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Erik Ten Hag's Manchester United the most backed team across Sunday's fixtures
- Manchester United (52%) vs Brighton
- Leicester (43%) vs Brentford
- West Ham vs Man City (43%)
In the last 24 hours the three favourites in today's Premier League fixtures have been well backed through oddschecker. Manchester United have taken 52% of bets in the winner market for their opening match against Brighton, despite losing 4-0 to the Seagulls the last time these two played. Leicester and Man City have both recieved 43% of bets through oddschecker as they face Brentford and West Ham respectively this afternoon. Support for the league champions is perhaps a little under what you'd expect with punters likely influenced by a surprise result at Craven Cottage yesterday as Liverpool could only manage a point against newly promoted Fulham.
The best price on Sunday's favourites treble is 4/1 with one bookmaker as short as 3/1. Paddy Power have boosted this treble to 9/2. Compare boost from your bookmakers with our new best of the boosts feature.
Mo Salah now 1/1 to have a SOT
Salah is now 1/1 to have a SOT on target against Fulham today. Click here to add to betslip.
Ben White a big price to pick up a card against Crystal Palace
Ben White at nearly 6/1 (23/4 best price) stands out as a value play for tonight's game between Crystal Palace and Arsenal. White should be lining up at right-back tonight due to injuries to Takehiro Tomiyasu and will come up against the tricky customer that is Wilfried Zaha.
The Crystal Palace talisman averaged the most fouls p/g in the Premier League last season (3.1) and will be looking to put on a show in the Eagles' first league game of the season.
Matchbook Exclusive 8/1 Over 2.5 Goals Premier League Treble
Matchbook are best price 8/1 until kick-off tomorrow for Over 2.5 goals in Leeds vs Wolves, Newcastle vs Nottingham Forest and Everton vs Chelsea in the Premier League.
Friday's Best of the Boosts
The oddschecker team have highlighted three eye-catching selections from Best of the Boosts, covering action in the Premier League, Ligue 1 and Bundesliga.
Read more about them HERE.
Several key Leeds defenders injured
Leeds United have been handed a blow to the opening of their season with injuries ruling out three of their defenders for their opening game against Wolves. Liam Cooper, Junior Firpo and Luke Ayling have all been mainstays in the Leeds backline all last season and will surely be a huge miss.
Ronaldo in from the cold for Brighton game?
Anthony Martial is ruled out of Man United's opener v Brighton on Sunday. [The Athletic]— oddschecker (@oddschecker) August 4, 2022
Will Erik ten Hag turn to Cristiano Ronaldo in his first league game?
First goalscorer odds:
Cristiano Ronaldo 7/2
Bruno Fernandes 6/1
Marcus Rashford 8/1
Jadon Sancho 9/1#MUFC pic.twitter.com/IcUiAzRXxm
The Portuguese striker is a best price 6/5 to score anytime on Sunday.
Tomiyasu's injury could present value
Takehiro Tomiyasu's time at Arsenal has been plagued by injury and it looks like the Japanese international is set to miss their opening game against Crystal Palace.
The most likely to replace the 23-year-old is Ben White or Cedric both of whom will be coming up against Palace's talisman, Wilfred Zaha.
Zaha was the most fouled player last year collecting 101 fouls and with the prospect of playing either Ben White or Cedric you would fancy either to pick up a card. Ben White is currently 13/2 to be carded, whilst Cedric can be found at 9/2.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks set to be out for around a month.— oddschecker (@oddschecker) August 3, 2022
With Salomon Rondon suspended for the opening game, where will Everton's goals come from?
Chelsea to win to nil
Best odds: 7/4
Worst odds: 6/4 pic.twitter.com/oH3RtRN4sM
Price Boost for Liverpool to beat Fulham
Title hopefuls Liverpool kick off their season away to newly promoted Fulham on Saturday and are the odds on favourites at a best price of 3/10 through oddschecker to get off to a winning start.
However, William Hill are boosting odds for Klopp's side to justify favouritism on the opening day, offering customers odds of EVS for a Liverpool win.
Everton's Calvert-Lewin misses training
With Richarlison sold to Spurs earlier this summer, the goalscoring burden on Dominic Calvert-Lewin at Everton appears even greater. Rumours started swirling yesterday about an injury and it has been confirmed that he isn't training today.
In the past five seasons, Everton vs Chelsea at Goodison Park has only yielded eight goals, with under 2.5 goals on four of those occasions. If DCL is confirmed out, the Acca Scout thinks under 2.5 at 10/11 could be good value.
De Bruyne to return to top of the assists tree in 2022/23?
As revealed by oddschecker's Jimmy The Punt for BettingOdds.com, only Trent Alexander-Arnold generated a greater xA then Kevin De Bruyne's total of 11.26 in 2021/22 (he returned eight assists) which suggests the fault may not lie entirely at his feet.
With Erling Haaland finally filling the void left by Sergio Agüero at City, the Belgian playmaker now looks set to reap the rewards of his creative quality. The Acca Scout sees value in a best price 5/1 for KDB to register the most assists in 2022/23.
Tavernier at the double?
Rangers' James Tavernier is a best price 50/1 to score a brace in Belgium tonight against Union SG, with the same bet priced at 18/1 with other bookmakers. Tavernier was the last goalscorer in the Gers' 2-1 win at Livingston over the weekend - he is 11/1 to repeat the feat in Leuven.
Lampard leads the top five in the sack race
We’re now just a few days away from the start of the 2022/23 Premier League season, and 44-year-old Lampard has been a constant at the top of the sack race market throughout the summer (now best price 4/1).
But which other two managers share a similarly short price? And why does the Acca Scout think Brendan Rodgers might be the value play? Find out more HERE.
Watford vs Sheffield United Goalscorer Cheat Sheet
WhoScored's Edge of the Box: Premier League predictions
With the Premier League curtain-raiser just days away, WhoScored's Edge of the Box panel made their predictions for some of the key outright markets.
There's chat about the winners and losers of the transfer window before Dan, Josh and Raj run through the title race, top four, relegation, dark horses and underachievers, as well as their 1-20 table predictions for the season. It's well worth a watch if you're looking for a decent outright bet ahead of the weekend.
Compare odds on all Premier League outright markets here.
Will Watford's top goalscorer score first tonight?
Emmanuel Dennis was Watford's top goalscorer last year with 10 goals last year and averaged 1.8 shots per game.
The Nigerian international has had a lot of speculation about his future but with the possibility of him starting tonight against Sheffield United, he could open his Championship account. Dennis can still be found at 6/1 to be the first goalscorer tonight.
Stats say BTTS in Watford vs Sheff Utd is unlikely
Both teams have scored in only one of Watford v Sheffield Utd's previous seven meetings. Currently, odds-against (21/20) for both teams to score NO tonight.
Tom Cleverley the value play in the card market
At 6/1 with one bookmaker, Watford's Tom Cleverley looks good value for a card as Watford starts their Championship campaign against Sheffield United.
The former Manchester United player picked up six cards last time he was in the Championship in the 2020/21 season and is as short as 3/1 with two bookmakers to see a card tonight.