MA17 CTY v MA17 UTD

Forget the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup. Thursday 23rd November see’s the most important match-up of the season, when Man City take on Man Utd in an unlikely fixture at Wychwood Park near Crewe.

For anyone wishing to show their undying support for either of the two Manchester clubs, it’s an opportunity to put your money where your mouth is and purchase either of these novelty car registration plates.

Both plates are listed for auction with a guide price of £700, but my guess is they’ll sell for a lot more than that. The question is which will reach the highest price. The outcome is sure to prove once and for all, which of the 2 clubs is the best supported team in Manchester and provide fans with bragging rights for many years to come.

With their huge pay packets, players often struggle to spend all the money they earn, so what better way could they find than to adorn their Bentley, Aston Martin or Ferrari with such a plate and show their allegiance to their club?

Going into the match-up Manchester United hold the advantage, as their lot will come up for sale after that of Manchester City’s, so they’ll know the price they have to beat, when bidding in this one off event.

Details of the auction can be found at http://www.dvlaauction.co.uk/index.php/live-auction/. The event will be streamed live, exclusively from the DVLA webcam (unless there’s a bidding war between Sky Sorts and BT Sports to screen it live).

If you wish to bid for either plate, you can do so either in person, by going to the auction or via phone, Internet, sms or absentee bid.

Bear in Mind that either plate can only be put on a car that’s registered on or after March 2017. It is illegal to alter the spacing on car registration plates to make numbers look more like letters.

 

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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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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