The recent international break was not a profitable one for the column but we are still well up for the season and looking forward to another big weekend of action, as leaders Liverpool head to Old Trafford to face Manchester United.
Running total: +£38.40
Even when Liverpool were dominating English football in the 1970s and 1980s, they were rarely odds on shots in the betting for any trip to Old Trafford. However the Reds -- now clear title favourites after a majestic start to the season -- are a 4/6 chance to make it nine Premier League wins on the spin this weekend and on current form it's hard to make a case against them claiming yet another three points. Manchester United have won just one of their last seven league games and were genuinely terrible last time out in losing 1-0 at Newcastle.
There's not a single player in this Red Devils side who you would say would automatically walk into the Liverpool first team and Jurgen Klopp must be confident of maintaining their 100% start. The only solace for United fans is the fact that Klopp's men have not won at Old Trafford since the 2013-14 campaign but given the wretched recent form of the hosts, Liverpool look must bet material this weekend.
The First Goal Flutter
Karim Benzema has scored six goals in just seven La Liga matches and the louche, aloof but often deadly Real Madrid frontman looks a decent price at 7/2 to score first against struggling Mallorca. Los Blancos are top of the pile in Spain after eight matches and Benzema can help fire them to victory against a team currently languishing in the bottom three.
Selection: £4 on Benzema to score first at 7/2 with bet365.
The Tasty Treble
Wolves (3/4) can build on that fabulous victory over 2-0 Manchester City before the international break by seeing off Southampton at Molineux. The turnaround in Adama Traore's form has been extraordinary and he can help them blast past the Saints on Saturday.
Elsewhere Leicester City (1/2) can make home advantage count against a stubborn Burnley side. The Foxes have lost just one of their last 10 home league games and are flying. Finally add in Arsenal, who have won five out of their last six, at 10/11 to beat Sheffield United on Monday night.
Selection: £3 on the treble at 4.01/1 with bet365.
The Euro Wager
Juventus are an even money chance to beat Bologna by more than a goal and the Serie A champions should be too strong in Turin for a team sat in eleventh place in Italy's top flight. Cristiano Ronaldo joined the 700 club this week and will be eager to add to his tally this weekend. His 700 career goals are comprised of five for Sporting Lisbon, 118 for Manchester United, 450 for Real Madrid, 32 for Juventus and 95 for Portugal. Bologna, you have been warned!
The Wildcard Tip
Everton have lost their last four league matches so it's a surprise to see West Ham chalked up at 11/4 to win at Goodison this weekend. Despite having spent more than £100m on several new recruits last summer, Everton have been awful this term and currently sit in the relegation zone. Manuel Pellegrini meanwhile has built an exciting, effervescent West Ham squad and we fancy the Londoner's to heap further pressure on Marco Silva.
Selection: £2 on West Ham to win at 11/4 with bet365.
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