The Premier League weekend starts with a potentially entertaining match between Bournemouth and Manchester United.
Bournemouth, the hosts, have started the season very well and lie sixth in the table, two positions above their illustrious opponents. That said, they have had a good fixture run, having faced only one of the Premier League’s big guns. United have shown some signs of life – a stunning comeback against Newcastle, a creditable draw with Chelsea and then a win over Everton.
We think United could win this game, but don’t think it will be easy and we also expect Bournemouth to score. United winning and both teams scoring is best priced at 11/4, but Paddy Power offers an enhanced 5/1 that the visitors win either 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1. We’ll be on that.
The next televised games sees high flying Liverpool travel to the Emirates to take on Arsenal. This game has tended to be free scoring in the past, and we do expect goals to flow again.
Arsenal have recovered strongly from their opening two defeats, putting together a long wining run. This was stopped last week with a draw at Crystal Palace, and there have to be doubts about the quality of the teams beaten. This game will an acid test, and we think defensively they will still struggle.
Liverpool have some injury issues in midfield, meaning it’s likely James Milner will start. If he does he’s set to be on penalty duty, and thus we’ll take the 9/2 on offer that he scores at anytime during the game.
Finally, there’s an evening bonus as the match between Wolves and Tottenham is also televised.
Tottenham will likely welcome playing on a proper surface again after the cabbage patch of Wembley and their defeat to Manchester City.
Although Spurs had been in a run of four wins prior to the City defeat they were showing a lack of creativity. However, Christian Eriksen is now back available for selection and this will make a difference.
Harry Kane has made a habit of spanking newly promoted teams, and with the supply line from Eriksen restored we look for him to score a brace.
Bournemouth/Man Utd: United to win 2-1, 3-1 or 4-1, 1 pt, at 5/1, Paddy Power
Arsenal/Liverpool: Milner to score at anytime, 1 pt, at 9/2, Paddy Power
Wolves/Spurs: Kane to score a brace, 1 pt, at 8/1, SkyBet
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