Manchester City versus Liverpool highlight a jampacked Premier League week 4

The Premier League’s week 4 will be headlined by Manchester City and Liverpool, as both clubs test their title credentials in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture. That isn’t the only big game of the weekend as Everton host Tottenham in a match between two teams that have sputtered during the first three weeks of the season. Meanwhile, Manchester United have the opportunity to move to a perfect 12 points from 12 in Saturday’s late game against Stoke.

Manchester City vs. Liverpool

Both teams have phenomenal attacks, yet both need to tighten up at the back to show they are title contenders. Liverpool are expected to have Philippe Coutinho in the team after his transfer saga to Barcelona ended in tears. Whether he will play or not is anyone’s guess. Manchester City haven’t been able to hit high gear yet. The team struggled against Everton in week 2, and another poor performance will make everyone question Pep Guardiola’s transfer purchases.

Latest odds: Manchester City to win: 5/6, Liverpool to win: 11/4, Draw: 3/1

Arsenal vs. Bournemouth

Two teams that have no momentum coming into the weekend. Arsenal are in shambles after yet another terrible transfer window. Bournemouth, on the other hand, have scored just once in three straight losses. Playing at home, Arsenal need a big performance from Alexis Sanchez and new boy Alexandre Lacazette.

Latest odds: Arsenal: 1/3, Bournemouth: 7/1, Draw 17/4

Brighton vs. West Brom

Has there been a team more surprising than West Brom? Okay, maybe Huddersfield, but the Baggies aren’t far off. West Brom have secured seven points from nine and have kept two clean sheets in the process. Brighton still haven’t scored this season, and the club scrambled for more attacking players on transfer deadline day. Will it help? Maybe, but West Brom are better than many will give them credit for.

Latest odds: Brighton to win: 8/5, West Brom to win: 15/8, Draw: 2/1

Everton vs. Tottenham

Will Wayne Rooney play? Some in the media are calling for him to be picked despite his drink-driving charge this week. One thing is for sure, Everton need him. The striker has tallied both of Everton’s goals this term, and no one else has looked likely of scoring. Tottenham aren’t the team they were last term, but a frantic end to the transfer window should help them. Are they top four material? Time will tell, but it’s hard to say they upgraded the team in the offseason.

Latest odds: Everton to win: 11/4, Tottenham to win: 1/1, Draw: 12/5

Leicester vs. Chelsea

The last two Premier League champions will do battle in Leicester, and both teams need wins for different reasons. Leicester have secured just three points, and the Foxes need to distance themselves from the bottom of the table already. Meanwhile Chelsea need to keep pace with the title contenders. Alvaro Morata is in good form for Chelsea, and has already tallied two goals this season.

Latest odds: Leicester to win: 7/2, Chelsea to win: 8/11, Draw: 11/4

Southampton vs Watford

Two teams on five points, and both clubs have potential to cause problems for the top sides in the division. Neither side have lost this term after three matches. Watford look to have found two gems in coach Marco Silva and forward Richarlison. Of course, Southampton have quality in their side too, and the Saints were able to retain the services of Virgil van Dijk.

Latest odds: Southampton to win: 3/5, Watford to win: 17/4, Draw: 3/1

Stoke vs. Manchester United

Manchester United have set the pace for teams in the Premier League this term. The Red Devils have been flying high behind the goals of Romelu Lukaku (three). Stoke have shown fight, beating Arsenal and drawing with West Brom. Although they will put up resistance, Manchester United should be far too powerful.

Latest odds: Stoke to win: 6/1, Manchester United to win: 1/2, Draw: 3/1

Burnley vs. Crystal Palace

Taking points from Chelsea and Tottenham has put Burnley in a great position in this young season, and fans should be excited about the team’s prospects. On the other hand, Crystal Palace are terrible, and the team haven’t scored yet this season. Frank de Boer is on the hot seat and has one game to save his job. A loss to Burnley and the club will cut ties with the sack race leader.

Latest odds: Burnley to win: 5/4, Crystal Palace 23/10: Draw: 11/5

Swansea vs. Newcastle

Another fixture featuring potential Premier League strugglers. Swansea are just one point above Newcastle in the table. Both teams need wins to stave off the chance of an early relegation dogfight. This match probably won’t be pretty, and managers Paul Clement and Rafael Benitz will go head to head tactically to get the best of the other. Swansea should debut Renato Sanches, which will be quite exciting, even if the on-field product isn’t.

Latest odds: Swansea to win: 13/10, Newcastle to win: 21/10, Draw: 9/4

West Ham vs. Huddersfield

The weekend’s final game takes place on Monday as West Ham host Huddersfield. The Hammers have been dreadful despite spending quite a lot of money in the offseason. Slaven Biic is under pressure, and anything less than a win against the newly promoted side will probably see him sacked. Huddersfield have been playing well, and the team have been a breath of fresh air in the Premier League. Huddersfield’s defence has been perfect keeping three clean sheets in three matches. Throwing another shut out wouldn’t be a surprise on Monday night.

Latest odds: West Ham to win: 17/20, Huddersfield to win: 16/5, Draw: 5/2

* All odds courtesy of bet365.

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Manchester United set the early Premier League pace

Three match weeks have been played in the English Premier League, and one thing is for certain: anyone can be beaten. Well, almost anyone, as Manchester United have recorded the only 100% record this term.

The Red Devils spent over £147 million on three players, and so far, things have come up roses for Jose Mourinho’s side. Big summer signing Romelu Lukaku has tallied three goals this term, and leads the Premier League in goal scoring. The Belgian is 9/4 to finish the season as top scorer, according to Bet365. Meanwhile, Manchester United are 9/4 to win the league title, second only to city rivals Manchester City.

Pep Guardiola’s men have once again spent heavily, and over £200 million went on new recruits during the transfer window. The team’s defence still doesn’t look completely water tight despite adding a new goalkeeper and two new full-backs. Despite City dropping points at home to Everton in week 2, the team are still expected to win the Premier League. Bet365 has the club at odds of 7/5. The team’s clash against high-flying Liverpool on September 9th will be an early indication, if Manchester City have a legitimate chance of winning the league.

Speaking of Liverpool, Jurgen Klopp’s team have looked very exciting in their opening three matches. The Reds have scored eight goals and absolutely humiliated Arsene Wenger and Arsenal in game week 3. Mohamed Salah looks like the best signing of the transfer window as he has been electrifying on Liverpool’s right side. Liverpool are 10/1 favourites to lift the title. A win at Manchester City and the Reds odds could lower.

Last season’s runners-up, Tottenham, spent the summer selling several players without replacing them until the last minute. The club didn’t upgrade their attack either, and so far, the team’s four points from a possible nine show the team have regressed in the early stages. Spurs are 14/1 to win the title, and with the players that left and the inability of the team to add high-quality players to compete for positions, Tottenham should struggle this term.

Reigning champions Chelsea were beaten 3-2 by Burnley at Stamford Bridge on opening day. However, a win away to Tottenham and a win at home against Everton followed. The Blues have pulled themselves together, and look likely of pushing to the top of the table for the title once more. Unlike last season, the Blues will be playing in Europe, and that could affect their plight for the Premier League trophy.

At the foot of the table sits three teams without points. Bournemouth, Crystal Palace and West Ham are propping up the standings, and two of which have already considered sacking their manager. West Ham spent heavily in the transfer window adding Joe Hart, Pablo Zabaleta and Javier Hernandez. According to reports, manager Slaven Bilic has already “thrown in the towel”, but the Hammers are still 4/1 to get relegated. Bilic is 3/1 to be sacked next.

Crystal Palace manager Frank de Boer is also under pressure. The former Inter manager is 1/2 to be sacked next as Palace have gone without scoring this term. His attempt at an Ajax revolution hasn’t worked as yet. Palace are 13/8 to go down this season.

Huddersfield, who are 7/4 to be relegated, have started the season surprisingly well. The Terriers have taken seven points from nine and the club face off with struggling West Ham on September 11th with a chance to give themselves even more breathing space from the drop zone.

This season’s Premier League has been very much on the front foot. After three match weeks, 73 goals have been scored. Manchester United have looked the brightest, but will the team’s attack burn out before May?

* All odds courtesy of bet365.

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The Championship – Five matches into the marathon

Although just five matches have been played in the Championship, fans have got a taste of what is to come over the marathon season the 24 teams will endure. So far, the division’s heavy hitters have come good, with Cardiff City leading the way and big-spending Wolverhampton Wanderers winning 10 of 15 points.

Based on early season betting, Bet365 has placed Wolverhampton as the front runners to win the Championship. The club’s new(ish) Chinese owners have brought in a Portuguese revolution led by former Valencia and Porto boss Nuno Espirito Santo. The move by Wolves has flown in the face of the typical Championship managerial appointment. Most teams hire coaches with experience of (just) getting out of the division. However, Wolves have gone with a man that has experience at two of the biggest clubs on the continent. According to Wolves’ chairman Jeff Shi, Wanderers are well ahead of schedule in the ownerships’ plans, and are 11/8 just to secure promotion this term.

Current Championship leaders Cardiff are 13/2 to win the second division. Manager Neil Warnock has won a perfect 15 points from 15. Junior Hoilett is in his second season with the Blue Birds and has had a great start to the campaign. The Canadian leads the Championship with three assists to go along with one goal after five matches. Warnock has got seven previous teams promoted, and Cardiff are 9/4 just to reach promotion, according to Bet365.

Perhaps the real surprise in this young season are second place Ipswich, newly promoted Sheffield United (currently in fifth), and sixth place Nottingham Forest. Ipswich’s great start has been helped by top scorer Joe Garner (three). The Tractor Boys’ great start has been unexpected and the team are at odds of 40/1 to win the league outright. Veteran manager Mick McCarthy has been at the helm of Ipswich since 2012, and despite his 37% win rate, the club have stood by him. At 14/1 to get promotion, the team are expected to slip down the table as the year wears on.

Sheffield United are also at 40/1 odds to win the league. The team is very attack-minded, but thus far, the Blades have only scored five goals this term. Nottingham Forest barely stayed in the division last season, but have started Mark Warburton’s first full season in charge quite well. Warburton is getting the most out of his limited players after five matches, but life in the Championship is very up and down. With 33/1 odds to win the Championship outright, Forest are long shots to top the league.

At the other end, it has been a disappointing start for newly promoted Bolton Wanderers. The team haven’t won yet, and have given up the second most goals after five matches (10). Wanderers are 4/6 to get relegated, and being cash-strapped hasn’t helped Bolton. After finishing in 10th last term, Brentford have begun the term badly. Like Bolton, the Bees are yet to secure a win this season. Player turnover could undo the team this term as 16 players were either sold or released in the offseason. Brentford are expected to retain their Championship status and are listed at 8/1 odds to be relegated.

Norwich City have also started the season poorly, securing four points from 15. The club were thought to be promotion contenders, but now it looks like the team could be working to simply stave off the drop. Currently 20/1 to be relegated, Norwich, like Brentford, should improve this term to remain in the division.

The Championship is not a sprint and few good weeks, or bad, could change a team’s fortunes. Promotion to the Premier League is lucrative and the three teams that can hold their nerve will be reward next summer.

* All odds courtesy of bet365.

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Champions League Preview: Group E – Group H

Groups E through H will showcase some former winners of the Champions League in Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, along with the two-time reigning Cup holders Real Madrid. The four groups have some very intriguing ties on tap, and an underdog or two could qualify for the knockout stages.

Group E

Liverpool headline group E and many pundits have already professed this group to be a walk in the park for the five-time winners. Sevilla, Maribor and Spartak Moscow round out the group. Although Liverpool look like the class of group E with their brilliant attack, Sevilla should never be looked past. The Spaniards defeated Liverpool in the Europa League final in 2016, and winning on home soil isn’t hard to believe. Maribor and Spartak aren’t expected to do much. Perhaps a berth in the Europa League as a top third place finisher could be the best either side can hope for in the group stage. Both teams could be a bit more difficult than expected as Liverpool and Sevilla must travel to eastern Europe to face off with them. Could either Maribor or Spartak upset one of the big two?

Odds to win the group: Liverpool 4/7, Sevilla 15/8, Spartak 9/1, NK Maribor 50/1

Group F

On the face of it, Manchester City will be expected to walk through group F. However, Feyenoord, Napoli and Shakhtar Donetsk will offer stiff competition against Pep Guardiola’s side. City have once again spent big, but the team’s performances in the Premier League thus far, shouldn’t fill anyone with confidence they can win the Champions League. The defence is supposed to be better this term, but that will be determined against free-flowing Napoli on October 17. The Italians will be reliant on Dries Mertens to get the goals, and Napoli do not have the fire power that City possesses. Feyenoord are the reigning Dutch champions, and the team have started the league season well with nine points from nine. Meanwhile Shakhtar are leading the way in Ukraine, but the competition in Europe will far exceed anything they have faced this term.

Odds to win the group: Manchester City 8/15, Napoli 13/5, Shakhtar 8/1, Feyenoord 14/1

Group G

Group G looks like the most exciting group in the Champions League, and perhaps, the hardest to pick. Germany’s high-fliers RB Leipzig are entering their first voyage in Europe. In just their second top-flight season, Leipzig could cause a stir and make it to the knockout stages. The team have kept all their core players and they will be gunning to knock off the more established sides. France’s Monaco are also in group G. Despite selling numerous players from last season’s Ligue 1 winning team, Monaco have replaced those parts and have looked electric on the domestic side thus far. Their recent 6-1 mauling of Marseille was proof Monaco are still just as good as ever. Porto are the most established side in the group, but the 2004 winners aren’t the same team they were just a few seasons ago. New manager Sergio Conceicao is expected to get the team back to the top of Portugal, and a Champions League run could suffer for that to happen. Besiktas are being treated as an afterthought in this group and it is unknow whether the Turkish team can hang with the fast-paced teams in the group.

Odds to win the group: Monaco 5/4, RB Leipzig 5/2, Porto 11/4, Besiktas 8/1

Group H

The final group of the Champions League looks like an exciting one. Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, APOEL and Tottenham Hotspur make up this group of death. One big side, sorry APOEL, will be going home after the group stages. Tottenham have been awful at Wembley, and Spurs will be calling it home during the Champions League. Madrid are a force, and have put together one of the most talented teams ever. Their only problem could be depth as the team looks a little thin if injuries occur. Dortmund have a new coach, Peter Bosz, and the team have been very exciting to watch under him. The players look reinvigorated with Bosz at the helm compared to last year under Thomas Tuchel. Poor APOEL will be the whipping boys in the group and three big clubs will be battling it out for just two places.

Odds to win the group: Real Madrid 2/5, Borussia Dortmund 15/4, Tottenham 9/2, APOEL Nicosia 250/1

* All odds courtesy of bet365.

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Champions League Preview: Group A – Group D

The Champions League 2017 kicks off on September 12th and 13th as teams across Europe begin the tournament proper. Real Madrid have won the last two Champions League tournaments, but can the Spanish giants make it three in a row?

This year’s tournament has thrown up some interesting match ups in the group stages, and a big name could find themselves out of the competition early on.

Group A

Group A features the return to the competition of Manchester United, who qualified for the Champions League by virtue of winning the Europa League last season. The Red Devils will be up against Portugal’s Benfica, Basel from Switzerland and CSKA Moscow. On paper, the Red Devils should really go through, but under the surface, group A looks a little more challenging. Bookmakers have Manchester United and Benfica coming out of this group while Basel and CSKA are expected to struggle. If United can continue the good defensive form they have shown in the Premier League, they should have no difficulty in moving to the knockout stages.

Odds to win the group:  Manchester United: 4/11, Benfica: 7/2, Basel: 12/1, CSKA Moscow: 12/1

Group B

Group B features two former Champions League winners in Bayern Munich and Celtic (when it was the European cup). The group is rounded out by Paris Saint-Germain and Anderlecht. Bayern are the big hitters in group B, but the arrival of Neymar at PSG has many believing this will be the Parisian club’s year to win the trophy. PSG are good, but winning the European cup takes more than one expensive player. Celtic and Anderlecht don’t have the expensive talent that the other two sides have, but that doesn’t mean either will be a pushover. Yes, there are long odds on them topping the group, and Bayern’s strength should prove too much. The real fireworks will come on September 27 when Bayern travel to Paris to play PSG. The two will play again on December 5 in their last match of the group stages in Munich. Top of group B could be up for grabs on the final day.

Odds to win the group:  Bayern Munich: 4/5, PSG: 10/11, Anderlecht: 66/1, Celtic: 66/1

Group C

Group C is a possible group of death with Atletico Madrid, Chelsea, Roma and Qarabag making it up. Atletico have been under a transfer ban and could find the competition difficult without any new, fresh players until January. The team have started the La Liga season in decent form, gaining four points from a possible six. Chelsea have been a bit up and down already, losing to Burnley at home before winning against Tottenham and Everton. Perhaps they have sorted themselves out, but could find playing in the Champions League difficult after being out of the tournament a season ago. Roma have overhauled their squad with plenty of new faces, but the Italians should challenge for qualification to the knockout stage. Qarabag are the unknown team after qualify in the playoff round. The team from Azerbaijan have been on a tremendous upward trajectory, but beating any of the three other teams in the group may be unlikely.

Odds to win the group:  Chelsea: 11/10, Atletico: 11/8, Roma: 4/1, Qarabag: 100/1

Group D

The finalists from 2015, Barcelona and Juventus, will meet in group D. They will be joined by Sporting and Olympiakos. Barcelona were shaken up in the offseason with the sale of Neymar. However, the club have tried to reinvest their money into talented attackers. Ousmane Dembele and Paulinho have both arrived to fill the void. Barcelona will get tested right from the start as the Catalans battle Juventus on matchday 1. Juventus have also been shaken up heading into the season as the club lost veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci. A host of new players have arrived, but can the Bianconeri return to the heights they experienced in 2015? Sporting and Olympiakos will be expected to just make up the numbers. No one is expecting either to make it through, and a good third place finish could get one of them into the Europa League after the New Year.

Odds to win the group:  Barcelona: 4/6, Juventus: 6/5, Sporting: 33/1, Olympiakos: 100/1

* All odds courtesy of bet365.

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World Cup Qualifiers – Make or break time on the road to Russia

There is less than a year until the 2018 World Cup in Russia kicks off, but there are plenty places left to be sorted out. Three teams have booked their tickets to Russia for next summer. Of course, Russia will be there and they will be joined by Brazil and Iran.

This week’s World Cup qualifiers see several big matches taking place with a berth in Russia at stake. Will France or the Netherlands catch Sweden? Can the Australians find form in Japan? Can Lionel Messi inspire Argentina to victory after sputtering through qualification? A lot of questions will be answered this week.

France vs. The Netherlands

The biggest World Cup qualifier of the week in Europe sees group A’s second and third place teams battling. France sit level on points with first place Sweden, but sit second on goal difference. The Dutch are currently three points back of France and Sweden and desperately need to gain points. Arguably, France have the superior squad and will have the luxury of playing in Paris. The French won the reverse fixture in Amsterdam last October, 1-0. Expect a tight affair with just three qualifiers to play after this contest.

Latest odds:
France to win: 8/15, Netherlands to win: 13/2, Draw: 16/5

Japan vs. Australia

The Japanese are on the brink of World Cup qualification, but a loss to the Australians could change everything. One point separates the two counties along with Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, the United Arab Emirates are right behind all three. Both Japan and Australia could qualify directly from this stage of Asian confederation qualifying, but they could also find themselves having to battle through the fourth qualifying stage. Japan and Australia drew in their last meeting in Melbourne in October. Since then, Japan have reeled off three wins and a draw while the Aussies have drawn two and won two matches. Keep in mind the Australian domestic season doesn’t start until October while the Japanese J League is currently in the middle of its term. Playing in Saitama should help Japan in this one.

Latest odds:
Japan to win: 4/5, Australia to win: 18/5, Draw: 13/5

Greece vs. Estonia

Greece are fighting for qualification and may need to go the route of the playoffs to get to Russia. The Greeks need points to reach the playoffs, however. Currently on 12 points, Greece needs a win over Estonia to be one of the best second place teams in UEFA. Greece won the reverse fixture 2-0, and had little difficulty in recording the win. Currently four points behind group H leaders Belgium, Greece could narrow the gap at the top of the standings on September 3rd when they battle the Belgians in Piraeus. However, the Greeks need a win on home soil against Estonia first.

Latest odds:
Greece to win: 2/5, 
Estonia to win: 11/1, Draw: 10/3

Uruguay vs. Argentina

Could Argentina miss out on the 2018 World Cup? Currently in fifth place (inter-confederation playoff place), Argentina trail fourth place Chile by one point. The Argentines have won just six of 14 qualifiers, and bizarrely lost to Bolivia in their last match in qualification. Third place Uruguay sit one point above the Argentines, and they too lost their last match; 2-1, to Peru. Argentina won the reverse fixture just under a year ago, but that was on home soil. The Uruguayans will have a ruckus crowd behind them when both teams take to the pitch in Montevideo. Luis Suarez should be in the starting XI for Uruguay, while Lionel Messi will be kitted out for Argentina.

Latest odds:
Uruguay to win: 23/10, Argentina to win: 6/5, Draw:9/4 

* Latest odds courtesy of bet365.

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Europa League – 5 teams most likely to win the competition

The Europa League may be considered Europe’s second major club football tournament, but year after year, the competition excites fans across the continent. Unlike the Champions League, the Europa League is far more wide-open and thanks to its unpredictability, the tournament can be a lot more fun to watch than the Champions League throughout the season.

Last year saw Manchester United win the competition while five-time champions Sevilla took the spoils the previous year. Of course, when the teams eliminated from the Champions League join the fray after Christmas, the entire tournament changes. But for now, who are the bookies’ favourites to lift the prestigious trophy?

High Five

AC Milan

AC Milan have spent more than €200 million on new players this summer, and so far, the club have navigated the tricky waters of Europa League qualification superbly. The team are also playing well in Serie A with two wins from two matches. New captain Leonardo Bonucci has brought a cool, calm presence to the club, while Ricardo Rodriguez, Mateo Musacchio and Andrea Conti have solidified the team’s backline. Milan have a huge roster right now, which can help it battle in both the Europa League and Serie A. The only real question is, do the Rossoneri have enough striking options to win the competition?

Odds To win: 7/1


A few weeks ago, Arsenal looked likely of being a top contender to win the tournament. However, after three weeks of Premier League matches, the team have failed to look like a potential champion. A lot will ride on whether or not Alexis Sanchez stays or goes; and who the team can bring in to replace him. Alexandre Lacazette looks like the real deal, but Arsenal’s midfield has been poor. A strong performance in the Europa League seems unlikely right now.

Odds To win: 8/1 

Athletic Bilbao

Athletic have been in the Europa League for seven of the last nine seasons, and typically put up a strong fight. In 2011-12, Athletic were the beaten finalists, losing to Atletico Madrid. Spanish teams have won eight of the last 14 Europa League tournaments. The countries clubs just do well in the competition. Athletic will be very talented and last season’s top scorer Aritz Aduriz is back despite being 36-years old. The team didn’t make it out of the group stages last term, but Athletic have a winnable group with Hertha Berlin being their only real competition on paper.

Odds To win: 25/1 


Everton have spent heavily to assemble a very good squad that can challenge for a Champions League place in the Premier League. Wayne Rooney, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen have all arrived this summer; and Everton have started the Premier League well. The Toffees biggest problem in the Europa League is the group of death the team were drawn in. Serie A’s Atalanta, France’s Lyon and Cypriot team Apollon Limassol will make it a very difficult task to qualify. Everton’s group E is the most difficult group in the competition.

Odds To win: 25/1 


Villarreal should have no difficulty getting out of group A. The team have added striker Carlos Bacca, who should get plenty of goals this term. Like Athletic, Villarreal will have more of an opportunity to win the Europa League than Spain’s La Liga. Villarreal’s best performance in the Europa League was in 2015-16 when the team made it to the semifinals, a feat they did twice previously since 2000. Once the team get into the knockout round, their progression will depend on the luck of the draw.

Odds To win: 25/1

Odds quoted courtesy of bet365.

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English Premier League week 3 betting preview

English Premier League week 3 is about to kick off and the two-match day weekend will be highlighted by Arsenal’s trip to Anfield. Liverpool haven’t lost in four straight matches against Arsenal, but winning after a midweek Champions League game could strain Liverpool’s squad.

Following this weekend’s action, the Premier League will see an international break until September 9th. Eight Premier League teams are currently undefeated, but will they stay that way after week 3? Let’s look at six choice cuts for English Premier League week 3.

Liverpool vs. Arsenal

Liverpool haven’t lost to Arsenal in their last four meetings, and the Reds look electric in attack this term. Although Liverpool do look great going forward with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah, the team’s defence is still shaky. Arsenal’s new signing Alexandre Lacazette could exploit Dejan Lovren and Albero Moreno – if he’s in the side.

Best Odds:
Liverpool to win: 6/5 William Hill
Arsenal to win: 5/2 Betfred
Draw: 14/5 Betfair

Chelsea vs. Everton

Chelsea are coming off an improved performance in week 2 after beating Tottenham, 2-1. Meanwhile, Everton remain undefeated as the Toffees took points off of Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. Wayne Rooney is playing his best football in years, as the recently returned Everton striker has scored in his first two matches back. Chelsea are undefeated in their last 23 home matches against Everton.

Best Odds:
Chelsea to win: 4/9 Paddy Power, Betfred
Everton to win: 15/2 Betfair
Draw: 18/5 Betfair

Manchester United vs. Leicester

Manchester United have been brilliant in the early season and the team’s stars are really shining brightly. Romelu Lukaku has scored three of the team’s eight total goals. On the other hand, Leicester look to have rebounded from a poor season last term. Despite losing to Arsenal on opening day, the Foxes looked mighty impressive against Brighton in week 2. Jamie Vardy leads the way in scoring with two goals already.

Best Odds:
Manchester United to win: 1/3 Bet Victor
Leicester to win: 10/1 Betfair
Draw: 9/2 Betfair

Bournemouth vs. Manchester City

Bournemouth have started the season poorly. The team are not only winless, but the Cherries haven’t scored in two matches. Manchester City dropped points to Everton last weekend, and looked poor for much of the 90 minutes. Despite all the money spent, the team’s goalkeeping doesn’t look any better than it did before. However, the team still has an embarrassment of riches in all positions.

Best Odds:
Bournemouth to win: 10/1 Bet Victor
Manchester City to win: 1/3 Betfred, Paddy Power
Draw: 5/1 Bet Victor

Tottenham vs. Burnley

Tottenham have won their last five home matches against Burnley, but keep in mind, Spurs now call Wembley home. Spurs have lost seven out of their last nine matches at Wembley and with the way the Premier League has started, there is no reason Burnley can’t upset them. Burnley defeated Chelsea in week 1 before losing in week 2 to West Brom. One thing is for sure already, any team can have points taken off them.

Best Odds:
Tottenham to win: 1/4 Bet Victor
Burnley to win: 14/1 Bet Victor
Draw: 11/2 Betfair

Crystal Palace vs. Swansea

Say what you will, but this fixture is an early six-pointer. Neither side has started well this term and neither team has scored a goal yet. Swansea have just sold their best player, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and the team look like relegation fodder. Palace need a win to keep Frank de Boer’s head above water, and both teams desperately need three points.

Best Odds:
Crystal Palace to win: 20/21 Bet VictorBetfair
Swansea to win: 7/2 Betfair
Draw: 5/2 Paddy Power 

UEFA Champions League Winner: Who has the best odds to lift the cup?

The Champions League group stage draw is complete and 32 teams now know their group game fate. The tournament’s group stage will kick off on September 12th and before long, 32 teams will be whittled down to 16.

Real Madrid are the reigning Champions League title holders and have won three of the last four competitions. The team have already secured the UEFA Super Cup and the Spanish Super Cup this term; and Madrid will be gunning for yet another European title. Thirty-one other teams will hope they can knock off the cup holders, but will any of them have a shot at beating out the 12-time champions?

The Big Four

Real Madrid 

Real Madrid have been eyed by bookmakers as the favourite of the tournament, and why not? The team have arguably the best player in the world – Cristiano Ronaldo – and the team are incredibly strong in all positions. Madrid were able to let midfielder James Rodriguez go to Bayern Munich, Danilo to Manchester City and will most likely sell Mateo Kovacic, yet the club are still stacked with talent. Ronaldo finished last Champions League as the top scorer, so adding him to a betting slip finish top again this term would be a clever piece of wagering.

Real Madrid to win 4/1 Bet Victor, Paddy Power
Ronaldo Top Goal Scorer 6/1 bet365


Beaten in the quarterfinals last year by Juventus, Barcelona look to be at the end of a player cycle. The team will still challenge for the Spanish title and be tough to beat in the Champions League, but Barcelona don’t look as strong as they did a few years ago. Of course, Lionel Messi is still the main man, but Neymar has joined Paris Saint-Germain for an incredible €222 million. The club are attempting to replace him, but the addition of Paulinho does little to make up for the loss. Neymar led the Champions League in assists last term, and he teed up Messi for quite a few of his 11 goals.

Barcelona to win 7/1 Bet Victor

Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich have all the makings of a team that can win the Champions League. Last term, the Germans just came up against a much stronger Madrid side, and were dumped from the tournament. This year could be different as Bayern look as cool and clinical as ever. Carlo Ancelotti is one of the best coaches in Europe, and his attack, anchored by Robert Lewandowski, is one of the most potent in the competition. Bayern will make it deep into the tournament, whether they can get past the quarters will be the biggest question.

Bayern Munich to win 7/1 Betfred

Paris Saint-Germain 

With the arrival of Neymar as PSG’s main attacker, plenty of football pundits believe it could be the Parisians’ season in Europe. No French team have won the Champions League since 1992-93, and PSG could be the first now that they have Neymar. One player won’t completely change the team’s fortunes, however. PSG may have to dump a few players, good players, to justify his signing with UEFA’s Financial Fair Play. Angel Di Maria is already one casualty and more are expected in the next week. PSG had a brilliant chance to make it to the quarterfinals last season, but the team experienced the greatest capitulation in Champions League history as they gave up six goals in the second leg. Coach Unai Emery, for all of his tactical knowhow, shouldn’t feel bettors with excitement as he leads the team forward.

Paris St Germain to win 15/2 888 Sport

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