Soccer Selections: Bank On Goals in Tottenham-Fulham EPL Match

Two of the top three scorers in the English Premier League will be on the same field on Saturday morning.

The all-London clash between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham pits Harry Kane and Aleksandar Mitrovic against each other in what could be the most entertaining game on the weekend schedule in the EPL.

Tottenham sits in third place with 10 goals scored through five games and Fulham proved it could hold its weight this time around in the EPL with Mitrovic providing support up top.

Fulham may not go into north London and win the contest, but the Cottagers could at least make the contest a fun watch, much like they did against Arsenal and Liverpool.

The fast scoring starts at Spurs and Fulham are among some of the trends developing across the EPL and there a few others worth taking advantage of on the weekend slate.

Soccer Selections

Overall Record: 18-21 (4-3 Midweek)

Tottenham vs. Fulham (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)

Over 2.5 Goals (-165)

Fulham's had a successful first few weeks back in the Premier League. The Cottagers sit in eighth place in the table, but that is not because of their defense.

Four of Fulham's five games have hit the Over 2.5 and the newly-promoted side has the fourth-worst expected goals against (xGA) of 8.2. Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth and Everton are the only clubs with a higher xGA. All three of those teams are 15th or worse in the standings.

Tottenham is one of five clubs in the EPL with a double-digit goal tally and it has scored in each of its five league contests.

Harry Kane and Son Heung-min should produce a bevy of chances at home against Fulham, and it would not be surprising if Aleksandar Mitrovic finds the back of the net as well.

Mitrovic enters the weekend in second place in the Golden Boot race with five goals. Only Erling Haaland has more goals early on in the campaign.

Tottenham's top attackers should have more chances, but I would not be surprised if Mitrovic bags one or two of his chances as he continues to prove that he can be a consistent scorer in the top flight.

Newcastle United (+105) vs. Crystal Palace (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)

Newcastle United came away from Anfield with a disappointing loss on Wednesday, but there was one factor of its performance that left me intrigued.

Alexander Isak scored in his debut up top for the Magpies. Isak has been a double-digit scorer three times in his career and he could turn into one of the better attacking signings from the summer transfer window.

Newcastle has smartly built out its squad for Eddie Howe to work with and it should finish inside the top 10 this season. For that to happen, the Magpies need to beat sides, like Crystal Palace, at home.

Palace have had a decent start, but its xGA total is a bit concerning. The Eagles have the sixth-worst xGA in the EPL and they have yet to record a clean sheet.

Newcastle played well in its last home match and got a point off Manchester City. It beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in its other home game.

The early home form combined with Isak's presence up top and Palace's okay defense lead me to believe Newcastle can come away with a fairly easy win on Saturday morning.

Brentford vs. Leeds United (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)

Over 2.5 Goals (-135)

Brentford and Leeds United both sit in the top seven of expected goals (xG) in the EPL.

Brentford is fifth at 7.8 and Leeds sits in seventh at 7.5.

Both teams have a single clean sheet through five matches and each of those results were earned in circumstances that will be more bizarre than the norm. Brentford demolished Manchester United by four goals in Week 2 and Leeds defeated Chelsea 3-0 the following week.

Brentford and Leeds have not had a xGA total under 0.5 in a single game this season. In fact, four of the five xGA totals posted by each team have been at 0.8 or above.

Leeds' style of play allows it to score in some inopportune moments, but it also opens up chances for opposing sides. I think you will see both of those factors in play in a match that has a very level playing field.

Brighton and Hove Albion (-115) vs. Leicester City (Sunday, 9 a.m. ET)

I'm honestly surprised Brighton and Hove Albion is this small of a favorite against Leicester City.

Brighton sits fourth in the table with 10 points, while Leicester looks lifeless with one point in the bottom of the table.

The Seagulls are the only club in the EPL that did not concede a goal in the first two home matches on its schedule. That number could remain at zero since Leicester has lost its guile in front of the net.

The Foxes have six goals, but they also own the second-worst xG in the EPL at 3.8. Only Bournemouth has a worse number.

Brighton's defense should add to Leicester's misery in front of the net, and we may even see a multi-goal victory from the home side to make the Foxes' life at the bottom more miserable than it already is.


Stuttgart (-135) vs. Schalke (Saturday, 9:30 a.m. ET)

It feels bizarre to be backing a team that just sold its top goal scorer at the end of the summer transfer window, but that's what I'm doing with Stuttgart.

The pick comes down to Stuttgart's defensive numbers compared to Schalke. Stuttgart is tied for the fourth-best defensive record in the Bundesliga, while Schalke is third-to-last in goals allowed. Schalke is also one of five teams in the German top flight with a xGA over seven.

It is also important to note that Sasa Kalajdzic did not score any of Stuttgart's three goals this season. Yes, he was an important piece, but he was not the only scorer in the attack.

Stuttgart may just need one or two goals to bury Schalke with its strong defensive record and it has enough in the final third to do just that.

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