IMAGINE being able to ask Ian Wright for betting tips.
The Arsenal and England legend knows more about football than anyone you know after all.
He may not be keen to meet you down your local to discuss this over a swift half but here he gives his top tips for the third round of Premier League games.
Chelsea v Everton betting preview – Wayne Rooney to score anytime, 3/1
Wayne Rooney bowed out of international football in the perfect way at the perfect time, says IAN WRIGHT.
Too many great players are hounded out against their will and leave the England fold with a whimper. But in waiting until he’s bang in form and wanted by the England manager Wayne Rooney has closed that chapter of his career with the dignity it deserves.
And Everton will be the main beneficiaries of that decision. I think Alan Shearer’s record of 266 Premier League goals is probably safe, Wazza would need 15-a-year for four seasons to come close, but at 31 he still has plenty to offer.
With that in mind I can’t see why anyone wouldn’t have a cheeky tenner on him scoring anytime against Chelsea this weekend at 3/1.
The Blues have started really well and Antonio Conte got his tactics spot-on last time out against Spurs but Everton have also hit the ground running and looked solid at the back and comfortable in midfield against Manchester City.
You have to fancy the Toffees to cause some problems and I don’t see this one as a foregone conclusion for Chelsea.
As good as the Blues are playing they’re missing an in-form striker for me and I don’t care what anyone says Diego Costa would have two or three goals by now .
They’ve got goals elsewhere but that lack of a dangerous frontman in good fettle has me doubting the home win here.
I fancy a score draw and would definitely be tempted by the 20/1 on a 2-2 result.
Tottenham v Burnley betting preview – Harry Kane to score first and Spurs to win 2-0, 12/1
Spurs have got better players than Burnley without a shadow of a doubt but the Wembley effect will make this a tougher game than it appears on paper.
That effect isn’t on the north London side by the way, that’s nonsense. Spurs are not playing badly because of their temporary accommodation. The effect is on their opponents and teams like Burnley, and I mean no disrespect here, are rarely going to get the opportunity to play at the national stadium.
I genuinely believe this will add 25 to 30 per cent to their game and that means a tough afternoon’s work for the hosts here.
There’s no trophy at stake for the Clarets so that lack of jeopardy and the added enthusiasm will help them raise their game.
Unfortunately for Sean Dyche’s men another thing that is complete nonsense is the supposed August curse on Harry Kane. It’s pure coincidence that he hasn’t scored in the opening month of the season and I can guarantee it’s not something that’s playing on his mind.
It’s not as if he’s falling over, mis-kicking the ball and failing to get chances. He’s been hitting the woodwork and getting the best out of opposing keepers. I’m so sure the curse is utter b****cks that I’m tipping Harry to net this weekend.
It’ll be a tough game, with Burnley well up for the challenge, but I can’t look past a 2-0 home win and Kane to score first at 12/1.
Liverpool v Arsenal betting preview – Mane to score 2+ goals, 13/2
Alexis Sanchez is apparently going to be involved for Arsenal this weekend which will massively improve the Gunners’ chances.
They are a much better side with him on the field and he’s a player who can win a game on his own.
Unfortunately, Liverpool look to have put their early season jitters behind them with a decent display in the Champion League.
Reaching the group stages is a huge weight off their shoulders and they showed against Hoffenheim that when they turn it on they can blast teams away in a 20-minute spell.
Add that to the fact that Arsenal haven’t won a league game at Anfield since 2012 and it’s hard to foresee anything other than a home win.
I fancy Arsenal to put in a much-improved display but with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino both looking awesome I think the Reds will edge it 3-2 (18/1).
Mane was fantastic mid-week and in that kind of form the 13/2 on him bagging two or more looks great value.