Premier League football is back. The Nations League was a significant upgrade on friendly fixtures but England’s defeat to Spain dampened the mood somewhat. However, that was then and this is now – and it is time to look at Saturday’s televised fixtures.
All eyes will be on Wembley for this weekend’s early kick-off. Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool will take on Tottenham Hotspur under the famous arch and plenty of punters will be expecting goals here.
Both teams to score has landed in four of the previous five meetings between these two sides and 888sport have opened at 1/2 for a goal at both ends.
In the later fixture, high-flying Watford take on Manchester United at Vicarage Road. The Hornets have been one of the Premier League’s surprise packages so far this season and Javi Gracia’s men will take some stopping on recent exploits.
Another defeat for the visitors will only increase the pressure on Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho. This could be a cracker…
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool
Mauricio Pochettino’s men let a lead slip through their fingers against Watford and Spurs will want to atone for that error here.
The hosts were ruthless in the 3-0 victory at Old Trafford last month and a similar performance should be enough to hand Liverpool their first defeat of the campaign. Tottenham are well priced at 9/5 to come away with three points.
Liverpool have picked up maximum points so far this season but this is the first real test for Klopp’s men. Avoiding defeat here is an absolute must for the Reds; three points will be a confidence-boosting bonus ahead of a hectic October.
Notoriously fast starters, the visitors represent solid value at 41/50 to score at least once in the first half.
Punters will be split right down the middle on this clash – it is a tough one to call. Taking everything into account, Spurs have probably had the less disruptive international break and that might be enough to tip the scales in their favour.
Expect a feast of goals on Saturday afternoon – over 2.5 goals is well worth sticking in an accumulator at 8/13.
TIP: Tottenham to win and both teams to score @ 18/5
PREDICTED SCORE: Tottenham 3-2 Liverpool (Priced at 19/1 with 888sport)
Watford vs Manchester United
Watford are heading in the right direction and it would be foolish to dismiss the Hornets completely ahead of this clash.
Gracia’s side have been simply sublime in recent weeks and punters will be wary of Watford’s fast start to the season. 10/11 for the hosts to win or draw is worth a second look if you are unsure whether to trust United at Vicarage Road.
Are the Red Devils worth backing at 9/10 to emerge victorious? That is the million pound question. Mourinho’s side will fancy their chances against Watford but the Hornets could wreak havoc in the final third.
✔️ Win percentage = 100%— 888sport (@888sport) September 7, 2018
✔️ Position = T-1st
✔️ Goals scored =T-3rd
✔️ Goals Conceded = T-2nd
Is there a more deserved Manager of the Month than Watford's Javi Gracia? pic.twitter.com/hpJZKnGCLX
It is hard to put too much faith in the United defence at this moment in time and it may be wise to consider looking away from the outright markets.
United have been hit and miss during Mourinho’s tenure and the Red Devils could combust if put under pressure. Both teams to score is the most appealing bet ahead of this one; 4/5 is an excellent price given Watford’s recent success.
Some will fancy the Hornets to scrape another famous scalp but I fancy the Red Devils to just about edge it.
TIP: Both teams to score @ 4/5
PREDICTED SCORE: Watford 1-2 Man United (Priced at 7/1 with 888sport)
*Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*