Live Match Preview – Manchester United v Everton

Sunday’s second live game sees Everton take on Manchester United at Old Trafford and the big talking point is bound to be Wayne Rooney’s return to the club he scored 253 goals for in all competitions. He came off after 66 minutes on Thursday night in Everton’s Europa cup tie against Atalanta, but I’m sure he’ll be desperate to play against his old team.

United have been fairly dominate in the fixture over the past 10 years, winning 7, drawing 2 and losing just 1, although if you narrow it down to the fixtures since Sir Alex Ferguson retired, they’ve been much less convincing, with just 2 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat, with last season being a 1-1 draw.

Man Utd have come flying out of the blocks this season and are currently top of the table, on goal difference, from Manchester City, although last weekend they could only manage a draw at Stoke City. Their home form has been impressive, with 2 wins, 6 goals scored and no goals conceded.

Everton on the other hand come into the game on the back of two 3-0 defeats. They started the season in fine form, with a home win against Stoke, followed by a point at Manchester City, but they’ve gone off the boil since then and I can’t see them getting the same result against City’s Manchester neighbours.

At 4/11 for United to win the match, it’s not a bet I can get excited about, so I’ll be looking around at the other markets for a fun bet, to add a little interest to the game.

Zero or Hero (or both)

With Rooney returning to Man United, I’ve got to be having a look at bets surrounding his performance in the match.

bet365 are offering 15/8 on Rooney to be booked during the game and 20/1 him being sent off. Given the occasion, I think it worth a fun bet on him being booked.

To balance the books I’ll also be backing him to score a goal anytime during the match at odds of 4/1.

Now all I need is him to do is score a goal, take his top off to celebrate and get his name in the ref’s note book.

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Live Match Preview – Chelsea v Arsenal

The first of the two live Premier League games on Sunday see Chelsea at home to Arsenal. Chelsea didn’t get the start they were hoping for in the defence of their title, having 2 players sent off in a 3-2 home defeat to Burnley. Since then things have improved dramatically with 3 wins on the bounce, including a 2-0 win over Everton in their most recent home league game. They also found the back of the net 6 times in the mid-week Champions League match.

Arsenal by contrast, started well enough, coming from behind to beat Leicester in their first match of the season, but followed up with two away defeats, including losing 4-0 at Anfield, which leaves them 19th in the away form table. They bounced back from that heavy defeat with home wins in the league and Champions League, but huge doubts remain over their form away from home.

Despite Chelsea’s defeat on the opening weekend of the season, they’ve still won 16 of their last 18 Premier League games.

Things don’t get much better for Arsenal when we look at recent renewals of the fixture, with Chelsea winning 8 to Arsenal’s 2 from the last 10 encounters at Stamford Bridge. The last 5 have all gone the way of Chelsea and last year they ran out 3-1 winners.

So everything points to a home win and further misery for Arsene Wenger, but despite that Chelsea are 4/5 to win the match, which all things considered, is larger than I thought they’d be.

Other bets to consider are Chelsea / Chelsea in the Half Time / Full Time market at 7/4, or Chelsea and Both Teams To Score at 21/10.

Of the two, I prefer the former, so to give a bit of added interest to watching the match, for my fun bet I’ll be going for a Chelsea win at half time and full time and take the odds of 7/4 with bet365.

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Live Match Preview – Tottenham v Swansea

Saturday’s evening football sees Tottenham take on Swansea at Wembley live on BT Sport. Spurs won their first home game of the season on Wednesday night when they beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 putting an end to their run of games without a win at the home of English football. So, can they now kick on and put to bed their Wembley curse.

They have a perfect home record against Swansea, since the Swans were promoted to the Premier League in 2011. They’ve played 6 times and have won all 6 and last season they had their best win of the lot, beating Swansea 5-0.

The move to Wembley has not been kind to them so far this season, with a defeat to Chelsea and a draw against Burnley, with Burnley’s new signing Chris Wood scoring an injury time equalizer, in his League debut for the club, to deny Spurs the victory they craved. Tottenham currently sit 17th in the home form table and will need to improve upon that, if they’re going to mount any sort of challenge this year.

Swansea have taken 4 points from their first 2 away fixtures, with a 0-0 draw against Southampton, on the opening game of the season, being backed up with a 2-0 victory at Crystal Palace in their last trip on the road.

Despite Spurs record at Wembley not being a patch on what it is at White Hart Lane, I can’t see anything other than a victory for them over Swansea. Harry Kane has found his shooting boots, scoring 2 goals in each of his last 2 games and I expect Tottenham to continue their run of victories over Swansea. Having said that, at current odds of 2/9, it’s not a price I’d be looking to get involved at.

In their 4 previous matches this season there have been either 2 or 3 goals scored and I fancy that run to continue.

bet365 are offering odds of 11/10 on there being 2 or 3 goals, in their Number of Goals in Match market, so to give a bit of added interest to watching the game, that’ll be my fun bet.

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Live Match Preview – Crystal Palace v Southampton

Tomorrow’s lunch time kick-off sees Crystal Palace take on Southampton. Palace have failed to score in 8 of their last 9 Premier League matches and have yet to find the back of the net this season. Their poor start lead to Frank de Boer losing his job at the beginning of the week and Saturday’s fixture is Roy Hodgson’s first match in charge.

Palace’s 2 home matches have seen them lose 3-0 to Huddersfield and 2-0 to Swansea and they currently sit 19th on Home form, ahead of Swansea only on alphabetical order.

Southampton’s goal scoring record is not a lot better, having failed to score in 5 of their last 6 Premier League games and all their goals this season came in a 3-2 win over West Ham. They’ve only played one away match so far, as the game at West Ham was switched to a home game, due to the hosting of the World Athletic Championships at their London Stadium. The one away match resulted in a goalless draw with Huddersfield.

In recent years Palace’s have won 2 and lost 3 of their home matches against Southampton, but significantly the 2 wins came in the last 2 renewals of the fixture, the most recent of which resulted in a 3-0 win to Crystal Palace.

Roy Hodgson hasn’t had a great deal of time to install his style of play on the team, but often when a new manager comes to a club it inspires the players to up their performance and provides a positive impact.

The last time the fixture resulted in a draw was back in 2008, when both teams were in The Championship, but I fancy Palace to get their first point of the season and to me a draw looks the most likely outcome.

My fun bet for the match is the draw, which is currently available at 9/4 with Paddy Power and Betfred.

Live Match Preview – Bournemouth v Brighton

It’s been a poor start to the season for Bournemouth with no points from their first 4 matches and they’re only kept off the bottom of the table by virtue that they’ve scored a goal, where as Crystal Palace are yet to find the back of the net.

In the 2 games they’ve played at home so far this season, they lost rather surprisingly 2 – 0 to Watford; who only managed to finish 1 place above the relegation zone last year, but have started this season much better, currently sitting 4th in the table and 2 -1 to Manchester City, who have also started the season well, but only scored the winning goal in the 6th minute of injury time.

Last year Bournemouth finished a creditable 9th in the table and I’m sure everyone around the club was expecting a better start than they’ve had.

Friday night sees them take on newly promoted Brighton in the game being shown live on Sky Sports. It’ll be the first of 2 games in a week, played between the clubs, as they’ll be doing it all again on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup.

Brighton lost their first 2 matches after promotion to the Premier League, but now seem to have got to grip with things better and they followed up a good away point at Watford (who were down to 10 men for 66 minutes of the match) with their first win in the Premier League, at home to WBA.

In their more recent games at home to Brighton, Bournemouth have held the upper hand with 2 wins and a draw, with the most recent being a 3 -2 win in The Championship in November 2014. A season that saw Bournemouth promoted to the Premier League for the first time in their history and Brighton finish a lowly 20th.

Despite their poor start to the season I fancy Bournemouth to finally get their season started and take all 3 points in the Friday night encounter.

Bournemouth can currently be backed to win at 6/5 with both Paddy Power and Betfair.