Leicester City v Manchester United
All eyes will be on Old Trafford and Don Jose this Saturday lunchtime and the big question is does he drop skipper Wayne Rooney is order to play Paul Pogba in a more advanced role? The ageing star’s declining relevance for the Red Devils has prompted a sh*t load of fans to call for Rooney’s head. And it would take a sh*t load of fans to carry said head were it ever severed, given the fact it’s the size of a spacious armchair. Marcus Rashford has to start. And if he does it could help United back to winning ways here after losing two on the spin in the league.
Betting: Manchester United to win and both teams to score at 12/5 (bet365)
Bournemouth v Everton
The Toffeemen look a tremendous price at 13/5 to lead at half-time and full-time after a dazzling start to the season. Ronaldo Koeman’s battlers are second top having taken 13 points out of a possible 15 and won’t fear the Cherries, who were battered 4-0 at Manchester City last weekend. This is a game that will tell us plenty about Everton’s level this season but given what we have seen already it would be a truly heinous punting crime not to steam in.
Betting: Everton to win HT/FT at 13/5 (Coral)
Liverpool v Hull City
The Reds are heavy odds on to win at home and that’s no surprise given they’ve lost just once in 14 Premier League matches at Anfield in 2016. They should win this at a canter here and I quite fancy Philippe Coutinho to carry on where he left off against Derby in midweek if he gets the nod to start for Jurgen Klopp.
Betting: Coutinho to score anytime at 7/4 (Betfred)
Middlesbrough v Tottenham
Boro are bigger than 3/1 here and might have a bit of support at such odds against a Spurs side without Harry Kane. Yes Tottenham are going for a third straight win in the league, but in truth didn’t look great against Sunderland last week so the draw looks the play on Teesside.
Betting: Draw at 5/2 (Paddy Power)
Stoke City v West Brom
It’s all going wrong for Mark Hughes. Bottom of the league. Dumped out of the League Cup on Wednesday and then having his people skills described as “very poor” by Joey Barton. That’s the same Joey Barton who is currently suspended by Rangers following an argument with a team-mate and who previously stubbed a cigar out in the eye of another team-mate. Re-arrange the following words, Joey. Kettle. Pot. Black. That said, Hughes is at the hairy side of the coconut shy at present and simply cannot afford to lose this.
Betting: No goalscorer at 8/1 (Hills)
Sunderland v Crystal Palace
Huge couple of weeks this for Sunderland who face Palace, West Brom, Stoke and West Ham between now and the end of October. If they pick up less than six points from that little lot, given their awful start, I wouldn’t be overly optimistic about them beating the drop for the 258th season running. Palace have won their last two and are a goal threat these days. so both teams to score looks a lock from where I’m standing.
Betting: Both teams to score at 17/20 (Betway)
Swansea v Manchester City
A largely second string City side saw off Swansea in the League Cup on Wednesday night so it would take a brace punter to back against Pep’s men continuing their perfect start to the season. They are an 11/10 shout to win this by more than a goal and that looks a tasty price given how ordinary Swansea have looked so far.
Betting: Manchester City -1 to win at 11/10 (Paddy Power)
Arsenal v Chelsea
It’s 20 years ago this week that Arsene Wenger was unveiled as new Arsenal manager and few who saw the slightly awkward Frenchman in a gaudy tie deliver his first press conference – then at Highbury – would have envisaged he would still be at the helm two decades later. Yet Wenger, that stubborn old footballing romantic, is still around and looking to guide Arsenal to a fourth league win in a row here. I fancy them to get it too against a Chelsea side who looked bang average against Liverpool last week.
Betting: Arsenal to win at 29/20 (Hills)
West Ham v Southampton
I simply cannot have the hosts here given the fact that West Ham have shipped four goals in consecutive league games. The switch to the London Stadium has been a difficult one and Southampton could be the latest side to refuse to roll over at the Hammers’ new HQ. Slaven Bilic’s team look porous at the back and ponderous up front. Which is never, ever, a good combination.
Betting: Draw at 12/5 (Sky Bet)