Sam Hendry with his take on the weekend’s best football bets
Everton vs Cardiff City
Since the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United, the Toffees have tried several options in their hunt for a regular goalscorer.
An aging Wayne Rooney, normally deployed in midfield, still ended up as their top scorer last year as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Oumar Niasse and Cenk Tosun rotated up front with little effect.
But now Marco Silva looks to have settled on a working system with Richarlison, initially signed as a winger, leading the line with Gylfi Sigurdsson, Bernard and Theo Walcott providing the ammunition.
The Brazilian has flourished in his new role and has netted six times in the league as well as twice for his country – including the winner in a 1-0 win over Cameroon earlier this week.
Richarlison can continue his good form against a Cardiff side who have only picked up one point on their travels so far and is 5/1 with Bet365 to score 2 or more.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace
United’s main problem has been easy to identify this season: a defence which has already conceded 21 goals and kept just one clean sheet.
This is already only seven off the total they conceded in the entirety of last season’s league campaign and is a record they drastically need to change if they’re to catch up with the top four.
It could be a blessing, then, that they face a Palace side who have scored the joint-second lowest amount of goals with just eight so far.
Wilfried Zaha is back for the visitors but even that may not be enough to save them here.
United can ill afford any more slip-ups and a reaction is needed after being swept aside in the Manchester derby before the international break. They are 7/5 with Coral/Labrokes to win to nil and give David De Gea his first league clean sheet once early September.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea
Chelsea are one of an unprecedented three teams to still be unbeaten 12 games into the season, but that record will be in major jeopardy on Saturday evening at Wembley.
Spurs are hot on their tails just a point behind in fourth despite playing 75% of their games away from home (technically 0% thanks to the continued delays to their new stadium).
Having already suffered home defeats at the hands of Liverpool and Manchester City, Mauricio Pochettino can ill afford another loss to what he’d like to consider a fellow title challenger.
Chelsea’s run up to this point has been hugely impressive and Maurizio Sarri has more than surpassed initial expectations.
But they won’t stay unbeaten forever and such is their reliance on Eden Hazard that if he can be kept quiet, Spurs will be confident of taking all three points
Spurs are the slight underdogs here and so offer decent value at odds of 15/8 with Bet365 and Betfred