The Premier League returns after the International break for Euro 2016 Qualifying with a full slate of games, highlighted by Manchester United v Liverpool and 2nd against 1st in the league, Crystal Palace v Manchester City

Recommendations

Crystal Palace +1 at 7/5 with Bet365

Manchester United and Liverpool to draw at 5/2 BetVictor

Swansea City to beat Watford 17/10 BetVictor

Crystal Palace v Manchester City

After their brilliant win at Stamford Bridge a fortnight ago Palace go into this game with three wins in their first four Premier League games, sitting second in the table. They are an extremely solid side that has been strengthened astutely in the summer. Able to defend well, their main attacking strengths are through pace on the counter attack with the attacking midfield three of Zaha, Sako and Bolasie a threat in any game with usually two playing and the third coming off the bench

Palace are over 5/1 best odds (Bet365) to win this game and the reason of course is simply how sensational Manchester City have looked so far this season having played four, won four having scored ten and conceded no goals. Added by huge investment from their owners its difficult to find a weakness in the squad and team. Vincent Kompany has returned to form at the back, Yaya Toure has left last season’s performances behind, Raheem Sterling has settled in well supporting Aguero and David Slva remains a peerless attacking midfielder

City are an incredibly short price for this game at 8/13 generally away to a decent side. I think we have to look at a way of supporting Palace for value. My preferred way to do that is to back Crystal Palace +1 at 7/5 with Bet365. At a minimum I think this will be a closer game than the outright odds suggest.

Manchester United v Liverpool

This huge rivalry takes place against a backdrop of questions for both sides. United have spent enormous amounts as Van Gaal attempts to restructure his squad quickly to compete for the title. Early evidence is that this has solidified the back five, but has yet to fire the team going forward having scored only three goals in four league games. Rooney is leading the line on his own up front, though it will be interesting to see when Anthony Martial the £36m 19 year old is introduced to league action

Liverpool started with seven points out of nine before suffering a surprise 3-0 home reverse to West Ham in the last game. Early in the season they are integrating six new summer signings throughout the team so some inconsistency is inevitable. Clyne and Gomez look to have settled well into the back four but goals are also in short supply – despite for example dominating the game at Arsenal – with Benteke requiring a more direct service than the Liverpool midfield is used to supplying.

Prices for the game see Manchester United Even money favourites with Ladbrokes, Liverpool 33/10 with BetVictor and the Draw 5/2 with the same firm. I think the draw is the most attractive of the three prices.

Watford v Swansea City

Swansea travel to newly promoted Watford with eight points in their first four games including beating Manchester United at home last time out. They are, playing attractive football prompted by Jonjo Shelvey and with the cutting edge provided by Gomis up front. Deservedly they are favourites to win at 17/10 with BetVictor.

Watford drew their first three games before losing to Manchester City away, unsurprisingly. After scoring two goals at Everton in the first game of the season they are goal-less in three league games since. This is somewhat of a surprise to me because based off their Championship promotion season with Deeney and Ighalo so prolific I expected them to have more goals and attacking intent in the side.

Watford are 15/8 with BetVictor to win the game with the Draw at 9/4 with the same firm. I think we have to consider 17/10 Swansea as a good price here.

Recommendations

Crystal Palace +1 at 7/5 with Bet365

Manchester United and Liverpool to draw at 5/2 BetVictor

Swansea City to beat Watford 17/10 BetVictor