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Man United tipped to hold EPL lead as Rooney’s Everton visit

Fri, Sep 15, 12:33pm by Staff Writer

Wayne Rooney is likely to be the only Everton player to leave Old Trafford with fond memories after his side takes on top-of-the table Manchester United in the Premier League this weekend.

The Former United captain returns to his former home ground for the first time since leaving the Red Devils this season in what should be a lopsided affair.

Despite a 2-2 draw with Stoke last week, United is displaying the speed and attacking finesse missing last season, and evidenced by their 3-0 Champions League win over Basel during the week.

Even without the likes of Paul Pogba for the match, William Hill is paying $1.33 for a United fifth-round win at home, with a whopping $10 for the 16th-placed Everton and $10 for a draw.

Breathing down United’s neck on the EPL table is home-town rival Manchester City, who travel to Watford for what should be a regulation win.

City is brimming with confidence after thrashing Liverpool 5-0 last week and downing Feyenoord 4-0 in the Champions League, and is only waiting for a United misstep to claim the EPL lead.

Despite spending big during the transfer window and climbing to fourth on the ladder, Watford could only manage a scoreless draw with Brighton last week and is on a hefty $8.50 for the upset.

At $1.30 for the win and $5.50 for a draw, City should continue to threaten for the lead.

Defending champion Chelsea demolished minnows Qarabag FK in Europe midweek, and has recovered from a slow start to sit in third place in the EPL.

A home game against a disappointing Arsenal could see it consolidate its place among the leaders, while the Gunners could find themselves sliding further toward the bottom of the table.

Chelsea is paying $1.75 to take the points, with a tempting $4.50 for Arsenal and $3.75 for a draw.

Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield ended its remarkable run this week with a 2-0 loss at West Ham, and is tipped to further slide down the table as it hosts Leicester this weekend.

Mooy again impressed in his newly-promoted side’s loss and Huddersfield has proved it excels in upsetting more fancied teams.

While Leicester is the $2.30 favourite to win, Australian fans will welcome the $3.20 on offer for Huddersfield to take the three points or draw.

Eighth-placed Liverpool was stunned by a late Sevilla goal to draw 2-2 with the Spanish side in the Champions League this week, in what is emblematic of the side’s luck so far this season.

Despite its demoralising loss to Manchester United last week, the Reds have a chance to join the leaders this week with a win over Burnley.

Burnley has surprised many this season and sits in seventh spot, but at $10 for a win and just $1.28 for a loss, that run is expected to go no further.

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