This weekend’s Premier League action includes North-East and Manchester Derbies on Sunday – we preview both of these and the other televised games this weekend:
Arsenal v Everton
Saturday 24th October / 5.30pm
|Everton (+1)||Asian Handicap||16/11||BetVictor|
|Olivier Giroud||First Goalscorer||9/2||Paddy Power|
The Gunners produced an amazing performance to beat Bayern Munich here on Tuesday and if in the same resolute mood, Everton will find it tough going.
But 4/9 favourites Arsenal have not been the most consistent side in the last few weeks, while Everton have yet to lose on the road so far this season – scoring six and impressively conceding just twice.
It must also be remembered that Arsenal have only won two of their four home league games so far this season, while Everton have managed three draws in their last six visits here in the league, losing three – but only one by more than one goal.
With all of that in mind we suggest backing Everton (+1) on the Asian Handicap at 16/11 with BetVictor, so that you win if they win or draw and get your money back if Arsenal win by just one goal.
Olivier Giroud came off the bench to open the scoring in that 2-0 win over Bayern and if he was to start here we would fancy his chances of scoring the first goal again at best odds of 9/2 with Paddy Power.
Sunderland v Newcastle
Sunday 25th October / 12pm
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||10/11||Betfred|
|Jermain Defoe||First Goalscorer||11/2||Bet365|
The Black Cats will be desperate for a first win of the season on Sunday against their biggest rivals.
But with just one win between these two sides so far this season (from a total of 18 games played) and with two 1-1’s in this fixture in the last five seasons, we feel that backing the draw at 12/5 with Bet365 is the most sensible option.
These games are usually high intensity, low scoring affairs, and a bet on Under 2.5 Goals (10/11 with Betfred) would have won in four of the last five seasons here.
Manchester United v Manchester City
Sunday 25th October / 2pm
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||Evens||Bet365|
|Antony Martial (ew)||First Goalscorer||6/1||Bet365|
Manchester Derbies are almost always entertaining games and the last six at Old Trafford have produced a remarkable 29 goals – an average of nearly 5 a game!
Last season United won this game 4-2, but previously City won here 3-0, 2-1 and of course that famous 6-1 victory. However, with both Sergio Aguero (who scored twice in that defeat here last season) and David Silva missing this time and with both sides in midweek Champions League action, this could be a tighter affair than normal.
Both sides have kept clean sheets in 56% of their league games this season and with City boosted by the return of Vincent Kompany, we are actually going to recommend going against recent history by backing Under 2.5 Goals at evens with Bet365.
We also want to be with United’s Antony Martial – who looks ice cold in front of goal – we suggest backing him score the first goal each way at 6/1 with Bet365.
Liverpool v Southampton
Sunday 25th October / 4.15pm
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||9/10||Unibet|
Jurgen Klopp will be hoping for much more from his side following their 1-1 draw here on Thursday night against 10-man Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.
The Reds have now drawn five of their last six games, while the Saints have yet to lose on the road so far this season, drawing three of their four matches. Therefore another draw looks the obvious pick at best odds of 13/5 with Bet365.
Interestingly, the Over 2.5 Goal percentage for Liverpool games is the equal lowest in the league at 33%, while the Saints have only conceded three goals in four away games so far. So, Under 2.5 Goals looks worth a decent wager at 9/10 with Unibet.
We also suggest backing the 1-1 draw at 6/1 with Bet365 – as they refund losing Correct Score bets on all games that finish 0-0.