Weekend Football Action
There are five televised Premier League matches this weekend and it kicks off at Villa Park on Friday night
Aston Villa v Everton, Friday 8pm KO
It’s been a difficult start to life in the Premier League for the Villans, with the Midlands side losing a 1-0 lead at White Hart Lane to lose 3-1 against Tottenham, while they then got turned over at home to Bournemouth.
Dean Smith’s side are 23/10 with BetVictor to claim their first points of the season against Everton on Friday night, with the home side likely to be happy with a draw against the Toffees and you can get 5/2 with William Hill that this clash ends all square.
Marco Silva’s team began the campaign with a goalless draw at Crystal Palace before a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Watford saw them bank four points after two matches and the Merseyside team are 5/4 with Paddy Power to get the job done and leave Villa sitting bottom of the table.
Norwich City v Chelsea, Saturday 12.30pm KO
Probably the most intriguing clash of the Premier League weekend comes at Carrow Road where Norwich City will look to build on a promising start to the season when they take on Chelsea.
The Canaries were beaten 4-1 at Anfield but there were signs that Daniel Farke’s team could compete at a higher level and this was borne out after playing Newcastle United off the park last weekend to claim a 3-1 victory.
Despite Norwich’s bright display against the Magpies, William Hill have 16/5 about a home win and it looks a great price considering they are up against a Chelsea team who are yet to land three points this season.
Admittedly, it’s been a tricky three fixtures for Frank Lampard’s team considering clashes against Manchester United and Leicester have sandwiched a Super Cup match against Liverpool which saw them lose on penalties.
The new manager remains upbeat and the visitors are 5/6 with BetVictor to win this game, with Chelsea adopt an attack-minded approach that could lead to several goals being scored.
This explains why Both Teams to Score is trading at 4/7 with Ladbrokes, while punters who fancy Over 3.5 Goals can find that price available at 7/5 with the same firm.
Liverpool v Arsenal, Saturday 5.30pm
The big match of the Premier League weekend undoubtedly takes place at Anfield, with Liverpool looking to continue their 100% start to the season by beating Arsenal, something that has become customary in recent seasons.
Jurgen Klopp’s side are likely to be a popular bet, with Paddy Power going 1/2 about a home victory although there’s a doubt over the Merseyside team from a defensive point-of-view considering that keeper Alisson is missing.
Arsenal also have a 100% record after two matches and they’re trading at a meaty 11/2 with BetVictor to come away from Anfield with the spoils, something that looks a decent price considering that the Gunners will have learnt plenty from last season’s 5-1 mauling.
Even so, Unai Emery would be delighted to take a point from this difficult fixture and that’s trading at 19/5 with BetVictor, with the Spaniard likely to draw confidence from the way that Tottenham engineered a point at the Etihad last week.
William Hill are among the bookmakers going 4/7 about both teams finding the net in this encounter, with Over 2.5 Goals looking like a sure thing at 4/9 with Ladbrokes, although customers searching for a bigger price might fancy Over 3.5 Goals which has been chalked up at 6/5 with BetVictor.
Sadio Mane has been looking sharp since returning to the first team and the Senegal star is 4/1 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock, while Mohamed Salah is trading at 7/2 with Ladbrokes.
Bournemouth v Manchester City, Sunday 2pm KO
Sunday’s Premier League action begins at the Vitality Stadium where Bournemouth have to somehow figure out a way of stopping a rampant Manchester City team who are hot favourites to make it three consecutive top flight titles.
The Cherries are a 16/1 poke with William Hill and will at least draw confidence from the fact that Pep Guardiola’s team failed to beat Tottenham last time out, although Spurs really had to hang on for dear life and managed to get on the right side of a VAR call.
All the money is likely to come for the Citizens despite them trading at 1/5 with Ladbrokes and those customers who expect them to lead at half-time and full-time can nab 4/6 with Ladbrokes about this happening.
William Hill have 6/1 about this clash ending all square and it should be remembered that Eddie Howe’s team defended manfully before succumbing 1-0 in the same fixture last term, with the same scoreline available at 19/2 with BetVictor.
However, it’s probable that the visitors will plunder more goals than this, with Paddy Power offering 7/1 about a 3-0 win and we quite like the 25/1 with BetVictor that Manchester City land a crushing 5-1 victory considering they put five goals past West Ham on the opening day of the season.
Tottenham Hotspur v Newcastle United, Sunday 4.30pm
The final Premier League televised clash of the weekend takes place at White Hart Lane, with Ladbrokes making Tottenham the red-hot favourites to get the better of a Newcastle team who are already looking like relegation material.
The Magpies were beaten by the odd goal at home to Arsenal before losing 3-1 at Norwich City, with the bookies chalking up 2/9 with Ladbrokes that Spurs put Steve Bruce’s team to the sword to leave them bottom after three games.
Paddy Power go 8/11 about the home side leading at the interval and the final whistle, with Harry Kane looking to boost his goals tally for the game and the striker is 21/10 with the Irish bookie to break the deadlock in this clash.
If you think the visitors can pull off an almighty shock, then Ladbrokes have 14/1 about a Newcastle win in north London, while the draw is trading at 11/2 with William Hill although it’s unlikely that the visitors will leave with anything.