After a busy first weekend of action full of unpredictable results, regular betters will be hoping things settle down as we enter the second week of the season and the return of a couple of the European leagues. Rich Laverty guides you through the five best bets for the coming weekend…
Bayern Munich v Hamburg SV – Bayern Munich -3
Manchester United aren’t the only side taking the limelight on Friday night as Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich start their defence of the Bundesliga. With a strong squad to choose from, including Arturo Vidal, Bayern are an attractive prospect for the handicap betters against a side who narrowly avoided relegation last season and were knocked out of the cup this week by a fourth division side.
Best Odds: 19/10 (SportingBet, Coral & bwin). If you want to play it safe, all offer odds of 4/5 on Bayern -2.
Southampton v Everton – Under 2.5 goals
Whist Everton are a team unlikely to concede a bucket load of goals, they also looked rather toothless in attack until Arouna Kone’s introduction against Watford last weekend. Southampton don’t score a load themselves, so something like a 1-0 or 2-0 wouldn’t come as a huge shock given the home side’s excellent defensive record.
Best Odds: 3/4 (Betway)
Sunderland v Norwich City – Away win
Sunderland’s defence couldn’t have looked any leakier against Leicester on Saturday. Younes Kaboul didn’t exactly slot in seamlessly, as Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and co ran riot at the King Power Stadium. Norwich City are the first visitors to the Stadium of Light this weekend and they were unlucky not to get something against Crystal Palace. Some attractive football was spoiled by some poor refereeing decisions and they could be a very attractive prospect for an away win if you want to take a risk on the Canaries.
Best Odds: 11/5 (Ladbrokes)
Middlesbrough v Bolton Wanderers – Middlesbrough to win both halves
Last year’s play-off finalists drew a blank away at Preston North End last weekend and Bolton more than held their own away at favourites Derby County. But Aitor Karanka’s men are a different proposition at the Riverside and Stewart Downing will be keen to impress on his home debut. They’ve got plenty of goals in them, while Bolton aren’t expected to be challenging the top half this year. Middlesbrough to win both halves looks good value if things go to plan!
Best Odds: 6/4 (Sky Bet)
Manchester City v Chelsea – Raheem Sterling to score first
Remember Robinho scoring on his debut against Chelsea back in 2008? Perhaps this week it’s time for another R to light up the Etihad for the first time against the champions. Raheem Sterling showed glimpses of his talent against West Brom and he could give Branislav Ivanovic double the pain dealt out by Jefferson Montero at Stamford Bridge last week. His pace in behind should cause Mourinho’s side all kinds of problems, so Sterling could be a tempting first goalscorer.
Best Odds: 8/1 (Coral)
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