After a short and somewhat inconvenient international break, the Premier League gets back in to full swing this weekend. This also means that the weekly Cash Out Betting Sites betting preview and tips are back.
Premier League Acca – Man Utd/Arsenal/Liverpool – 2pts Win @ 5.04/1 Boylesports
FL72 Acca – Brighton/Norwich/Wolves/Millwall – 1pt Win @ 6.78/1 Coral
First Goalscorer – Roberto Firmino – 1pt Win @ 5/1 – Coral
Manchester United v Manchester City
This weekends’ football kicks off with the Manchester derby between Manchester Utd and Manchester City. Both clubs have undergone a huge transformation in the summer, with Manchester City spending £192m whilst United spent £115m.
It was expected to be a big summer this season, with an influx of new managers. Leicester’s league title win making the need for top teams to strengthen evident.
As well as a squad overhaul, both clubs have replaced their managers. United are now under the effervescent Jose Mourinho, with Pep Guardiola at the helm for City. Jose and Pep have their history from their time in Spain, with Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
Both teams so far have a 100% record in the Premier League, winning all three of their games to date. United almost lost that record at Hull, but their persistence paid off when Marcus Rashford slotted home late on. Rashford is going to be vital to Utd this season but with a wealth of options upfront, it worries us that he won’t get as much time on the pitch as he deserves.
Similar could also be said of Anthony Martial, for us they are the most exciting in the league currently. It’s difficult to see how they will fit in to United’s’ side, given Rooney and Ibrahimović presence. Both are currently operating in their preferred roles and that doesn’t look likely to change any time soon.
It would be frightening should Mourinho opt to go with Rashford, Martial and Ibrahimović up top, with Rooney playing the number ten role. But again, we doubt Mourinho would be that aggressive in his mentality.
City have been dealt a huge blow going in to this weekend, with their star striker Sergio Aguero missing for the next three games due to suspension. The Argentinian threw and elbow in his previous match, which wasn’t seen by the match referee. That however does pave the way for either Kelechi Iheanacho or their new signing Nolito.
Nolito has scored more than double figures in the past three seasons in Spain, however he strikes us as an Alvaro Negredo. The type of player who will do OK, but won’t be fully suited to the Premier League. We personally hope Guardiola opts for Iheanacho, who has looked very promising when he has been given a chance to play.
United for us look a more solid option to City as things stand, without Aguero City are going to find things very tough at Old Trafford. They look reasonable value at 13/10.
Liverpool v Leicester
Last year’s Premier League Champions visit Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the Saturday evening Kick Off. Both teams have had a mixed start to their campaigns, both finding themselves on 4 points from the first three games.
Leicester recorded their first win of the season against Swansea last week, with what was a much better performance than their opening couple of games. It was not up to their standards from last season.
They were however clinical in front of goal, with Jamie Vardy scoring his first of the season. They will still find things very tough this weekend, given that it is arguably their biggest test so far.
Liverpool started the season with a big win away at Arsenal, before being brought right back down to earth with a bump at Burnley. Last time out however at Tottenham they put in another impressive display, arguably deserving the victory.
They possess a lot of power and pace in attack, with new signing Sadio Mane at the forefront of their forward play. Liverpool’s weakness still lies in their defence, however they looked a lot more assured at White Hart Lane. New signing Joel Matip slotted in nicely.
Although we are pessimistic when it comes to the reds, we still feel Liverpool will be very tough to beat. This is their first home match of the season, which also happens to be the first game for their new stand. They are not huge value at 4/6 but we can’t see past them this weekend.
Swansea v Chelsea
Chelsea have a 100% record this season under their new manager Antonio Conte. They have spent £119m during the summer, surprising everyone by bringing David Luiz back to Stamford Bridge for £34m. Swansea’s manager Francesco Guidolin spent £31m in the off season, with their largest purchase being Borja Baston from Atletico Madrid. He could be in line to make his debut this weekend.
The Super Sunday game at the weekend is a potential banana-skin for Chelsea, who won’t have things all their own way at the Liberty Stadium. The home side likely to want to frustrate their opponents, playing counter-attacking football. Chelsea need to prove their fire-power is good enough to break down a side willing to sit back, which will make for interesting viewing. We doubt however it will be a vintage game.
At 8/13 there is enough to suggest that value is poor and probably one to steer clear from, though if we had to choose we would go with a draw. No goal scorer would be an option too.