Correct Score: Going against the grain at Selhurst Park

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OUR Correct Score man Daniel McCulloch (@danmcc84) started his season with two 6/1 winners. He’s back to attack this weekend’s Premier League action.

Bournemouth v Manchester City | Saturday 26th August 2017, 12:30 | Sky Sports

As stated in my previous column, you have to go back to 26th November 2016 to find the last time Manchester City won away and both teams found the net.

Given that I cannot see City failing to win against a Bournemouth side that have had just three shots on-target in defeats to West Brom and Watford, I am somewhat surprised that 2-0 is available at 7/1 with William Hill and 3-0 is 9/1 with Winner.

Since the Cherries gained promotion to the Premier League, they have scored in eight of their 12 matches against the ‘elite six’, which may go someway to explaining these prices.

However, rarely have I seen them look as lacklustre and toothless as they did at The Hawthorns on the opening day. One bad game at the start of the season may not have rang alarm bells in Dorset but a comprehensive home defeat to a generally travel-sick Watford side should have.

Despite being down 10 ten men for the whole of the second half against Everton, City dominated their opponents and deserved their equaliser. I have no concerns with their form going into this game and hope they can repeat the trick for this column on Saturday afternoon.

Crystal Palace v Swansea | Saturday 26th August 2017, 15:00

Crystal Palace recorded precisely zero clean sheets last term and Swansea managed just two and their two meetings last term featured 12 goals, so I could well look like a buffoon by suggesting the 0-0 is the route to profit here at 17/2 (Bet365).

The reason for such a bet is that Palace will be missing their best player (attacking or otherwise) this weekend, whilst Swansea have just sold their’s.

Additionally, the duo have had just five shots on-target in their four combined fixtures to date (the Eagles have 100% of those) and given how poorly they have started the season, I expect a cagey encounter at Selhurst Park.

I could be really wide of the mark here but I believe the 17/2 is worth the risk. It may be a bigger price on the exchange come Saturday afternoon but at the time of writing it is the best available.

Best Bets

Bournemouth v Manchester City – Manchester City to win 2-0 (7/1 William Hill)

Bournemouth v Manchester City – Manchester City to win 3-0 (9/1 Winner)

Crystal Palace v Swansea – 0-0 correct score (17/2 Bet365)

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