Last night’s pick (and the first official pick of the 2007/08 season) turned bad when Phoenix conspired to be blown out by the Lakers’ bench. There were quite a few ‘odd’ results last night…so I’m not going to get too hung up on them. What’s more important is today’s Premiership action.One of the biggest, if not the biggest, Premiership fixture takes place today at 12.45GMT – Arsenal at home to Manchester United.

This game is close, and the form guide for both teams reads like a Tiger Woods scorecard – Arsenal have won 8 and drawn 2 in their last 10 games, and United have gone one better with 9 wins and one draw. It’s this parity which makes it very hard to pick a winner…however…

United have scored a club record 12 goals in the last 3 games, and just one of Arsenal’s last 10 games at home has ended with fewer than 2 goals being scored (their 1-0 win over Manchester City). It will be an upbeat match with everyone trying to make their mark, and +2.5 goals is tempting at 2.3…but instead go for +1.5 goals in the game multiplied with no sendings off in the Middlesborough and Wigan games to take you up to 1.95.

For another pic, look no further than the big disappointment of this season so far (except Spurs) – Liverpool. They seem to have been surrounded by crisis after crisis since opening day, however this hysteria hasn’t completely translated itself to their Premiership form, especially on their travels where they are yet to lose this season (in fact they have only dropped 2 points from a possible 15). A nice price of 2.56 is available for Liverpool to extend their run of away form, and with Blackburn’s talismanic midfielder David Bentley out injured, they should be able to get back on the comeback trail this afternoon.


Multiplier – Arsenal v Manchester United +1.5goals, no red cards in Middleborough and Wigan matches @ 1.95

Blackburn v Liverpool Liverpool to win @ 2.56

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