Brighton vs Liverpool

After the Sunday we’ve just had, its almost a relief to be playing again so soon. Hopefully more relief will come in the form of captain Steven Gerrard, who should make his first appearance of the season at some point. And, oh, how we need him!

It might just be the Carling Cup, but tonight’s match offers the Reds an opportunity to re-build their confidence and get back into second (or maybe even third!) gear. It’s also a welcome chance to give youngsters some game-time, bring injured players back into the fold, and a cheap way for Skrtel and Charlie Adam to serve their one-match suspensions!

In the last round (against Exeter) King Kenny put out a reasonably strong team, and we expect him to put out a competitive first XI against Brighton too. With Skrtel and Agger ruled out it looks like Seb Coates might get his first few kicks of English football – if he matches up to the physicality of it all expect him to be in the first team for Wolves on Saturday too.

Brighton have started the season brightly, which works to Liverpool’s advantage. Had they started slowly then they would be able to focus on giant-killing, but as it is, they have one eye on our match and one eye on the top-of-the-table clash against Leeds United on Friday. Poyet is expected to rest at least a few of his best players in anticipation, which should make Liverpool firm favourites.

SCORE BET
If we were pushed to take a punt on the score, we’d guess at a 3-1 Liverpool win. With Liverpool’s poor current form however, we think a better bet is to pick the right result – Liverpool are at 1.62 to win this match, and we think it will be much more comfortable than that, even if Brighton are playing well at the moment. For every pound you put on, you get 62p back (as well as your quid), which isn’t bad considering Liverpool are a title-aspiring Premier League team, against a side that has only just come up from League One. (Paddy Power offer the best odds at 1.62).

BEST BET
Whilst we think Luis Suarez might be rested this time around, allowing the attacking focus to fall onto Andy Carroll. He’s struggled to get in amonst the goals so far this season, but this is a match where he should be able to over-power the lower league defenders a little easier. We think a punt on him as an anytime goalscorer might be worth it at 2.2.

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WATCH
The match will not be live on Sky Sports or ESPN, but WILL be being streamed over at Bet365. You need to have £10 in your account (just leave it in there) and you will be able to get a free, good quality stream. Check it out.

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United vs Chelsea

It takes a brave (or desperate!) manager to leave out two of his big guns in Europe, but thats exactly what Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas did when he left John Terry and Frank Lampard out against the Germans. United also took the opportunity in midweek to play some of their fringe players, with the likes of influential but old Ryan Giggs and Darren Fletcher taking centre stage.

Whilst United laboured to a 1-1 draw after going behind, there was only ever going to be one winner at Stamford Bridge, with David Luiz helping the Blues to record and emphatic victory.

United have been going through a purple patch so will expect to score goals, and could easily be frustrated if things don’t start going their own way. That said, with both Rooney and Hernandez given a break midweek, expect fireworks upfront!

SCORE BET
Its a close on to call (well, it is a Super Sunday!) but we think that United’s home advantage may just poke it in their favour. Whilst Fernando Torres would love to score at Old Trafford (or anywhere else for that matter) we think the United back-line is a bit too strong – if Drogba had managed to make it into the team it would have been a different story.

We’re betting on United to take it 2-0 (8/1 at Paddy Power).

BEST BET
Will Rooney score? Probably. Will Hernandez? You wouldn’t bet against it! Whilst we’d love to stick some money on another Rooney hatrick (a third in a row…?!) we’re going to be a bit more conservative and go for Rooney to score at anytime – available at around 2/1.

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Tottenham vs Liverpool

Its on days like these that King Kenny and his Liverpool boys have to make it count. Whilst the rest of the top 6 challengers have been travelling all over europe and playing in hard-fought matches, the Reds have been staying put on the training field in Melwood, and going through their paces – if we don’t have the better energy, pace and desire this week, we never will have it!

It’s not been desire that has been missing so far this season. Last week we did everything right apart from put the ball in the back of the Onion Bag, and were unlucky to come up against a well-organised Stoke side. If only that penalty had been given it would have been a different game altogether.

Spurs will be another tough challenge, not least because they also choose to risk their European football in favour of playing their big guns in the Premier League, with Rafa van der Vaart not even named in the European squad for the rest of the season. Expect him to be influential if he manages to pass a fitness test.

Sunday might see the welcome return of club hero Steven Gerrard on the pitch, though it’s unlikely he’ll be on from the start. Henderson and Adam have done a reasonable job so far, but Gerrard can make things happen…

SCORE BET
The extra rest, and watching everyone else playing in europe should give us the extra impetus, even if we are away from home. We think Liverpool will edge it 2-1 (8/1 at Paddy Power).

BEST BET
If anyone scores, we think its going to be Luis Suarez. He’s looked in amazing condition so far this season, and should have the finishing to beat a tired Spurs backline. He’s available at 9/2 at various bookies.

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Blackburn vs Arsenal

After the relative successes of mid-week comes another match, which we really need to win if we’re to have any chance of getting back into the Champions League next season! Whilst Arsene Wenger may rightly back the Blackburn coach Steve Kean, these are the types of teams and matches we need to be taking all three points from – even if it is away from home!

With Arteta looking like he has played in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield for the past few years (rather than the past few minutes) the new Arsenal side is slowly taking shape. Away from home we can rely on the pace and power of Theo Walcott and Robin van Persie a bit more than at home – with our counter-attacking at it’s best when teams are urged forwards themselves by the home crowd.

Alex Song is back in the mix after his suspension, and we finally get to see Gervinho play – having been sent off in his first Premier League match we’ve not really had a chance to judge him yet!

SCORE BET
Blackburn have had no midweek match, and will have the passion and attitude to sit resiliently infront of their defence, and hope for something on the break. They might venture forwards a touch more after the break (scoreline depending) but in the main they are hoping to exasperate Arsenal. They will be a threat on set-pieces though, with (future Arsenal?) centre-back Chris Samba amongst their top scorers last season.

We think Arsenal will take this one, though with all the injuries, and the fact that we are still only just gelling as a team, it will be close. We’re betting on 2-1 (8/1 at Paddy Power).

BEST BET
We’ve not seen much of Gervinho, but what we have seen has impressed us. Only a mug bets on first goalscorer – so many things could happen – but we think that the Ivory Coast international is a good bet for Anytime scorer. He has the pace, power and unpredictability to beat the Blackburn backline. We’re punting our money on him at 3/1.

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Benfica vs United

It looks like Sir Alex Ferguson will be sending out a bit of a patch-work team on Wednesday night, with the manager keen to keep players fresh for the big match against Chelsea on Sunday. Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic didn’t even travel to Portugal for the match, so it looks like it will be another night with the defence reliant on Jonny Evans and Phil Jones.

United have struggled away from home in Europe over the past few years, with Fergie seemingly intent on just collecting the odd point they need to guarantee qualification as long as they win all three home games (something they are very good at), which means its no real surprise that United are priced at 2.1 to win. (Victor Chandler)

SCORE BET
Benfica have been very good at home – they managed to beat FC Twente 3-1 in the home leg of the Champions League Playoffs, and have a tendency to grind out results at home. Benfica are at practically full strength, with some recognisable faces in Pablo Aimar and Javier Saviola, whilst its tricky to choose the United XI that will start. De Gea, Smalling, Jones, Evans and Fabio will more than likely be lining up (Evra got a kick for his troubles on Saturday – probably from Kevin Davies!) Carrick and Giggs should start in the middle, with Young and Nani on the wings. You would expect Fergie to pair up Chicharito and Rooney after they linked up so well against Bolton, but don’t be surprised to see Chicharito or even Owen playing up-front alongside the forgotten forward, Dimitar Berbatov.

We’re betting on United to edge it 2-1 (9/1 at Paddy Power).

BEST BET
With us unsure on who will start up-front, we’d be foolish to put a goalscorer bet on. But with the makeshift look of the team, and the fact that we are facing our toughest opposition so far this season, we think that goals might be few and far between (we’re thinking about nights such as Valencia away and Milan away where we’ve come away with a scrappy point). With this in mind, we’re sticking money on there to be less than 2.5 goals in the game. A risky tactic with United, but worth it at just under 2/1.

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Our United Bets

Have you worked out your bets for the big game at the Reebok Stadium? We’d be keen to hear what they are (leave them in the comments below).

As usual, we have £10 to back United, with all our profits (!) will be going to charity :)

SCORE BET
Its hard to predict what the score will be – having scored so many goals over the last few weeks, who knows how many we’ll hit Bolton for?! Bolton don’t have the best defence (conceding three against both Citeh and Liverpool) so you expect United to get a few. Bolton have a reasonable scoring record, and will have their big boys up at every set-piece to try and intimidate goalie David de Gea, who has had an inauspicious start to his Manchester career.

We’re punting on United to 3-1 (12/1 at Paddy Power)

BEST BET
Rooney appears to be going through a purple patch right now, so we’re almost tempted to stick our cash on him as the first goalscorer – though at just 4/1 it hardly seems worth the risk – and United have so many goalscorers that our bet could easily be wiped out very quickly. As a less risky option we’re going for an anytime goalscorer – with Ashley Young having caught the eye after blasting England into the lead in midweek, and generally played well since he arrived at Old Trafford. You can get him at 21/10 with Bet Clic.

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