WEEKEND BETTING GUIDE – MCB’s Premier League preview

Our betting team successfully advised eight out of 10 Best Bets last week and topped it off with a correct score winner at 6.60. What a cracking start to the new football season!

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Our punting prognosticators takes a look at this weekend’s big matches in the Premier League and suggest where to put your money…

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ASTON VILLA v MAN UTD

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Gestede: Bargain buy

These sides enjoyed a positive start to the campaign, with both claiming 1-0 victories on the opening day. Manchester United (1.63) had less possession than Spurs in their victory, but they still created the better chances and were unlucky to not win by a wider margin. Aston Villa (5.90) on the other hand, battled for their win away at Bournemouth, something that not many people fancied them to achieve.

Bastian Schweinsteiger controlled the midfield against Spurs and, as ever, United looked a far better side with Wayne Rooney in the lone striker’s role.

Rudy Gestede looks like a real handful, especially in the air and we can see Villa’s new man causing the visitors defence all sorts of problems on Friday night.

We think United will win, but we can’t see them keeping a clean sheet.

VERDICT: VILLA 1 MAN UNITED 2 @ 8.00

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 2.02

SOUTHAMPTON v EVERTON

Pelle: Prolific

Southampton (1.95) earned a point at Newcastle last weekend while Everton (4.00) were held at home by Watford. Plenty can be read into that. The Saints looked full of goals, while Everton looked pretty ordinary and the stats say they will do well to earn a points, as there has neither side has managed to win on the other’s home turf in the last 12 meetings.

Six of the last eight meetings saw the home side victorious. Everton have won on just one of their last 14 trips to Southampton, who seek their third consecutive win in this fixture. One away win in the last 21 clashes means tend-wonks will lean towards either a home win or a draw. While Southampton are strong favourites, we will chance the draw.

VERDICT: SOUTHAMPTON 1 EVERTON 1 @ 6.40

BEST BET: EVERTON TO SCORE @ 1.56

SUNDERLAND v NORWICH

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Alex Neil: Tough start

Sunderland (2.48) looked as poor as we expected them to be in defeat at Leicester. The only surprise was they managed to score twice. Defensively, they were all at sea and while the Foxes looked good, time will likely show that they are a bottom-half side at best.

Norwich (2.98) played some intricate stuff at times in their first game since gaining promotion at the first attempt. Yet they failed to convert their chances and were punished at home by an improved Crystal Palace, who won 3-1.

Sunderland have won one of the last six meetings but have not lost to Norwich at home in their last six meetings at the Stadium of Light.

Eight of the last 12 meetings yielded less than three goals and while we think the Canaries will ultimately be safe this season, they may lose a battle or two before ultimately winning the war.

Our betting hearts tell us that Norwich are fair value to sneak a win, but the stats tell us that Sunderland, with their vocal support behind them in their first home game, may surprise.

VERDICT: SUNDERLAND 2 NORWICH 1 @ 10.00

BEST BET: NORWICH TO SCORE @ 1.43

SWANSEA v NEWCASTLE

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Gomis: Smiling assasin

Arguably they caught Chelsea on an off-day, but Swansea (1.93) were good value for their point at Stamford Bridge on opening day.

Garry Monk’s side looked lively, particularly when Chelsea were reduced to 10 men and they produced the best chances in an entertaining 2-2 draw.

In striker Bafetembi Gomis, the Swans have a player who plays the game in the right fashion. He takes his lumps and gets up smiling. If only there were more like him.

Similarly, new-look Newcastle (4.10) drew 2-2 in their opening home game with Southampton and Steve McClaren’s side looked a different proposition to the one who spiralled down the table last winter.

There are going to be a few officials taking a keen interest in the Magpies’ new striker Aleksandor Mitrovic, who came on as a sub and was booked after just a few seconds. He was also very lucky not to be seen throwing an elbow to Maya Yoshida.

Yet there is no doubting the quality that Gini Wijnaldum brings to St James’s Park and he will be an instant hit on Tyneside.

Swansea have a fair record against Newcastle. They have won five of the last six meetings with another drawn and the Magpies have won just one of their last five trips to South Wales.

This should be a fascinating clash, one that will be easy on the eye, and we take Swansea to eke out victory.

VERDICT: SWANSEA 2 NEWCASTLE 0 @ 8.80

BEST BET: SWANSEA SCORE IN FIRST HALF @ 2.08

WEST HAM v LEICESTER

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Bilic: Dream start

Both Slaven Bilic and Claudio Ranieri impressed massively in their first league games in charge of their respective new clubs.

West Ham (2.28) shocked everyone by winning away at Arsenal and keeping a clean sheet in the process, while Leicester (3.20) were convincing winners against Sunderland in front of their own fans. West Ham were 2-0 winners in this fixture last season.

Goals and Upton Park are two things rarely mentioned together at the moment. Only one of the last five Premier League games at the stadium has seen more than two goals scored.

Leicester may look like are a free-scoring side, but this is only the case when playing in front of their own fans at The King Power Stadium.

They rarely score more than once when playing away from home. We fancy a low scoring draw.

VERDICT: WEST HAM 1 LEICESTER 1 @ 6.20

BEST BET: UNDER 2.5 GOALS @ 1.95

TOTTENHAM v STOKE

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Eriksen: Playmaker

Both sides are coming into this one after 1-0 opening day defeats. Tottenham (1.76) were fairly easily beaten at Old Trafford, while Stoke (4.90) were only beaten by a late Philippe Coutinho screamer against Liverpool.

Ibrahim Afellay was particularly impressive for Stoke. The Dutchman has linked up with former Barcelona teammates Bojan and Marc Muniesa, and already looks more than comfortable in his new surroundings.

Tottenham will be looking to kick-start their season. The link-up play between playmaker Cristian Eriksen and lethal front-man Harry Kane is vital to their success.

Stoke are a completely transformed side under Mark Hughes. These days, The Potters are a side who favour a slow, patient build-up rather than the direct, route-one style adopted in seasons past. We fancy Stoke to snatch a point at the very least.

VERDICT: TOTTENHAM 1 STOKE 1 @ 6.80

BEST BET: STOKE/DRAW (DOUBLE CHANCE) @ 1.96

WATFORD v WEST BROM

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Berahino: Lethal

Hosts Watford (2.30) provided one of the opening day shocks when holding Everton to a draw at Goodison Park, while West Brom (3.20) were convincingly beaten at home by title favourites Manchester City.

Baggies’ boss Tony Pulis has splashed the cash this week, breaking the club’s transfer record by spending more than £12m on bringing Salomon Rondon in from Zenit.

As good as Watford’s attacking play looked at Goodison Park, they also looked vulnerable at the back.

The Hornets’ two central defenders really struggled with the pace of Everton’s attacks and particularly with the raw strength of Romelu Lukaku.

We don’t expect the new man Rondon to start. However, we do expect the current strike force of Saido Berahino and Rickie Lambert to cause the Watford defence all sorts of problems.

We fancy West Brom to win at Vicarage Road.

VERDICT: WATFORD 0 WEST BROM 1 @ 9.20

BEST BET: WEST BROM TO WIN @ 3.20

CRYSTAL PALACE v ARSENAL

Cabaye: Dream debut

Alan Pardew has done some brilliant business over the summer, and that showed when Crystal Palace (4.80) managed an impressive away win against Norwich on the opening day.

On the other hand, Arsenal (1.75) suffered a shock defeat at home to West Ham, with new signing Petr Cech making errors for both goals. Arsenal have won both meetings at Selhurst Park since Palace returned to the Premier League in 2013.

Palace spent £10m on Yohan Cabaye over the summer and he was magnificent in their opening-day win. He played in a deep-lying role with James McArthur and the two men controlled the game. Arsenal were poor all over the pitch against West Ham. However, they still controlled possession and created chances.

They won’t have it all their own way and they will have to be at their best, but we do expect Arsenal to return to winning ways.

VERDICT: PALACE 1 ARSENAL 2 @ 7.80

BEST BET: ARSENAL TO WIN @ 1.75

MAN CITY v CHELSEA

Mourinho: Needs to win

Last season’s runners-up host last season’s champions in an encounter that, strange as it may sound, could well go a long way to shaping the title race. Chelsea (3.65) looked ordinary in the Community Shield against Arsenal and were lacklustre in their league opener with Swansea. Manchester City (2.08) had a poor pre-season but got their League campaign off to a flying start at West Brom.

The last four meetings have yielded fewer than three total goals, with a scoring draw the outcome in the last two meetings. Chelsea have won just two of the last 10 meetings and four of the last 15 with City. The Sky Blues have won one of the last five clashes. Chelsea have won one of their last seven trips to The Etihad and they will have a point to prove after being usurped as title favourites. We take a punt with the champions.

VERDICT: MAN CITY 1 CHELSEA 2 @ 12.50

BEST BET: CHELSEA TO SCORE FIRST @ 2.20

LIVERPOOL v BOURNEMOUTH

Philippe Coutinho: On fire

Liverpool (1.49) started their Premier League campaign with a rather fortunate 1-0 win at Stoke, while Bournemouth (7.00) were a little unfortunate in losing 1-0 at home to Aston Villa. Bournemouth have never beaten Liverpool in six previous attempts, although all previous meetings were in cup competitions and the Reds won both home meetings by a 4-1 margin. This will be a major test of Bournemouth’s top flight credentials but most neutrals will hope they acquit themselves well. We are still stunned that a club of Bournemouth’s size has managed to reach the Premier League. The capacity at Dean Court is 11,700 and they will not be able to attract the players capable of holding their lofty status. Liverpool are still some way short of title contenders, but victory here and in their next home game with West Ham, means they could easily be top by the end of August.

VERDICT: LIVERPOOL 3 BOURNEMOUTH 0 @ 10.00

BEST BET: BOURNEMOUTH NOT TO SCORE @ 2.12

All odds quoted from Whyteleafe’s betting service whyteleafe.myclubbetting.co.uk

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