IT was a case of deja vu as Man United watched the goals rain in yesterday. On day one of the season Chelsea battered six past West Brom and they were at it again at Wigan with another 6-0 success.

Arsenal also hit Blackpool for six so Man United will feel under pressure to produce the goods today.

Unfortunately for Sir Alex Ferguson his side visit Fulham where they crashed 3-0 last season. The Cottagers are under new management in Mark Hughes but will still make it tough for away sides. United are just 8-13 with Ladbrokes and William Hill and it's not that tempting on such tricky ground. They could edge it and I'm siding with a 1-0 Reds win that pays 6-1 with bodog and Bet365.

Fulham are 11-2 with Skybet and 888sport. Wayne Rooney has now gone 13 games without goal so is no value at all at 7-2 to score first. On-form Dimitar Berbatov is 9-1 at Paddy Power but it might be worth taking a chance on midfielder Paul Scholes. The revitalised star is 14-1 with Skybet and Betfred.

Today's other EPL games sees Newcastle tackle Aston Villa at home and although there could be a party atmosphere at St James' I can anticipate an away win. Villa started Kevin MacDonald's Villa reign with a cracking win over West Ham then held Rapid Vienna in Austria despite fielding a weakened squad. They will be back to full strength today and I fear for the Toon who looked out of their depth at Old Trafford last week. Admittedly they were unbeaten at home last season but Villa are dangerous on their travels and should be worth a punt at boylesports and William Hill.

Newcastle are 2-1 with bodog and if you think there will be plenty of goals try three or more.

Meanwhile, Chelsea are 8-1 with Ladbrokes to hit six past Stoke next weekend while Wigan, who have conceded 10 in their two league games are 5-1 to concede six at White Hart Lane where they went down 9-1 last season. Chelsea are 11-4 with William Hill to hit 100 league goals and Wigan boss Robert Martinez has been cut from 4-1 to 5-2 clear favourite with the firm to be the next Premier League boss to leave his job. Martinez is evens with William Hill to leave the job before the end of the season and Wigan are odds on for relegation at 10-11. Birmingham's Alex McLeish is 11-2 joint second favourite with Roberto Mancini.


  • Scholes to score first (14-1 ew, Skybet, Betfred)

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