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There is plenty of top Premier League action this weekend before the domestic scene takes a rest for the international break. The defending champions are in action and are tipped to take care of Brighton.

Manchester City v Brighton Over 3.5 goals @ 5/6

Manchester City chief Pep Guardiola will still be smarting from his side dropping points at home to Tottenham but there will be no repeat this weekend.

The Citizens are unbackable at 2/25 to win the match but I feel the goals will flow at the Etihad – into the Brighton net.

5/6 about more than 3.5 goals seems tempting given that City put five past West Ham away from home, scored three to Bournemouth’s one at the Vitality Stadium and drew 2-2 with Spurs.

There is a sense that they have yet to hit top form and, although Graham Potter seems to have his side well-drilled with just three goals conceded in three matches, this one is another level up.

Raheem Sterling is on fire and the England man will be a constant threat to the Brighton rearguard.

Newcastle to beat Watford @ 8/5

The Magpies secured a morale-boosting 1-0 victory away at Spurs last time out in the Premier League and can build on that at home to the Hornets.

Javi Gracia‘s Vicarage Road outfit will have had high hopes heading to the campaign but their poor form towards the end of last season has continued and they are pointless from three outings.

It remains to be seen if their trigger-happy owners keep faith with the Spaniard but Steve Bruce’s charges will hope to heap more misery on the Hertfordshire side.

The Tynesiders went down to Leicester in the Carabao Cup but will not be too bothered, as top-flight survival is their priority.

It may not be that easy on the eye but the hosts are tipped to sneak this one by the odd goal.

Southampton v Manchester United – draw @ 47/20

Saints may have taken just three points from their opening three fixtures but United have only one more to their name and were humbled at home to Crystal Palace last weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admitted before the season got underway that he was not expecting miracles in 2019-2020 and that seems to be the case.

Ralph Hasenhuttl is attempting to solidify the south-coast outfit and I can see his charges stifling the Red Devils at St Mary’s. United are 11/10 to win but the draw looks the value bet.

Leicester to beat Bournemouth @ 5/7

Leicester sit fourth in the fledgling table and, while it is unlikely they will be there next May, there is every reason to suggest they will ruffle quite a few feathers this term.

Draws with Wolves and Chelsea were followed by the scalp of Sheffield United and they look too strong for the visitors at the King Power Stadium.

Not that Eddie Howe’s side will be pushovers and the draw at 3/1 might appeal to some, but I feel the Foxes will pick off the Cherries.

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Alex Jack As a regular at Murrayfield and Headingley, Alex's knowledge of both Rugby Union and Rugby League is undoubted. He also takes in plenty of Football League action and particularly specialises in Championship betting.

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