Premier League: Rashford to score first…

The Premier League weekend starts on the south coast early Saturday afternoon, with Southampton hosting Manchester United.

The home team will be buoyant after away wins at Brighton in the league last weekend and at Fulham in the Carabao Cup midweek. They will fancy getting something from this game against an United side which disappointed in defeat to Crystal Palace at Old Trafford last time out.

That said, they have a poor record in the fixture, having not won on the last eight occasions. And we think United have enough firepower to make it nine on the trot.

There are doubts about the fitness of United striker Anthony Martial after picking up an injury last weekend. If, as expected, he doesn’t start then Marcus Rashford may be moved to a more central striking role from his role on the left. This would make him even more likely to score, and we’ll take him to do so first.

The second televised game sees Liverpool travel to Burnley, attempting to defend their top of the table position.

Turf Moor is never an easy place to visit, as Southampton found on the first weekend of the season. And the home side are in good form having collected four points already, despite difficult games away at Arsenal and Wolves.

However, Liverpool looked as strong as ever beating Arsenal last time out. Manager Jurgen Klopp referenced the full week of training his team had ahead of the Gunners match, and they have the same again. We don’t think the Reds will find it easy, especially with their defence not as tight as last season, but we’ll take them to win the three points with both teams scoring.

Recommendations:

Southampton/Man United: Rashford to score first, 1 pt, at 5/1, widely available

Burnley/Liverpool: Liverpool to win with both teams scoring, 1 pt, at 2/1, Corals

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