Week three is upon us, so here are some tips to aid your weekend’s betting. Remember to bet carefully and responsibly.
They’ve already done it twice this season, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see Man Utd record yet another 1-0 win when Newcastle visit Old Trafford. Ironically, Newcastle won this exact fixture 1-0 two season ago. It was the Magpies’ only win in their last 31 trips to United, and I don’t expect the visitors to turn that record on its head this time around. If it does finish 1-0 to the hosts, it will be the first time the Red Devils have kept four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
West Brom scored three in this fixture last season - we could easily see a reverse of that this time with Chelsea desperate for all three points. Saido Berahino scored a brace in the Baggies’ 3-0 win against Chelsea at the Hawthorns last term, but the striker has scored just once in the 12 Premier League games since. With potentially unsettling rumours linking Berahino to Tottenham, Chelsea’s cause might be aided, making a clean sheet even more likely. I expect Jose Mourinho’s 100th away league match to be an impressive away win, ending talk of any kind of ‘crisis’ at Stamford Bridge.
It’s got to happen, hasn’t it? Sterling’s first game back on Merseyside isn’t against his former side, but instead Everton. The winger is yet to open his Manchester City account since joining from Liverpool last month. However, he has impressed in both league appearances so far and will be keen to finally get on the scoresheet. Sergio Aguero scored his 79th goal for City last weekend, and Vincent Kompany bagged his second in as many games. But for me, it’s Sterling who will open the scoring against Everton in what could be a tight contest.
Liverpool have lost 64 top flight matches against Arsenal, meaning they’ve lost more league games vs. the Gunners than they have against any other opponent. Brendan Rodgers’ side are yet to concede a goal this season and so will attempt to keep it tight at the Emirates. Arsenal are yet to get into their flow, just about scraping past Crystal Palace last time out. Liverpool will aim to take advantage of Arsenal’s stuttering start, but I can’t see them winning. The hosts won this fixture 4-1 last season; Liverpool won’t want a repeat of that. This one will be closely fought, likely ending all square. A decent shout for your Sunday accumulator.
Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa - HOME WIN
Norwich vs. Stoke - DRAW
Sunderland vs. Swansea - AWAY WIN
West Ham vs. Bournemouth - HOME WIN