Manchester United have awoken from their slumbers in the latest edition of the column that converts the most recent Premier League matchday headlines into betting gold.
Elsewhere in the top flight, Southampton further laughed off forecasts of their demise, while Swansea lost little in defeat and Burnley lost plenty despite their point.
Read on for the nous on how to profit from the weekend’s punting portents…
Manchester United to finish in the top four @ 3/5
The Red Devils have found that winning feeling once again.
Despite the travails that preceded the 4-0 stroll past an abject Queens Park Rangers, they’re not far off the Champions League pursuing pace either.
Ahead of last season’s fifth-placed outfit Everton, they’re only a point behind Liverpool and Arsenal and two adrift of Manchester City and Tottenham.
Southampton to finish in the top six @ 8/1
The Saints really don’t seem to be all that diminished by a sale-filled summer at all do they?
Ronald Koeman’s men have now hit seven goals in their last two outings, to find themselves propping up an unusual-looking top-four.
Graziano Pelle has got the goal-getting bit between his teeth already, while the changing dynamic within their XI has coaxed the inner marksman from Morgan Schneiderlin too.
Swansea to finish in the top half @ 91/100
Their perfect record may have gone up in a puff of Diego Costa–shaped smoke at Stamford Bridge, but that doesn’t invalidate the Swans’ fine early season form one iota.
Garry Monk’s men outplayed Chelsea for a good deal of the first period in West London, before being undone by the division’s most devastating striker.
Against less savvy foes they’ll regain the winning habit, while with Wilfried Bony yet to hit his straps there’s the promise of further improvement to come.
Burnley to be relegated @ 53/100
The season may only be four games deep, but Sean Dyche’s task in keeping the Clarets up already seems akin to pushing a piano up Ben Nevis.
An aversion to the onion bag seems destined to be the death of them and a single lonely strike has been added to their goals-for column so far this term.
Passing up opportunities such as the late penalty that could have given them all the points at Crystal Palace only lends further credence to such a theory.