Arsenal v Manchester City
Last season’s clash between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad will live long in the memory, with an incredible encounter ending 6-3 to the now reigning Premier League Champions. However, the last six meetings between these two sides at the Emirates Stadium couldn’t contrast more with that free scoring affair. Just six goals have been scored in those matches, with the Gunners failing to score on four occasions.
City come into the game off the back of a shock home defeat to Stoke City last time out and will be keen to get back to winning ways straight away. But with Arsenal unbeaten in 19 Premier League games at home, and having won their last four in a row there, the two sides may have to settle for a share of the spoils.
Recommended bet: The draw and under 2.5 goals is on offer at 7/2 with Betway
Chelsea v Swansea City
At least one of the two remaining 100% records in the league will be lost this afternoon as Chelsea take on Swansea City at Stamford Bridge. The Blues have been in sparkling form so far this campaign, scoring 11 times in their three matches, including six last time out at Everton.
In many ways, Swansea have been equally as impressive, with their opening three victories including that triumph at Old Trafford on the opening day. In Nathan Dyer and Gylfi Sigurdsson they have two of the league’s form players but this may be a hurdle too far for Gary Monk and his side.
Recommended bet: Chelsea can be backed at 21/20 with BetVictor to win to nil.
Liverpool v Aston Villa
Third meets fifth at Anfield this evening and it is the visitors Aston Villa who sit in the loftier of the two positions. Paul Lambert’s side travel to Liverpool full of confidence following an unbeaten start to the season and further boosted by the knowledge that they have taken points from each of their last three visits to the red half of Merseyside
In the absence of Daniel Sturridge, much of Liverpool’s success in this match will depend on the performance of Mario Balotelli. The Italian impressed on his debut last week and can open his account today in what should be a high scoring encounter.
Recommended bet: Mario Balotelli to score anytime, best priced at Evens through Bet365.
Scottish independence referendum
Away from the world of sport, a subject dominating column inches and public debate is the upcoming Scottish independence referendum.
Sports betting exchange Matchbook.com has listed a market on site over the last few days and it has clearly responded to emerging news issues and daily poll results, with a significant shift from 1/2 to 1/4 for Scotland to remain as part of the Union.
Those confident of a Yes outcome can take advantage of the market value available, with Matchbook.com currently showing a price of 4/1 on Scotland leaving the Union. Thursday, September 18th will reveal all.