While there’s an eerie amount of interest in the egg-chasing about again this weekend, the football fan and betting enthusiast can still rejoice in a veritable feast of televised domestic action either side of England’s next World Cup disaster.
Of course, with Ladbrokes running their spectacular *Sharp Shooter offer across all of the domestic clashes broadcast on the goggle box, it’s only natural the News team endeavour to pick out some prime exponents.
Sunday’s line up is as blockbuster as they come in the Premier League, while before that Jose Mourinho’s mob are back under the microscope at home to Southampton.
Chelsea v Southampton: Saido Mane to score first @ 9/1
In this parallel universe where Chelsea have already shipped two goals per game in the Premier League after seven, backing the opposition’s attacking players holds more appeal than previously imaginable.
Although nine-man Arsenal failed to penetrate at Stamford Bridge last time the Blues were in residence, they’ve shipped four more since in the intervening matches as Mourinho continues to shun John Terry.
All of Southampton’s last three league goals against the champions have arrived before 20 minutes have elapsed, with livewire forward Mane – who’s scored three in his last two – on target against Chelsea last season.
Everton v Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge to score first @ 5/1
Sturridge stroking home two sweet strikes against Aston Villa last weekend was a more welcome sight to Liverpool fans than the finish line is to a marathon runner.
Rested in midweek, Studger should get the green light at Goodison Park and although Everton will be many people’s fancy for the win, the Reds have scored before the 10-minute market in consecutive matches.
Arsenal v Manchester United: Juan Mata to score first @ 9/1
Talking of sights, a few eyebrows went northwards in midweek when Mata, rather than Wayne Rooney, was instructed by Louis van Gaal to take the penalty against Wolfsburg.
In keeping with his superb form, the diminutive Spaniard swept it home conclusively. Mata who has three goals in his last four United outings, has already graced two Premier League scoresheets on his travels this season, grabbing the opener at Swansea too.
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