Liverpool haven’t made the ideal start to the season, taking just one point from their opening three matches to lie in the bottom three but the Reds are nevertheless fancied by bookies to pick up their first win of the campaign as they head to Sunderland.
William Hill have installed Brendan Rodgers’ men as 5/4 favourites at the Stadium of Light, where they’re 5/2, this time courtesy of BetVictor, to grab a share of the spoils and the latter could prove popular given that the Black Cats’ only two fixtures so far have finished all square.
There could also be market support for a 1-1 scoreline, at 6/1 via William Hill, however, this is Sunderland’s first home match of the season so they’ll be keen to perform well and with their opponents stuttering, Martin O’Neill’s charges are overpriced at 23/10 with bet365 to inflict more misery on the Reds.
Punters seeking a bit of insurance can head to Skybet’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market where the hosts are a 6/4 chance and in what looks set to be a tight affair, Ladbrokes price the home side at 11/1 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline. Alternatively, BetVictor quote the Wearside outfit at 15/4 to prevail by one and Paddy Power offer odds of 6/1 for a home victory following a drawn first period.
Meanwhile, clearly unhindered by his sizeable price tag, Black Cats new boy Steven Fletcher marked his debut by bagging a brace at Swansea and he’s an eye catching 7/1 (Stan James) to break the deadlock in this one. Alternatively, bet365 post a tasty 12/5 against the former Wolves man bagging his third for Sunderland at any stage.
At Old Trafford, William Hill’s 1/4 favourites Manchester United can cruise past Wigan and Skybet chalk Sir Alex Ferguson’s troops at 4/6 in the handicaps where they start a goal back. Champions Manchester City by contrast, face a tougher task at Stoke but at 8/11 (Ladbrokes) they can nick it, albeit by a one-goal margin – an outcome BetVictor price at 5/2.
Loftus Road plays host to an intriguing-looking West London derby as QPR lock horns with Chelsea and the Premier League leaders, at 5/6 via bet365, are on track to make it four wins from four at Rangers’ expense. A long odds-on shot at 4/11 (bet365), Arsenal should also collect maximum points as they entertain Southampton at the Emirates Stadium, where Stan James rate the Gunners at 13/2 to notch twice without reply.
Andre Villas-Boas is yet to pick up his first victory as Tottenham boss and he might have to wait a touch longer as Spurs’ televised showdown with Reading entices at 5/2 courtesy of BetVictor to end in stalemate. Norwich and West Ham are also 5/2 to share the spoils, this time at William Hill but Ladbrokes’ 10/11 jollies Everton can pick up their third maximum haul in four outings as they meet Newcastle at Goodison Park.
Finally, high-flying Swansea may have to settle for a point at Villa Park, where Stan James mark 12/5 against the draw and even money is available with bet365 for a Fulham triumph, as they welcome West Brom to Craven Cottage.