The Premier League returns from the international break with a bang this weekend as Manchester United entertain Liverpool in a clash that could ultimately prove pivotal in the battle to qualify for the Champions League.
Both teams tasted defeat, to Swansea and West Ham respectively, in their last assignments before the Euro 2016 double-header but it’s United that bookmakers believe will bounce back, their home advantage ensuring that they command 19/20 favouritism at Paddy Power to collect a maximum haul.
Brendan Rodgers’s charges meanwhile, head to Old Trafford as bet365’s 7/2 outsiders and it’s 13/5 with Stan James to finish all square between the pair for the first time in nine meetings. Indeed, as the teams are both locked on seven points there’s every chance that stalemate quote will prove popular, alongside Skybet’s 6/1 about it ending one-each and a score draw at 7/2 (Ladbrokes).
Louis Van Gaal’s team have found the net just once in two matches at home, the same tally as Liverpool have accrued on the road so this clash looks set to generate fewer than three goals (3/4, Winner.com) and William Hill offer an enticing 7/4 about it being scoreless at the interval.
Punters pushing the boat out can back neither side to break the deadlock in the whole contest at 8/1 courtesy of BetVictor.
Second place faces first at Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace lock horns with Manchester City but despite the latter’s stunning start to the season they’re plenty short enough at 8/13 (Ladbrokes) to plunder the points from a Palace outfit that poses a significant threat. BetVictor post 7/10 against the pair both striking in South London but a heftier 13/8 is available at Skybet for the potential thriller to yield more than 3.5 goals.
At the Emirates Stadium, Stan James price Arsenal at 3/10 to edge out Stoke, Tottenham travel to struggling Sunderland as bet365’s 10/11 jollies, with Harry Kane a 4/1 shot (BetVictor) to open his club account for the campaign and BetVictor make high-flying Swansea 17/10 to come out on top at winless Watford. The Swans, Gunners and Spurs meanwhile, combine in a treble at just short of 11/2 via Stan James.
Elsewhere, bet365 lean towards Leicester (17/20) ahead of their home fixture against Aston Villa, at 11/8 with William Hill Norwich get the nod at home to Bournemouth and it’s easy to envisage a stalemate (9/4, Stan James) as West Brom and Southampton lock horns at the Hawthorns. On Monday finally, West Ham are worth considering at 5/4 (Paddy Power) when they tackle Newcastle at Upton Park.
Swansea, Arsenal and Tottenham treble – 11/2 (Stan James)
Over 3.5 goals in Crystal Palace v Man City – 13/8 (Skybet)
Man Utd v Liverpool to be goalless – 8/1 (BetVictor)
West Brom v Southampton draw – 9/4 (Stan James)