West Ham vs Man City goalfest, Salah and Mane to boost Liverpool spirits, under-fire Jordan Pickford won’t keep clean sheet for Everton

West Ham vs Man City goalfest, Salah and Mane to boost Liverpool spirits, under-fire Jordan Pickford won’t keep clean sheet for Everton


This is shaping up to be some Premier League campaign.

VAR controversy, shocking challenges, late goals… last weekend was certainly a dramatic one and there are some tasty fixtures in store this game week too.

Here are our predictions and betting tips for three of the big games taking place in the top-flight…

West Ham vs Manchester City – Saturday, 12:30pm (LIVE on talkSPORT)

West Ham are in good form and will be buoyed by their stunning comeback against Tottenham last Sunday as they welcome the Premier League title favourites to the London Stadium.

The Hammers, though, have a miserable record against Manchester City – they haven’t take a single point off them since January 2016.

Pep Guardiola’s side have won each of their five away matches in all competitions at the London Stadium by an aggregate score of 22-1, scoring at least four times in all five matches.

City also seem to relish playing at lunchtime – they are unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League games that have kicked off at 12.30 (W9 D3).

History points to a comfortable win for City, however West Ham are in their best shape for some time and have also become an impressive attacking force under David Moyes.

No team – not even City – have scored 3+ goals in more different Premier League games in 2020 than West Ham (9). Indeed, the east Londoners have scored at least three goals in nine of their 24 league games since Moyes returned for his second spell as manager – that is as many as in their last 50 under his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini.

David Moyes was jumping for joy after West Ham fought back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Tottenham, but will he be celebrating this weekend?

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David Moyes was jumping for joy after West Ham fought back from three goals down to draw 3-3 with Tottenham, but will he be celebrating this weekend?

If you fancy West Ham to end their City hoodoo, you can get a massive 13/2 for a home victory. That could be tempting for some, especially given they should go into this fresher than City, who played Porto in midweek.

But we reckon City will prove just too strong and with the away victory priced at 2/5, the goals market is where we are looking at for value. A City victory and more than 3.5 goals in the match is 17/10 – worth a punt given both sides’ penchant for goals.

The 9/1 on offer for both teams to score in both halves is an outside shot but worth a go in our mind, while the 11/10 for more than 3.5 goals in the match looks a more solid bet.

In the goalscorer market, Raheem Sterling would be our standout pick. He loves scoring against West Ham – he’s done it eight times – and was the match-winner against Arsenal last weekend. He’s 7/2 to score first, evens anytime and 9/2 to net twice or more.

talkSPORT’s best bets

Liverpool vs Sheffield United – Saturday, 8pm (LIVE on talkSPORT)

Jurgen Klopp begins life without Virgil van Dijk in the Premier League this weekend and will be hoping a victory over the Blades will be a panacea.

The Reds kept a clean sheet against Ajax without their star defender to ease any defensive worry that emerged after the Merseyside derby.

Perhaps in a stroke of luck, they will now face winless Sheffield United at Anfield – and we can’t see anything but a comfortable victory for the hosts.

Klopp’s side have won their last three matches against Chris Wilder’s men without conceding a single goal and it’s not hard to see it happening again bearing in mind the Blades have only managed two strikes in their opening five matches. Get on the 11/10 that Liverpool win the match to nil, despite Van Dijk’s absence.

Jurgen Klopp was furious last weekend after Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk to injury following a shocking challenge by Jordan Pickford and will hope his side can lift his spirits this weekend

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Jurgen Klopp was furious last weekend after Liverpool lost Virgil van Dijk to injury following a shocking challenge by Jordan Pickford and will hope his side can lift his spirits this weekend

Wilder and his men will be desperate for a result as the prospect of relegation, after a famous return to the Premier League last season, rears its head.

But even with Liverpool shell-shocked from Van Dijk’s likely season-ending injury, it is hard to see Sheffield United pulling off a result. That’s represented in the 11/1 on offer for an away victory.

Mohamed Salah already has six goals to his name this term and will be confident of adding to that tally on Saturday night and helping lift Liverpool’s spirits.

If he nets, Liverpool are almost nailed on to win given they have only failed to get three points when he has scored on two occasions out of the last 45. A bet on Liverpool to win and Salah to score comes in at 8/11.

Sadio Mane will also fancy his chances of getting on the scoresheet too, as he battles Salah to be the top marksman at Anfield and in the Premier League.

Sadio Mane has four Premier League goals this season and will be keen to catch up his strike partner Mo Salah

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Sadio Mane has four Premier League goals this season and will be keen to catch up his strike partner Mo Salah

Both Mane and Salah scored against Everton and it is 17/10 that they both find the net against Sheffield United and Liverpool win.

Meanwhile, in four out of their five games so far, the Reds have managed to score in both halves and they are 4/5 to do so again.

talkSPORT’s best bets

  • Liverpool win to nil – 11/10 (BET HERE)
  • Liverpool win and Mohamed Salah to score – 8/11 (BET HERE)
  • Liverpool to score in both halves – 4/5 (BET HERE)
  • Mane and Salah to score and Liverpool to win – 17/20 (BET HERE)

Southampton vs Everton – Sunday, 2pm

England strikers Danny Ings and Dominic Calvert-Lewin go head-to-head at St Mary’s.

Both men have been in fine form so far this season with Calvert-Lewin so far edging ahead of his fellow Three Lions forward, netting seven Premier League goals to Ings’ four.

But while they are in the in-form attackers, they’re both very short in the anytime scorer market so we’d recommend putting your money elsewhere.

Calvert-Lewin has been in fine form this season

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Calvert-Lewin has been in fine form this season

Saints’ Che Adams scored his first of the season against Chelsea last time out and has taken as many shots (12) as Ings this season – he’s been performing well but just hasn’t had the luck. He can be had at 3/1 in the anytime market which is decent value for a striker who is really starting to prove his Premier League quality.

We’re certainly expecting goals, wherever they may come from. In the last six Premier League fixtures between these two sides, both teams have found the net in each of them.

Everton have made a storming start to the season but haven’t kept a clean sheet since the opening weekend.

Furthermore, doubts have been raised over how Jordan Pickford will react after a week of abuse for his tackle on Virgil van Dijk in the Merseyside derby and he is prone to mistakes at the best of times.

Saints have scored in all their matches bar the opening day but also struggle to keep a clean sheet and have shipped three goals on two occasions already this season, so it all points to a high-scoring game.

Jordan Pickford has come in for stick this week and will look to let his football do the talking

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Jordan Pickford has come in for stick this week and will look to let his football do the talking

We think Everton will edge it and maintain their great start – get on the 3/1 for an Everton victory and both teams to score.

As an outside shot, Everton to win, Lucas Digne to have an assist and Calvert-Lewin to have three or more shots is 10/1. Calvert-Lewin is averaging four shots per game while Digne has already grabbed two assists this season, and he takes corners and free-kicks.

talkSPORT’s best bets

  • Everton to win – 27/20 (BET HERE)
  • Everton to win and both teams to score – 3/1 (BET HERE)
  • Everton to win, Digne to have an assist and Calvert-Lewin to have 3 or more shots – 10/1 (BET HERE)

*All odds taken from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication


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