Despite picking up two 1-0 wins in two outings against Stoke and Bournemouth, Liverpool haven’t really found top gear so far.
Nevertheless, the fact that his team have claimed maximum points will obviously encourage boss Brendan Rodgers, who knows that the Reds have more to offer and he should get a better idea of the level his new-look side is at as they travel to Arsenal next Monday.
Home advantage ensures the Gunners are Paddy Power’s 3/4 favourites with the Reds a 4/1 shot at BetVictor and Stan James post 3/1 against the mouth-watering Emirates Stadium showdown finishing all-square.
Arsenal’s mixed start to the campaign lends appeal to the latter and punters fancying the stalemate can take advantage of the generous odds of 15/2 posted by BetVictor against a 1-1 scoreline.
Alternatively, Ladbrokes’s 15/4 about a score draw catches the eye and the two teams are 11/2 (bet365) to go in on level terms at the end of each half.
In terms of goals, it’s a safe-looking 4/6 at bet365 for both teams to get on the scoresheet and two players in particular stand out in terms of candidates to contribute to the match tally.
Arsene Wenger’s charges looked significantly more dangerous with Alexis Sanchez back in the starting line-up at Crystal Palace and the Chilean tempts at 6/4 (Skybet) to find the net at any point.
At the other end, meanwhile, Christian Benteke opened his Liverpool account against the Cherries on Monday and the powerful Belgian frontman is 9/5 via Stan James to strike in north London.
Fresh from a 3-0 thumping of champions Chelsea, Premier League pacesetters Manchester City head to Everton as William Hill’s odds-on 8/11 jollies but although City’s great start is arguably the key to deciphering this contest, the Toffees (4/1, BetVictor) were hugely impressive at Southampton last weekend and can keep this one close.
Manuel Pellegrini’s men are worth considering then at 14/5 courtesy of Stan James to shade it by a one-goal margin and BetVictor mark 17/2 against a 2-1 away success.
Jose Mourinho claimed that the result at Manchester City wasn’t fair on his Chelsea side but in private the outspoken boss will probably have read his players the riot act and he’s likely to get an immediate response at the Hawthorns, where the Blues are 8/13 (Winner.com).
Also set to secure a maximum haul are Manchester United, a 4/11 chance with bet365 ahead of the home clash with Newcastle and Skybet price Crystal Palace at an alluring 17/20 to overhaul Aston Villa.
Accumulator fans can combine Chelsea, United and Palace in a treble at 3/1 (Ladbrokes).
Elsewhere, Swansea are a touch overpriced at 23/20 via Paddy Power to heap further misery on early strugglers Sunderland, William Hill quote West Ham at 11/8 as they prepare to welcome Bournemouth Upton Park and a Watford win (17/10, bet365) over Southampton isn’t out of the question at Vicarage Road.
Leicester and Tottenham, finally, are a tasty 12/5 at Stan James to be inseparable at the King Power Stadium and Ladbrokes go 23/10 about Norwich sharing the spoils with Stoke.
England saw off France in last week’s World Cup clash at Twickenham but as the pair prepare to renew hostilities in Paris, les Tricolores are odds-on at 4/5 with bet365 to gain revenge.
Stuart Lancaster’s charges are a chunkier evens (BetVictor) to make it back-to-back successes against the French and in the handicaps the visitors receive a point start at 10/11 via Stan James.
Switching codes to Rugby League and Skybet rate Super 8s leaders Leeds at 4/7 to pick up maximum points at Hull.
The in-form Rhinos, however, will have half an eye on next weekend’s Challenge Cup Final and so while they should just about edge it at the KC Stadium, the hosts might be worth an interest in Stan James’s handicaps when starting eight points ahead.
In tomorrow’s (Friday) other contest, Ladbrokes price Wigan at a safe-looking 1/2 to get the better of inconsistent Warrington at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The Warriors should be too strong for the Wolves and in the handicaps they get the nod at even money courtesy of bet365 to overhaul the home side’s six-point cushion.
Bet of the week: Alexis Sanchez to score at any time – 6/4 (Skybet).
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