As long as VAR keeps losing us money, it’s not going to escape the ire of the public.
There’s no need to dig up the past, but a baffling decision denied us another profitable week, taking us to 8-8 (+$615) on the season. Let’s not leave any money on the table on Matchday 7:
|Sheffield United (+800)||Draw (+400)||Liverpool (-320)|
|Aston Villa (+125)||Draw (+230)||Burnley (+190)|
|Bournemouth (+145)||Draw (+250)||West Ham (+160)|
|Chelsea (-250)||Draw (+350)||Brighton (+650)|
|Crystal Palace (-115)||Draw (+275)||Norwich City (+275)|
|Tottenham (-250)||Draw (+350)||Southampton (+650)|
|Wolverhampton (-120)||Draw (+220)||Watford (+340)|
|Everton (+800)||Draw (+450)||Manchester City (-350)|
|Leicester (-220)||Draw (+275)||Newcastle (+600)|
|Manchester United (+120)||Draw (+240)||Arsenal (+200)|
Burnley (+190) at Aston Villa (+125), Draw (+230)
There was a naivety about Aston Villa last weekend as they wound up losing to 10-man Arsenal after leading the match for over an hour. There were plenty of positives to take from the defeat, but we’ve said that a few too many times about the Lions this season. At one point or another, they’ll need their results to match their performances. This seems like the week.
The side should return to a warm reception at Villa Park following its display at the Emirates, and one would expect a brave response against a stingy Burnley squad. Dean Smith’s side is unlucky to have only one win on the season; it’s proven how dangerous it can be and it’s now just a matter of learning from past mistakes. Burnley will look to clog up the middle of the pitch and make it difficult for Villa to attack, but Smith’s squad doesn’t concede many goals at home. Villa will have an honest go at it Saturday and should be rewarded with three points.
Pick: Aston Villa (+125)
West Ham (+160) at Bournemouth (+145), Draw (+250)
Two of the Premier League’s more impressive teams through the season’s early stages clash at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday in what should be a highly entertaining affair. Bournemouth can be an unpredictable side with consistency proving an issue under Eddie Howe, but they’re a joy to watch on their good days. Conversely, West Ham finally seem to have found some stability under Manuel Pellegrini and have yet to lose since Manchester City overmatched them on opening weekend.
The Hammers lost both fixtures against Bournemouth last season and haven’t beaten the Cherries since 2016, but their form at the moment makes it hard to see them leaving empty-handed. Howe’s side is ticking along nicely as well, and there’s currently so little difference between these clubs that a draw feels inevitable.
Pick: Draw (+250)
Norwich City (+275) at Crystal Palace (-115), Draw (+275)
We’ll continue to fade Crystal Palace until the odds accurately reflect their ability. They’re bereft of Premier League quality in attack and are underwhelming in midfield. Stingy defense will be the key to survival – it’s hard to see them scoring enough to stay up. The Eagles are structurally sound under Roy Hodgson, but they’ll be tested against a Norwich City side that won’t hesitate to get after it. Palace operate similarly to Burnley, whom Norwich lost to last weekend, but the difference here is the Eagles’ lack of goals. With Teemu Pukki in the fold, the Canaries don’t have that issue.
Pick: Draw (+275)
Arsenal (+200) at Manchester United (+120), Draw (+240)
It’s hard to imagine a more boisterous atmosphere than that of Old Trafford on Monday night. An aura of negativity surrounds Manchester United at the moment, and it’s easy to see why. Not only are they not winning, but they appear mostly uninspired and disengaged. It’s too early in the season to make a managerial change (hello Watford), but one has to think Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is on borrowed time. With each passing week, their odds of returning to the Champions League next season take a hit.
Luckily for them, one of the best antidotes for a barren attack is a date with Arsenal’s generous defense. Unai Emery’s side has been wonderfully entertaining, but it has real issues defending. Manchester United have scored just four goals in their past five Premier League matches, while the Gunners have conceded 10 over that same span. If the Red Devils fail to score this weekend, it’s time to blow the whole thing up and start from scratch. We suspect they’ll find the back of the net, but they won’t hold off Arsenal’s captivating attack, either.
Pick: Draw +240
Brighton (+650) at Chelsea (-250), Draw (+350)
Southampton (+650) at Tottenham (-250), Draw (+350)
Chalk parlays are hardly our favorite, but it makes a lot of sense here. Tottenham are going through a bit of a crisis for the first time under Mauricio Pochettino, and Chelsea are desperate following defeats to Valencia and Liverpool. At home to a pair of weaker opponents, neither of whom travel particularly well, this is a get-right spot for two top-four hopefuls.
Pick: Tottenham and Chelsea parlay (-105)
Alex Moretto is a sports betting writer for theScore. A journalism graduate from Guelph-Humber University, he has worked in sports media for over a decade. He will bet on anything from the Super Bowl to amateur soccer, is too impatient for futures, and will never trust a kicker. Find him on Twitter @alexjmoretto.