This weekend’s Premier League action kicks off with a huge clash between Chelsea and Arsenal at Stamford Bridge. We preview this and all of the weekend’s TV games.
Chelsea v Arsenal
Saturday 19th September / 12.45pm
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||4/5||Bet365|
|Alexis Sanchez||First Goalscorer||7/1||Ladbrokes|
These sides last met in the Community Shield in August, which Arsenal won 1-0, while last season they drew 0-0 at the Emirates and Chelsea won this fixture 2-0.
Chelsea are 29/20 (BetVictor) to win, which is much longer than normal – they have been odds-on in their last half dozen games against Arsenal at Stamford Bridge.
Arsenal have conceded just 3 goals so far this season, but scored only 5 themselves and given that 5 of the last 6 games between these sides have seen fewer than three goals, we suggest backing Under 2.5 goals at 4/5 with Bet365.
But Chelsea have conceded in every league game so far this season, so we also recommend a bet on 1-1 at best odds of 13/2 with BetVictor.
Alexis Sanchez is due a goal for the Gunners and Ladbrokes offer the best price of 7/1 on him to score first, with the added bonus that they are also offering to refund losing First Goalscorer bets on this match, if both teams score. Plus, they double First Goalscorer odds for televised games if the goal is scored in the first 25 minutes.
Manchester City v West Ham
Saturday 19th September / 5.30pm
|West Ham (+1.5)||Asian Handicap||5/4||BetVictor|
|West Ham||Team To Score First||7/2||Bet365|
|Dimitri Payet||First Goalscorer||19/1||Unibet|
|Dimitri Payet||Anytime Goalscorer||6/1||Unibet|
|Man City 3-1||Correct Score||11/1||Unibet|
|West Ham 3-1||Correct Score||150/1||BetVictor|
West Ham would have viewed their first three away games of this season – at Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City – with some trepidation, but incredibly the Hammers have won the first two of those games without conceding.
Thus, while City are 1/4 favourites, we can see West Ham giving them a game and are tempted by best odds of 12/1 or 11/2 on the draw, both with BetVictor.
The more optimistic West Ham fans should also head to BetVictor for their odds of 28/1 on West Ham to win to nil again.
But the best bet could be to back the visitors on the Asian Handicap market with a 1.5 goal start at 5/4 with BetVictor – this way you win if the Hammers win, draw or lose by just one goal – you only lose if City win by two goals or more.
Of course, City are top of the Premier League with a maximum 15 points from five games, but their confidence will have taken a knock from the midweek Champions League defeat to Juventus here (as well as tiring their legs somewhat).
West Ham seem to have the perfect set up for playing counter attacking football and at 7/2 with Bet365, we also recommend backing them to score the first goal.
Dimitri Payet has scored three goals already this season and stand-out odds of 19/1 on the Frenchman to score first and 6/1 on him to score (both Unibet) appeal.
Given both sides have scored in every league game so far this season, a high-scoring affair looks likely, so try perming a few high-scoring Correct Score bets – we like 2-2 at 25/1, plus the 3-1 and 1-3 scorelines at best odds of 11/1 and 150/1 respectively.
Tottenham v Crystal Palace
Sunday 20th September / 1.30pm
|Crystal Palace (+0.5)||Asian Handicap||19/20||Bet365|
|Yes||Both Teams To Score||4/5||BetVictor|
|Crystal Palace 2-1||Correct Score||14/1||Bet365|
|Crystal Palace 3-1||Correct Score||40/1||Betfred|
|Bakary Sako||Anytime Goalscorer||17/4||Unibet|
Spurs are odds-on favourites to win this game, but they have failed to win at home so far this season, while Palace have an incredible away record since the arrival of Alan Pardew – with 8 wins in 10 league games.
Thus the stand-out odds of 10/3 with Coral on Crystal Palace has to be the first bet.
We also suggest backing Palace on the Asian Handicap getting a half goal start at 19/20 with Bet365, which means that you’ll collect if the Eagles either win or draw.
In 7 of those 8 away wins under Pardew (and in each of the last 6), both teams have scored and we recommend backing both teams to do so here at 4/5 with BetVictor.
Given that we fancy the visitors, we will also recommend backing Palace to win both 2-1 at 14/1 with Bet365 and 3-1 at 40/1 with Betfred – the two scores Palace have recorded away from home this season already.
Finally, Bakary Sako has scored two goals in his last three games and is available at a juicy 17/4 with Unibet to score at any time in this game.
Southampton v Manchester United
Sunday 20th September / 4pm
|Southampton 1-0||Correct Score||8/1||Bet365|
|Man United 1-0||Correct Score||13/2||Bet365|
|Duscan Tadic||First Goalscorer||11/1||Bet365|
Southampton have now recorded three consecutive clean sheets, having conceding five goals in their opening two games this season (3 at home to Everton). But they have also only scored in one of their last four matches – against 10 man Norwich.
Last season under Louis van Gaal, United only won 6 of their 19 away league games (D8, L5), scoring just 21 goals (less than any other team in the top 6) – and they have started this season with a win and a defeat on the road, scoring once in each.
In fact, the only time they have scored more than twice in the league away from home under the Dutchman was a 5-3 defeat at Leicester – so there’s no reason to expect the visitors to score many here (especially after an away Champions League game midweek).
Thus, the best way of tackling this game looks to be perming low scorelines with Bet365, who refund losing Correct Score bets on all matches that finish 0-0 (the Saints drew two home games 0-0 last season and United three away games).
Almost one third (12) of Southampton’s league games last season finished 1-0 or 0-1 (W6, L6) and so we suggest backing both of those scorelines, plus the 1-1 (United drew 1-1 six times last season – four on the road).
Duscan Tadic scored the goal in Southampton’s 0-1 win at Old Trafford last season and the Serbian also scored twice in their last home game against Norwich – he can be backed at 11/1 to score first with Bet365 (as short as 8/1 elsewhere).