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Newcastle face one of their longest away trips of the season as they head to St. Mary’s to take on Southampton, in a city where they haven’t won a Premier League game in 14 years. Five winless visits have followed, including two heavy 4-0 defeats and a 3-1 loss. Throw in an alarming Premier League start for Rafa Benitez’s side and all of a sudden the Saints look like a good shout for three points. 11/10 for the Southampton home win looks like a great price.
Slightly further north we see Watford host a Huddersfield side that have only scored four goals in their opening nine Premier League games. David Wagner’s team have also gone without a win against a current Premier League side since last December when they, funnily enough, beat Watford 4-1 at Vicarage Road just before Christmas. There’ll be no repeat dosage this time around, though, and Watford come into this one off the back of a fine 2-0 win at Wolves last time out. A win and clean sheet double for the Hornets looks like value at around 13/8 with Betfair.
A place where clean sheets probably won’t be the order of the day is at Craven Cottage, where goal-shipping Fulham host Bournemouth in the Capital. Fulham have invested heavily in the final third when they probably should’ve paid a bit more attention (and cash) to their own penalty area. The Cottagers have conceded a whopping 25 goals in their opening nine Premier League games, but are the second-highest scorers in the bottom half with eleven strikes. Bournemouth find themselves in sixth after an excellent start, but only Manchester United have shipped more goals than the Cherries out of all of the league’s top ten. This one has goals written all over it, and a tenner on over 3.5 of them returns £40 with Betfair.
Liverpool should really have it all their own way at home to Cardiff, despite the Bluebirds registering their first win of the season last weekend at home to Fulham. Cardiff haven’t won at Anfield since the 1950s, and their most recent four Premier League meetings have seen the Reds smash 13 goals past the Welsh side. I wouldn’t touch a Liverpool win at 1/10 with a bargepole, but a classic Klopp-inspired first-half blitz should well yield some returns, and Liverpool to score over 2.5 goals in the first half would be no surprise at all at 11/2 with Betfair.
On to Saturday evening when two sides struggling for consistency meet at the King Power Stadium as Leicester host West Ham. Neither team are particularly trustworthy at the back, so look like a prime both teams to score candidate at 3/4 with BetBright. In each of these side’s last seven Premier League games they’ve only managed a solitary clean sheet apiece. This is a tough one to pick a winner in, but my gut says James Maddison, who was linked with a move to West Ham in the summer, could have a telling contribution, following his strong start to the season. £10 on both teams scoring, and a James Maddison goal in a Leicester win returns nearly £100 with Betfair.
A London derby is the pick of the opening bunch of Sunday’s Premier League games, as in-form Arsenal venture south to face Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Palace put up a solid showing at Everton last Sunday but were ultimately undone by their failure to take chances in a game that has summed up their season so far. This Arsenal side will give chances away, though, and if Wilfried Zaha can get himself in dangerous positions then he will cause plenty of problems for a defence that isn’t the quickest. It’ll be hard work, but Arsenal have discovered the grit that makes these games a lot easier than the days of Arsene Wenger. A Gunners win and both teams to score should get your Sunday off to a flyer at 23/10 with BetVictor.
We finish things off with what is usually an intriguing game at Old Trafford between Manchester United and Everton. The Red Devils were handed a footballing lesson by Juventus in the Champions League in midweek, and a fresh Everton side will be confident of getting something out of this one. The Toffees will have to overcome a poor recent record against United, but three straight wins is ideal preparation ahead of the short trip to Manchester. You’ve got to say that 9/2 (Betfair) for the Everton victory looks like a great bet, but in the interest of punters who don’t quite have the cojones to back the away win, 11/10 on the Double Chance markets for either a Toffees win or a draw has a really solid chance.
Premier League Treble: £10 on Watford (to beat Huddersfield), Southampton (Newcastle) and Arsenal returns £68 with BetVictor.