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Liverpool v Aston Villa Preview

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Liverpool will play at home for the first time since the opening weekend of the Premier League as they prepare to take on Aston Villa and Tom Cleverley in Saturday’s evening kick-off.

After a disappointing defeat to fellow title challengers Man City, Liverpool got back on the horse with a convincing win against a lacklustre Tottenham side. Daniel Sturridge looks like he is going to miss this weekend’s game through a thigh injury, so will The Red Men have enough goals in the team to get the job done against Villa?

Paul Lambert’s side have arguably been the surprise package so far and are one of only three sides who remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season.

After being tipped for relegation by many fans and pundits across the nation, the Villains currently sit third in the league and will be travelling to Anfield full of confidence. Will they still be unbeaten after the weekend?

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Full-time result: Liverpool win – best odds at BetVictor – Aston villa win – best odds at BetVictor

Despite Villa keeping clean sheets in their first two games of the season, we expect their defence to be breached by Liverpool… and more than once. The Anfield faithful will be looking forward to see their side in full force once more and the fine form of Raheem Sterling suggests that he will be the man to ignite Liverpool’s performance. Expect him to get his name on the score sheet.

Both Teams to Score: Yes – best odds at Betfair – no – best odds at PaddyPower

Each side have netted in three of their last five fixtures, with the last fixture at Anfield producing a score draw thriller back in January. Liverpool have notched six goals in their first three fixtures while The Villains have scored three times this season. Villa have scored in each of their last three visits to Liverpool.

Both Teams to Score + Result: Liverpool – best odds at Coral – Aston Villa – best odds at BetVictor

Aston Villa have enjoyed success in recent visits to Anfield – they haven’t lost there in three games, winning once and drawing twice. They have become somewhat of a bogey side to Liverpool and have scored six times in those three visits. However, we expect the new and improved Liverpool defence to have done their homework and their clean sheet at White Hart Lane will have given them confidence.

Over/Under 2.5 goals: Over 2.5 goals – best odds at bet365 or Under 2.5 goals – best odds at BetVictor

Over 2.5 goals is the closest thing you’ll get to a dead cert this weekend. As mentioned, Villa are accustomed to scoring goals at Anfield and there has been over 2.5 goals scored in 16 of Liverpool’s last 17 Premier League games.

WF tips: Over 2.5 goals

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Man United v QPR Preview

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Manchester United host QPR on Super Sunday with Louis van Gaal’s side still looking for their first win of the season.

After an encouraging pre-season, Manchester United have since suffered their worst start to a Premier League season since its inception in 92/93. They followed up their opening day defeat at home to Swansea with two consecutive draws away at Sunderland and Burnley.

It has prompted Van Gaal to spend £60m on Angel di Maria as well as a deadline day swoop for Radamel Falcao. After their purchases of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind, United have spent over £150m in just one transfer window.

But will the new boys gel and produce instant results or will United’s agony continue a while longer?

QPR currently sit above United in the league table after picking up their first win of the season against Sunderland last Saturday. They will come to Old Trafford confident of causing an upset especially with the addition of Sandro, who will look to disrupt a new look United midfield.

Rio Ferdinand will be returning to Old Trafford for the first time since being released by the club. Will he turn it into a happy homecoming or a day to forget?

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Full-time result: Man United win – best odds at Coral

With the additions of world-class quality in Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao, United must surely pick up their first win of the season this weekend. Although QPR will be confident after their victory against Sunderland, United’s defence was slightly more assured against Burnley and Marcos Rojo will be available to strengthen that area.

Both teams to score: Yes – best odds at Coral – No – best odds at PaddyPower

Before their victory against Sunderland, QPR had failed to score in their first two Premier League games, while United have managed just two goals this season. Both teams have scored against each other just once in their last four fixtures, but with significant changes made to both sides the game may lack structure and fluidity, which could lead to both sides leaking goals.

Both teams to score + result: Man United – best odds at Coral – QPR – best odds at bet365

United have never lost to QPR in the Premier League era with the Rs managing just two draws. However, Jamie Mackie did manage to find the net during their last trip to Old Trafford, which resulted in a 3-1 win to the hosts back in November of the 12/13 season.

Over/Under 2.5 goals: Over – best odds at bet365 – under – best odds at BetVictor 

United have won 2-0 in three of the last four fixtures against QPR, while over 2.5 goals has only been scored in one of their last six match-ups. Although we expect United to win, it may not be the hammering that many people think and QPR will set up to frustrate the home side.

Moneymaker: Under 2.5 goals

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Hull v West Ham Preview

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A new look Hull side host West Ham on this week’s Monday night football with both sides looking for a reaction after suffering defeat in their last Premier League fixtures.

Hull seemed to suffer from a European hangover last weekend. After being dumped out of the Europa League they lost 2-1 at Villa Park after giving a tepid performance, which their manager Steve Bruce later described as ‘one of the worst performances’ in his time at the club.

They have since reinvigorated the squad with Ben Arfa, Gaston Ramirez, Mohammed Diame and Abel Hernandez all signed on deadline day.

But will Steve Bruce manage to get the balance right in attacking flair as well as their well known industrious performances?

West Ham have had a disappointing start to the season, despite beating a poor Crystal Palace side, Hammer’s fans continue to call for the sacking of Sam Allardyce after losing to Tottenham and Southampton at home as well as being dumped out of the League Cup by Sheffield United.

Will West Ham be able to turn around their performances under the current regime or is it a time for change at the Boleyn Ground?

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Full time result: Draw – best odds at PaddyPower

There will be a sense of anticipation at The KC Stadium as Steve Bruce gets set to unleash his new streak of Tigers. West Ham gave a lacklustre performance against Southampton, but will also welcome a host of new names to their starting lineup. This one could turn into a scrappy affair with both sides adjusting to their new additions and each side would settle for a point.

Both teams to score: Yes – best odds at Coral – No – best odds at BetVictor

West Ham have scored four goals in their last two fixtures and could quite easily have scored in every game this season had Mark Noble converted his penalty against Tottenham. Hull have scored in every league game this season, while each side has scored in two of the last three fixtures they have played against each other.

Both teams to score + result: Hull – best odds at Coral – West Ham – best odds at Coral

West Ham have won four of their last five games against Hull and have scored five times in their last three visits to the KC Stadium. Hull won the corresponding fixture last season and we think they’ll pick up another three points on Monday night.

Over/under 2.5 goals: Yes – best odds at Betfair – no best odds at – Ladbrokes

Both sides have been scoring goals and creating opportunities this season. Hull have conceded three goals in their last two fixtures, while West Ham are yet to keep a clean sheet this season. Two of their last three games have included over 2.5 goals.

Moneymaker: Both teams to score

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