Best Bets of the Weekend: Premier League Matchday 5
Five bets for us across this weekend’s Premier League action, including a couple of top-class goalscorers and a bonus category with a cracking 13/2 shot.
Banker of the Weekend: Everton to beat West Ham at evens
Everton have been close to an excellent start to the season but have dropped sloppy points in draws that could and should have been wins at Wolves and Bournemouth and at home against Huddersfield last time out.
There is a sense through their unbeaten start to the season, though, that Marco Silva and his new-look side are close to cracking the code, and the time afforded by the international break may have helped. But even maintaining their standards thus far should be enough here.
West Ham have been atrocious with four defeats out of four. Yes, they have faced Liverpool and Arsenal in that time but were well beaten 4-0 and 3-1 in those away trips while also coming unstuck at home to both Bournemouth and Wolves.
Everton have won the last two against West Ham at Goodison 4-0 and 2-0, and after a solid start to the season that could easily have been a great one surely shouldn’t be as big as evens to inflict a fifth straight defeat on Manuel Pellegrini’s hapless Hammers.
With Everton yet to keep a clean sheet and the Hammers shipping 10 goals in four games it may also be worth considering boosting your price to 3/1 by adding both teams to score to your Everton win.
Long Shot of the Weekend: Watford to beat Manchester United at 16/5
Straightforward enough reasoning here. Watford have won all four games, including a well-deserved 2-1 success against previously perfect Tottenham before the international break, while United have lost two of their four games thus far.
It’s easy enough to see why Watford are as big as they are; their miracle start can’t go on forever while United are not as bad as their start to the season or press coverage suggests. But equally it’s an eye-catching price for a club flying high and full of confidence against one currently riven by doubt on and off the pitch.
Goalscorer(s) of the Weekend: Harry Kane and Mohamed Salah both to score at 11/4
Tottenham v Liverpool is the clear standout fixture of the round and one that produced plenty of goals last season, with nine goals across the two games. It should come as no surprise to learn Kane and Salah were at the heart of it. Both scored in both games, with Salah scoring all three of Liverpool’s goals and Kane three of Tottenham’s six. We’ve got more free betting tips for Tottenham v Liverpool here.
No Goalscorer of the Weekend: Huddersfield v Crystal Palace at 13/2
A bonus category this weekend for a game that looks on paper to be one of the most 0-0 games in Premier League history.
That means we should probably also have a saver on over 5.5 goals (20/1 if you’re interested…), but the stats are compelling. Huddersfield have scored just two goals in their first four games – neither of them at home, where they’ve scored only one Premier League goal since February– while Palace are set to be without star man Wilfried Zaha, who has scored two of their three.
Huddersfield have already had a 0-0 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium this season against Cardiff to go with three in 2017/18 while Palace had three goalless Premier League encounters on their travels last season.
Acca of the Weekend: Everton, Chelsea, Wolves all to win, Bournemouth v Leicester to be a draw at 11.69/1
The Everton case has been made above, while Chelsea appear to be having one of their seasons where they pay attention and even at short prices should be supported against Cardiff.
Burnley have been poor this season and face a tough task at Wolves, who have started their home campaign with creditable draws against Everton and Manchester City. This season’s Burnley represent a serious step down.
Bournemouth and Leicester, meanwhile, have both made tidy starts to the season – they sit sixth and eighth respectively at this early stage – and have drawn five of their six previous Premier League meetings.
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