Charlie McCann of BetVictor.com with the weekend’s best football bets
Chelsea have won their last five home games in the Premier League against Arsenal and the Gunners haven’t kept a clean sheet at the Bridge in their last 12 visits. Yes, the Gunners have beaten Chelsea in the FA Cup Final and Community Shield, albeit on penalties, in recent months but I can’t see past a home win although Arsenal surely cannot play as badly as they did in their last away game at Anfield.
The champions are 4/5 to keep all three points with the Gunners 18/5 and the draw 3/1 at BetVictor. You have to go back to January 2015 for the last time Arsenal beat a side that finished the campaign in the top six in the division and I do not believe they will buck that trend today.
Alvaro Morata’s three PL goals so far this season have all come with his head and the striker is 11/2 to find the back of the Arsenal net via his head this afternoon. I fancy a 3-1 home win, which is priced at 13/1 at BetVictor.
These are worrying times at Goodison Park. Some pundits suggested they had done well over the summer despite paying inflated prices for mediocre players but Ronald Koeman now has a side devoid of pace, power and now confidence following their recent mauling’s at the hands of Chelsea, Spurs and more worryingly Atalanta on Thursday in the Europa League.
The bad news is that things are likely to get worse before they get better with the Blues travelling to Old Trafford to meet Manchester United later this afternoon. The game sees the return of United’s all-time record goalscorer Wayne Rooney and the former United and England striker is sure to get a warm reception from the Old Trafford faithful.
United are 1/3 at BetVictor to keep the points and they will miss the injured Paul Pogba who has been excellent so far this term. Romelu Lukaku is unlikely to get a warm reception from the Everton fans who once adored him – the striker is 27/10 to open the scoring and 4/6 to find the back of the net at some time during the 90 minutes.
Everton have only had seven shots on target in their four PL games so far this term and scored twice – both from Rooney who is 12/1 to open the scoring at Old Trafford and 4/1 to score during the 90 minutes.
Of more interest is the 3/1 we are offering at BetVictor for Rooney to be booked in either Premier League game against Manchester United this season. Rooney is a proud man and if he didn’t know the size of the challenge facing him at Goodison before – he does now. It is possible he may let frustration get the better of him if – as I expect – Everton are chasing the game.
David Moyes is the only Manchester United manager to lose to Everton in the last 24 PL games at Old Trafford but Jose Mourinho has never beaten Ronald Koeman in their five previous encounters. That is likely to change tomorrow.
Ronald Koeman is 6/1 from 25/1 to be the next PL manager to lose/leave his post – Evertonians and the Board know the early season fixtures haven’t been kind to the team – they also know the performances against Spurs and Atalanta were palpably not good enough.
Bournemouth are the visitors to Goodison next weekend – that could be a massive game for the club and especially Ronald Koeman.
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