All eyes will be on Turf Moor on Saturday for the latest chapter in the story of Manchester United under Louis van Gaal and one likes the look of a particular exotic bet.
Van Gaal is many things and one of them is proud. He is not the kind of person who changes his mind easily and one can bet that he will not abandon his tactical principles on a whim. That means that Manchester United is going to keep playing the Van Gaal way until one of two things happen: the Red Devils find their mojo or the Old Trafford hierarchy relieves the Dutchman of his duties. It could a long story.
For now what is apparent is that Manchester United does not have any defensive solidity. Manchester United has conceded goals in each of its three competitive games under Van Gaal and, while the Red Devils won most of their pre-season matches, they did so while keeping few clean sheets.
Betting on the headline result of the English Premier League game between Burnley and Manchester United is problematic. Burnley has lost each of its three competitive matches and one understands why bookmakers have earmarked the Clarets for one of the three relegation spots. And only a mad man – or woman – would back Manchester United at odds on to win what is a Lancashire derby taking place in enemy territory.
The best bet is both teams to score at odds of -106 with 888sport and Unibet. One’s initial thought was to propose Manchester United not to keep a clean sheet at odds of -149 with Bet365 but one thinks that Burnley will struggle to shut out any of the English Premier League heavyweights so the odds of -106 are more appealing.
Games such as Saturday’s match are the prize for Burnley gaining promotion to the English Premier League. Burnley boss Sean Dyche, a wholehearted defender in his playing days, is a terrific motivator and one thinks that he will have the Clarets believing that they can beat Manchester United. Certainly, one expects Burnley to play fearlessly, which is the opposite of the mindset with which Manchester United is likely to take the field. There is blood in the water and every team in the English Premier League – even the sides making up the numbers – can smell it right now.
While Manchester United is in danger of becoming a laughing stock, Manchester City has marked out itself as the side to beat in the English Premier League with back-to-back wins over Liverpool and Newcastle. Stoke is the next opponent for the defending champion and, given the unimpressive manner in which the Potters have kicked off their campaign, one cannot see any reason for excluding Manchester City from multiples.
Coral is offering odds of -500 about Manchester City making it three wins from three English Premier League games by beating Stoke at the Etihad Stadium. That looks like money for old rope, although singles punters are likely to be much more interested in the odds of -125 with BetVictor and Boylesports about a Manchester City win to nil. Manchester City has not conceded a goal versus Stoke in any of the last four matches between the sides, winning three of them.
Finally, Tottenham and Liverpool have featured in several high-scoring English Premier League games in recent times and another entertaining encounter is on the cards when Spurs hosts the Reds at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Each of the last four English Premier League matches between Tottenham and Liverpool have gone over two and a half goals, although one should note that the Reds have been the major contributors, scoring 13 of the 17 goals, including nine without reply in last season’s two championship games.
Tottenham has started its English Premier League campaign in fine fashion and it looks good for at least one goal on its home pitch, while Mario Balotelli is tipped to make his Liverpool debut, thereby improving the Reds attack. All things considered, the most attractive play is a punt on both teams to score at odds of -182 with Ladbrokes.
Tottenham v Liverpool BTTS
31st August 13:30
Where to Bet: Ladbrokes.
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