Sam Hendry with the weekend’s stand-out football bets
Manchester United are odds on favourites to beat Watford on Saturday evening, but this could be a case of the bookies’ underestimating their less glamorous opponents.
Watford’s 100% record has been well-documented and praised, although the comparisons between this team and the title winning Leicester City side of 2015/16 are extremely premature.
But they have taken full advantage of a quirk in the fixture list – this will be their fourth game from five that they have played at home – to already set themselves up to challenge for a place in the top eight and were deserved winners over Tottenham Hotspur two weeks ago.
A record of two wins and two defeats appropriately reflects United’s lack of consistency and with their main rivals enjoying strong starts, they can ill afford many more slip-ups.
Jose Mourinho has embroiled himself in a war of words with the media and a bad result here will have the press circling like a pack of hungry wolves on the increasingly irritable Portuguese.
At odds of 7/2, I think it’s worth taking a gamble on Watford continuing their marvellous start and secure a fifth consecutive win.
West Ham go in search of their first points of the season on Sunday when they face Everton at Goodison Park.
It’s been a disastrous first month for Manuel Pellegrini and the Hammers who sit rock bottom of the Premier League with no points and a goal difference of -8.
Perhaps then, the international break came at the right time for the visitors who will have been thankful for the chance to regroup and to spend some extra time on the training ground
Everton, on the other hand, are comfortably in the top 10 and unbeaten so far, although three draws has left a tinge of frustration among their support.
Record signing Richarlison, who made his debut and scored his first goals for Brazil recently, will be absent for the Toffees as he serves the last of his three-game suspension.
In his short spell at the club Richarlison has already made himself a key figure and his absence was keenly felt last time out when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Huddersfield.
With Theo Walcott also a doubt with a rib injury, that could open the door for West Ham to take a point back to London and a 1-1 draw is available at odds of 13/2 with Bet365
Also on Sunday, Wolves are decent favourites to record consecutive victories when they host Burnley at Molineux.
The defensive stability that was crucial to Burnley’s success last season has suddenly deserted them and Sean Dyche’s side look capable of conceding at any time.
They have never been a team to score many goals, but with the defence faltering that puts more pressure on forwards Chris Wood, Sam Vokes and new signing Matej Vydra to offset the ones being concede.
Unfortunately, they come up against a Wolves side who are now finding their feet back in the Premier League and who followed up an excellent performance against Man City with their first three points in a 1-0 win over West Ham.
I can see Wolves continuing that good form here and am backing them to win and both teams NOT to score at odds of 8/5 with BetVictor and Boylesports