Pressure to mount on Solskjaer
Bet 1: Back Tottenham @ 29/10 – KO 16:30 BST
Manchester United have actually won their last three matches. That doesn’t quite tell the whole story though, as two of them were in the Carabao Cup, and the other was a very fortuitous 3-2 success at Brighton.
They are back on home soil today – a place where Crystal Palace beat them 3-1 in their only fixture here this season.
Tottenham are the visitors this afternoon, and despite their fixture pile-up, I believe that they can take all three points back to North London.
Jose Mourinho has rotated his team as best he can, and after losing to Everton in their season opener, they are unbeaten since.
No Mane No Problem
Bet 2: Back Liverpool @ 4/9 – KO 19:15 BST
Sadio Mane and Thiago Alcantara are self-isolating due to covid-19, but Liverpool have a big squad, and they should be able to cope without them at Villa Park.
Diogo Jota has been bought in from Wolves, and he scored on debut against Arsenal on Monday. Obviously he is nowhere near Mane’s level yet, but he is a better option than what Jurgen Klopp had available last year.
Aston Villa have made a strong start to their campaign, and while they were beaten by Stoke during the week, Dean Smith did play a weakened XI.
That being said, Villa just aren’t on Liverpool’s level, and the Reds appear to be back near their best.
Spoils to be shared in Turin
Bet 3: Back The Draw in Juventus v Napoli @ 11/4 – KO 19:45 BST
Andrea Pirlo and Gennaro Gattuso shared the centre of midfield for AC Milan during their playing days, and I expect them to share the points as managers of Juventus and Napoli this evening.
Pirlo led his team to a 3-0 win over Sampdoria in their Serie A opener, but they could only draw at Roma last weekend – having to come from behind on two occasions.
Gattuso took over at Napoli during the course of last season, and he has done very well so far. He lifted them up the table last term, and so far this year his team have played two, won two, scored eight and conceded none.
Their opponents were only Parma and Genoa, so of course a trip to Turin is a much sterner test, but I believe they are good enough to take a point.