Manchester United 3 - 1 Liverpool - Martial

Martial to Lay Down the Law to Black Cats

Manchester United 3 - 1 Liverpool - Martial

Manchester United teenage sensation Anthony Martial is the hottest property in the English Premier League and one does not mind dipping into an exotic market for the best bet on the card, namely the Frenchman to score against Sunderland.

Martial has scored four goals in four matches for Manchester United since he joined the Red Devils from Monaco in a huge transfer deal and the 19-year-old striker only started two of those games. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal limited Martial’s involvement in Wednesday’s English Capital One Cup tie versus Ipswich to little more than 20 minutes – Wayne Rooney, for example, played most of the match – so it is reasonable for one to assume that the youngster is going to start against Sunderland’s shockingly bad defence.

Sunderland has conceded 13 goals in its first six English Premier League games and it leaked seven goals in its two English Capital One matches, including three goals at home to fourth-tier Exeter inside the first 43 minutes of a tie that the Black Cats eventually won 6-3. Sunderland boss Dick Advocaat feared that Black Cats fans would walk out of the Stadium of Light midway through their side’s 1-4 English Capital One Cup loss to Manchester City on Tuesday and he would not have blamed anyone had they rushed for the exit.

One thought that Sunderland would be bad – the Black Cats were the value play in the English Premier League wooden spoon market before the season kicked off – but still the ineptitude of Advocaat’s team has come as a shock. Martial is scoring goals for fun, Manchester United will dominate possession and territory at home to such a weak side and many bookmakers, including Ladbrokes and SkyBet, are offering odds of +100 about a Martial goal at any time.

Continuing the goals theme and one likes the odds about the English Premier League game between Leicester and Arsenal at King Power Stadium on Saturday being fairly high scoring.

Critics were lining up to have a pop at Leicester officials for installing Claudio Ranieri as Nigel Pearson’s successor but, while the Foxes have benefitted from a soft schedule in the opening six English Premier League rounds, credit where credit is due – they are entertaining to watch, something that one could not say about some Ranieri-coached teams.

Leicester coughed up two bad goals in its English Premier League match at Stoke last weekend – the second was a real howler – but the Foxes fought back strongly and, by the end of the game, they were unlucky not to take all three points. One is confident that Leicester will attack Arsenal and that the Gunners will fancy their chance of breaching the Foxes so, rather than try to pick the result of the English Premier League match, picking over two and a half goals makes sense. Marathonbet is listing the bet at odds of -141 .

Finally, could anyone seriously back Liverpool at short odds to beat any English Premier League side at the moment? Aston Villa is trading at odds of +175 with PaddyPower to avoid defeat when it tackles Liverpool at Anfield on Saturday in an English Premier League game where all the pressure will be on the Reds and their under-fire coach, Brendan Rodgers.

Liverpool has been the ultimate bookmaker’s English Premier League team for many, many years, regularly busting coupons at short odds both at home and on the road. Liverpool has problems with part of its side and the striker on whom the Reds splashed the cash in an effort to finally replace Luis Suarez, former Aston Villa forward Christian Benteke, is unlikely to face his former team. One does not rate Aston Villa highly but one cannot fathom why Liverpool is short odds to defeat the Villans given the state of the Reds.

Tips Summary

Martial to score vs Sunderland
26th September 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +100

Leicester v Arsenal Over 2.5 goals
26th September 15:00 GMT
Odds:  -141

A Villa to win/draw v Liverpool
26th September 15:00 GMT
Odds:  +175

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