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Liverpool & Wolves in a Sunday double: 4 Premier League tips for this weekend

Johnny Ward brings you his picks, plus the latest odds from William Hill.

Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish when the sides met in July.
Liverpool midfielder Naby Keita and Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish when the sides met in July.
Image: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

THERE’S ONE MORE round of Premier League fixtures this weekend ahead of the international break. 

Soccer journalist Johnny Ward has brought his tips, along with the latest odds from William Hill…

Aston Villa v Liverpool, 7.15pm Sunday & Wolves v Fulham, 2pm Sunday

Johnny’s tip: Liverpool-Wolves double at evens with William Hill

Liverpool have gone into odds-on favourites to win the Premier League and it is hard to see it not happening, even if it is too early to be reaching conclusions.

Without Thiago Alcantra, Liverpool were still miles better than Arsenal, and they were not exactly troubled by Chelsea. Manchester City already look similarly ropey this season defensively. Liverpool have clearly strengthened.

They appeal in a double with William Hill which pays even-money this weekend. Liverpool at 1/3.

The Reds will have had a nice rest by the time they tackle Aston Villa on Sunday evening. Thiago remains out but they should have far too much for Villa, with no home crowd to cheer on the Birmingham side.

The other leg of the double is Wolverhampton at home to Fulham, who have made a poor start. Fulham will get better as the season goes on but 1/2 shots Wolves are a serious force at this level and should be pretty comfortable.

Leeds United v Manchester City, 5.30pm Saturday

Johnny’s tip: A home win for Leeds at 15/2 with William Hill

Leeds look capable of putting it up to Manchester City and are worth a speculative bet at 15/2 on Saturday evening. United have begun well, with two wins to their name already, and they gave Liverpool plenty to think about.

There is a doubt about Pep Guardiola’s magic still being what it was in Manchester. There have been two many disappointments last season and already this season to be confident about them. Conceding five goals at home to anyone in this league is shameful for a team that was odds-on to win the league. Leeds will believe they can do something.

Arsenal v Sheffield United, 2pm Sunday

Johnny’s tip: Both teams to score at evens with William Hill

Arsenal were a shade disappointing against Liverpool but facing Sheffield United in London offers them a good chance to atone. The Gunners have been unimpressive defensively and, for all that they have problems up front, United can at least manage a goal here. Back both teams to score at evens.

liverpool-v-arsenal-community-shield-wembley-stadium Gunners boss Mikel Arteta. Source: PA

Manchester United v Tottenham, 4.30pm Sunday

Johnny’s tip: An away win for Spurs at 3/1 with William Hill

On Sunday evening, Manchester United host Tottenham, a game that is hard to weigh up. These seem much of a muchness and as such Spurs look the bet at 3/1 with home advantage not especially relevant.

United were blessed to beat Brighton, given how poor they were for much of the game. Tottenham by contrast were unlucky not to have made it back-to-back wins, having battered Southampton and been undone by an insane handball decision against Newcastle. In a tough game to call, go with the value.

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