Premier League 2014/15 – Weekend Three Betting Preview

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Burnley vs Manchester United

Manchester United and Louis Van Gaal have dominated headlines this week. Spread bettors will be able to see how the Red Devils react to their League Cup pummelling at the hands of MK Dons in Saturday’s 12:45 kick off, as Burnley welcome them to Turf Moor.

The last time these two sides met at the Clarets’ ground, a shock 1-0 win went the way of the home side. However, this has been an anomaly of their last six meetings, with Man United claiming victory and clean sheets to boot from every other fixture. Interestingly, Burnley are one of only two sides to have never played out a 0-0 in the Premiership, and that trend can be expected to continue.

Burnley have far from disgraced themselves in their first two league games of the season, so United will have to work hard for their victory, and even harder to hold onto it. A wise spread bet may then be to sell the Red Devils’ Team Goals at 1.75 and expect Van Gaal’s side to be happy with any victory, whatever the margin.

Everton vs Chelsea

A similarly low scoring affair may play out at Goodison Park, as Everton summer signings Romelu Lukaku and Samuel Eto’o welcome their former teammates to their new home. The Toffees have conceded late goals to be denied three points in both their games so far, so desperately need to shake off the rustiness of pre-season.  

Chelsea, who have beaten relatively easy opposition so far, can be expected to do the job at Everton quietly but effectively. Holding onto 1-0 away leads is a speciality of Jose Mourinho’s sides, so selling Total Goals at 2.4 could prove lucrative.

The fact that Diego Costa is unlikely to play, that Didier Drogba isn’t fully fit yet and that Fernando Torres is on his way to Milan, points to the Blues midfield as the source for goals. Add in Everton’s penchant for conceding late and buying either Oscar or Eden Hazard’s Goal Minutes at 13 and 5 respectively may provide a big payout.

Swansea vs West Brom

Swansea are another side with a 100% Premier League record so far, and they can be expected to make it three straight wins at the expense of West Brom. With talented creative midfielders in the form of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Jonjo Shelvey and Ki Sung-Yueng, supplying the fearsome pair of Bafetimbi Gomis and Wilfried Bony, Swansea should take advantage of the Baggies’ weak defence. A buy of Swansea’s Win Index at 15 is a confident spread bet, while a buy of their Team Goal Rush at 19 seems good value.

Tottenham vs Liverpool

Perhaps the most anticipated of this week’s fixtures comes at White Hart Lane as Tottenham take on Liverpool. Mauricio Pochettino appears to have settled in well in his North London home, as have last season’s expensive signings.

Liverpool haven’t been overly impressive so far, missing Luis Suarez’s special ability to turn a match single-handedly. We can only wait and see whether Mario Balotelli is an adequate replacement, yet his impact is unlikely to be immediate, so a buy of Tottenham on the Win Index at 12.5 will be worth the risk.  ​

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