WEEKEND BETTING GUIDE – MCB’s Premier League preview

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But we don’t want you to miss out, so our punting prognosticators takes a look at this weekend’s big matches in the Premier League and suggest where to put your money…

All odds are industry average prices.

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MAN UTD v NEWCASTLE

Wayne Rooney: Needs a goal

Manchester United (Odds: 1.36), buoyed by their 3-1 Champions League qualifying win over Club Brugge on Tuesday, are firm favourites to beat a Newcastle side who have won just two of the last 27 meetings. Goals have been a feature of their clashes in recent times, with six of the last eight clashes yielding three or more. Newcastle have won two of their last 49 trips to Old Trafford since 1950.

Newcastle (8.50) have one point from their opening two Premier League games, while Manchester United have six points on the board, courtesy of two single-goal victories over Tottenham and Aston Villa. Newcastle face Arsenal next week, followed by a tricky trip to West Ham. They need to start picking up points quickly or they will be in an early relegation battle. The Magpies will be out of luck here, though. Home win is the obvious suggestion.

VERDICT: MAN UTD 4 NEWCASTLE 0 @ 17.00

BEST BET: MAN UTD LEAD AT 60 MINS @ 1.57

CRYSTAL PALACE v ASTON VILLA

Richards: New skipper

Crystal Palace (1.88) gave Arsenal a very good game at home last week and will feel a little hard-done by after a poor performance from referee Lee Mason. The already-cautioned Francis Coquelin committed a number of fouls that should really have led to a sending off, something that may well have changed the outcome at Selhurst Park.

Aston Villa (4.80) were narrowly beaten at home to Manchester United last week.

There is no doubt that Villa are struggling to cope with the loss of former star-man Christian Benteke. The Midlands side have only scored once in their opening two games.

However, they do look solid at the back, with summer arrival Micah Richards looking like one of the deals of the summer, after arriving on a free. We expect Palace to do all the attacking in this one, but we can see the newly-formed Villa defence nullifying their threats and soaking up the pressure. We fancy a low-scoring draw here.

VERDICT: PALACE 1 VILLA 1 @ 7.00

BEST BET: UNDER 2.5 GOALS @ 1.72

LEICESTER v TOTTENHAM

Claudio Ranieri: Dream start

Tottenham (2.70) have made a typically slow start to the season, losing one and drawing one, while Leicester (2.62) appear to have started the season as they finished the last. The Foxes have won both their games and if previous form goes to type, they could easily beat the Lilywhites.

Leicester have lost three of the last 10 meetings at home and have not lost successive home games to Spurs since 1986. Having been beaten 2-1 at the King Power last term (they also lost 4-3 at White Hart Lane), the trends point towards a Leicester victory or a draw.

There are usually a few goals when these two sides meet and an easy-on-the-eye passing game is assured. The last 10 meetings yielded more than two goals and both sides found the net in each of those 10 games.

City were good value for their win at West Ham last weekend and confidence is something lacking from Tottenham right now. We fancy a stalemate, but consider City are a bet to nothing in their current form.

VERDICT: LEICESTER 2 TOTTENHAM 2 @ 12.00

BEST BET: LEICESTER AND DRAW @ 1.44

NORWICH v STOKE

Redmond: Dangerous

Alex Neil managed to guide Norwich (2.30) to their first points of the season last week. The Canaries were victorious over Sunderland, who were truly dreadful at times.

Stoke (3.13) have had arguably the toughest start of anyone in the league. After losing by a single goal to Liverpool on the opening day of the season, they came back from 2-0 down against Tottenham to claim a vital point at White Hart Lane.

Mark Hughes broke the club’s transfer record to bring in the highly-rated Xherdan Shaqiri over the summer, and the £12m man looks ready to make his debut for The Potters.

Norwich will look to continue playing to their strengths, which lies with their pacey wide men. Robbie Brady and Nathan Redmond will cause full-backs problems all season, just as they did at The Stadium of Light. We can see a tight affair in this one, but we really fancy Stoke to grab their first win of the season.

VERDICT: NORWICH 1 STOKE 2 @ 13.00

BEST BET: STOKE (DRAW NO BET) @ 2.20

SUNDERLAND v SWANSEA

Dick Advocaat: Nightmare start

Sunderland (4.00) are favourites to be relegated after two successive defeats which saw them ship seven goals to Premier League powerhouses Leicester and Norwich.

This is no surprise to regular readers of this column, as we tipped them to go down before a ball was kicked. The Black Cats drew 17 of 38 games and were the second-lowest scorers in the division last term.

And perhaps their best hope is to take a point against a Swansea (2.10) side who held Chelsea on opening day before disposing of Newcastle last weekend.

Sunderland and Swansea have drawn six of their last nine meetings and the Black Cats have won just one of the last 12 meetings with the Welsh side.

Don’t expect too many goals, as Sunderland are bereft of ideas up front and nine of those 12 previous meetings yielded under 2.5 goals.

VERDICT: SUNDERLAND 1 SWANSEA 1 @ 6.50

BEST BET: GOAL SCORED IN BOTH HALVES – NO @ 1.72

WEST HAM v BOURNEMOUTH

Sakho: Needs support

Bournemouth (3.30) were denied a perfectly good goal at Anfield and were sunk by a Christian Benteke strike that clearly should have been ruled offside.

The Cherries have been a breath of fresh air in their first two Premier League games – they attack with free-flowing football and while they have yet to score, they created a hat-full of chances in their two 1-0 defeats at the hands of Aston Villa and Liverpool.

West Ham (2.25) may have stunned Arsenal on opening weekend, but their dreadful pre-season form returned last week when losing at home to in-form Leicester.

West Ham badly need a striker to partner Diafra Sakho, following Enner Valencia’s long-term injury. Andy Carroll is not yet ready to return and so it is surprising they have not pulled the trigger on Charlie Austin, who was a proven Premier League scorer in a bad QPR side last term.

This could be a pivotal game for the Hammers. A win would ease the pressure before tricky trips to Liverpool and Manchester City, while a loss would probably set relegation alarm bells ringing.

We think Bournemouth left a lot on the park at Anfield but West Ham look too big a price, so we will chance the draw.

VERDICT: WEST HAM 1 BOURNEMOUTH 1 @ 6.50

BEST BET: WEST HAM WIN, DRAW NO BET @ 1.57

WEST BROM v CHELSEA

Hazard: Looking rusty

Nobody expected Chelsea (1.65) to get off to the start they have. The Champions are winless in their first three competitive games, and have looked below par in all three outings. There seems to be disharmony at The Bridge and Jose Mourinho is making more headlines off the pitch than on it.

West Brom (6.25) have also looked disappointing in recent weeks. They were lacklustre in their defeat to Man City and they were lucky not to be beaten in their goalless draw at Vicarage Road.

The Baggies beat Chelsea convincingly in this fixture last year.

However, we can’t read too much into that as Chelsea had already been crowned Champions.

West Brom named record signing Salomon Rondon on the bench against Watford and we wouldn’t be surprised if he starts against a Chelsea defence that is lacking confidence. That said, we feel that Sunday will be the perfect opportunity for likes of Eden Hazard and Diego Costa to kick into gear for the first time this season. We fancy an away win.

VERDICT: WEST BROM 1 CHELSEA 3 @ 16.00

BEST BET: CHELSEA TO WIN @ 1.65

EVERTON v MAN CITY

Lukaku: Powerful

Manchester City (1.72) have made a flying start to the season with successive 3-0 wins at West Brom and at home to Champions Chelsea. Everton (4.50) dropped two points at home to newly promoted Watford before stunning Southampton with a 3-0 win at St Mary’s. City have won one of their last six trips to Goodison Park but are unbeaten in the last four meetings – their best run against Everton since 1982.

Both teams looked outstanding last weekend. Everton striker Romelu Lukaku looked unplayable at times, while City laid down a title-race marker in emphatic fashion. The Sky Blues have not managed to remain unbeaten in three successive trips to Goodison since winning three in row from 1979-1981 and those looking at a shock result will certainly be interested in odds that are simply too big for a home win. We take the Toffeemen to triumph.

VERDICT: EVERTON 2 MAN CITY 0 @ 31.00

BEST BET: EVERTON AND DRAW @ 2.10

WATFORD v SOUTHAMPTON

Koeman: Back in dugout

In all truth, Watford (2.80) would have taken two points from their opening two games if they were offered it in pre-season. They were fantastic against Everton on the opening day but they will feel that they missed the chance to beat a struggling West Brom at home side last week.

Southampton (2.60) have not got going at all, and have only picked up one point so far. Manager Ronald Koeman returned to the bench last week after an injury, but he couldn’t stop his side being convincingly beaten at home to Everton.

Watford are yet to come up against a side in top form and this may have led to a false sense of security at Vicarage Road. Quique Sanchez Flores will be looking for more from captain and talisman Troy Deeney after two rather average performances so far.

Koeman is a manager of vast experience and won’t be jumping to any conclusions after Southampton’s shaky start. The Dutchman will know that a win at Watford will put the club straight back on track and we fully expect the Saints to do just that on Sunday.

VERDICT: WATFORD 0 SOTON 2 @ 13.00

BEST BET: SOTON TO WIN @ 2.60

ARSENAL v LIVERPOOL

Ozil: Finding form

There is rarely a dull game between these two and although we will have to wait until Monday for it, we still consider this one to be the pick of the weekend’s action. Arsenal (1.75) recovered after their awful opening-day performance with an impressive away win against Crystal Palace.

Liverpool (4.50) have started the season well, claiming two wins without conceding a goal. Arsenal romped to a convincing 4-1 victory in this fixture last season.

Mesut Ozil has been criticised by many since he arrived in England, but he was magnificent against Palace. Summer signing Christian Benteke will be hoping to give the Arsenal defence more of a test than he did in the FA Cup Final back in May, whilst playing for Villa.

There is no doubting that both these sides operate with a similar style and both place far more emphasis on attacking than defending. We can see goals here and expect both teams to get on the scoresheet.

VERDICT: ARSENAL 2 LIVERPOOL 1 @ 9.00

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 1.70

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