Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho will be pleased with how his team have gone about their business so far.
The Blues having complemented a couple of home victories with a respectable point at champions Manchester United and bookies expect the west London outfit to continue their fine start by collecting all three points at Everton.
Mourinho’s charges are bet365’s 5/4 favourites ahead of the Goodison Park contest while the unbeaten but also winless Toffees are 13/5 via Ladbrokes to register their first victory and it’s 12/5 with William Hill for them to grab a share of the spoils.
As Roberto Martinez’s troops have drawn all of three of their fixtures, that stalemate is perhaps a touch high and indeed a third consecutive goalless encounter for the hosts isn’t without appeal at 10/1 (Skybet), especially as that too was the result when Chelsea visited Old Trafford last time out.
Certinaly the hosts appear a touch shot-shy at present, a situation exacerbated by the loss of Marouane Fellaini as well as the fact that Romelu Lukaku is ineligible against his parent club and subsequently a match tally of fewer than 2.5 goals looks a solid bet at 4/5 with Stan James.
The Toffees’ scoring struggles however, could prove to be their undoing because it’s difficult to see them keeping Chelsea out at the other end.
Mourinho’s side stand out at 15/2 via Ladbrokes to grab the only goal then and Samuel Eto’o (6/1, Winner.com) will be well backed to break the deadlock if he makes his debut.
On Monday, Brendan Rodgers heads back to the Liberty Stadium to face former club Swansea and it’s just 6/5 with bet365 for it to be a happy return for the Liverpool boss, whose current side are top of the pile having carded three straight victories.
Betway rate the Swans at 12/5 to halt the Reds’ momentum but psychologically the visitors have the edge given their flying start and the fact that they hammered the hosts 5-0 in the pair’s last meeting so it’s hard to oppose the buoyant Reds, who are 9/1 (BetVictor) to shade it 2-1.
Meanwhile, in attack, in-form Daniel Sturridge missed both of England’s World Cup qualifiers but is hopeful of being fit enough to feature in this match and he’s 11/2 at bet365 to net first.
At lunchtime on Saturday, Manchester United are just 2/9 (BetVictor) to send Crystal Palace home empty-handed, the same firm offer 39/40 about David Moyes’s team prevailing ‘to nil’ and Paddy Power price Robin van Persie at 13/5 to open the scoring for the hosts.
United’s neighbours Manchester City also look set to register a straightforward triumph, William Hill rating them at 4/6 to overcome Stoke – managed by former City boss Mark Hughes – and BetVictor chalking Manuel Pellegrini’s men up at 5/2 to shade it by one at the Britannia Stadium.
North London pair Arsenal (8/11, Stan James) and Tottenham (4/9, bet365) are easy additions to the coupon as they come up against Sunderland and Norwich respectively and the duo double up at 6/4 with William Hill while Stan James’s 10/11 favourites Southampton get the nod in Sunday’s televised clash against West Ham.
Elsewhere, Aston Villa, at 5/4 via Paddy Power, should see off Newcastle, Skybet quote promoted duo Hull and Cardiff at 23/10 to be inseparable at the KC Stadium and BetVictor’s 5/2 for it to be inconclusive is the best bet as Fulham entertain West Brom.
The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is the prestigious venue for a world title clash in the light middleweight division as unbeaten pair Floyd Mayweather and Saul Alvarez go toe-to-toe for the latter’s WBC and WBA straps.
Mayweather, at 36 is 13 years his opponent’s senior but he’s nevertheless an emphatic 1/3 favourite at Ladbrokes to rack up a 45th victory in as many contests while the youthful Mexican is 11/4 (Stan James) to stun the brash veteran.
The ‘Pretty Boy’ however, always finds a way to prevail and it’s likely that this weekend will be no different so the best bet appears to be Paddy Power’s 4/7 for Mayweather to get the nod on points.
The Super League play-offs get under way this week and there’s plenty for punters to get their teeth into. The highlight is arguably a repeat of last year’s Grand Final as Warrington entertain champions Leeds at the Halliwell Jones Stadium but bookies expect that Old Trafford result to be reversed so the Wolves are betway’s 13/20 favourites.
The Rhinos however, have won five out of the last six Grand Finals remarkably and yet again, appear to be hitting form at exactly the right time. It would be dangerous to write off Stan James’s 6/4 chances then and Brian McDermott’s men are decent value at evens in the handicaps, when given a four-point start by BetVictor.
At the KC Stadium tomorrow, Hull (4/7, Skybet) can cover a four-point deficit at even money via bet365 and St Helens are 10/11 courtesy of William Hill to overhaul Hull KR’s dozen-point advantage at Langtree Park on Saturday.
Bet of the week: Arsenal and Tottenham double – 6/4 (William Hill).
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