PREMIER LEAGUE OUTRIGHTS
Manchester City @ 5/4
Chelsea @ 5/2
Liverpool @ 9/2
Manchester United @ 5/1
12 years on from leaving United, Cristiano Ronaldo returns to the Theatre of Dreams this Saturday, determined as ever for success. Now 36, he rejoins the Premier League decorated with 22 more trophies, including four Champions Leagues, whilst also collecting a further four Ballon d’Or’s. And, he’s bagged another 640 goals for club and country; the numbers are truly staggering. The Portuguese strikers’ arrival has further ignited an already-exciting title race, leaving four teams believing they can go on to lift the title in May. For those questioning whether Ronaldo still has it, tread carefully. His injury-time heroics for Portugal just last week made him the all-time International top scorer, not only adding a Guinness World Record certificate to his collection, but reminding everyone he is not finished quite yet.
Manchester Utd to finish in the Premier League top 2 and Ronaldo to score 20+ PL goals @ 4/1
Manchester United to win one or more trophies in the 2020/21 season @ 6/4
Cristiano Ronaldo to score more PL goals than Harry Kane @ 10/11
Harry Kane to score more PL goals than Cristiano Ronaldo @ 10/11
MANCHESTER UTD vs NEWCASTLE UTD, Saturday September 11th, 3pm
All eyes will be on Manchester’s new Portuguese pair this Saturday, where Bruno Fernandes will look to help get Ronaldo off to a flyer. The only disagreements may come over who is in charge of set pieces! Mason Greenwood has been on fire so far this season with three in three to kickstart the new campaign. Despite Wolves’ bombardment of the United goal in the first half, albeit almost all down to a quite incredibly poor 20 minutes or so from Fred, the Reds did manage their first clean sheet of the season, and the new Varane-Maguire centre-back partnership will be hoping it is the first of many this year to help back up their exciting offensive options.
On the other hand, the away side Newcastle find themselves in early trouble once again. Just one point from a possible nine has represented a worrying start to the season, especially when Allan Saint-Maximin’s 91st minute winner was celebrated for all of about two minutes before Ward-Prowse snatched a point for the Saints with the last kick of the game. Callum Wilson will miss out, which is a huge blow to Steve Bruce’s side. When all fit, with the likes of Wilson, Saint-Maximin, Willock and Almiron, Newcastle fans would have been hoping for a smooth path to safety, but the early signs are that it could be another tough campaign.
Mason Greenwood to score any time and Man United to score over 2.5 goals @ 9/4
A Portuguese player to score the first goal @ 6/4
LECIESTER vs MANCHESTER CITY, Saturday September 11th, 3pm
Despite the recent signings of Lukaku and Ronaldo to title rivals, Guardiola’s City remain the favourites to retain their crown. No Aguero replacement this summer was quite frankly bizarre and it remains to be seen whether Ferran Torres and Gabriel Jesus alone are title-winning striking options. The former has got off to a good start, scoring two and assisting another in City’s 5-0 dismantling of Arsenal before the break. The latter on the other hand is in danger of missing this weekend’s fixture, alongside keeper Ederson, both of whom are on the wrong end of the Brazilian federation’s wrath after sacking off their international fixtures to avoid quarantine.
The possibility of Scott Carson in goal could be of interest to Jamie Vardy and hosts Leicester, who were bounced back from their disappointing 4-1 defeat to West Ham with a 2-1 win over Norwich in their last game. There’s plenty of English talent for Southgate to keep his eye on post-international break, and Saturday could be a good chance for James Maddison and Harvey Barnes to show what they’ve got against national regulars such as Sterling and Grealish, putting themselves back in the frame during the build-up to Qatar. Leicester have pulled off a few big results against City in recent years, including a shock 5-2 victory against them at the Etihad this time last year. However, that fixture served as City’s wake-up call last season and they went on to walk the title. Surely we’re in for a tighter affair this year?
Manchester City to win 1-0, 2-1 or 3-2 @ 11/4
An English player to score the first goal @ 7/4