SUNDAY PREMIER LEAGUE: The Striker previews the Sunday action including ARSENAL v MAN U at 4.30pm – all previews include a recommended BETDAQ bet.
CRYSTAL PALACE V WOLVES
2pm A blockbuster Super Sunday in the Premier League before we head into the first International Break of the season on BETDAQ Betting Exchange. All eyes will no doubt be on Arsenal v Manchester United later, but before we get there we have two very interesting markets. We start the day with Crystal Palace hosting Wolves, and although this is definitely the “third” game of the day, we’re going to have some big opinions either side of the book on Crystal Palace at 2.0. They will be reasonably happy with their start to the season, and they now face a Wolves side who everyone seems to be talking about as relegation contenders. They closed down some of that talk last weekend with a win over Everton, piling all that relegation talk on the Toffees instead, but there’s no getting away from the fact that Wolves have been an average side for a while now. They were also terrible away from home last season – they only managed 11 points all season on the road which put them in the bottom three on the away form table. Wolves were also one of the worst sides going forward last season; finishing in the bottom three on xG created too.
Crystal Palace aren’t the most reliable side, so I don’t see many punters rushing to back them at 2.0 here. However, they are a level above this Wolves side. I’m happy to stay out of the match odds market, but if pressed I’d much rather back Palace compared to laying them. Wolves would have got a confidence boost in their win over Everton last weekend, but Everton have looked woeful thus far so I’m not sure what that form is worth. Wolves also finished the game with a marginally lower xG figure than Everton, so the game could have gone either way. Palace haven’t created many chances this season, and I like Under 2.5 goals here at 1.72. This game screams a low scoring affair – I know Wolves concede a lot of chances but Palace are hardly firing up front; I could see Palace grinding out a 1-0 win in the end, but the 2.0 doesn’t make appeal and I’m happy to be on Unders.
The Striker Says:
Two points win Under 2.5 goals at 1.72 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
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LIVERPOOL V ASTON VILLA
2pm I’m sure most casual fans will watch Liverpool v Aston Villa over the Crystal Palace v Wolves game, and we should have a good game here. Unai Emery has been a great success at Villa so they now come to places like Anfield will hope of getting a result. You also know Liverpool will give away chances at some stage. In fairness, Liverpool have already been one of the most entertaining teams to watch this season – they went behind early against Bournemouth, and then won in dramatic fashion against Newcastle last weekend. I’m sure they would rather be a lot more solid at the back, but it does make for great football! As good as they are going forward, you just know they concede too many sloppy goals and that is going to cost them at some stage. Liverpool had a low xG figure against Newcastle, but that is to be expected considering they were a man down for a large part of the game. To be honest, Newcastle should have closed out the win given the position and what level they play to now. Aston Villa started their season by getting tonked 5-1 by Newcastle, but they have bounced back very well. They have been entertaining too with a 4-0 win against Everton and 3-1 win against Burnley. They’ll need a lot more here though to complete with Liverpool.
It’s a sign of how well Villa have been playing recently that Liverpool are trading as big as 1.71 here. A Villa win is trading 4.9 while the draw is 4.6. Given Liverpool are still conceding sloppy goals, I wouldn’t be rushing to back them at 1.71 – especially given Villa play very well going forward under Unai Emery. Once again I’m happy to stay out of the match odds market here because this game screams goals in my opinion. The market is expecting goals too, but I still feel there’s value in Over 2.5 goals at 1.48. Villa have been playing an exceptionally open game at the start of the season and we know Liverpool won’t sit back either – I can see this being a very end-to-end game with plenty of chances and Over 2.5 goals is a confident bet at 1.48. It’s my best bet of the day.
The Striker Says:
Four points win Over 2.5 goals at 1.48 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
You can view all markets here -> https://betdaq.biz/LivAvl
ARSENAL V MANCHESTER UNITED
4.30pm The Premier League have saved the best until last this weekend as Arsenal host Manchester United in the prime TV Super Sunday slot! It isn’t quite the same as the Keane v Vieira era; actually it’s not even close, but we should have a great game nonetheless. United come into this fixture under pressure; they laboured to beat Wolves and Nottingham Forest at Old Trafford this season and they appeared to go missing in the second half against Spurs. Roy Keane called them to new Spurs, I don’t think there’s a bigger insult to have! At the start of the season, I said United would beat Wolves and Forest, and then be judged on their performances against Spurs and Arsenal. What has happened is probably worse than that – they’ve looked poor against Wolves and Forest, and completely outplayed (especially in the second half) against Spurs. Another loss here would pile the pressure on and you’d start to wonder can they hold onto their place in the Top Four. As we all know though, football is a fickle game; a win for United and all the questions will lay at Arsenal’s door. Arsenal would have been gutted to drop points at home to Fulham last weekend, especially after they took a 2-1 lead after being 1-0 down. They dominated the game, it was just an unlucky result.
Arsenal simply can’t afford to drop points at home to the likes of Fulham if they want to challenge for the title again though! For me the jury is still out on this Arsenal side. They didn’t play well on the opening weekend against Nottingham Forest but they got the job done. They did much better against Crystal Palace but only scored once, and then they were a little sloppy against Fulham. I think I’d take them on here if I had any confidence in United, but that’s hard to have at the moment. I can understand why Arsenal are the odds on favourites – they are trading 1.85 at the time of writing with Man United 4.5 and the draw is 4.1. The 1.85 is just a little too short for me, but I’m not going to recommend laying Arsenal given how United have played this season. Despite getting beaten at Spurs, United did create some decent chances in the first half. Both Teams To Score has landed in four of the last five meetings between the sides and I like that bet again here at 1.59. It’s trading the same price as Over 2.5 goals, but I much prefer the Both Teams To Score bet with both sides conceding plenty of sloppy goals at the start of the season. What a cracker this could be though, hopefully we have plenty of drama!
The Striker Says:
Three points win Both Teams To Score at 1.59 with BETDAQ BETTING EXCHANGE.
You can view all markets here -> https://betdaq.biz/ArsMnu