Degsy is backing Wayne Rooney to carry on from Wednesday evening, whilst also thinking Giroud will score first and Manchester City will smack Watford’s bottoms…
Newcastle v Arsenal
Firstly, I’d like to address those F365 readers who have questioned this column’s ‘less than stellar’ start the the season. Let me tell you this. You simply don’t reach the age of 36 and drive a 7-year-old Clio (with no wheel trims) without knowing a bit about The Beautiful Game. Guaranteed folks, the barren run ends this week and Degsy disciples the world over can start by punting Arsenal to do the Geordies with a bit to spare. The Gunners have won seven off the belt against the Mags and in Olivier Giroud have a forward who simply loves lining up against the Bar Codes. The foxy Frenchman has scored eight goals in just six appearances against Newcastle and looks the pick at 9/2 to score first on Tyneside.
Betting: Giroud to score first at 9/2 (Paddy Power)
Aston Villa v Sunderland
In Merson speak Villa have been yer proverbial bag of Revels, but punters backing them to beat Sunderland here hopefully won’t get a mouthful of coffee. The Black Cats, put simply, are sh*te. They laboured to a League Cup win at home to Exeter in the week and shipped three goals against the League Two outfit. If rumours are right Dick Advocaat might be ready to bail on them, and no team has conceded more Premier League goals so far. Ergo I make the 10/11 about a home win here an absolute knocking bet.
Betting: Aston Villa to win at 10/11 (Betfred/Coral)
Bournemouth v Leicester City
Both of these sides have started well and with the pressure off (for now) I see no reason why this won’t be a free-flowing affair full of goals. I watched what was essentially Bournemouth’s second string smash four past my beloved Hartlepool on Tuesday night, a night when Junior Stanislas ran riot. The omens were never good for that one once an elderly gentleman spilt Bovril all over my brand fire new suede Adidas Gazelle OG’s just before kick-off. The absolute crank.
Betting: Over 3.5 goals at 9/4 (bet365/Hills)
Chelsea v Crystal Palace
How good was Pedro though? As Premier League debuts go, last week was right up there. And Betfred might be sticking their necks on the line by going a whopping 7/4 he scores again on Saturday (with some firms actually odds-on about the same bet). I don’t know what the Spanish is for ‘Do your conkers on it’ but that’s definitely my advice here as long as the price lasts.
Betting: Pedro to score anytime at 7/4 (Betfred)
Liverpool v West Ham
It’s been a great start for the Reds who had chances to sink Arsenal at The Emirates last time out. The big plus so far has been their defending and three clean sheets in a row tells its own story. West Ham have scored in all three matches so far but come into this one needing a boost after consecutive home defeats. I expect Liverpool to march on here but actually think there could be a few goals too.
Betting: Liverpool to win and both teams to score at 21/10 (General)
Manchester City v Watford
Man City have been perfect so far. Three games. Three wins. Three clean sheets. And as a result they go off around the 1/5 mark to beat a Watford side who themselves have yet to taste defeat. The Hornets have abandoned their free-flowing philosophy from last season and are keeping things as tight as they can. Such a philosophy may reap rewards against West Brom and Southampton but such tactics would be meat and drink against Citeh, who have too many options going forward. Try as I might, I just cannot envisage a scenario where Watford don’t get their a*ses smacked here.
Betting: Man City (-2) to win at 7/5 (Paddy Power)
Stoke City v West Brom
Xherdan Shaqiri looks a quality addition for Stoke, whose fans will have been buoyed to see Bojan in League Cup action for them in midweek. The story here is Tony Pulis making his return to the Britannia. And whether Saido Berahino gets a game with Transfer Deadline Day looming. In terms of calling this The Baggies look a little short this season and this one stinks of home win.
Betting: Stoke to win 2-1 at 17/2 (Betfred)
Tottenham v Everton
Neither side has set the world alight so far this season and the John Stones saga seems to be unsettling Everton. My hunch is he’ll go late doors on Deadline Day for a ridiculous fee as Jim White involuntarily creams into his tartan boxer shorts.
Betting: Romelu Lukaku to score anytime at 11/4 (Betway)
Southampton v Norwich City
If I was a Saints fan I would be worried. No wins yet in the league and already out of Europe, with Victor Wanyama the latest talent set to be heading out the door. Rather like my missus, they punched above their weight admirably last season but both could struggle this term (especially if she persists in trying to watch Keeping Up with the Kardashians while there is live sport on).
Betting: Both teams to score at 10/11 (Hills)
Swansea v Manchester United
The Red Devils recorded an impressive Champions League win in Brugge in the week where the much maligned Wayne Rooney proved he still knows where the old onion bag is. Sh*t kitchen pugilist he may be, but did anyone really believe he was on the slide at just 29? He’s scored over 200 goals for United, and given he’s a ‘streaky’ player who scores goals in clusters, I reckon he’s a bet to score in Wales on Sunday.
Betting: Rooney to score anytime at 21/10 (Bet Bright)