Premier League Preview 3-4/11

Manchester United’s trip to Bournemouth kicks off another intriguing weekend of Premier League action, which includes a major match-up between Arsenal and Liverpool.

The Red Devils have been far from convincing for large parts of the current campaign, but have at least been boosted by a return to form by Anthony Martial in recent weeks.

Martial form a big lift

The French forward has scored four goals in his last three league outings and at 2.75 to score at any time against the Cherries, he certainly has some merit.

At 7.00 to score the last goal of the game he might also be an option, but the fact that none of his recent strikes have come in the first half means you should avoid the first goalscorer market.

Magpies to get off the mark

Meanwhile, Newcastle United play host to Watford, with the Magpies still looking for their first win of the league season.

The hosts have yet to even earn a point on home turf, having lost five out of five, a record which cannot continue much longer if the Tynesiders are to climb away from the wrong end of the table.

Therefore, 3.30 for a draw against the Hornets on Saturday afternoon appears to make a deal of sense, especially if the visitors put in the sort of display which saw them held to a 1-1 draw at lowly Fulham just over a month ago.

Much will depend on how Newcastle cope with in-form Argentinian forward Roberto Pereyra, who has scored in his last two games and who is 4.00 to score at any time at St James’ Park.

Reds to test Gunners resolve

The tea-time kick-off on Saturday sees Arsenal at home to Liverpool, in a game which should give a good indication of just how far the Gunners have progressed under Unai Emery.

Unbeaten in 13 games, having won 12 of them, Arsenal could hardly be in better form but the absence of summer recruit Matteo Guendouzi could unsettle their midfield, not what you want against a goal-laden Liverpool side.

Talk of a slow start to the season by Mohamed Salah always seemed to be a little premature and, with the Egypt ace having scored four goals in his last three games, at 1.74 to score at any time on Saturday he still offers a little value.

Sadio Mane at 2.50 is also an option, with the pacy Senegal forward having found the net three times in his last two appearances.

Saints can make Citizens work

On Sunday, Southampton make the daunting trip to the Etihad Stadium to face Manchester City, the reigning champions and the league leaders heading into the weekend action.

However, the Saints can take heart from the fact that City needed last-minute goals to win both meetings of the two sides last season and that could tempt punters into a bet on a goal to be scored between 76 minutes and full-time at 1.62.

The other game on Sunday sees Chelsea host a derby showdown with Crystal Palace, with both meetings of the sides last season ending in a 2-1 win for the hosts. With that in mind, a 2-1 Blues win on Sunday at 9.75 would offer a very nice return.