There’s going to be a theme to today’s Premier League post, and U.S. songstress Bette Midler would be proud – scoring from a distance!
First up we have Everton hosting West Brom in the early kickoff. The Toffees were very impressive in dispatching Tottenham away from home last weekend, and there is a good feeling around Goodison Park this season, finally Everton have bought well.
Coming in from Real Madrid was James Rodriguez. The Colombian was a star of the 2014 World Cup, but found himself out of favour in Madrid before being loaned out to Bayern Munich.
At his pomp he is a really talented player, and it looks like manager Carlos Ancelotti has faith in him from their time together in Spain. Two of his three shots against Spurs were from outside the penalty area, and we think he’ll have more chances of that ilk today.
The next match sees Manchester United enter the fray after a week off to recover from their Europa Cup exploits. They take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford.
United could be a little rusty and face a Palace side fresh off a good win over Southampton. Still, we’re pretty confident on the shape of the game – Palace will sit back and try and catch United on the break.
This means United are likely to have a lot of possession on the edge of the penalty area, and this will likely create opportunities for Bruno Fernandes to take potshots from distance, as is his want. We’ll take a punt he scores, taking the plaudits as the game’s rose (ed: sigh).
Finally, Arsenal host West Ham in the late game after sitting proudly at the top of the Premier League for the last week.
The progression in this Arsenal side under Mikel Arteta has been impressive to see, and the manager has appeared to have done some good transfer business in the summer by bringing in Willian from rivals Chelsea.
The Brazilian midfielder is a set piece specialist, coming very close to barking his debut against Fulham with a goal after hitting the post with a free kick.
We think he will have more opportunities today, and with the wind beneath his wings (ed: stop it now!) we take him to score on his home debut.
Everton/West Brom: Rodriguez to score from outside the penalty area, 1 pt, at 10/1, SkyBet
Manchester United/Crystal Palace: Fernandes to score from outside the penalty area, 1 pt, at 7/1, William Hill
Arsenal/West Ham: Willian to score from outside the penalty area, 1 pt, at 6/1, SkyBet