10 games into the 2017/18 Premier League Season and the perceived Big-6 already occupy the top 6 positions in the Premier League Table. Okay, so that’s not a massive surprise, but what is perhaps surprising is that Manchester City have already opened up a 12-points gap over sixth-placed Liverpool.
Manchester City may be tested this Sunday though as they play host to Arsenal, though nearest challengers Manchester United face an even sterner test as they travel to Chelsea. These two matches look the ones to concentrate on – and we’ve 3 recommended bets for both games.
Manchester City vs Arsenal (Sunday 2.15, Sky Sports)
Betting Guide: Manchester City 8/15, Draw 9/2, Arsenal 13/2
On current form, even odds-on quotes for Manchester City will have many punters queueing up to back them after 4 convincing consecutive home wins, whilst Arsenal have won just 1 of their 5 away games this season. However, I’m much more inclined to play in some of the various goals-markets. In 3 of their last 4 matches, City and Arsenal have scored at least 4 goals between them, which has also happened in 3 of City’s last 4 home matches, and 2 of Arsenal last 4 away matches – and over 3.5 goals looks a value-bet at odds-against. Two other interesting bets are Leroy Sane to score at any time, as the German youngster scored in both Premier League games between the clubs last season, and has scored in his last 3 home matches. The other is for the first goal to be scored in the first 10 minutes, as that’s happened in 3 of the last 4 matches between the teams.
More Than 3.5 Goals @ 21/20 Betfair
Leroy Sane To Score At Anytime @ 7/5 Betway
Time Of First Goal 0-10 Minutes @ 13/5 Betfair
Chelsea vs Manchester United (Sunday 4.30, Sky Sports)
Betting Guide: Chelsea 8/5, Draw 23/10, Manchester United 11/5
An inform Chelsea side may have beaten a lacklustre Manchester United 4-0 in this fixture last season, but that was an unusual score-line for matches between the two-sides, with 6 of their last 7 matches producing less than 2.5 goals. The latter again looks the play here with United adopting defensive tactics of late against their fellow big teams, whilst that bet would have also collected in 3 of Chelsea’s last 5 home games. There are also two other interesting bets from a statistical point-of-view. Firstly, only one team has scored in 5 of the last 6 matches between the two sides, whilst the score has been 0-0 at half-time in 4 of their last 6 matches.
Less Than 2.5 Goals @ 4/7 WilliamHill
Both Teams To Score No @ 37/40 BetVictor
Half-time Score 0-0 @ 6/4 Bet365