Jon Wozniak concentrates on those Premier League matches being covered on live television.
What follows are his thoughts about those games and the bets he fancies in them.
They will often differ from Vernon’s own football tips which anyone subscribing to VG Tips on a monthly or annual basis can receive by signing up to VG Tips by clicking on this link.
His fancies for the televised games this weekend follow.
Manchester United versus Everton. Saturday 12:30 BT Sport
The Premier League gets underway on Saturday when 4th placed United host 5th placed Everton. United have dominated this fixture, winning 37 of 58 Premier League meetings. However, in the last five meetings, they have won one, lost one, and drawn three.
United must bounce back from Sunday’s shock 1-0 defeat against Aston Villa at Old Trafford. Bruno Fernandes is the club’s top scorer with four. Paul Pogba is in decent form with seven assists. United also have the X-Factor with Cristiano Ronaldo – the man who spared Unite’s blushes with a late winner in the Champions League on Wednesday night. Presuming he is selected for this game, United’s No.7 will make his 200th Premier League appearance.
The jury is still out on Rafa Benitez’s Everton, as to whether they can sustain a top-6 place. Like United, Everton lost their only game of the season to Villa. Benitez has lost seven out of nine games against United. It’s too early in the season to know if Benitez has improved Everton.
United rarely lose back-to-back games at Old Trafford. The 4/9 odds for a United win back up my statement. I’ll take odds of 6/1 with several bookies for a 2-0 win to United. Several bookies are offering odds of 16/1 for Ronaldo to score a hat trick, so don’t being taking the measly 5/1 on offer from William Hill.
Brighton versus Arsenal. Saturday 17:30 Sky Sports
In eight previous meetings, this fixture is as even as they come. Both sides have won three and drawn two. The Gunners won both fixtures last season, without conceding.
Brighton’s excellent start to the season includes a 2-1 against Leicester. A 95th minute goal saw the Seagulls drew 1-1 at Crystal Palace last Saturday. A win would have taken them to the top of the league. Neal Maupay got that injury time equaliser at Palace and is the most likely score for Brighton again. He is the club’s top scorer with four goals. Odds of 2/1 are on offer with several bookies for Maupay as an anytime scorer.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is in great form, scoring five goals in five games. The Gunners are picking up the points, but they are goal shy. Despite a win against Spurs last weekend, I don’t trust them enough to place a bet. According to the Premier League website, Arsenal can be the second team in Premier League history to win four matches in a row after losing their first three of a campaign.
Arsenal win, priced at 11/8 with Bet 365, or 6/4 with William Hill, might tempt punters to place a small wager. This game could go either way, and for that reason, I won’t be placing a bet.
Crystal Palace versus Leicester City. Sunday 14:00 Sky Sports
One point separates Palace and Leicester. Historically, this is another evenly matched Premier League fixture. In 18 meetings, Palace won eight, with Leicester winning seven.
Patrick Vieira hasn’t had the best starts to life as a manager in English football. It’s still early, but six points in six games isn’t good enough at this level. But Palace are unbeaten at Selhurst Park, with a win and two draws. If selected, Wilfried Zaha has the chance to score his 50th Premier League goal, and become the first Eagle to do so.
Connor Gallagher has had an impressive start to the season. Gallagher has had 11 shots (joint first with Jordan Ayew), scored twice and an assist.
13th placed Leicester have had an awful start to the season. Is it too early to put Brendan Rodgers in the hot seat? It might not be if they lose on Sunday. A win and a draw isn’t good enough for a side hoping to play European football.
With five goals already, Jamie Vardy shows no signs of slowing down. He is the league’s joint top scorer with Michail Antonio and Mo Salah. Man City’s Ruben Santos is the only player to have made more passes than Leicester’s Caglar Söyüncü.
I fancy Palace to win this game. The bookies agree. Odds of 13/8 are on offer for an Eagles win with six bookies. Bet 365 price Leicester to win at 12/5.
Liverpool versus Manchester City Sunday 16:30 Sky Sports
It’s first against second. Liverpool versus Manchester City is the signature tie of the weekend. Pep Guardiola’s side aim to end Liverpool’s only unbeaten record in the league. City won the corresponding fixture 4-1 last season.
Last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Brentford muddied a good start to the season for Jürgen Klopp’s side. The Bees could have won the game, but the offside flag rescued a point for Liverpool. Mo Salah is scoring for fun.
The Reds have scored more Premier League goals than any other team. Liverpool come into this game on the back of a 5-1 demolition away to Porto, in the Champions League. It was another game where all Liverpool’s goals came from their front men. Salah and Bobby Firmino scored a brace. Sadio Mane scored the other.
City had a fantastic win at Stamford Bridge last weekend. They didn’t do so well in the Champions League, losing 2-0 to PSG. Guardiola’s team have had two strange results. They lost on the opening day, away at Spurs. A 0-0 draw at home to Southampton was uncharacteristic, with City having one shot on target.
Every point counts in the challenge of winning the league. This is a fixture neither manager will want to lose. Several bookies price City at 11/8 for the win. Punters can back Liverpool to win with odds of 19/10 (Bet 365 and William Hill).
I’m taking odds 17/2 with Paddy Power for a 2-1 home win.
The above are the viewpoints of Jon Wozniak. As with all those of us keen on our football, we each have our own betting fancies.
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