Last week was a good effort, with three of our five tips coming in! This week, there are a few tempting bets given the early season form of some sides, but we’re avoiding the likes of Serie A and La Liga this week as it’s the opening weekend of their respective seasons. Rich Laverty guides you through the five standout bets for this weekend . . .
Manchester United to beat Newcastle United -1
Manchester United have won their opening two games by a one goal margin, although since this is written before their clash with Club Brugge, they may be well among the goals come Saturday lunchtime. Newcastle have looked weak at the back and will be missing Dutch international Daryl Janmaat through suspension. United’s home form last season and respective 3-1 win over Newcastle should mean Louis van Gaal’s side will win by more than one this week.
Best Odds: Evens (Sky Bet)
Leicester City to beat Spurs and BTTS
Not the safest bet, but good odds given the two sides’ various starts to the season. Tottenham have picked up just one point, throwing away a 2-0 lead at home to Stoke, whilst Leicester have taken maximum points, scoring six goals in the process. Riyad Mahrez is on fire, Shinji Okazaki has opened his Foxes account, and all in all, they look a good bet to beat Tottenham this weekend, with both teams getting among the goals.
Best Odds: 7/2 (Sky Bet & various others)
Swansea City to beat Sunderland
This is one of those bets that looks too good to be true given Sunderland’s start to the season. They were utterly woeful away at Leicester and possibly even worse at home to Norwich, so Swansea’s attack should be able to cause Dick Advocaat even more problems on Saturday. Jefferson Montero and Andre Ayew will provide more nightmares for the flailing Patrick van Aanholt, whilst Bafetimbi Gomis can prey on a struggling Younes Kaboul – Swansea are odds on for victory.
Best Odds: 23/20 (Sky Bet & various others)
Watford to beat Southampton
Another bet that is a bit out there, given Watford failed to break down West Brom last weekend, but Southampton’s defence looked anything but assured against Everton. The Saints have lost Toby Alderweireld and Nathaniel Clyne and are still missing Ryan Bertrand through injury, whilst the Hornets have plenty of firepower up front. Southampton will have also played on Thursday night whilst Watford will have had over a week to recover for the match; it’s not fanciful to believe they can record their first win of the season at the further expense of Ronald Koeman.
Best Odds: 17/10 (BetVictor)
Rangers to win both halves
Given Rangers’ humiliating victory over Hibernian in the cup before the season started, and their form since, it’s a good bet to suggest Mark Warburton’s men will win both halves against their struggling opponents at the weekend. Hibernian will be without Scott Allan after he departed for Celtic, and Rangers just look far too strong a proposition for anyone right now. New signing James Tavernier has settled in brilliantly, and most will be confident of Rangers recording another easy victory this weekend.
Best Odds: 7/5 (Boyle Sports)
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