In what is arguably the meeting of the weekend, Manchester United play host to Chelsea and with neither team having what you can consider a blistering start to the season, this will be an ideal opportunity to get one over a close rival.
Both teams managed to finish in the top four at the end of last season and that will be the primary objective once again. However, with the money that Chelsea have spent recently, that might not be enough for manager Frank Lampard.
The largesse spending that has been carried out by owner Roman Abramovich will only serve to put Lampard under pressure and with the ruthless Russian sacking managers for any reason he sees fit, it may be a case of genuine title challenge or bust.
Something that can only come about if Chelsea solve their defensive issues, as even though they have plenty of attacking prowess, their hard work was undone at the weekend in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Southampton.
This will be an obvious source of frustration to the Blues’ coaching staff and it will be something that Manchester United will look to take advantage of, although one must not forget their own porous backline.
Which means a look towards the goal markets may be the shrewdest move this weekend and with Over 2.5 total goals being currently priced at 1.70, all signs point to another flutter of goals at Old Trafford this weekend.
Summary: Back Over 2.5 goals
SAINTS COME UNSTUCK
After an indifferent start to the season, Southampton are now finding their groove and after earning seven points from the last nine on offer, manager Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping his team can continue to be upwardly mobile.
However, the Saints may find their progress halted this weekend, as they play host to table toppers Everton and to be honest, that’s not really a statement you would have expected to write at the start of the campaign.
Then again, full credit should go to Carlo Ancelotti as he has used last season’s settling in period to absolute perfection and where the Toffees were going through the motions in June and July, now they are a team rejuvenated.
After clearing the hurdle of the Merseyside derby and coming away with a hard-earned 2-2 draw, the Blue half of his storied rivalry find themselves a point clear of Aston Villa and three clear of their crosstown rivals Liverpool.
The Saints will take some solace in the fact that there is no Richarlison for Everton after his sending off and if selected for the league leaders, the likes of Danny Ings and Che Adams will look to give Jordan Pickford a very long afternoon.
With that said, Everton should have enough themselves going forward and with Dominic Calvert-Lewin in such hot form, he will be charged with leading the line and continuing his rich goalscoring run.
Summary: Back Everton to win at 2.40
WOLVES TAME THE MAGPIES
In the first few weeks of the season, it was fair to say Wolves will carrying last season’s Europa League exploits on their minds and after suffering an emphatic 4-0 defeat at away to West Ham, Nuno Espirito Santo suggested his players were given a much needed wakeup call.
One that has since come in the way of back to back wins and although they are not quite at their free-flowing best of the past two Premier League seasons, they are managing to grind out victories instead.
A pair of 1-0 wins over both Fulham and Leeds have catapulted the Molineux outfit up to sixth place in the table and with an indifferent Newcastle coming to town this weekend, they will be looking to make it three wins in a row.
Newcastle capitulated at home to Manchester United last Saturday and it is a defeat that manager Steve Bruce will have to address in training this week, because if Wolves can finally click they may end up putting the Magpies to the slaughter.
With home advantage also on offer for Wolves, there is little reason to suggest that they will not win this encounter and therefore adding this one to your betting slip, looks like being perfect accumulator fodder.
Summary: Back Wolves at 1.75