Puel to enjoy winning start


Claude Puel can make a positive opening to his time in charge of Leicester City when Everton visit the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

The former Southampton boss was confirmed as the new Foxes manager on Wednesday to widespread apathy amongst the club’s fans but he did guide Saints to the League Cup final during his single season at St Mary’s and to eighth spot in the Premier League.

However, he was criticised for his negative tactics at Southampton so a 1-0 Leicester victory at odds of 7/1 may be worth a punt.

Everton axed Ronald Koeman on Monday after the 5-2 home loss to Arsenal had left the club in the relegation zone.

Caretaker boss David Unsworth appeared to get a good reaction from his players in midweek when they looked much more solid than of late in the 2-1 League Cup loss at Chelsea.

Goals continue to be a problem for Everton following the summer departure of Romelu Lukaku though and odds of 9/5 on Leicester keeping a clean sheet should not be ignored.

Riyad Mahrez has returned to form recently and the Algerian is 27/4 to score the first goal on Sunday.

Goals could also be hard to come by at the Amex Stadium where Brighton entertain Southampton.

The Seagulls are available at 27/4 to edge a tight encounter 1-0 after impressing in their last match – a 3-0 victory at West Ham United.

Southampton are once again struggling for goals this season and they are usually involved in close matches – they needed a superb late winner to beat West Brom last weekend.

Manolo Gabbiadini is due a good run and is 6/1 to score the first goal on Sunday while a 1-1 draw for Mauricio Pellegrino’s men can be backed at 11/2.

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