Champions Manchester City have yet to convince but they have nevertheless taken four points from the six available and are 1/5 courtesy of Stan James to add another three to their tally at the expense of QPR. Another high-scoring affair could be on the cards for Roberto Mancini’s men, who are 11/10 to come out on top in a match that produces four or more goals and 10/1 (Ladbrokes) to card a 3-1 triumph. Yaya Toure is 11/4 via William Hill to notch for the 2nd game in a row.
Liverpool threw away the points against Manchester City on Sunday, conceding two horrific goals having led the champions twice, but every other aspect of the performance will please Brendan Rodgers, who will be confident that his side can get the better of misfiring Arsenal at Anfield.
Stan James have installed the Reds as 11/10 favourites to send the Gunners home empty-handed and with Arsene Wenger’s charges yet to find the net, it’s perhaps understandable that bet365 make them as high as 5/2 to emerge with maximum points.
BetVictor post 12/5 against the draw and a third goalless affair for the visitors is a 12/1 shot at Ladbrokes but buoyed by last week’s performance Liverpool can shade it and Stan James rate them at 11/4 to prevail by one.
Moreover, Rodgers’ troops are unlikely to be as generous at the back as they were last time out so William Hill’s 12/5 for a home success ‘to nil’ isn’t without appeal and the Reds are also available at 7/1 courtesy of Stan James to bag the only goal on Merseyside, where BetVictor chalk the hosts up at 4/1 to seal victory following an even first period.
Luis Suarez meanwhile, catches the eye at 5/1 (bet365) to notch first having scored a beautiful free kick at the weekend and come close on another couple of occasions.
Southampton have lost both fixtures and it looks set to be three straight defeats for the newly promoted Saints as Manchester United visit St Mary’s. Stan James quote Sir Alex Ferguson’s team at 8/15 to make it back-to-back wins and Skybet offer 11/4 for them to do so by a one-goal margin.
Early high-flyers Swansea have arguably looked the most impressive side under the guidance of new boss Michael Laudrup and Skybet quote them at 6/5 to make three victories from three as they entertain Sunderland while another team that has looked the part in the early exchanges has been Everton, a 6/4 chance at the same bookie to see off West Brom.
At Upton Park, Paddy Power’s 15/8 marked against Fulham looks a touch high as the Cottagers tackle a West Ham team that looked defensively shaky at Swansea last weekend and BetVictor’s draw quote of 12/5 stands out at the DW Stadium, where Wigan and Stoke lock horns.
Finally, a couple of potential challengers for the European places, Tottenham and Newcastle, look primed to pick up home successes. Ladbrokes rate Spurs at 2/5 as Norwich head to White Hart Lane and it’s 8/13 with Skybet for Newcastle to heap more misery on early strugglers Aston Villa.