This weekend’s Premier League action, includes the Manchester United v Liverpool blockbuster at Old Trafford – we preview this and all of the weekend’s TV games.
Everton v Chelsea
Saturday 12th September / 12.45pm
|Yes||Both Teams To Score||10/11||Betfred|
|Over 2.5||Total Goals||11/10||BetVictor|
|Steven Naismith||First Goalscorer||12/1||Ladbrokes|
|Everton 3-1||Correct Score||40/1||Bet365|
|Everton 3-2||Correct Score||55/1||Unibet|
Chelsea are looking to get their season back on track after losing two of their first four league games and they are even-money favourites (Bet365, BetVictor) to beat Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday. The Toffees can be backed at best odds of 16/5 (BetVictor, William Hill) and the draw at 13/5 (Bet365, Betfred).
In Chelsea’s favour, after their 1-2 home defeat to Crystal Palace, is that they have won 14 of their last 15 league matches following a loss. They also won here 3-6 last season – but that was one of only two victories at Goodison in the last eight seasons (D2, L4) and Everton scored in all of those eight games.
Roberto Martinez’s side will be certainly be confident of maintaining that sequence against a defence that has already conceded 9 goals in 4 league games this season.
Steven Naismith has scored in this fixture in each of the last two seasons, while the season before he scored at Stamford Bridge. He looks overpriced at 12/1 to score the first goal with Ladbrokes, especially as they offer to double First Goalscorer odds on all televised matches if your player scores in the first 25 minutes.
Manchester United v Liverpool
Saturday 12th September / 5.30pm
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||3/4||BetVictor|
|0-0||Half-Time Score||7/4||William Hill|
|Man United 1-0||Correct Score||6/1||Bet365|
|Liverpool 1-0||Correct Score||11/1||Bet365|
|Christian Benteke||First Goalscorer||7/1||William Hill|
Liverpool have lost five and won one of their last six visits to Old Trafford and can be backed at best odds of 17/5 (Unibet) to take all three points on Saturday. United are the even-money favourites (Bet365), while the draw is available at 5/2 (Betfred).
It is worth noting here that these fierce rivals rarely share the spoils – remarkably there has just been just one draw in their last 36 meetings in all competitions, and you have to go back to March 2000 for the last time they drew at Old Trafford.
With neither side having scored many goals so far this season (just five between them in their opening eight games combined), a low scoring game is anticipated and we recommend a bet on Under 2.5 Goals at best odds of 3/4 with BetVictor.
Indeed, with Coutinho suspended for the visitors and United having scored just two goals in their last four games here, this game may well be goalless after 45 minutes and so we also suggest backing a 0-0 half-time scoreline at 7/4 with William Hill.
And with the odd goal likely to separate these sides after 90 minutes, a bet on both the 1-0 and 0-1 with Bet365 (who refund losing Correct Score bets on all games that finish 0-0) looks reasonable at odds of 6/1 and 11/1 respectively.
United fans will be looking forward to seeing new boy Anthony Martial (6/1 Bet365 to score first), but we prefer odds of 7/1 with William Hill on Christian Benteke, who scored on both of his last two starts against United for Aston Villa.
William Hill offer a ‘Super Sub’ insurance on all Premier League goalscorer bets, so if Benteke is substituted, your bet would run onto the player who replaces him.
Sunderland v Tottenham
Sunday 13th September / 1.30pm
|Yes||Both Teams To Score||6/7||Unibet|
|Jermain Defoe||Anytime Goalscorer||13/5||Paddy Power|
|Harry Kane (ew)||First Goalscorer||4/1||Paddy Power|
Neither of these sides have won a game this season with two draws and two defeats for Sunderland and three draws and a defeat for Spurs.
This fixture finished 2-2 last season and you can bet on another draw at best odds of 13/5 with Bet365 or BetVictor. But Spurs are odds-on favourites at 19/20 with the same bookmakers, while Sunderland can be backed at a stand-out 7/2 with Coral.
Sunderland have at least scored in every match so far this season and you can back both teams to score at a best price of 6/7 with Unibet.
Jermain Defoe has a habit of scoring against his former sides and has already scored twice this season – back him to do so again a stand-out 13/5 with Paddy Power.
Harry Kane has yet to score for Spurs this season, but scored in both of England’s Euro 2016 qualifiers and can be backed each-way at 4/1 with Paddy Power to score first (1/3 odds for the ‘place’ – if he scores any of the first 5 goals).
Finally, let’s back both the 1-1 and 2-2 at 7/1 and 18/1 respectively with BetVictor.
Leicester v Aston Villa
Sunday 13th September / 4pm
|Yes||Both Teams To Score||4/5||Bet365|
|Over 2.5||Total Goals||19/20||Bet365|
|Leicester||Match Result & Both Teams To Score||14/5||Coral, William Hill|
|Yes||Sending Off In Match||14/5||Stan James, Unibet|
|Riyad Mahrez (ew)||First Goalscorer||13/2||Bet365|
|Leicester 2-1||Correct Score||8/1||Bet365|
|Leicester 3-1||Correct Score||16/1||Bet365|
Leicester are on an incredible run of 10 wins in their last 14 league games, finishing last season with 8 wins from their final 10 matches (D1, L1) and having won two and drawn two under Claudio Ranieri this season.
The Foxes currently sit in third spot in the table and are 10/11 favourites (generally) to beat Midlands rivals Aston Villa on Sunday. Tim Sherwood’s side can be backed at best odds of 7/2 (BetVictor, Ladbrokes) and the draw at 11/4 (Bet365).
Leicester won this fixture 1-0 last season, but given that they have scored in each of their last eight home games and Villa in each of their last seven away matches (plus Sherwood’s side have conceded 11 goals in their last 4 away matches), more goals can be anticipated this time around – back Both Team To Score at 4/5 with Bet365.
Five of Leicester’s last six home games have had at least three goals, so we also like Over 2.5 Goals at 19/20 with Bet365, while a bet on Leicester to win, but both teams to score, appeals at 14/5 (Coral, William Hill).
This is normally a feisty match-up and last season three red cards were shown in their two league games – you can back another red card being shown at 14/5 with Stan James or Unibet, or for both teams to be shown a red card (as happened here last season) at 25/1 with Paddy Power.
Riyad Mahrez has started the season in superb form, scoring four goals in his first three games – the Algerian winger looks a great each-way bet at 13/2 with Bet365 to score first (1/3 odds for the place – if he scores at any time in the game).
Finally, we suggest backing 2-1 and 3-1 home wins at best odds of 8/1 and 16/1 respectively with Bet365 – again with that refund if the game finishes 0-0.