Our betting expert Jones Nose believes Manchester United and Arsenal can play a boring tie while Brentford is backed to get a result with Tottenham.
Tottenham – Brentford, Thursday 7:30pm
The market certainly trusts Spurs more than I do. They are trading 8/13 with Sky Bet, which indicates there is a 60 percent chance of winning the match. This would normally be the case when hosting a newly promoted team but Brentford have shown that they are not an ordinary newly promoted side. Thomas Frank’s side carry a significant offensive threat, and are the seventh best team in the Premier League when it comes to predicted goal performance data. They’ve backed that up with actual results too, having already beaten West Ham Wolves this season.
Spurs still lack cash, and Antonio Conte will need a transfer window or two to properly put his stamp on a team in need of refresh. Brentford is more than good enough to emulate them.
Expect result: 1-1
betting angle: Brentford win or draw (5/4 with Sky Bet)
Manchester United – Arsenal, Thursday 8.15pm
Ralph Rangnick is an exciting date for Manchester United that brings with it an exciting change of style. His papers were not completed in time for Arsenal’s visit, so Michael Carrick-Ball will be back on Thursday. It was a sensible, albeit practical, approach that has led to two good results for United since the departure of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. It will be more of the same here.
Arsenal’s approach will be similar. Mikel Arteta is building a strong unit that revolves around defensive security, especially on the road where they have only scored three goals in six away games. A tight, intimate confrontation is expected – and I want to be against goals and cards.
The under 2.5 target streak is well found in the market at 4/6, but there is some oomph surrounding the card streak as referee Martin Atkinson is a very lenient official. Over the past two seasons, his average of just 2.4 cards per 90 minutes brings him close to the bottom of the rigor scale. In a game that’s unlikely to open, 11/4 for less than 30 booking points is worth pursuing.
Expect result: 0-0
betting angle: Less than 30 booking points (11/4 with Skybet)
Premier League review: Was Carrick right to drop Ronaldo? Rafa’s pressure before the derby, Hao’s problems and title tips
In the latest essential football podcast, Alice Piper joins Sky Sports football writer Gerard Brand and Ben Grounds to look back at another big weekend at both ends of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s lead slipped after their 1-1 draw with Manchester United in Stamford. bridge.
part One | Was Michael Carrick right to pick him up against Cristiano Ronaldo – and should United have signed him at all? Manchester United’s interim manager’s tactics are being evaluated before the arrival of Ralph Rangnick, and questions have been raised about Chelsea’s attacking prowess, while Arsenal can imagine facing United’s next team given their own form?
Part 2 | Where does another poor result at Brentford leave Everton boss Rafa Benitez ahead of the Merseyside derby in midweek? Does Liverpool have anything to fear? And the strange case of Marcelo Bielsa and Calvin Phillips…
Part 3 | Newcastle showed Eddie Howe the scale of the task ahead with six pointers against the next Norwich, and Aston Villa blasted their way to victory once again – and with two points between the top three, who would win the Premier League?