STRIKERS have been the talk of the town so far this season, with Romelu Lukaku, Harry Kane and Alvaro Morata among those blazing a trail.
IAN WRIGHT may not be banging them in for fun anymore but the Arsenal and England legend still has an eye for goal; or more importantly who’s going to be scoring them this weekend.
Here, Wrighty runs the rule over some choice games and offers his opinion on where punters’ money should be going.
⚽ Ian Wright’s Premier League Tips ⚽
Former striker Ian Wright selects his top tips for the weekend’s action.
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Manchester United v Crystal Palace betting preview – United to score over 3.5 goals, 9/4
Talk about a baptism of fire for Roy Hodgson! Manchester City last week, United on Saturday and then it’s Chelsea. It’s not getting any easier for the Eagles.
There were glimpses of Palace being more organised against City but in the end they still got stuffed. Roy will be looking to get this trio of games out the way before his work in keeping Palace safe can begin in earnest.
Like City, United are on fire right now and I can see them getting another four goals here; If not more.
With City scoring goals left, right and centre United know they need another big win to keep pace. There’s very little between the two sides at present and every goal is likely count when it comes to the title race.
United have won 4-0 three times already this season so the 17/2 on another 4-0 win can’t be ignored.
Lukaku has started exactly as you’d want a £75m signing to start. Not only has he scored a load of goals but he’s also silenced those questioning his link-up play and the first touch.
To be honest, no one inside the game was overly worried about that sort of stuff but it was in the media a lot and has now been put to bed.
It’s no surprise that he’s doing what he’s doing and you can see that even when he’s not playing well the side he’s in will carve out chances for him. That’s why he’s scored 10 goals in nine games and will help himself to a couple more this weekend.
He’s the only player in my mind when it comes to the first goalscorer market and with Sun Bets going top price he looks good value even at 23/10.
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Chelsea v Manchester City betting preview – Morata to score first, 9/2
This is such a good game, I can’t wait to see how it pans out. I think playing a day later in the Champions League might mean Antonio Conte’s men struggle a bit more than City, who played on Tuesday.
Pep Guardiola’s men are absolutely flying at the moment and I think this one is going to come down to the forwards.
With David Silva, Kevin De Bruyne, N’golo Kante and Tiémoué Bakayokoso all in the mix it’s going to be a great battle in the midfield but I think it will come down to Alvaro Morata and his counterpart, Sergio Aguero. It’s going to be a great battle.
Morata is the new guy on the block but he has hit the ground running, while Aguero has being doing it for years now in the Premier League. I think both men will get on the sheet but Morata is looking like he man most likely to open the scoring here and I’d definitely have a flutter at 9/2.
Chelsea did the double over City last year and from my experience when that happens you are even more fired up to go back and do well.
It’s all about confidence and momentum so both sides will want to keep their foot in the neck of their opponents to lay down a marker in the title race.
I think it’s going to be a tight one and I wouldn’t be surprised to see a 2-2 draw at the Bridge, worth backing at 11/1.
Newcastle v Liverpool betting preview – Liverpool to beat Newcastle 3-1, 12/1
The Brighton result will have brought Newcastle back down to earth after they picked up a head of steam. They shouldn’t be too disheartened though, as they were playing some good stuff and they’ll get some chances against a Liverpool defence with a lot of questions to answer.
The boffins at Sun Bets tell me there has never been a Premier League game end 0-0 between these sides too so expect goals.
Liverpool aren’t firing on all cylinders yet and Newcastle will be ready to pounce on a poor performance. But if you’re asking me to part with money then I’d have to go with Jurgen Klopp’s men as on paper they are the much better side.
I think the 12/1 on a 3-1 away win is a tempting proposition, and Firminho looks big at 11/2 to grab the opener so my advice would be to back him.