Cardiff to win or draw against Everton @ 8/13
Everton’s adaptation to Roberto Martinez’s drastically differing methods hasn’t been the smoothest, the early fruits being draws with Norwich and West Brom and extra-time passage past Stevenage in the Capital One Cup.
Cardiff by contrast shrugged off a disappointing start at West Ham to stun Man City and, though Everton’s unbeaten opening hints that they might not win, the Welsh club’s two losses in 24 at home suggest they won’t be defeated.
Under 2.5 goals in Newcastle v Fulham @ 5/6
Fulham have been more open at both ends of the pitch under Martin Jol than either Roy Hodgson or Mark Hughes.
However, the injection of excitement hasn’t quite reached their away adventures.
Six of the Cottagers’ last seven road trips delivered two goals or fewer in 90 minutes, including their first two this term, as have four of their last five visits to Newcastle, who are without a Premier League goal.
Under 2.5 goals in Norwich v Southampton @ 5/6
Both teams have exciting attacking options, but they are yet to prove themselves as goal guarantors.
For all the compliments afforded to Southampton’s style, their last six away league matches have averaged a mere goal a game.
The duo have clashed three times this decade, including in 0-0 and 1-1 draws last season, and those encounters all fell short of the 2.5 goal mark.
Under 2.5 goals in West Ham v Stoke @ 4/6
The evidence supporting this flutter is vast. Both teams have only scored two goals in their opening two Premier League games, while West Ham are yet to concede a goal.
Their three hours of football together last season produced just three goals, with the duo drawing 1-1 at the Boleyn Ground and West Ham nicking a 1-0 win at the Britannia Stadium.