After the first international break of the season, the domestic action returns. Liverpool remain the only team in the top four leagues with a 100 per cent record with a maximum 12 points from 12. Will the break for Euro 2020 qualifiers have helped or hindered Jurgen Klopp’s side who could go five points clear of nearest rivals Manchester City if they beat Newcastle in the Saturday lunchtime game? Charlie Mullan highlights some of the bets available this weekend.
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Both Wolves and Chelsea to score and over 2.5 goals @ 6/5
This will be Wolves’ first Premier League game played on a Saturday with Europa League ties forcing their opening four fixtures to a Sunday afternoon or Monday night. They will hope a return to Saturday action brings their first win of the season. Three successive draws was followed by a 3-2 defeat at Everton last time out leaving manager Nuno Espirito Santo with plenty to think about over the last fortnight.
Chelsea boss Frank Lampard has also had to think about a few things with just one win from his first four matches in charge of the Blues. There have been goals for both teams in Chelsea’s last three fixtures and the visitors to Molineux are 33/10 to win with goals for both sides. Wolves are 17/4 to win this game and both teams finding the net. BTTS and over 2.5 total goals is currently trading with SportPesa are 6/5 while a score draw is available at 3/1.
Raul Jimenez, who scored in both league meetings with Chelsea last season, is looking to score in the third game running for Wolves and he leads the goalscorer market at 4/1 to be first scorer and 6/4 to be an anytime scorer. Chelsea’s six goals have been scored by two players – Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham. Abraham has four in his last two games and is 5/1 to get this game’s first goal and is 8/5 to be an anytime scorer. In the corresponding fixture last season, Wolves won 2-1.
BTTS: QPR v Luton, Fulham v West Brom, Swindon v Macclesfield
QPR (1/1) and Luton (53/20) meet in the league for the first time since the 2006/07 season when they met four times. Twice they met in the Championship and twice in the FA Cup. In three of those four meetings, there were goals for both sides. QPR won both league fixtures 3-2 while Luton progressed in the cup after a 2-2 draw and a 1-0 win in the replay.
Luton’s 2-1 win over Huddersfield was their sixth Championship game out of six in which BTTS has landed. Rangers’ 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday was the fifth time in six games both teams have scored. QPR to win with goals for both them and their opponents is available at 47/20 with SportPesa while the Hatters are 19/4 to win with BTTS landing at Loftus Road. A score draw is priced at 3/1.
West Brom (51/20) have started the season with three wins and three draws and in all six of their matches, BTTS has landed. That shouldn’t surprise anyone who follows the Championship closely. Only Rotherham (32) featured in more games last season where both teams scored than the Baggies who were involved in 31 matches where there were goals for both teams. Fulham (21/20) drew 1-1 at Cardiff last time out which was their third game in their last four where BTTS occurred.
In League Two, Swindon (5/9) host Macclesfield (9/2) in a game Town are strong favourites to win. If they do, they may do so with Macclesfield getting among the goals. Swindon have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last six league games which will encourage the visitors who have lost just one of their last six matches, and if you need more evidence that there could be goals for both teams in this fixture, you only have to look at the two league meetings last season. Swindon won the first meeting 3-2 in August and the Robins took maximum points in the reverse fixture at Macclesfield 2-1. Swindon are 9/4 to win with BTTS landing while the Silkmen are 35/4 to win with BTTS. A score draw is available at 4/1.
Over 2.5 goals: Norwich v Manchester City, Doncaster v Ipswich, Accrington v Sunderland
Manchester City’s four Premier League matches this season have produced a total of 17 goals with the Citizens (1/7) scoring 14 of them. Norwich’s four matches have produced a total of 16 goals with the Canaries netting six of them. It would be a major shock if there were no goals in this fixture.
This game at Carrow Road features the Premier League’s three leading scorers in Sergio Aguero (6), Teemu Pukki (5) and Raheem Sterling (5). All of Manchester City’s league games have produced at least four goals, but they might have one eye on Wednesday’s trip to Shakhtar for their opening Champions League group game. The ideal scenario for Pep Guardiola’s side would be to get the points secured early so he can rest some of his star players. But Norwich (16/1) will have their say.
Their fans will relish the visit of the defending champions and they will want to make it as difficult as possible for the Manchester side. Norwich are 24/1 to win with at least three goals scored while the visitors are 10/31 to win with over 2.5 goals scored. As for the first scorer, Sterling and Aguero are 5/2 to open the scoring for the visitors while Pukki is 7/1 to get the game’s first goal for the Canaries.
In League One, third placed Ipswich (5/6) travel to Doncaster (3/1) in seventh with Town looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the season. Both teams have scored in all their league games so far this season although Doncaster have played a game less than Ipswich’s six matches. In their last three games, Ipswich have outscored their opponents 10-1 while Rovers have won their last two games 2-1.
Ipswich have scored the opening goal five times this season and taken 11 points from a possible 15. Doncaster won’t panic if they become the latest team to fall behind to Ipswich. They have conceded the first goal in four of their five games and not lost any of them taking eight points from 12. Ipswich are 9/5 to win the game with over 2.5 goals scored while Doncaster are 23/4 to win with at least three goals scored. A draw with over 2.5 goals is trading at 11/1.
Sunderland’s run of five successive games with both teams scoring ended when they were beaten 3-0 at Peterborough, but it was their fourth consecutive game with at least three goals scored. And the Black Cats (21/20) face an Accrington (12/5) side that has seen 16 goals scored in their last four games. Stanley’s last fixture at Bristol Rovers ended in a 3-3 draw proving they are capable of scoring but not able to stop teams from finding the net against them.
This will be only the fourth competitive meetings between the sides and all three of the previous matches have produced a minimum of three goals including this season’s EFL Cup tie at Accrington which Sunderland won 3-1. Another 3-1 victory for Sunderland is on the market at 14/1 while a win for Jack Ross’ side with over 2.5 goals is available at 25/4. Accrington are 17/4 to win this game with at least three goals scored.