A solitary goal in the first ten minutes condemned lacklustre Liverpool to surprise home defeat to Aston Villa in the Premier League last week but bookmakers are tipping the Reds to bounce back swiftly domestically, Skybet installing them as odds-on 3/4 favourites to collect maximum points at West Ham.
The Hammers will kick-off as BetVictor’s 17/4 outsiders but as the teams have both had slightly mixed starts to the campaign, there’ll by money for Stan James’s 14/5 about it finishing all square and indeed the hosts’ stalemate at Hull on Monday will also nudge some punters towards an inconclusive affair.
Similarly, there’s set to be interest in the 4/1 that Ladbrokes post against a score draw, BetVictor quote a 1-1 scoreline at 8/1 and it’s 11/2 courtesy of bet365 for the teams to be inseparable at the end of each half.
Nevertheless, Liverpool have an outstanding recent record against West Ham, having lost just twice to them in 23 meetings and as Sam Allardyce’s team have lost both of their home fixtures this term, the Reds will be confident of emerging triumphant.
Subsequently, as it could be a match in which both teams find the net (7/10, betway) in light of the strengthening the hosts have done in attack, it’s worth considering BetVictor’s 8/1 for Liverpool to prevail 2-1 and bwin’s 5/2 for the visitors to prevail but also concede.
It’s a cliché that you can’t win the title in September but you can lose it and there will undoubtedly be plenty of pundits writing off champions Manchester City’s chances of retaining their crown should they fall eight points off the pace by losing to Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday.
However, assisted by their home advantage, Manuel Pellegrini’s troops are considered 6/4 favourites by William Hill to close the gap on their rivals to just two points while the Blues are 2/1 with BetVictor to register a success that would be crucial even at this early stage of the campaign.
Inevitably, a collision of such heavyweights will generate interest in the stalemate, available here at 5/2 via Stan James and in a contest that should see both teams find the net (7/10, Ladbrokes), a case can be made for a score draw at 7/2 courtesy of BetVictor.
More precisely, Winner.com go 13/2 about a 1-1 scoreline, although it might be worth a more speculative flutter on it finishing two-each at 12/1 (bet365) given that Chelsea’s four matches have produced a whopping 21 goals.
That statistic lends appeal to betway’s 4/5 for the teams to come up with at least three goals between them at Eastlands, where BetVictor rate Diego Costa at 11/8 to continue his blistering start to life with the Blues by notching at any stage. City front man Sergio Aguero is identically priced.
Manchester United lifted the gloom over Old Trafford last week by hammering QPR 4-0 but one swallow doesn’t make a summer and it doesn’t necessarily follow that they’ll justify their slender odds of 8/13 (Stan James) by brushing aside Leicester too.
The Foxes have started the season impressively, in light of the difficulty of their fixtures and although Winner.com’s 9/2 for them to secure maximum points is perhaps a touch ambitious, Paddy Power rate Nigel Pearson’s side at a generous 7/2 in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market and they benefit from a goal start in bet365’s handicaps at 7/5.
At Villa Park, Stan James chalk Arsenal up at 4/5 to burst Aston Villa’s bubble but Paul Lambert’s charges can nick a point (11/4, bet365) and BetVictor mark an enticing 4/1 against a score draw. The Gunners’ North London rivals Spurs by contrast, should ease past West Brom at White Hart Lane, where they’re Ladbrokes’s 8/15 jollies and 8/5 (bet365) to prevail ‘to nil’.
Elsewhere, Stan James quote 4/9 about home bankers Everton seeing off Crystal Palace, Burnley are 6/4 via betway to secure a first victory of the campaign at home to Sunderland and as under-fire Newcastle boss Alan Pardew comes face-to-face with the man tipped by many to replace him, Steve Bruce’s team have been overpriced by BetVictor at 3/1 to come out on top.
Finally, Ladbrokes’s draw quote of 12/5 stands out as Swansea entertain Southampton.
Liverpool to beat West Ham and both teams to score – 5/2 (bwin)
Man City v Chelsea score draw – 7/2 (BetVictor)
Leicester to beat Man Utd ‘Draw No Bet’ – 7/2 (Paddy Power)
Hull to beat Newcastle – 3/1 (BetVictor)
Tottenham and Everton double – 6/5 (Stan James)