable.
Norwich City will look for their first point of the season when they entertain Watford at Carrow Road, but it looks like Saturday’s game could be a tight affair, with Watford losing their previous three Premier League matches (Norwich 5/4, Draw 12/5, Watford 5/2 – Match Betting).