Wilfried Zaha to end Everton’s unbeaten start, Wolves will increase West Ham’s woes, Roberto Firmino to fire Liverpool past Arsenal

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Wilfried Zaha to end Everton's unbeaten start, Wolves will increase West Ham's woes, Roberto Firmino to fire Liverpool past Arsenal

After the midweek Carabao Cup action, the Premier League returns with some cracking clashes to be played this weekend.

In-form Crystal Palace and Everton have taken maximum points from their two games so far this season and will put their perfect records on the line when they face off at Selhurst Park on Saturday.


Carlo Ancelott’s Everton side are in good form – but Crystal Palace will be tough opponents

West Ham, meanwhile, are desperate to get points on the board after two straight defeats as they host Wolves on Sunday.

The Hammers will be without manager David Moyes as well as two players – Issa Diop and Josh Cullen – after they tested positive for coronavirus earlier this week, meaning they have to self-isolate.

Game week three culminates with a huge showdown at Anfield on Monday night between champions Liverpool and Arsenal.

Liverpool have started the season looking formidable in attack once more, scoring six goals in their first two games, but Arsenal are looking a much stronger force under Mikel Arteta and also boast a 100 per cent record from their opening games.

Here are our top betting tips for this weekend…

Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3pm)

You know how it goes: two teams playing good football and with 100 per cent records come up against one another… it’s bound to finish goalless!

And with three successive Selhurst Park draws between these two teams – including the last two ending 0-0 – the 15/2 on offer for another 0-0 this Saturday is tempting.

There’s real excitement about Everton right now, raising hopes the Toffees could wrestle their way into the Champions League places. They are available at 6/1 right now for a top four finish, while it is 2/1 they make the top six.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin also comes into this match on the back of a Premier League hat-trick and amid transfer links with Manchester United. He’s 9/5 as an anytime scorer, while it is 4/1 he opens the scoring.

However, we think the value is in Crystal Palace. The Eagles were outstanding against Manchester United last weekend as they ran out fully deserved 3-1 winners at Old Trafford and are 27/10 to win – a cracking price for a side in top form and on home soil.

Wilfried Zaha is Palace’s biggest threat after putting former club United to the sword last weekend and will fancy his chances against Jordan Pickford, who made two howlers for Everton against Fleetwood in their cup win in midweek.

Zaha scored twice for Palace as they stunned Man United to win 3-1 at Old Trafford last weekend – can he continue his impressive start to the season?


Zaha scored twice for Palace as they stunned Man United to win 3-1 at Old Trafford last weekend – can he continue his impressive start to the season?

Zaha is aiming to score for the third successive game and is 14/5 to net anytime. The better bet for us, though, is for him to score anytime and have three more shots at 13/2. He’s averaged three shots per game this season and Everton have given up 15 shots in their two matches so far, so that looks decent value.

Zaha has also been the subject of Everton bids in the past and he’s been linked with the Merseysiders again this summer. It’s no secret he wants out of Palace so he will be determined to prove his worth and get the move he desires before the transfer deadline passes in early October.

talkSPORT’s best bets:

West Ham vs Wolves (Sunday, 7pm)

It’s been a nightmare start to the campaign for West Ham.

They have suffered defeats to Newcastle United and Arsenal in their opening two matches and have seen manager David Moyes struck down by coronavirus, meaning assistant Alan Irvine will take charge for this game.

The club’s co-owner David Sullivan did little to appease unhappy fans this week, telling talkSPORT they may not make another signing before the deadline in October.

Could we be waving goodbye to the Hammers once again come the end of the season? They’re 9/4 to be relegated from the Premier League for a third time.

A 5-1 win over Hull in the Carabao Cup will have lifted their spirits slightly but up next are a Wolves side who caused plenty of problems against Man City on Monday night, and were unlucky to lose 3-1 at Molineux.

West Ham haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last 10 Premier League home games (W3 D3 L4) and Nuno Espirito Santo’s side have had their number since their return to the top flight two years ago too. Wolves have won all four games against them and haven’t even conceded a goal – you can get 11/5 for them to win to nil once again on Sunday night.

Raul Jimenez will be confident of finding the net against a troubled West Ham side

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Raul Jimenez will be confident of finding the net against a troubled West Ham side

Victory at the London Stadium will be a huge boost as the Old Gold look to get back amongst the European places. They’ve not been shy in the transfer market and Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo is the latest man through the door.

Wolves are clearly building for another assault on the top six and you wouldn’t put it past them achieving their goal, with Raul Jimenez starting the season as he left off with goals in both his first two games.

They’re 2/1 to finish in the top six but will be wary Everton are also trying to gatecrash the party after their impressive summer business too.

talkSPORT’s best bets

Liverpool vs Arsenal (Monday, 8pm)

Arsenal have been vastly improved since Mikel Arteta’s arrival as manager in December – but they’re still miles behind Liverpool.

The Reds finished 18 points clear at the top last season and look even stronger this season following the additions of Thiago and Diogo Jota and put Chelsea to the sword last week.

They boast an incredible record at Anfield under Klopp, having not been beaten at home in the Premier League for 60 games now.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have won their last four top-flight games against Arsenal at home, and we fully expect them to do so again – despite the Gunners winning their opening two games of the 2020/21 campaign.

Mohamed Salah was the hero for Liverpool on the opening weekend, hitting a hat-trick in the 4-3 win over Leeds, while Sadio Mane was the matchwinner against Sunday last Sunday, netting both goals in the 2-0 win.

Now we’re backing the other star in Liverpool’s formidable attacking trio – Roberto Firmino – to shine.

Firmino only scored one league goal at Anfield last season but he has a great record against Arsenal. He has scored eight times against the Gunners in a Reds shirt – more than Salah and Mane – and will be eager to get off the mark this weekend. He’s 7/1 to score first and 23/10 to net anytime.

Firmino hasn’t scored yet tis season – will he get off the mark on Monday night?


Firmino hasn’t scored yet tis season – will he get off the mark on Monday night?

This fixture always throws up plenty of goals. There have been 24 of them in the last five league games between these sides at Anfield while they also played out a 5-5 thriller on Merseyside in the Carabao Cup last season.

The 7/4 on offer for a Liverpool victory and both teams to score looks decent value to us.

talkSPORT’s best bets:

  • Roberto Firmino to score first: 7/1 (BET HERE)
  • Roberto Firmino to score and Liverpool to win: 14/5 (BET HERE)
  • Liverpool to win and both teams to score: 7/4 (BET HERE)
  • Both teams to score and over 3.5 goals: 17/10 (BET HERE)

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication. 

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