Premier League: Maguire, head of affairs..

The Premier League program starts with a cracker this weekend, as Leicester take on Manchester United at King Power Stadium.

Both teams currently stand in the top three and will be keen to collect the three points to put pressure on leaders Liverpool. Both also seem to play a lot better away from home, with United having won all six on their travels this season.

With this in mind we’re going to side with United, particularly given Leicester’s difficulties in defending set pieces. Harry Maguire has scored headers for club and country this season, and we’ll take SkyBet’s 18/1 that he does so today.

The second game sees Aston Villa host Crystal Palace, looking for three points to climb into the top five. We’ve underestimated Villa this season, and in Jack Grealish they have a player that is acting as their attacking talisman.

Palace were soundly thrashed by Liverpool last time out, and recovering from a 7-0 defeat at home won’t be easy. Given that, we’ll side with the Villians and look for Grealish to get on the scoreboard.

Like Leicester, Fulham have problems defending set pieces, and they now face up to Southampton and the delivery excellence of James Ward-Prowse.

Jannik Vestegaard has already scored three headers this season from JW-P’s crosses, but he’s a fitness doubt. Instead we’ll side with his partner in defense, Jan Bednarek, and take the 25/1 on offer that he scores a header today.

The early evening game sees Chelsea traveling to north London to take on Arsenal, in a match that is usually played with real feeling.

There has been a red card in each of the last two meetings between these sides, and with Arsenal desperate for points and Chelsea on the verge of the top four, the tackles are sure to be flying in.

However, we like the way Chelsea recovered from their defeat by Wolves and think they will have too much pace and trickery for this Arsenal back line. Jorginho has won his Chelsea place back, and we’ll take him to score today given his prowess from the penalty spot.

Recommendations:

Leicester/Man Utd: Maguire to score a header at 18/1

Aston Villa/Crystal Palace: Grealish to score anytime at 9/4

Fulham/Southampton: Bednarek to score a header at 25/1

Arsenal/Chelsea: Jorginho to score anytime at 11/2

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