Man United v Derby: Man United to Win to Nil – 10/11
The pupil challenges the mentor – or should that be the demented – as Jose Mourinho welcomes his star midfielder of yesteryear to Old Trafford in his first season as a manager.
Derby have started the championship season strongly under the Chelsea legend, and currently sit sixth in the league standings after collecting three points against Brentford at the weekend.
For Lamps’ old boss, expectations are higher, so the recent serene run of wins has been unsettled by Saturday’s 1-1 draw. They also look to be making up the numbers in the league title race by comparison to the other challengers.
Those factors ought to impact on Mourinho’s approach to the game – there’ no room for any bull, red or otherwise, for United given how the league campaign is going – and his side should be able to see off his former charge’s promotion chasers to nil.
Bournemouth v Blackburn: Over 3.5 Goals – 2/1
The sparkle may go out of Eddie Howe’s men after they took a pasting at Burnley on Saturday having earned plaudits for their competitive start to the league.
But the main thing for us is there were plenty of goals.
Blackburn, promoted back to Championship last season, have enjoyed games buzzing with goals this season too – they almost came down from the high of a three-goal lead in the last fifteen minutes against Stoke on Saturday to win by the odd goal in five.
Both of these sides will attack, even if their managers ring the changes in their starting teams. If you want to play it safe, over 2.5 goals might appeal at 8/11, but 2/1 for the extra goal is what we’re taking.
Wolves v Leicester: Both Teams to Score – 4/6
The raiders of Old Trafford on Saturday could’ve taken away all three points if Adama Traore’s effort had sneaked past David de Gea near post.
There’s been no need for energy drinks among those watching Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this season, their fearless play and some cracking goals providing a natural pep to those who may be dozing in their seats.
Leicester’s haven’t played in a game with fewer than three goals in over a month. They’ve conceded and scored with almost equal frequency in that time.
Both of these teams like to attack and have little regard for defence. We fancy both to get on the scoreboard, even if they rest some first-teamers.
*All odds correct at time of posting