Football betting tips: Mourinho to topple Guardiola, Fernandes to net for Man United, Liverpool vs Leicester means goals
The international break is over and the Premier League returns with a bang this weekend with some truly tasty clashes in store.
Here, talkSPORT’s top betting tips and predictions for three stand-out games, starting with a huge showdown in north London…
Tottenham vs Man City – Saturday, 5.30pm (LIVE on talkSPORT)
Two of the most decorated managers of all-time face off in a mouthwatering clash on Saturday evening.
Pep Guardiola has the edge over Jose Mourinho so far in their trophy-laden careers – he’s tasted more victories over his great rival than any other boss he’s faced.
But Guardiola’s City side have lost three times already this season and Mourinho’s Spurs have been flying – a win will move them top of the table and prove they really are to be taken seriously as title contenders.
Spurs have looked sensational in attack this term and Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane have plundered 15 goals between them – that’s five more than the entire City team.
Tottenham have also won their last two home games against City so the massive 3/1 on offer for a Spurs victory is too tempting to ignore.
For double chance, you can get 11/10 for Spurs to win OR draw.
Both teams have scored in every game they have played this season, and the 4/7 they both find the net on Saturday looks a safe bet to us.
In the goalscorer market, it’s hard to look beyond Harry Kane. He’s scored in his last three games and is 17/10 to net anytime.
Gabriel Jesus has also been in good form for Manchester City since his return from injury, netting in three successive games.
He’s 7/5 to net anytime, while it’s 17/4 both Kane and Jesus score – that’s worth a punt at that price in our mind.
talkSPORT’s best bets
Man United vs West Brom – Saturday, 8pm (LIVE on talkSPORT)
Manchester United have been truly woeful at home this season.
They have yet to win in four games at Old Trafford and have shipped more goals than any other side on home soil (10).
Their recent record against West Brom isn’t particularly good either – the Baggies have won three of their last five away league games against United.
United could also be without three of their star attackers – Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford.
However, despite all that, we still expect United to prove far too strong for Slaven Bilic’s struggling side.
West Brom haven’t won any of their opening eight matches, have failed to find the net in their last four, and look destined to make an immediate return to the Championship.
Despite United’s injury problems, they still have Edinson Cavani to call upon and, in Bruno Fernandes, have one of the Premier League’s most impactful players.
Fernandes has five goals and three assists to his name already this term and is one of just two players to have both had 20+ shots (20) and created 20+ chances (20), along with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (34 shots, 21 chances created).
So we think 6/5 for the Portuguese playmaker to score anytime is well worth taking. If you’re feeling bold, Fernandes to score and assist is 17/4.
There’s little value in a straight United home win (1/3) but the 6/5 on offer for a victory to nil is well worth taking up, given West Brom’s difficulties in attack.
You can get 18/5 for Fernandes to score anytime, United to win and keep a clean sheet.
talkSPORT’s best bets
- Fernandes to score anytime – 6/5 (BET HERE)
- Man United to win to nil – 6/5 (BET HERE)
- Man United to win either half, over 1.5 goals in the match and United to keep a clean sheet – 7/4 (BET HERE)
- Fernandes to score anytime, United to win and keep a clean sheet – 18/5 (BET HERE)
Liverpool vs Leicester – Sunday, 7.15pm
This could be a history-making day for Liverpool as Jurgen Klopp’s men look to extend their incredible unbeaten run at Anfield in the Premier League to 64 games.
The Reds went 63 games without defeat under Bob Paisely between February 1978 and December 1980, and the current side will better that if they get a result against Leicester.
Recent history between these two teams suggests that will be a formality – Liverpool are unbeaten in their last nine home Premier League games against Leicester (W7 D2).
But the champions are battling an injury crisis – Joe Gomez, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Mohamed Salah are all out – and the Foxes are flying right now.
Brendan Rodgers returns to Merseyside with his side sitting top of the Premier League and searching for a fourth straight win.
Leicester do have injury problems of their own, though, and could be without a string of key players too – including Caglar Soyuncu, Ricardo Pereira and Wilfried Ndidi.
This is a difficult one to call and we’re steering clear of picking a winner but one thing we’re certain of is there will be goals – and plenty of them.
These two teams love to attack and Liverpool have kept just one clean sheet in their last 13 Premier League games, while the average goals scored in games involving Klopp’s side this season is 4.3.
Over 2.5 goals in this match therefore looks a pretty safe bet at 4/7 – but we’re being bold and taking the 7/5 on offer for over 3.5.
Liverpool have conceded first in each of their last three home Premier League games and no other side have shipped more first-half goals than them this season (11).
So Leicester to score first in the first half at 21/10 also looks pretty good value to us. We also like the 29/10 on offer for both teams to score in the opening 45.
Jamie Vardy has a good goal record against Liverpool – he’s scored seven in 11 against them – and could well be the man to make the breakthrough. He’s 10/3 to score first and 23/20 to net anytime.
Without Salah, Diogo Jota will definitely start for Liverpool and the summer signing has scored in all three of his Premier League home games for the Reds so far.
No player in the club’s history has scored in each of their first four top-flight home games, and he’s 6/4 to do so.
talkSPORT’s best bets
- Over 3.5 goals – 7/5 (BET HERE)
- Both teams to score in first half – 29/10 (BET HERE)
- Vardy to score anytime – 23/20 (BET HERE)
- Leicester to score first in the first half – 23/20 (BET HERE)
- Both teams to score, over 2.5 goals in the match and either team to win – 6/5 (BET HERE)
*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication
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