Live on Skysports 1: Sun 13.30 & 16.00: Manchester United are 1/2 (Betdaq) to beat Arsenal, but it could finish two apiece at Spurs.
Arsenal have played two Premiership matches, failing to score in both and although they managed to strike twice at Udinese, they could find goals hard to come by at champions Manchester United, who looked fairly comfortable on Monday, despite fielding an inexperienced defence as they kept a clean sheet against Tottenham.
The Gunners’ cause in terms of creativity isn’t helped by the departure this week of Samir Nasri, as well as the suspension of Gervinho and it’s no surprise to see the hosts installed as 1.5 (1/2) favourites by Betdaq ahead of the Old Trafford showdown.
The Gunners are 6/1 with Boylesports to chalk up only their third victory against United in 13 attempts and 3/1 (Betfred) to land a share of the spoils but the performances of Sir Alex Ferguson’s charges have already hinted that they will take some stopping this term and they have to be fancied to rack up a fairly comfortable victory here.Stan James quote them at 7/5 to come out on top by at least two clear goals and Ladbrokes make United a generous 7/1 to notch twice without reply while Arsenal’s lack of cutting edge lends appeal to Partybets’ 6/4 for a home win ‘to nil’.
Wayne Rooney has struck in both of United’s Premiership matches so far and he’ll inevitably be the subject of plenty of first scorer flutters this weekend, especially at 9/2 with . With the praise of his manager ringing in his ears however, Danny Welbeck catches the eye at 7/1 (bet365) to follow up his opener against Spurs by breaking the deadlock in this one.
Ahead of their neighbours on goal difference, table-topping Manchester City are 2.5 (6/4) via Betdaq to maintain their hundred percent record by landing all three points at White Hart Lane. Nevertheless, while Roberto Mancini’s men have looked irresistible in attack so far, they haven’t looked impenetrable at the back and Harry Redknapp’s Tottenham can capitalise to bag a point (23/10, Sportingbet) in a contest that is 8/11 with Skybet to produce three or more goals and 14/1 (Totesport) to end two-each.
At Stamford Bridge, Boylesports quote Chelsea at 2/9 to send Norwich away empty-handed and Skybet make them 10/11 to beat the Canaries ‘to nil’ while Paddy Power offer a home-win for Liverpool at 4/9 as they host Bolton and bet365 mark 13/5 against the Reds shading it by a one-goal margin.
Wolves have won their first two but could come unstuck at Aston Villa, who are 2.0 (evens) via Betdaq to scoop a maximum haul in Saturday’s lunchtime derby clash and at the Hawthorns, West Brom are 11/10 with Totesport to take advantage of any Stoke fatigue following their Europa League exploits.
Punters looking for draws should look no further than Swansea’s clash with Sunderland, which is 12/5 (Skybet) to finish all square while stalemates could also be on the cards at Wigan (9/4, Stan James) and Blackburn (9/4, bet365), where QPR and Everton are the respective visitors. Finally, at St James’ Park, Partybets price Newcastle at 11/10 to follow up last week’s derby victory by edging out Fulham.