This weekend looks another exciting one in the Premier League, with the Merseyside Derby and the first big test for top of the table Arsenal as they travel to Old Trafford.
We preview those games plus Manchester City’s trip to Aston Villa below.
Liverpool gathering momentum
After failing to win their first three games this season it’s likely Jurgen Klopp gave his players a severe dressing down and it seemed to do the trick, with a scintillating 9-0 thumping of Bournemouth followed by a gritty win over Newcastle in midweek.
Liverpool now look to be moving in the right direction and it’s no surprise they head to Goodison Park as the 2/5 favourites to eclipse their Merseyside rivals Everton. The Reds eased to a 4-1 win at Goodison last season before following up with a 2-0 win in the reverse fixture at Anfield. They would take a similar result, and while their talisman Mohamed Salah hasn’t quite been firing in their last two matches, he has a good record against Everton and is 17/20 to find the net. Luis Diaz has scored three goals so far this season, one more than Salah, and is 11/8 to score at anytime.
Everton’s season has got off to a sluggish start. Frank Lampard’s side are yet to win, after three draws and two losses. However, they look a more difficult team to beat than last season and have restricted teams like Chelsea to just a single goal. Despite that fact an Everton clean sheet still looks unlikely at 13/2 and the Toffees are also 13/2 to beat their rivals for the first time since February 2021.
Anthony Gordon has scored on his last two starts and the talented winger is 19/5 to score for the third game in succession.
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More Haaland heroics against Villa?
Premier League defenders must be quaking in their boots at the thought of facing Erling Haaland. Such is the physical presence, power, skill and desire of Manchester City’s new summer signing he already looks as though he could be one of the best strikers to ever grace the Premier League.
Of course, there’s still plenty of work to be done before he reaches those illustrious heights, but a third hattrick in three games would set a serious marker for other strikers in the league as far as this season’s golden boot is concerned. After notching three against Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest last time, the Norwegian is 11/1 to score another hattrick against Aston Villa.
Pep Guardiola’s side look to be hitting top form and a struggling Aston Villa are unlikely to provide much resistance, meaning they come into the game as the overwhelming 7/20 favourites.
Aston Villa have started the season with one win and four losses, leaving manager Steven Gerrard under pressure. While they showed plenty of determination against league leaders Arsenal in midweek, beating City is likely to be a bridge too far, which is reflected in their price of 15/2. If Villa choose to sit deep they could frustrate the champions though, and a draw is priced at 4/1.
United out to dent Arsenal’s perfect record
After several good additions to their squad this transfer window, notably Gabriel Jesus from Manchester City, Arsenal look a team reborn. They are creating plenty of chances up front, but look to have built a solid foundation at the back too, with William Saliba seeming to have established a good partnership with Gabriel at the heart of defence, while Kieran Tierney and Ben White provide plenty of cover at full back.
Mikel Arteta’s side have a good recent record against Manchester United, having won four and only lost once in their last seven meetings. Given the form the Gunners are in it’s slightly surprising there isn’t anything to separate the teams in the betting, with both priced at 8/5 for victory.
Jesus has three goals to his name in the league so far and is 21/20 to add to that tally here.
After a dismal start with three straight losses, which had United fans and pundits alike up in arms, Erik ten Hag has managed to steady the ship, helped by a fine 2-1 win over arch rivals Liverpool. United looked far more solid against Southampton and then Leicester in midweek, and are clearly growing in confidence. The fact they were able to raise their game against Liverpool suggests that they could do the same when Arsenal visit and that prospect makes this a fascinating tie. It could be closely fought with the betting suggesting 1-1 is the most likely score at 11/2.
After failing to find a move away from Old Trafford, Cristiano Ronaldo looks set to remain a United player. Whether he will feature highly in Ten Hag’s plans remains to be seen, but the Portuguese superstar is still 21/20 favourite to score for his side. New arrival Antony is 29/20 to net a debut goal.