Saturday’s Premier League action was both entertaining, and dramatic. We seen a major heavyweight tussle between Chelsea and Liverpool at the Bridge, and there was dramatic action at the London Stadium, where Manchester United slumped to another defeat, this time at the hands of West Ham.
— Premier League (@premierleague) September 30, 2018
Our free football tips returned to winning ways, with both yesterday’s bets winning, Spurs to beat Huddersfield at -1, and Harry Kane to score anytime. This gave our tipping results a much needed boost after last weekend’s setback, when Manchester United failed to win.
Where do we start with yesterday, Man City going back top? Sturridge’s wonder strike? No with Jose and Manchester United.
Rio Ferdinand was quite – constructively – damning in his analysis on BT Sport, stating that “There will be conversations at the top level about the future of the manager and the squad.”
In next manager to leave his position betting, Jose is now a best price of 6/5 with Betvictor to be the next manager to go.
It has been pointed out in some quarters that United aren’t a sacking club. They waited until United couldn’t qualify for the Champions League before giving Moyes the bullet, and they also waited until the end of the season to get rid of Louis van Gaal.
While this is true, I wouldn’t let it cloud my judgement in the current situation. United may well not be a sacking club, but if Jose has totally lost the dressing room, and the evidence is pretty much in front of everyone’s eyes, then what option will the club have?
He’s picked fights with players last season, and spent the summer at loggerheads with executive vice-chairman, Ed Woodward. If you add all that up, it amounts to a totally different scenario to what previously faced United with the futures of Moyes and van Gaal.
Moving on from the Red Devils, and without fully hitting their straps yet this season, Manchester City returned to the top on goal difference, after beating Brighton 2-0 at the Etihad.
The return to the top of the table was down to Liverpool dropping points at Stamford Bridge. As I have previously stated, I believe Chelsea to be credible title contenders, so in the bigger picture the 1-1 draw was a good result.
And what about Sturridge’s equaliser, what a strike! If Liverpool can keep him fit and firing like that all season, it will certainly help their chances.
City are still favourites in the Premier League betting, they are currently 4/6 with Betfair. The best price on Liverpool is 9/4, and Chelsea, 12/1, both with Betvictor. Liverpool host City at Anfield next Sunday, so that could see a massive hole blown in those odds.
Spurs make up the top 4 after their second win in a row. They are only there on goal difference ahead of Arsenal, who – despite their dodgy looking defence – are starting to quietly sneak up on the inside.
It would be foolish to totally rule out a team like Arsenal. I suspect they will come unstuck somewhere along the line, but they have already played Man City (home) and Chelsea (away) this season, so they have two of the big tricky matches out of the way already, and who knows how things might turn out when the squad get used to the new manager’s ways.
I suspect Arsenal’s main target this year though, must be a top 4 finish, and they are looking like serious contenders to Spurs and Man United for that 4th place. At the moment Spurs are 4/6, Arsenal are 7/4 (both with Betfred), and Man Utd are 7/2 with Betvictor.