Premier League: Start with some Algerian magic…

There’s a reduced fixture list this Premier League Saturday with only three games, starting with Manchester City’s visit to Sheffield United.

United have had a tricky start to the season, collecting only one point from their opening six games, but they played very well at Anfield last weekend. But they now face a side they have yet to beat in the Premier League despite eight attempts.

It’s difficult to see beyond a City win today, but the odds reflect this. They are missing Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus up front through injury, and we think this could mean a more offensive role for Riyad Mahrez, particularly as the Algerian was only a late substitute in Europe in midweek. We’ll take him to score first.

The second game sees a similar scenario, with struggling Burnley hosting a Chelsea side expected to win.

The hosts are still waiting for their first win of the season, and they did cause Spurs some problems on Monday. However, Chelsea need a win today, and we think they will be a lot more positive than they were against Manchester United last weekend.

Chelsea were impressive midweek in Europe, when Christian Pulisic scored late on after being used as a late substitute. We think this should make him relatively fresh for this game, and will take him to open the scoring today. He netted a hat trick in this fixture last season.

The late game sees Liverpool host West Ham at Anfield, seeking a win to put them back on top of the league table.

Liverpool claimed an important win in the Champions League midweek, but they laboured against the relative minnows of the group. That side, they rested their entire front three until late in the game, and so they should be rested for today’s clash.

West Ham have had a tricky run of late, but have played well in collecting eight points from their first six games. They will miss striker Michail Antonio through injury, and that will be a big loss as he has been one of their best performers so far this season.

Given Liverpool’s defensive injuries we had considered betting on a West Ham goal to start things off, but Antonio’s injury has changed our minds. Instead, we’re going down the tried and trusted route of a rested Mohamed Salah to start the ball rolling.

Recommendations:

Sheffield United/Man City: Mahrez to score first at 11/2, Paddy Power

Burnley/Chelsea: Pulisic to score first at 6/1, Paddy Power

Liverpool/West Ham: Salah to score first at 11/4, Paddy Power

A Trixie of three doubles and a treble.

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