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It’s back to club football this weekend for the Premier League stars who have been away on international duty.
What type of reception will Alexis Sanchez and Phillipe Coutinho get as they wander through the doors of London Conley and Melwood? They both almost certainly believed they’d be heading back from South America to a different training ground.
Liverpool Lively Enough At Etihad
No team won more points (20) in the top-flight league last season than Liverpool, and their exhilarating display against Arsenal at Anfield last time out should persuade punters to at least consider siding with Jurgen Klopp’s team at 16/5 to beat Manchester City at the Etihad. Pep Guardiola’s men are 5/6 favourites with the draw 29/10.
City have averaged 63 per cent possession in their three matches this season but Liverpool’s pressing style could upset a home back line that still doesn’t look comfortable with the Spaniard’s methods.
Sadio Mane, Robert Firmino and Mohamed Salah are the perfect trio to penetrate City’s defence. The Liverpool-Draw double chance looks the best call at evens.
Rooney Driven To Distraction
A lack of striking options for Ronald Koeman might press gang the Dutchman into fielding a troubled Wayne Rooney into action as the Toffees host Tottenham at Goodison Park. The philandering former England captain, 13/2 to grab the opener, can boast 11 goals in his last 16 league appearances against Spurs, but his luck and judgement on and off the pitch are questionable at the moment, and there are better bets elsewhere.
In fact, I get the feeling that away from the psychological woes of Wembley, Mauricio Pochettino’s team will let loose.
Everton are winless in nine against the North Londoners, who last lost a league game in September in 2014, suggesting an away win is the bet here at 27/25.
On Saturday we return to @premierleague action at Goodison Park…
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 6, 2017
Martial’s Art To Secure Late Win
Manchester United are without a win in four against Stoke, while Jose Mourinho last celebrated victory over the Potters in April 2015. Both (relatively) miserable runs are set to end according to odds-makers, who list the Premier League leaders as short as 12/25 for a fourth consecutive win this term.
Squeezing some value out of the fixture at the Bet365 Stadium isn’t easy, but there might be some juice in backing Anthony Martial to score.
Marcus Rashford’s impressive outing for England in midweek might push the Frenchman back to the bench after starting against Leicester, but Martial has netted twice after coming on as a sub and, at 9/2, he is worth an interest to be the last player to score.
— Marcus Rashford (@MarcusRashford) September 1, 2017
Goal Glut On Old Boys Return
Danny Drinkwater, if fit, will make an immediate return to the King Power Stadium for new club Chelsea just over a week after leaving Leicester for the capital.
Those that believe a trip back to his old stomping ground will end in tears can back him to be sent off at 28/1, although a yellow card for the man who has made more tackles (190) than any other English player since this start of the 2015 season, at 3/1, might be more likely.
Chelsea have won five of their last six games at Leicester scoring at least three goals in all those victories, and with an open game predicted, over 2.5 goals, at 5/6, looks the standout bet.