Degsy reckons Memphis will score anytime against Newcastle, so long as Louis van Gaal doesn’t kiss him. He’s backing ‘beast mode’ Barkley and Chelsea, too…
Manchester United v Newcastle United
Old Trafford has not been a happy hunting ground for The Magpies, who are 9/1 pokes to win Saturday’s early kick-off. Louis van Gaal has been frustrated in the transfer market recently but was so happy with Memphis Depay’s Champions League contribution the other night he threatened to kiss the young Dutchman, who weighed in with two goals and an assist. Hopefully Memphis won’t be spooked by LVG’s amorous advances and he’s 11/8 to notch against the Geordies. That looks a fair price to me about a player who looks set to dazzle while wearing United’s iconic number seven shirt for years to come.
Betting: Depay to score anytime at 11/8 (Betfred)
Crystal Palace v Aston Villa
Villa are even money not to lose this and that looks proper sexy given how they have started the season. They won on the opening weekend and their effort against ManYoo last Friday can be filed under ‘plucky’ despite a 1-0 reverse. Palace are no mugs but if new Villa signing Adama Traore starts I’m confident they can leave Selhurst Park with at least a point, so I will be smashing them in the ‘Double Chance’ market here.
Betting: Aston Villa or Draw ‘Double Chance’ at evens (Boyle Sports)
Leicester City v Tottenham
Eyebrows were raised when Claudio Ranieri was given the gig at Leicester but as Del Boy Trotter used to regularly remind us ‘what can’t speak can’t lie,’ and with The Foxes currently sitting proudly in second spot in the league it’s clear ‘The Tinkerman’ is revelling in his second spell as a Premier League boss. All credit to Leicester who can make it nine wins from their last 11 PL games with victory here (a run that stretches back to April). Spurs had my eyes out on Saturday, folding from 2-0 up with less than 15 minutes to go at home to Stoke. The t*ts.
Betting: Both teams to score – No at 11/8 (Bet Victor)
Norwich City v Stoke City
Stoke are clearly missing Ryan Shawcross and could be vulnerable here against a Norwich side who were excellent up at Sunderland last time out. The Canaries have lost just once in 10 meetings with Stoke at Carrow Road and look a spot of value if anything at 7/5 here.
Betting: Norwich to win at 7/5 (General)
Sunderland v Swansea
The Black Cats have been installed as favourites to go down by none other than their own shirt sponsors, with Dafabet now odds-on about the Mackems tumbling out of the top flight. They’ve been an absolute shambles so far, shipping seven goals in two defeats against, in truth, pretty limited opposition. Their transfer dealings this summer have also been wholly uninspiring and they won’t relish facing a Swansea side who have only lost once to them in eight Premier League matches. All things considered, Swansea look must-bet material this weekend.
Betting: Both teams to score and Swansea to win at 19/5 (Coral)
West Ham v Bournemouth
The Cherries were all style and swagger last season in the Championship but have yet to even score a goal after more than 180 minutes of Premier League football. West Ham went from sublime against Arsenal to ridiculous against Leicester last time out and it could be worth backing the draw in this one, though in truth all three results are possible.
Betting: West Ham and Bournemouth to draw 1-1 at 6/1 (Betfred)
West Brom v Chelsea
The Blues are already five points adrift in the title race after their 3-0 thumping on Sunday and a defeat here is not worth thinking about. We may still be in August but this truly is a ‘must-win’ job for Jose, who will be buoyed by snatching Pedro from under the noses of Manchester United.
Betting: Chelsea to win 2-0 at 13/2 (bet365)
Everton v Manchester City
The Citizens have looked ominous in their two matches to date but face another stern test on Merseyside. Ross Barkley has been on fire for the Blues and in just two games he’s already scored as many goals as he got in the whole of last season. I’m 100% sold on Barkley and will be having a flutter at 5/1 on him scoring on Sunday. The word round the campfire is a new pair of boots and a proper rest over the summer are the main reasons behind his fine early season form and punters should be backing him while he’s in ‘beast mode’.
Betting: Barkley to score anytime at 5/1 (Betfred)
Watford v Southampton
Regular readers will be pleased to know I’ve now given up backing Troy Deeney to score. As the inimitable WC Fields once mused “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.” The Saints have been a bit of a mixed bag so far while Watford have scrapped their way to two precious points and remain unbeaten. I’ve no firm stance here other than believing that we won’t see a lot of onion bag action.
Betting: Under 1.5 goals at 11/5 (Betfred)