Tottenham v Liverpool
Cracking game to get the weekend’s top-flight action underway and can we really be steaming into Spurs at 11/8 here? It’s all looked a bit laboured so far for Mauricio Pochettino’s men and I wouldn’t risk the mortgage money on them here. Liverpool were stunned 2-0 by Burnley last weekend – a result that reduced thousands of betting slips to expensive sh*t roll paper – but Sadio Mane missed that game and the Senegalese has been brilliant in the two games he’s started. In those games Liverpool have scored nine goals and I think Coral’s 11/8 about Liverpool scoring at least twice here looks a tad generous.
Betting: Liverpool to score two or more at 11/8 (Coral)
Chelsea v Burnley
The Blues have made a very solid start under Antonio Conte and Michy Batshuayi marked his full debut with a brace in the League Cup on Tuesday night. He’s been influential in both league games so far off the bench so my hunch is Conte starts him this weekend and if he does he looks a bet at 4/1 to score first.
Betting: Batshuayi to score first at 4/1 (Paddy Power)
(Great minds think alike – our tip of this Big Weekend is Batshuayi and Diego Costa both to score).
Crystal Palace v Bournemouth
Two of only three teams yet to have put a Premier League point on the board so far meet at Selhurst Park and something has to give. Palace have yet to score in the league while Bournemouth have found the onion bag but once themselves so backing against both teams to score here at a shade under evens looks the way to go.
Betting: Both teams to score – No at 20/21 (Bet Victor)
Everton v Stoke
We can file Ronald Koeman’s start as Everton boss under ‘promising’ after two wins and a draw. Crucially, with the transfer window set to snap shut next Tuesday, Romelu Lukaku and Ross Barkley remain at Goodison and they can help inspire the Toffees to another win here against Stoke.
Betting: Everton to win and both teams to score at 3/1 (Hills)
Leicester City v Swansea City
Both of these jokers have lost to Hull City in recent weeks, ruining most of the coupon action in Chez Punt these past few Saturdays. Mr Ranieri, the way I see it you owe me so please ensure your Foxes are ‘at it’ this weekend as I am lumping on the home win.
Betting: Leicester to win at 4/5 (Hills)
Watford v Arsenal
F*ck knows what Arsene Wenger and his transfer team have been doing all summer but they’ve been left in a right mess. The whole world knows they need a centre-half and so that’s why other clubs are comedically claiming the likes of Jonny Evans are worth £25million. £25million! You could get Chris Evans and Johnny Ball for that.
Betting: Arsenal to win at 3/4 (Sky Bet)
Hull v Manchester United
I have the Red Devils down as the absolute bankers of the weekend and even though Hull have won two in a row you must believe me when I say it will be men against boys when Zlatan and young Pauly P roll into town.
Betting: Manchester United to win 3-0 at 10/1 (bet365)
West Brom v Middlesbrough
Boro have started well and can build on that derby win over Sunderland by claiming a point here. West Brom are set for a season of struggle as there seems to be a lack of investment at the Hawthorns. This one stinks of draw.
Betting: Draw at 21/10 (Paddy Power)
Manchester City v West Ham
The Hammers have been very unlucky with injuries so far and I don’t envy them having to travel to the Etihad without some of their big guns. Man City have been faultless so far under Pep and are long odds on to continue that run here. You won’t get rich smashing 2/7 shots (trust me I know) but 5/6 about this slick ensemble in light blue scoring in both halves looks a cracking punt.
Betting: Man City to score in both halves at 5/6 (Stan James)