Premier League action returns to our screens this weekend, and there is some value to be had for the betting people.
Manchester United host Manchester City at Old Trafford, with the visitors having to travel to their main title rivals without superstar striker Sergio Aguero who is banned, as well as captain Vincent Kompany expected to miss out with injury.
The Red Devils are a tasty price to continue their 100% record under Jose Mourinho at the weekend, with bigger than evens widely on offer. You can also firmly expect both teams to score in this match-up, and taking up the offer of United to win and concede at least one goal is also worth looking at.
Chelsea also have a 100% record to hold onto this weekend, and with a trip to Swansea on the way, they should be able to keep their title challenge on target rather comfortably. The Blues have been impressive under new boss Antonio Conte, although have only won by more than one goal on one of their four outings this term, but they certainly have that winning mentality, and I firmly expect them to bring Swansea their third consecutive loss in the league. Currently trading around the 1.6 mark (3/5).
Arsenal finally got a win under their belts before the international break, beating Watford 3-1 at Vicarage Road, and are also a generous price to win again this week. Arsenal are around 1.65 (13/20) with http://matchbook.com/ and I cant see any other result. The Saints have only managed two draws and a loss so far this year, and having lost their manager as well as three key players in Sadio Mane, Victor Wanyama and Graziano Pelle, they could be set to struggle this year.
West Brom will be travelling to Bournemouth this weekend, and I expect the home side to pick up their first win of the season, with the huge morale boost in the transfer window by bringing in Jack Wilshere. The club appears to be buzzing at present, and I would be very shocked to see them come away without any points. This is slightly more risky than the others, and as Arsenal will be playing at the same time, my balance will be split across the two.
The Arsenal loanee joined on deadline day on a temporary deal, and will team up with former youth team-mate Benik Afobe in the starting line-up. His inclusion will bring a huge confidence boost to his surrounding players, and I expect him to excel as the main star of his new side.
One game to leave alone however is Middlesbrough v Crystal Palace, despite the early form of the Northern English side. Boro have impressed since returning to the English top flight, and while their opponents only have one point from a possible nine, made some very shrewd signings of late. The Eagles moved to bring in Christian Benteke and Loic Remy from Liverpool and Chelsea respectively, and the pair could easily have a huge impact for their new side.
I will put just over 50% of my weekend’s balance on United, which will return before the 3PM kick-offs. I will then stake my new total balance across two games, with 65% of my total on Arsenal, and 35% on Bournemouth, before staking my new and improved total balance 100% onto Chelsea to win on Sunday.
Good luck to anybody following.