Our snapshot previews of the three televised Premier League games this weekend, including the London derby between Arsenal and Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester United v Leicester
Saturday 24th September / 12.30pm
|Yes||Both Teams To Score||4/5||Bet365, Coral|
|Jamie Vardy (ew)||First Goalscorer||9/1||Paddy Power|
|Zlatan Ibrahimovic (ew)||First Goalscorer||4/1||Sky Bet|
Jose Mourinho had been backed to be the next manager to be sacked following three consecutive defeats, but his side are still strong favourites to win this game.
Both games last season ended 1-1 and while United won the Community Shield 2-1, with seven minutes remaining at Wembley that game too was destined to be a 1-1.
Leicester were 2-0 up and coasting away at Chelsea in midweek in the League Cup before giving away two unlucky goals and losing in extra-time. Before that they won 3-0 at Clubb Bruge in the Champions League and also beat Burnley 3-0 at home.
The champions have scored in every single away league game (11) they have played in 2016 – a run dating back to a 1-0 loss at Anfield on Boxing Day of last year.
Given that United have conceded six goals in five league games so far this season we feel that backing both teams to score here at 4/5 is worthwhile, plus another 1-1 at 7/1 with Bet365 – who refund losing Correct Score bets on all games that end 0-0.
Arsenal v Chelsea
Saturday 24th September / 5.30pm
|Under 2.5||Total Goals||43/40||Bet365|
|Arsenal 1-0||Correct Score||10/1||Bet365|
|Chelsea 1-0||Correct Score||11/1||Bet365|
|No||Both Teams To Score||29/20||BetVictor|
|0-0||Half Time Score||9/4||Bet365|
|Alexis Sanchez||First Goalscorer||6/1||Sky Bet|
Both of these teams have 10 points from their opening five games, with three wins and a draw each – and both losing at home to Liverpool.
The Gunners have only conceded 3 goals in their last 4 league games, while Chelsea have only let in 6 in 5 games and in recent seasons this fixture at the Emirates has been a low scoring affair – a 1-0 Chelsea win last season was preceded by two 0-0’s.
It’s therefore a surprise to see the Under 2.5 Goals option at odds-against here – we suggest taking Bet365’s 43/40 on this happening.
In fact, 3 of the last 5 league games between these sides here have finished 0-0 and so Bet365‘s money-back on losing Correct Score bets for games that end goalless is worth remembering – we suggest playing both 1-0’s at 10/1 and 11/1 respectively.
In the Both Teams To Score market, BetVictor offer stand-out odds of 29/20 for ‘No’ – and that bet would have won in each of their last 8 meetings (all competitions).
The half-time scoreline of 0-0 also looks too big too at 9/4 with Bet365, we were expecting something closer to 7/4,
Finally, we suggest a bet on the in-form Alexis Sanchez to score first at Sky Bet‘s 6/1 – he’s scored four goals in his last three starts, including two last week against Hull.
West Ham v Southampton
Sunday 25th September / 4.00pm
|West Ham||Draw No Bet||Evens||Bet365, Paddy Power, BetVictor|
|Over 2.5||Total Goals||19/20||Bet365, BetVictor|
|West Ham 3-1||Correct Score||25/1||Bet365|
|West Ham 3-2||Correct Score||33/1||Bet365|
|Michail Antonio (ew)||First Goalscorer||15/2||Bet365|
Given the poor start to the season made by the home team, it’s Southampton who are favourites to win at the London Stadium at best price 17/10 with William Hill.
But despite the defensive problems they are having, Slaven Bilic’s side have also scored in 25 of their last 26 league games (including the last 18) and those odds of nearly 2/1 look big against a side that has scored just 4 goals in 5 league games.
Southampton have lost both their away games (albeit at Man United and Arsenal), but our preference is to back the hosts in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market at even-money.
It could, therefore, also pay to perm some high scoring Correct Score bets here – we will try 3-1 and 3-2 home wins at 25/1 and 33/1 respectively, plus a 2-2 draw at 14/1.
Finally, let’s back Michail Antonio to score the first goal each-way at best odds of 15/2 with Bet365 – he’s scored in 6 of West Ham’s last 7 league games dating back to the end of last season (3 the first of the game) – and 5 times in their last 4 games.