Another weekend of high drama is on the cards in the Premier League, with the fixture list headed up by a Manchester derby more laden with subplots than a Booker Prize winner.
Here are five things we can’t wait to see in England’s top-flight this weekend.
Wayne Rooney’s return to action for Manchester United
The Red Devils are gradually coming to terms with Louis van Gaal’s tactics, and a late equaliser against Chelsea last time out will have given the whole squad a boost ahead of a trip to local rivals Man City.
Spirits will be further raised by the return of their captain after his three-game suspension, and Rooney will be excited by the prospect of taking on a City side that have kept just two cleans sheets in their last 13 games.
Rooney has scored five times in his past three visits to the Etihad, and he is 5/2 to net at any time this time around.
The latest edition of the most goal-laden fixture in Premier League history
Both Newcastle and Liverpool enjoyed morale-boosting wins in midweek, and the prospect of this fixture, which has featured 129 goals in the Premier League, should further cheer their attacks at least.
Seven of the last eight games between the pair at St James’ Park have seen at least three goals, a trend you can back at 7/10 to continue.
Harry Kane’s first league start of the season
The English youngster’s absence from Tottenham Hotspur’s league side has become increasingly inexplicable as the weeks have rolled by, and after netting again in the Capital One Cup midweek, he will surely start at Aston Villa.
Kane marked his first three league starts last season with a goal in each, and his overall record of eight in 12 this term makes him Spurs’ top scorer.
Theo Walcott’s long-awaited Arsenal return
The England winger made the bench for Arsenal’s win over Sunderland, and is expected to return to action in the Gunners’ match against Burnley this weekend.
Walcott bagged the last time the two sides met in 2010, and even if he doesn’t start the game, the speedster might be worth backing to find the net at some point at 23/20.
Everton slowly clanking their way into top gear
The Toffees’ sluggish start saw many write them off as a possible top-four candidate this season, but as Liverpool and Spurs have continued to struggle, Everton seem to be returning to their best.
Back-to-back wins over Aston Villa and Burnley don’t exactly prove that Roberto Martinez’s side are in top form, but a win over Swansea – who they’ve never lost to in league football – would help convince doubters.
Everton are 3/4 to claim three points against the Swans, as they have done in five of the pair’s past six Premier League encounters.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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