Curse you Arsenal.
As the Gunners struggled against lowly West Ham, we were unfortunately one leg short on our multi last week. But our return to form is more than just a flash in the pan!
Here we go again with our weekend tips!
Brighton vs Manchester United – United to win @ 1.78
The start of gameweek 3 sees Manchester United travel to Brighton, in a game ever so important to the Red Devils outlook on the 2020/21 season. Despite Brighton’s strong win last weekend, their 3-1 defeat to a poor Chelsea performance at the AMEX on Gameweek 1 still proves that they may be fair way off consistently competing against the top sides. Ole Gunnar Solskjær will be under a lot of pressure to pick a strong outfit and to ultimately get three points, getting their season up and running. He has also never lost to Brighton as manager of United, with his side scoring eight goals and conceding just two, earning Solskjær nine points along the way. We think this game will follow similar fashion. 1 unit seems right here.
Manchester City Vs Leicester City – Kevin De Bruyne – Anytime Goalscorer @ 2.85
Having spent much of 2019/20 in a central midfield trio, the Belgian was deployed as an out-and-out number 10 against Wolves. Nathan Aké made his City Premier League debut meaning, despite Aymeric Laporte missing the game, that Fernandinho was free to return to midfield, where he formed a defensive patrol alongside Rodrigo. This pushed KdB further up the pitch where had so much succes against one of the leagues best defences that Pep will likely stick with this formula. It is not like he has much choice too with Aguero, Bernardo Silva & Gundogan all ruled out.Manchester City go into this as 1.3 favourites at home with a coin flip whether they score 3 goals or not. Considering his more advanced position, the penalty taking responsibilities, Wilfred Ndidi certainly out & Jonny Evans questionable, we’re betting on KdB scoring. 1.5 units for this one.
If you’re feeling adventurous, try De Bruyne @ 7.2 for 1st Goalscorer. We’d only put half a unit on this.
West Ham Vs Wolves – Wolves to win @ 2.07
West Ham welcome Wolves to the London Stadium this coming Monday in a fixture which has seen Wolves win the last four meetings between these two without conceding a goal. The Hammers will have been encouraged by their performance in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Arsenal last time out after a dismal showing in their 2-0 loss to Newcastle on the opening day of the season. However Nuno Espirito’s side simply look a cut above, comfortably dispatching an organised Sheff Utd in their first game and, after a poor start, more than matching Manchester City for long periods before succumbing to a 3-1 defeat in Gamesweek 2. In Raul Jimenez they have a top striker, their midfield oozes quality and the midweek acquisition of full back Nelson Semedo from Barcelona more than plugs the gap left by the sale of Matt Doherty to Tottenham last month. With all this in mind the 2.05 offered on Wolves looks decent value. We’ll plonk 2 units on this one.
Fulham vs Aston Villa – Draw No Bet – Aston Villa @ 1.75
In a match between two teams that the public and bookmakers expect to be fighting relegation, we can expect an attacking contest by both teams wanting to grab three points whilst they have the opportunity. Coming off two losses to open the season in which they conceded 7 goals, Fulham look shaky at best in defence. Against Arsenal in their first match, they looked woeful with no creative spark whatsoever and wobbly defensive play. Against Leeds last week, we saw the high scoring affair we mentioned earlier; two promoted teams playing attacking football, desperate for the three points. Unfortunately for Fulham, this ended in defeat.Villa come off a 1-0 win against a very stout Sheffield defence. Sheffield saw red early and played an incredibly defensive style – this didn’t stop Villa scoring from a set piece and taking the victory. Further, new goalkeeper Emi Martinez showed his quality, denying Sheffield a goal with a great penalty save. We think that Villa’s new attack of Jack Grealish, Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore will be too much for Fulham’s defence, and we’re taking the Draw No Bet market here meaning that our stake will be refunded if the match is a draw.
Hellas Verona vs Udinese – Verona to win @ 2.75
Hellas started their season strongly with a draw against Roma at home. However, that has been upgraded to a 3-0 win after Roma named 23 year old Amadou Diawara to the under 22 portion of their playing squad. They now face Udinese at home off the back of this ‘win’. Le Zebrette are yet to play in Serie A but if their pre-season form is anything to go by, it’ll be another tough season. They are set to lose star Argentine midfielder Rodrigo De Paul to Leeds United and they have not finished in the top half of the table since former Barcelona and current Inter Milan star Alexis Sanchez was their talisman. Even if De Paul plays against Hellas, we expect the Venetians to take a win here. 1 unit is fair here.
Dallas Stars vs Tampa Bay Lightning – Asian Total – Under 5.5 @ 1.64
Coming into Game 4 of the NHL’s Stanley Cup, the bookies have the Lightning as favourites to win the match. We think the Stars may well have a good chance, but it’ll be a close one. Having lost 2-5 in Game 3, we are confident that the Stars will look to slow the play and run out a more tactical, clinical battle. Teams scored 6+ only twice in the Conference Finals, and so far only once in the final match-up. Expect both teams to clamp down on defence, as they battle with conflicting motives. The Stars are desperate to keep their net empty as they look to climb out of a 2-1 series deficit, while the Lightning would love to go 3-1 up in a convincing win. Either way, we expect few goals. 2 units is right for this one.
UFC 253 – Israel Adesanya vs Paulo Costa – Adesanya to win @ 1.53
The UFC returns to Fight Island with a top tier match-up. The undefeated Nigerian comes in as a heavy favourite for good reason. Adesanya is 19-0-0, comes with devastating knockout power, and is very likely to take care of business in less than three rounds, so you might want to get in on the Under, too. Adesanya has made a mission of facing every top contender in the division, and has not missed a step. Costa is also undefeated at 13-0-0, and will look to make the fight a contest, but we can’t see a scenario where the Brazilian walks away with a W. We’ll go with 3 units here!
Arizona Cardinals vs. Detroit Lions – Handicap (incl. Overtime) – Arizona Cardinals -4.5 @ 1.81
Arizona take on the Lions at home after winning their opening two matches against 2020 Super Bowl participants San Francisco and defensively stout Washington. With their new-look, powerful offense – including All-Pro receiver DeAndre Hopkins, star quarterback Kyler Murray and exciting running back Kenyan Drake – they’ve had no trouble putting up points early against strong defensive lineups. Enter the Detroit Lions, a team who has given up 27 points to Mitch Trubisky’s Bears and a massive 42 points to Green Bay on the road in recent weeks. The Cardinals are slated for 30.5 points according to our team total line (which is also a tempting play) and we don’t see the Lions and their uninspired defense getting within 4.5 points of this Cardinals offense on home turf. 2 units on this one.
Multi odds – 231.02*
*Odds correct at time of writing
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