Premier League: Scoring at the double…

There are a couple of games to whet our betting appetites in the Premier League today, starting with Everton’s trip to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.

This game comes with eager anticipation as two old club favourites line up in the respective manager’s seats. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has seemingly revitalised United, with the Red Devils throughly outplaying their cross City rivals last time out in the league, and that was after dismissing Spurs fairly easily. On the other bench, interim manager Duncan Ferguson wrung an impressive performance out of his Everton side last weekend as they took apart Chelsea.

United consistently hit City on the break last weekend but this is more unlikely today as Everton will likely sit deeper. That said, the Toffees impressed with their work rate last time out, but that would be easier to maintain with a home crowd cheering them on, something they won’t have today.

We think United’s extra quality up front will make the difference, and we look for Marcus Rashford to confirm his current sparkling form. The England striker has scored 10 in the league already this season, including seven in eight appearances at Old Trafford. He’s around evens to score today, but we’ll take SkyBet’s enhanced 7/1 that he scores a brace.

The late game sees Arsenal hosting Manchester City as the Emirates, and the question is which Arsenal team will turn up?

In their last match against a confidence lacking West Ham, Arsenal were abysmal for the first hour or so to trail 1-0. They equalised and then looked very dangerous for the rest of the match, eventually winning 3-1. However, that early spell will not be good enough against a City side desperately in need of points in an attempt to retain their title.

We think Arsenal are still a side in transition under interim manager Freddie Ljungberg, and with some defensive injuries they could be picked off by this talented City side.

Gabriel Jesus started slowly in the role of City’s main striker after Sergio Aguero’s injury, but his form of late has been impressive. He scored a hat trick in Europe midweek and two away at Burnley in early December, in fact all 10 of his goals this season have come away from home. We’ll take him to net again today, and will take William Hill’s 5/1 that he scores twice.

Recommendations:

Manchester United/Everton: Rashford to score a brace, 1 pt, at 7/1, SkyBet

Arsenal/Manchester City: Jesus to score a brace, 1 pt, at 5/1, William Hill

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