PREMIER LEAGUE OUTRIGHTS
Manchester City @ 10/11
Chelsea @ 5/2
Liverpool @ 4/1
Manchester United @ 9/1
MANCHESTER UTD vs EVERTON, Saturday October 2nd, 12:30pm
Saturday’s early kick off sees 4th host 5th as Man United look to go top of the table with a win over Everton. Bruno Fernandes’ uncharacteristic penalty woes in the 93rd minute of United’s 1-0 defeat to Aston Villa last week would have been a tough pill to swallow, and it’s not too hard to imagine who will be placing the ball on the spot for the next penalty in his place. Surprisingly, despite falling 1-0 behind to Villarreal midweek in the Champions League and seemingly on the edge of a crisis, Ole’s side go into Saturday with some momentum, after Cristiano Ronaldo’s last gasp winner completed their dramatic turnaround. This was Ronaldo’s 5th goal in just 432 minutes since his Old Trafford return and the 36-year old will be hoping to add to his five previous goals scored against the Toffees in the past this weekend.
Rafael Benitez’s Everton have had a promising start to the season, bouncing back nicely from their 3-0 loss against Villa by beating Norwich 2-0. Andros Townsend and Demarai Gray have both looked dangerous going forward with five goals between them, however Benitez will be desperate to get Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison back fully fit, both of whom are big doubts for Saturday. The target for Everton this year will be European qualification, though a win against United would also see them top the table momentarily, Benitez may have his sights set on something bigger, were he to keep his full squad intact.
Man United to score a penalty @ 4/1
Cristiano Ronaldo to outscore Everton @ 11/8
LIVERPOOL vs MAN CITY, Sunday October 3rd, 4:30pm
Chelsea, PSG and now Liverpool. It has certainly been a full-on week for Man City. So far one win and one loss – probably the better way round – and if they can make it two league wins out of two they’ll be properly up-and-running after a somewhat inauspicious start. Messi’s magic was enough to see them off in Paris on Wednesday, however that will not take the shine off last Saturday’s thoroughly professional 1-0 win over title rivals Chelsea. Gabriel Jesus’ strike was enough to take all three points back to Manchester, however, in reality, City were barely threatened, and finally started to show glimpses of last season’s superiority. The full return of Phil Foden is undoubtedly crucial for Pep Guardiola’s side. Bleach blonde hair or not, the 21-year-old clearly has flair to burn, and the exciting young talent alongside the likes of Riyad Mahrez and Jack Grealish of course makes City tricky customers. Messi and Gueye’s strikes midweek did burst the Cityzens defensive record slightly, fresh off five successive league clean sheets and the backline will have to be watertight this Sunday given the recent goal rush their opponents are currently experiencing.
Liverpool come into the contest having scored an impressive 20 goals from their last six games, albeit a few of them were in large part due to Porto’s goalkeeper (well worth a watch if you haven’t already seen). Despite the lack of struggles in front of goal, Jurgen Klopp will be frustrated they dropped two points in their 3-3 thriller against Brentford last weekend, having given up the lead twice. Goals for Diogo Jota and Mo Salah brought the Jota-Mane-Salah total up to 11 goals, a figure greater than 14 of the 20 league teams from all their players combined.
Curtis Jones was the third goalscorer last weekend, and after securing another two assists against a bang-average Porto midweek during Liverpool’s 5-1 Champions League win, Jones has seemingly been named the next Steven Gerrard, a title it seemed Harvey Elliott was also lauded with just a couple of weeks ago. However, the jury is still out, and the young local is guaranteed to be in for a tougher battle against Man City’s midfield on Sunday. Trent Alexander-Arnold is likely to miss out, which is a huge blow for the hosts, who see so much joy from the right side when his crosses are on point.
Recent meetings favour the visitors, who have lost just one of the last seven meetings between the sides, including a dismissive 4-1 victory in February, where a genuine Phil Foden masterclass, and an Alisson disasterclass effectively ended Liverpool’s title hopes and won the league for City. This time the sides meet occupying the top two league positions, and with just one point separating Liverpool, City, Chelsea and United, this game could have huge repercussions on the whole title race.
Phil Foden to score any time @ 11/4
Mo Salah and Sadio Mane each to have 1+ shot on target @ 11/10
Either team to win 1-0 @ 5/1