We’re all set for a spooktacular weekend of Premier League action – with some monstrous matches taking place. Yes, it’s Halloween on Saturday and we’re hoping for ghouls, ghouls and more ghouls.
Now we’ve got that shocking opener out the way, here are talkSPORT’s top betting tips and predictions…
SHEFFIELD UNITED VS MAN CITY – Saturday, 12.30pm (LIVE on talkSPORT)
Pep Guardiola is finding himself under a bit of pressure, with City having dropped points in three of their five games this season.
They are also operating without a recognised striker right now with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both sidelined.
However, that didn’t stop City putting three past Marseille in midweek and they come up against a Sheffield United team that has lost five of their six opening games, and have still yet to win this term.
Sheffield United have never beaten Man City in the Premier League in eight attempts (D3 L5) and have failed to score in seven of those meetings.
City also love playing on Halloween – no side has won more English top-flight matches on October 31 than City (W10 D0 L3).
So, we’re not expecting Chris Wilder’s struggling side to give City too much of a fright in the lunchtime kick-off.
While we reckon City will be victorious, it’s 3/10 for them to take all three points – so steer clear of that and look to the goals market.
All the Blades’ defeats have been narrow – only Wolves have won against them by more than a one-goal margin this term. City, meanwhile, haven’t been scoring too many in the Premier League – netting just one goal apiece in their last three top-flight games.
Therefore, the 6/4 on offer for under 2.5 goals in the game represents a decent bet to us. You can get 16/5, meanwhile, for Man City to win and under 2.5 goals in the game.
Raheem Sterling is City’s best source of goals right now and the England ace to score and City to win is 11/8.
Sterling to have two or more shots on target and City to win is 6/4, while it is 5/2 that he outscores Sheffield United on his own. He may just need one goal to do so, given the Blades’ struggles to find the back of the net, so that’s well worth a punt in our mind.
talkSPORT’s best bets
- Under 2.5 goals in the game – 6/4 (BET HERE)
- Sterling to have two or more shots on target and City to win – 6/4 (BET HERE)
- Man City to win and under 2.5 goals – 16/5 (BET HERE)
- Sterling to outscore Sheffield United – 5/2 (BET HERE)
LIVERPOOL VS WEST HAM – Saturday, 5.30pm (LIVE on talkSPORT)
West Ham head to Anfield in good form and full of confidence against a Liverpool team in the midst of a full-blown defensive crisis.
Fabinho has been playing as a makeshift centre-back after Virgil van Dijk and Joel Matip suffered injuries in the Merseyside derby earlier this month, but the Brazilian has now picked up an injury himself and won’t be fit to face the Hammers.
Jurgen Klopp will therefore have to turn to one of his rookie centre-backs, with Nate Phillips or Rhys Williams likely to be paired with Joe Gomez.
West Ham’s in-form Michail Antonio is expected to overcome injury to start and will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing that back line.
Antonio has scored 11 goals in his last 13 Premier League games for West Ham and is 9/4 to score anytime and 7/1 to open the scoring.
With both sides averaging at least two goals a game in 2020/21 so far, we’re expecting a repeat of last season’s five goal thriller at Anfield.
But while we reckon West Ham will find the net against Liverpool’s injury-hit defence, it’s hard to bet against Klopp’s champions emerging victorious at Anfield, where they are unbeaten in their last 62 Premier League home games (W51 D11) – winning 28 of their last 29.
Liverpool can outscore anyone and still boast a sensational attack so a home win and both teams to score is where we are putting our money, with 31/20 the price on offer for that to happen.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have ten goals between them already this season and the pair love this opposition too.
They have both been involved in eight goals in six Premier League appearances for Liverpool against West Ham, with Mane finding the net in each of his last four against the Hammers.
Salah to score and Liverpool to win is evens so leave that alone and instead plump for his forward partner Mane to net and Liverpool to win at the better odds of 13/10.
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ASTON VILLA VS SOUTHAMPTON – Sunday, 12pm (LIVE on talkSPORT)
Aston Villa started the season on fire, winning all four of their opening games and putting seven goals past champions Liverpool in a stunning performance.
But their perfect run was ended by Leeds last weekend, with the Whites running out easy 3-0 winners at Villa Park, and Southampton come to town in fine fettle having toppled league leaders Everton last time out.
Southampton were hugely impressive against the Toffees and have won three of their four last four games, drawing the other.
That’s no fluke either – the Saints have been in good form for some time now. Only Liverpool (18) and Manchester City (15) have won more Premier League games in 2020 than Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side (12).
Hasenhüttl knows how to get a result on the road too – he has the best points-per-game ratio in away matches of any other Southampton manager in the Premier League (1.42) – and his side beat Villa home and away last season.
With Jack Grealish in their team, Villa always have a chance – he’s created more goalscoring chances in the Premier League than any other Englishman (106) since the start of last season – but Leeds kept him quiet last week and a well-drilled Southampton can do the same.
We’re backing the Saints to come out on top and claim a victory which will see them leapfrog their hosts. It’s 7/4 that the visitors take all three points.
Danny Ings scored twice against Villa last season in the 3-1 win but is little value at evens to net anytime this week. Our money instead is going on Southampton’s Che Adams, who has scored six in his last 12 matches, including in each of the last two. He’s 13/5 to net anytime.
The Saints have been leading at half-time in three of their last four games so the 23/10 for them to be ahead at the break is tempting too.
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MANCHESTER UNITED VS ARSENAL – Sunday, 4.30pm
This isn’t the fixture it once was but it’s still an intriguing clash between two giants of the game who are both currently in the bottom half of the Premier League table.
Manchester United have picked up just seven points from their opening five games and are still yet to win at home this season.
At Old Trafford, they have been beaten 3-1 by Crystal Palace, hammered 6-1 by Tottenham and held to a goalless draw by Chelsea.
However, United still have quality in abundance and were outstanding on home soil in midweek as they put five past RB Leipzig in the Champions League.
And we’re backing them to follow that performance up with their first home league win of the season against their old rivals, who haven’t won a Premier League game at Old Trafford since 2006.
There was lots of positivity around Arsenal at the start of the season, with fans hopeful of a bright new dawn under Mikel Arteta, but the Gunners remain a work in progress and have faltered when up against strong opposition – losing to Liverpool, Man City and Leicester.
The Gunners have averaged just 8.8 shots per game and scored 1.3 goals-per-game in the Premier League in 2020/21 and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang seems to have forgotten how to find the net since signing his new contract.
United, meanwhile, have averaged 1.8 goals per game this term but just 0.67 at home so we’re not expecting a goalfest – a narrow home win is our prediction.
Marcus Rashford is the man of the moment having hit a hat-trick in just 16 minutes against Leipzig after coming off the bench. His treble came on the same night his petition to end child food poverty passed a remarkable one million signatures.
But Rashford hasn’t netted in any of his last nine games against Arsenal in all competitions and we reckon it could be Edinson Cavani’s turn to shine.
The summer signing made a late cameo appearance against Leipzig and, with Anthony Martial out through suspension, could well make his first start this weekend.
Cavani has an incredible scoring record with over 350 career goals and we’re taking the 13/8 for him to open his account against Arsenal.
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Published at Thu, 29 Oct 2020 14:00:38 +0000