SAM HENDRY picks out some of the weekend’s best football bets
Such is the fickle nature of the Premier League and its supporters these days, Jurgen Klopp has all of a sudden found himself in the firing line after a run of four games without a win for his Liverpool side.
The latest of those matches was a 2-0 reverse away to Leicester City in what was a dress rehearsal ahead of this Saturday’s repeat fixture.
I wouldn’t read too much into that result given that it was the League Cup and both line-ups were much changed from their usual.
Leicester are currently 15th after five games, but that position does not quite reflect the level of their performances so far and this will already be their fourth match against one of last season’s top six.
The result could hinge on the fitness of the Foxes’ talisman Jamie Vardy, who has four goals so far this season and has enjoyed tormenting Liverpool’s defence in previous meetings, but hobbled off in last week’s draw with Huddersfield.
If Vardy makes it, I would back Leicester to win at 31/10 with BetVictor.com with Vardy to score anytime at 8/5 with Bet365
Crystal Palace’s dreadful start to the season is probably not about to get any better when they travel to the Etihad Stadium to take on Pep Guardiola’s free-scoring Manchester City.
After last week’s defeat to Southampton, a quick look at their fixture list leaves Eagles’ fans facing the very real prospect of making it eight games into the season with not a single point or goal to their name.
Such is the current form of both sides, the odds are stacked massively in Man City’s favour, therefore I’m going to look slightly outside the box for a tip for this one.
City left back Benjamin Mendy has made a great first impression on his manager and the fans with his marauding performances following his summer transfer from Monaco.
He is sure to get plenty of opportunities to bound forward here and odds of 16/1 with Paddy Power on him to score anytime appeals.
For my third featured game of the week I shall venture north to the Scottish Premiership where the first Old Firm derby of the season is upon us.
Rangers, after a disastrous start to the campaign which saw them eliminated from the Europa League at the first port of call, have improved in recent weeks and seem to be benefiting from Pedro Caixinha settling on a preferred starting 11 with Ryan Jack and Graham Dorrans forming a solid midfield partnership.
And in Alfredo Morelos up front they seem to have found the prolific goalscorer which they were lacking last season.
Celtic, on the other hand, have unsurprisingly picked up where they left off and are now unbeaten in 55 domestic games and lead their Glasgow rivals by five points with Aberdeen sandwiched in between.
They have a midfield which can be rotated without loss of quality and, with Moussa Dembele returning from injury to provide competition up front for Leigh Griffiths, their strength in depth is a scary prospect for the 11 other Scottish Premiership sides.
But if they have a weak spot then it would be in defence where Brendan Rodgers will be praying that Dedryck Boyata is fit enough to return and partner Jozo Simunovic.
In front of a baying 50,000 home support and with the in-form Morelos in their side Rangers fans can have some hopes that their side can find the net, but I will be backing Celtic to win with both teams to score at 2/1 (general price)