Buoyant Swansea are the pick in Saturday’s lunchtime clash, Michael Laudrup’s troops are an 11/10 chance at Paddy Power to edge out West Ham. After a bumper five goal haul at QPR, Swansea are 11/10 with Coral to score two or more goals of their own while the game itself is 5/2 via Ladbrokes to produce four or more goals.
It’s fair to say that Liverpool didn’t enjoy the ideal start to the season, going down heavily to West Brom and losing key defender Daniel Agger to a red card in the process and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping for a change of luck as his side welcome Manchester City to Anfield on Sunday.
The champions themselves hardly convinced at the weekend, but they did at least pick up three points despite falling behind to Southampton at one stage and they’re BetVictor’s 7/5 favourites to make it back-to-back league defeats for the Reds, who are 21/10 outsiders at bet365.
Nevertheless, Liverpool should be a different proposition in front of their own supporters and as City showed vulnerability at times on Sunday, Rodgers’ charges could conceivably get something out of the game.Stan James make them 5/2 to grab a share of the spoils as they have done in four of the last five meetings between the two on Merseyside and a repeat of the 2-2 from the pair’s last clash, a Carling Cup tie in January, is a 14/1 shot at William Hill.
The last Anfield league encounter ended one-apiece, a scoreline that is 11/2 (Skybet) to be replicated in this one but as the two teams conceded a handful of goals between them last time out, it could be that this one produces three or more goals, an outcome Paddy Power price at even money.
Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder Gary McAllister suggested in the wake of the Reds’ Hawthorns reverse, that the Reds can’t rely too much on Luis Suarez for goals but the Uruguayan remains his side’s main attacking threat and he’s he’s 13/2 with William Hill to break the deadlock.
Arsenal couldn’t break down Sunderland last Saturday but at 23/20 (BetVictor) they should make amends by getting the better of Stoke at the Britannia Stadium in Sunday’s other encounter. Admittedly, the Potters physical approach could disrupt the Gunners’ rhythm but Arsene Wenger’s charges should make their extra quality tell eventually with a victory by one, an outcome bet365 rate at 3/1.
Also likely to come out on top are Chelsea, although at 1/2 with Stan James they hardly set the pulse racing against a Newcastle team too dangerous to be written off at Stamford Bridge. Like Arsenal, the Blues are 3/1, this time at Ladbrokes, to prevail by a one-goal margin in Saturday’s tea time kick off on TV.
Manchester United hardly made an ideal start to the campaign, suffering a 1-0 reverse at Everton but they should bounce back emphatically against Fulham at Old Trafford, where Stan James make them 3/10 to send the Cottagers home empty-handed and bet365 quote odds of 11/5 for United to cover a two-goal start in the handicaps.
Meanwhile, United’s conquerors on Monday, Everton, look decent value at 31/20 courtesy of BetVictor to pick up another maximum haul, at the expense of Aston Villa, Stan James quote Spurs at 1/2 to have too much for West Brom and finally, for draw fanciers, Skybet price Norwich and QPR 12/5 to share the spoils at Carrow Road and it’s 13/5 with BetVictor to finish all square between Sunderland and Reading.