The opening game of this Premier League weekend sees Everton travel to Burnley, after last night’s cancellation of the Aston Villa/Newcastle clash for Covid reasons.
The visitors will see this game as an opportunity to get back on track. They started the season smartly, briefly topping the table, before injuries and suspensions saw them lose four out of their last five outings. They now face a Burnley side which lies second from bottom of the table, and comes into the game on the back of a 5-0 thrashing at the Etihad.
We don’t think this game will be easy for Everton, but still expect them to take the three points from a tight affair. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored the opening goal in a league high four games so far this season, and we’ll take him to do so again today.
Manchester City host Fulham in the next match, looking to back up last week’s return to form against Burnley with another comprehensive win against a team near the foor of the table.
It’s difficult to come up with real value with as far as City goalscorers are concerned, as the odds are weighted so heavily on a home win. However, we note that Riyad Mahrez‘s last eight league goals have all been scored at home, he comes off a hat-trick last weekend and he was rested in Europe midweek, suggesting he will play today. He’s evens to score anytime.
This next game is a tough one to call. West Ham have put a good run together and are looking for their fourth straight win, three points that could lift them in the top four in the table. They now face a Manchester United side that are on a club record run of eight successive away league victories, but lost midweek in Europe, meaning their Champions League hopes are hanging by a thread.
We note that key Hammers forward Michail Antonio is out again with another hamstring injury, and this tips the balance in favour of the visitors, as far as we’re are concerned.
Bruno Fernandes could become the first United player to score in six consecutive away league appearances since Denis Law in 1964, and we tip him to do so.
The late game sees Chelsea host Leeds at Stamford Bridge
Burnley/Everton: Calvert-Lewin to score the first goal at 7/2
Man City/Fulham: Mahrez to score anytime at 11/10
West Ham/Man United: Fernandes to score anytime at 17/10
Chelsea/Leeds: Ziyech to score anytime at 5/2
Four trebles and an accumulator (prices thanks to Paddy Poer)