Get used to the top of the table being owned by the boys from Manchester as both United and City look far and away the class of the league through the early stages.
Gameweek 6 of the Premier League schedule doesn’t feature a ton of marquee matchups on the board, but Rob Trites and Andrew Avery are back to help you cap all the action and offer up their picks on sides, totals and props in an effort to help pad your bankroll.
Without further ado, here is what’s being considered here at OddsShark.
Rob: Watford (+210)
Playing to a 0-0 draw when they met in the land of the Welsh just over a year ago, Watford and Swansea are set for another fixture at Liberty Stadium and I’m taking a flyer on the Hornets to rebound after an embarrassing 6-0 defeat at the hands of the mighty Manchester City machine.
While the score line seems harsh, Watford didn’t play awful in the match and they’ll be facing a team in Swansea this Saturday that’s yet to earn a point on its home pitch.
Paul Clement’s side looked much better at Wembley Stadium on Saturday but there’s still some questions in the starting 11 given recent acquisitions and departures and the Hornets have been getting results on the road, outscoring opponents 4-to-nil on hostile ground thus far.
I’ve got a good feeling about a 1-0 result for Watford this week.
Andrew: Tottenham -1 (EVEN)
Mauricio Pochettino couldn’t have asked for much more from his side against Swansea last week, save for putting the ball in the back of the net. Off a fantastic 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund in Champions League, Spurs couldn’t put the finishing touches on the Swans and dropped points in a 0-0 stalemate at Wembley.
Twenty-six attempts, 74.9 percent possession, 11 corners, 89 percent pass success — all dominant stats, but it means nothing at the end of the day. So this weekend with a trip to West Ham, I expect Tottenham to get back in the win column with relative ease.
There’s little to no value in moneyline markets here with Spurs being offered as -170 road faves at online shop [custom:bodog-link], so I’m gonna back the North London outfit on the spread at EVEN money to win by a goal.
Frankly, the team has been playing some eye-catching football and I don’t think the Hammers offer much competition for the impending attack that’s about to hit them.
Rob: Burnley vs Huddersfield UNDER 2 (+105)
Huddersfield is quickly gaining the reputation as one of the hardest defending teams in the Premier League and travel to Turf Moor this weekend for a meeting with Burnley, a club that defends for its literal top-flight life at home.
The Clarets have conceded just once in front of their home supporters this season and they finished last campaign giving up just 20 in friendly territory. Only the seven teams who finished in the top seven conceded fewer times at home.
Additionally, these matches between lower-middle table clubs always seem to be cagey with neither team wanting to drop points. A draw will be fine for both Burnley and Huddersfield here and I wouldn’t be surprised if no goals were scored at all.
+105 is superb value for the UNDER 2 but a 0-0 exact score prop bet is paying out 7/1 odds. You might want to give that a look.
Andrew: Manchester City vs Crystal Palace OVER 3.5 (-110)
Goals have come so easy for City that this should be your lean every time they take the pitch. Sixteen goals to just two conceded apes what their Manchester neighbors have done so far as the two sides sit perched atop the table entering the weekend.
You can’t really ask for a more feared strike force than Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus as the duo have tallied nine goals with winger Raheem Sterling chipping in with three so far to start the season. It’s been joyous to watch the Citizens rip apart anyone in their way as they’ve put together 5-0 and 6-0 drubbings of Liverpool and Watford respectively in their last two Premier League fixtures.
Having scored zero goals and conceding eight, Crystal Palace offers nothing at either end of the pitch so expect more of the same fun, free-scoring football from the blue half of Manchester this weekend.
ROB: Leroy Sane to Score anytime (+140)
As I already alluded, Manchester City is an unstoppable, well-oiled machine right now and they’ll have the immense pleasure of hosting Crystal Palace this weekend as -700 favorites.
Palace is still without a goal through five games – all losses – and they’ve conceded eight times. That number could drastically increase on Saturday morning and I like the value on Leroy Sane to score at some point in the fixture.
Sane potted two in a winning effort against West Brom mid-week and it’s possible he draws a start in the City 11. That said, I think he scores even if he starts on the bench. The German’s two EPL goals this season came in the Citizens’ 5-0 drubbing of Liverpool and he played just 33 minutes in that one.
It’s a crime that Sane is on the bench of any team sheet but such is life when you play for one of the richest clubs in the known universe.
Andrew: Tammy Abraham Anytime Goal Scorer (+130)
The young Swansea striker has shown he is ready for the Premier League as he’s consistently put in very good shifts in his five starts. He’s only got one goal for his efforts but he’s been very dangerous for the Welsh club.
There are more established names out there in anytime goal scorer markets (see above), but I really like the 19-year-old to find the back of the net this weekend. Watford is coming off a tough performance which saw them concede six against a rampant Manchester City attack. Now, there’s not a lot of shame in that considering City’s form, but couple that with the fact that Swansea will be hungry for a strong performance (finally) at home and I like what I see.
Swansea is winless and goalless in two home games thus far (versus Manchester United and Newcastle) and I expect a spirited effort this weekend.
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