Manchester City vs Watford – Saturday 3pm
Watford are a ridiculous price of 20/1 to win which some weeks may be tempting to stick a quid on purely for the hell of it, but the prospect of City losing twice in a row to bottom half teams seems impossibly slim.
Even with their defensive issues – Nicolas Otamendi is now their only fit senior centre back – they should have too much quality going forward for the Hornets to contend with.
The visitors showed a good reaction last week in Quique Sanchez Flores’ first game back in charge by earning a 2-2 draw with Arsenal, and it could have been even better after they battered them in the second half.
They should, then, have the capacity to trouble Pep Guardiola’s patched up back line and odds of 6/5 for a City win and both teams to score is tempting,
I expect Sergio Aguero to continue his fantastic form, but 6/4 for him to score a double looks too short. Raheem Sterling, on the other hand, is due a goal having not scored in his last two games and he scored a hat-trick in this fixture last season. He is 7/2 to score first.
Newcastle United vs Brighton – Saturday 5.30pm
Even at this early stage of the season, this feels like an important game for two sides expected to struggle this year.
Both teams already occupy positions in the bottom five with Brighton winless since the opening day of the season and Newcastle’s only three points coming in an unlikely triumph over Tottenham.
The 3-1 defeat to Norwich aside, Steve Bruce will be reasonably content with the performances of his side so far as they have continued a similar style to that employed by his predecessor Rafa Benitez.
That could mean Brighton struggle to penetrate a resilient defence while players like Miguel Almiron and Joelinton can punish the visitors at the other end. A 1-0 Newcastle win is available at odds of 13/2.
West Ham vs Manchester United – Sunday 4.30pm
The Hammers could have it in them to cause the shock result of the weekend when they host Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side on Sunday afternoon.
After being destroyed by Man City on the opening weekend, West Ham have been unbeaten since and Manuel Pellegrini will surely have learnt some lessons about his team after that day.
United continue to be hurt by their injury issues with Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial again ruled out and Dan James a doubt.
Goals is becoming their problem having failed to score more than once in 14 of their last 17 games and only squeezed past Kazakhstan side Astan 1-0 on Thursday in the Europa League, admittedly with a much-changed side.
After finishing last season with three consecutive wins, West Ham’s loss to City is their only one in their last nine competitive games and I’m backing them to extend that run here. They are 21/10 to take the three points.