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Super Sterling to squash Cherries? Get Premier League tips for August 24/25

Leigh Copson 20 Aug 2019
Raheem Sterling (credit:Imaginechina/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Premier League predictions for the weekend of August 24/25. Bettingpro writers Ben Darvill and Leigh Copson have picked out their favourite bets from this weekend’s matches in England’s top flight? Read on to get our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Ben’s Bet: Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (Saturday, 15:00 BST)

It's not a simple job being a Manchester United fan at the moment, with the club jumping for joy one game day and the next struggling to work out why they have dropped points. The high came on the opening day of the season as they hammered Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford before the low arrived at Molineux as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves in the first Monday night football of the season. The real confusion from the match arose in the second-half as Paul Pogba saw his penalty saved following a discussion with Marcus Rashford had ended with the Frenchman taking the ball to the spot. With more points dropped and another clean-sheet lost the pressure is slowly starting to build upon the side once again as they look to return to the title-challenging fold for the first time in what seems like an eternity. If any team was going to provide the perfect chance for United to get back into form and also a bit of a headache at the same time then, it's Crystal Palace. Palace come into the game without a win or a goal, with the side drawing 0-0 with Everton on the opening day before losing 1-0 to Sheffield United in a damp squib of a performance. The side are still looking to get their season off and running then, with their fans looking set to have to endure yet another slow start to a Premier League season. 

Our bet sees us backing United to get back to winning in this one as they desperately try to cut the gap that has already appeared between themselves and Liverpool at the top. As mentioned above though, Palace provide United with a big opportunity to gain and lose support. On the upside, Palace are in awful form and they constitute a real chance for the home team to score goals and keep a clean sheet, something they have not been doing often enough. On the flip side, Palace drew 0-0 with Everton in a very dull affair at Goodison Park in their opener and could blunt United's attack, thus turning an expectant crowd into an incredibly frustrated mass that are deprived of goals and points against a side they will expect to beat. However, the home team looked superb in the second-half against Chelsea in their last home game and they will be desperate to make amends for their poor performance last time out with a big win to nil against a side that are just not scoring goals yet. With this in mind, we are utilising Paddy Power's Correct Score Combinations market as we predict United to win to nil in this one. 

Leigh’s Bet: Bournemouth v Manchester City (Sunday 14:00 BST)

The new Premier League season is just two weeks old and Manchester City have already dropped points, albeit in controversial circumstances. City, who hammered West Ham United 5-0 on opening weekend, twice surrendered a one-goal lead as they were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw at home to Tottenham Hotspur, but they would have claimed all three points had VAR no to come to Spurs’ rescue at the Etihad Stadium once again. Manchester City’s quest for an historic quadruple last season was destroyed by a VAR decision that ruled out a last-gasp winner in the Champions League clash between the two clubs, and there was a sense of déjà vu around the Etihad once again last weekend as Gabriel Jesus fired home, only to see VAR rule out his ‘goal’ after the ball clipped the arm of Aymeric Laporte in the build-up. Those dropped points allowed Liverpool to edge two points clear at the top, so Pep Guardiola will be eager to see his side return to winning ways when they visit a Bournemouth side who have also started the season by picking up four points. The Cherries were held to a disappointing home draw with newly-promoted Sheffield United on opening weekend, but they came storming out of the blocks with a couple of early goals at Aston Villa a week later and they were able to close out the job to claim the spoils.

But can we really expect Bournemouth to build on their solid start with a shock result against Manchester City? History says no – although it suggests this may not be a walk in the park for the visitors. City have won all eight of their previous Premier League meetings and although there have been some heavy defeats for Bournemouth along the way – three 4-0 defeats and a 5-1 loss – their last couple of encounters with the champions at the Vitality Stadium have not been blow-outs. City’s all-star attack managed just one goal there in a 1-0 victory in 2018/19 and in the seasons before that their victories came via 2-0 and 2-1 scorelines, so Bournemouth have proven to be very stubborn opposition for the Manchester club when they have paid a visit to the South Coast. I expect them to show plenty of resistance again in this latest encounter, but like most weekends it is very difficult to go against Guardiola’s all-conquering side so I do expect them to come out on top here. Backing them to win a match requires some creative betting and using Paddy Power’s “Same Game Multi” feature I believe I have the perfect bet for Sunday’s clash. Manchester City to win & under 3.5 total goals has been a winning bet on each of the previous three matches between these two clubs at the Vitality Stadium and it could be again here, but I am adding one more leg to this bet by backing Raheem Sterling to play a goal-scoring role. Sterling has been in red-hot scoring form since the start of pre-season and he has already netted four goals in just two Premier League appearances. His Community Shield goal in the win over Liverpool handed me a winning bet earlier this month, and he delivered for Ben last weekend when he successfully broke the deadlock against Spurs. In this sort of form he is almost impossible to overlook, even with Sergio Aguero being available, so I am backing Sterling to score anytime, City to claim all three points and the match to produce less than four goals.

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