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Memphis to open the scoring and the rest of our Premier League bets

We also expect Bournemouth, Sunderland and West Brom to struggle in front of goals.

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1. Memphis Depay to score first and Manchester United to win 2-0 (14/1)

FOR ALL THE talk of Manchester United’s struggles up front, they’ve looked incredibly solid at the back and — were it not for a series of unfortunate events between Adnan Januzaj and Michael Carrick –  could well have three clean sheets from three games this season.

On Tuesday, Memphis Depay looked every bit the new number seven United fans have been crying out for and he’ll be licking his lips at the prospect of facing a Newcastle defence that has already conceded four goals this season.

2. Crystal Palace and Aston Villa to finish 0-0 (8/1)

Crystal Palace don’t appear to enjoy playing at home having lost ten and drawn three of their 19 home games since the beginning of the 2014/15 Premier League season, failing to score on five occasions, including against Aston Villa.

The last four league clashes between these two sides have produced just three goals in total and Villa’s nine shots in the first two games this season is the worst of any team in the Premier League.

Soccer - Barclays Premier League - Sunderland v Leicester City - The Stadium of Light Sunderland should slip up again this weekend. Source: Richard Sellers

3. Swansea to win both halves v Sunderland (11/2)

Sunderland already look like a team destined to be playing Championship football next season having lost to Leicester and Norwich in their opening two fixtures.

Swansea, on the other hand, impressed in a draw against Chelsea and win over Newcastle and they’ve made a habit of scoring early in both halves this season while their hosts have only scored once in the first 80 minutes of either game so far.

4. Chelsea v West Brom, under 1.5 goals (21/10)

Chelsea (17) and West Brom (16) were the stingiest defences in the Premier League last season in terms of clean sheets and the Baggies are one of just two teams to have failed to find the back of the net once this year.

Mind you, Chelsea have hardly set the world alight in front of goals themselves  this year so this has all the makings of a scoreless draw. However, our preferred bet is that one side will emerge 1-0 winners.

5. West Ham to win to nil against Bournemouth (3/1)

Two Premier League games for new boys Bournemouth in which they’ve suffered two 1-0 losses. While you could argue they were unlucky to lose both — Liverpool’s winner was both ‘morally’ (to quote the new rule) and actually offside on Monday —  they never looked threatening in front of goal in either.

West Ham fluffed their lines last week after beating Arsenal in the opening game of the season and will really look to bounce back this weekend.

Originally published Friday 17.00

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