WEEKEND BETTING GUIDE – MCB PREMIER LEAGUE PREVIEW

Last week, our in-form betting team correctly predicted that Sunderland and Swansea would play out a 1-1 draw at The Stadium of Light on Saturday. A £10 stake on the selection would have returned a tidy £75!

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At present, our club betting sites are still unavailable as we carry out vital maintenance to install our new, bigger and better service, which will be available shortly.

As with last week, we really don’t want you to miss out, so our successful tipping team has taken a look at the weekend’s Premier League games and suggested where to put your money.

All the odds we have provided are average industry prices…GOOD LUCK!!

NEWCASTLE v ARSENAL

Cech: Settling in

Newcastle (6.00) are still winless in the league this season, but new manager Steve McClaren will be encouraged by their draw away at Manchester United last time out.

Arsenal (1.58) looked shaky against Liverpool on Monday night, and have keeper Petr Cech to thank after his magnificent display led to a clean sheet. The Gunners won here last year, and they have a fantastic recent record at St James Park.

Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker both missed Monday night’s draw with Liverpool. The Gunners first choice central defensive partnership were replaced by the inexperienced pair of Calum Chambers and Gabriel, who endured a torrid 90 minutes.

Newcastle will be hoping that the untried pairing is still in place on Saturday, with new striker Aleksandar Mitrovic looking to net for the first time in the league since his summer arrival.

We really fancy The Gunners to get the win here, especially if Mertesacker and Koscielny are fit to return.

VERDICT: NEWCASTLE 1 ARSENAL 2 @ 9.00

BEST BET: ARSENAL TO WIN @ 1.58

ASTON VILLA v SUNDERLAND

Defoe: Natural finisher

Tim Sherwood looked far from happy as Aston Villa (1.83) were beaten by a late Bakary Sako goal at Selhurst Park last weekend, but in truth they really didn’t deserve anything from the game.

Sunderland (4.60) managed to pick up their first point of the season in their draw with Swansea last time out. Dick Advocaat’s side showed real improvement after appalling performances against Leicester and Norwich in their opening two games.

Jermaine Defoe has scored two of Sunderland’s three Premier League goals this season, and the prolific striker is going to be vital for his side this season.

Villa have looked a little negative so far this season and have only netted twice in their opening three games. New boy Adama Traore made a very exciting start to his Villa career against Palace, playing a massive part in their only goal.

These two sides are equally short of confidence at the moment and we see them cancelling each other out here.

VERDICT: VILLA 1 SUNDERLAND 1 @ 7.00

BEST BET: SUNDERLAND/DRAW (DOUBLE CHANCE) @ 1.90

BOURNEMOUTH v LEICESTER

Howe: Impressive

Bournemouth (2.15) picked up their first points of the season with an impressive victory away at West Ham last weekend. The Cherries have impressed in their opening games and manager Eddie Howe has surprised many by sticking with the possession-focused style of play he has become famous for in recent years.

Leicester (3.40) continued their impressive unbeaten start to the season by coming from behind to draw with Spurs last weekend.

Callum Wilson scored an impressive hat-trick in The Cherries win at Upton Park last weekend, and his form is going to be vital if Bournemouth are going to avoid relegation.

Riyad Mahrez has had a stunning start to the season for Leicester. The Algerian international has scored in all three of The Foxes league games so far.

We can see a wide open game between two very similar sides here and expect the points to be shared in a high scoring affair.

VERDICT: BOURNEMOUTH 2 LEICESTER 2 @ 14.00

BEST BET: LEICESTER/DRAW (DOUBLE CHANCE) @ 1.70

CHELSEA v CRYSTAL PALACE

Pedro: Dream start

Chelsea (1.33) returned to winning ways against West Brom on Sunday, and the Champions managed to do so even after going down to ten men early in the second half when John Terry was sent off.

Alan Pardew has guided Crystal Palace (8.50) to a solid start this season. The Eagles have won two of their opening three games of the season, with their only loss coming at home to Arsenal.

Both sides fielded debutants last weekend, with both men making a fantastic impact.

Pedro made his first Chelsea appearance against West Brom after rejecting Man United in favour of a move to West London. The speedy Spanish International scored, assisted and was named Man of the Match at The Hawthorns.

Bakary Sako managed to score a late winner for Palace against Aston Villa in a dream debut.

Chelsea look to have found their feet and we expect them to win this one. We do however, fancy Palace to score at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

VERDICT: CHELSEA 2 PALACE 1 @ 11.00

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 2.10

LIVERPOOL v WEST HAM

Emre Can: Talented

Liverpool (1.36) have made a fine start to the new season, despite the doom-mongers’ predictions. They have a great chance of maintaining that when they entertain a West Ham (9.50) side still finding their feet under the leadership of Slaven Bilic.

The Hammers have not won at Anfield since September 1963 and their last three wins (from the last 25 meetings) all came at Upton Park.

West Ham have failed to score on six of their last seven trips to Anfield and with Enner Valencia ruled out, their striking problems remain a concern.

Nine of the last 11 meetings have seen three or more total goals scored and while we do believe that Liverpool will eventually find their true level – they are far from being title contenders – the Hammers are there for the taking.

A comfortable home win and over 2.5 goals is the verdict.

VERDICT: LIVERPOOL 3 WEST HAM 0 @ 9.50

BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 1.65

MAN CITY v WATFORD

Toure: Dominant

Manuel Pellegrini was a man under all sorts of pressure at the end of last season after finishing the campaign without a major trophy. However the Chilean has guided Manchester City (1.20) to a very impressive start to the season, with the Sky Blues already notching up impressive victories against Chelsea and Everton.

Watford (12.00) are unbeaten in the league, drawing all three of their league games and conceding just two goals in the process.

This could be the game where Watford are bought down to earth with a bang. We can’t deny that they have looked impressive since promotion to the league, but they are yet to face anybody like Manchester City.

The hosts have looked far more energetic in midfield this season, and Yaya Toure has looked like a man possessed at times. We fancy the big Ivorian to get on the scoresheet in a convincing City win here.

VERDICT: MAN CITY 4 WATFORD 1 @ 15.00

BEST BET: YAYA TOURE – ANYTIME GOALSCORER @ 2.40

STOKE CITY v WEST BROM

Pulis: Familiar face

Saturday afternoon sees Tony Pulis return to the club where he made his name as a manager. The Welshman had two successful spells at the Britannia Stadium and he is still held in great regard by Potters Fans.

West Brom (4.10) have had a poor start to the season, only picking up one point so far.

Stoke (1.93) have transformed their style since Mark Hughes replaced Pulis, and the hosts look like a side who are destined for a top half finish this season. Stoke won 2-0 in this fixture last season.

Mame Diouf has started the season solidly for Stoke. The Senegalese striker has scored twice already this season and has looked a constant threat.

Saido Berahino was left out of the West Brom squad last weekend after becoming unsettled by interest from Spurs. Berahino will reportedly hand in a transfer request this week, so we don’t expect to see him play at Stoke.

Many will see this being a drab low scoring game due to past reputations of both sides, but we disagree. Due to Stoke’s new found attacking style, we can see a high scoring draw being played out at The Britannia.

VERDICT: STOKE 2 WEST BROM 2 @ 20.00

BEST BET: OVER 2.5 GOALS @ 2.25

TOTTENHAM v EVERTON

Kane: Needs a goal

Tottenham (Evens) have won the last three meetings between these two, all by a single-goal margin, and are unbeaten in the last five against the Toffeemen.

Everton (4.00) have not managed to win at White Hart Lane in their last seven visits (they have won just three times in their last 30 trips) and although Spurs have made a typically slow start to the season, Everton should provide a nice confidence-booster.

Tottenham’s record against Everton means they are perhaps a shorter price than they should be, given their early-season form.

Harry Kane may have a move to a big club on his mind, because he has yet to look a force this season. Yet he is too good to be kept down for too long and Everton, while convincing at Southampton two weeks ago, are still inconsistent.

Spurs are not great value, but we will follow the money.

VERDICT: TOTTENHAM 2 EVERTON 1 @ 9.00

BEST BET: SPURS TO WIN @ EVENS

SOUTHAMPTON v NORWICH

Mane: Transfer target

The poor start that Southampton (1.90) have made this season has surprised many. They had arguably the easiest start of any side in the league, but they have only managed to pick up two points from their opening three games and are still winless.

Norwich (4.40) will be satisfied with their early season form, and have played some really exciting football so far. The Canaries battled hard to come from behind and grab a well deserved point against Stoke last week.

Sadio Mane may miss this one, after the Manchester United target suffered concussion at Watford last week. Both Mane and frontman Graziano Pelle have struggled for league form early in the campaign, with the two only scoring one league goal between them.

Norwich will be looking to continue their early season form, but we think that The Saints will claim their first win of the season here.

That being said, we do still fancy Norwich to get on the scoresheet here.

VERDICT: SOTON 2 NORWICH 1 @ 9.00

BEST BET: BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE @ 1.90

SWANSEA v MAN UNITED

Depay: Settled well

Swansea (3.30) have won three of the last four meetings with Manchester United (2.20) and have scored at least once in six of the last seven meetings with the Red Devils.

United have made a solid start to the season without really convincing, while Swansea have created plenty of chances in their three games against Chelsea, Newcastle and Sunderland. This could be one of the more entertaining clashes of the weekend.

United missed out on signing Pedro from Barcelona, who was snatched from under their noses by Chelsea. Though Memphis Depay has settled well at Old Trafford, when Wayne Rooney is not on top form, United look a side struggling for goals.

Garry Monk has Swansea playing some attractive stuff and will always pose a potent threat while Bafetimbi Gomis is on the park. Still, we see United securing the points ahead of the international break.

VERDICT: SWANSEA 0 MAN UNITED 1 @ 7.50

BEST BET: MAN UNITED TO WIN @ 2.20

(ALL PRICES CORRECT AT TIME OF PUBLISH)

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