We’ve reached a point in the Premier League season where, although it’s too early to say we can see who the form teams will be for the rest of the campaign, we can at least tell who seems to have the tools to do well, and who does not. On BookieSmash we’ll take you through the top picks for this weekend.
Things at Newcastle United all of a sudden look a lot more positive, after a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford against a Manchester United side struggling for goals. Georginio Wijnaldum even said he was disappointed not to be able to win the game for his team, a clear sign that new manager Steve McClaren has installed a winning mentality in the Magpies since taking over in the summer.
Newcastle will need all the positive vibes it can get up against Arsenal at St. James’s Park. The Gunners look like a team that can go all the way in the Premier League, and the team is packed full of attacking talent that can sorely test a Newcastle back four still looking shaky. Newcastle for the win is a pretty risky proposition, but at 4/1 with Unibet, a Draw No Bet on Newcastle is excellent value.
On Sunday, Southampton needs to start picking up wins, its two points in three games reflecting how this slick side that reached the Europa League with seventh place last season is still not ticking in the way manager Ronald Koeman hoped would be the case. A 0-0 draw against goal-shy Watford, which promised thrills and spills at either end, but has instead brought stony solidity to its latest Premier League adventure, is a sign of a team lacking confidence.
Confidence will have to come fast against Norwich City, a team which might be lacking top-class goalscorers, but is one of the early surprise-packages of the season, able to take on the best. Saints has the home advantage, but must make it count. William Hill offers 12/5 for a draw between these two teams, and that seems a distinct possibility.
Also on Sunday, Manchester United must travel to one of its bogey teams of recent times, Swansea City. Swansea is bursting with confidence, Gerry Monk having put together a team of hard-working players, who also have flair in abundance, thanks to Andre Ayew and Jefferson Montero. Both players were some way below the high level of the opening games when they played Sunderland last weekend, but United’s visit to the Liberty Stadium will fire up the home side.
12/5 with Ladbrokes for a Swansea win, and 5/2 with Betfair for Ayew to score anytime, are both excellent odds you should pay attention to; they might be going against the grain, but this Swansea team is one who almost won against Chelsea on the opening day, so a wise bettor takes notice of it.
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