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Bets on more away-day joy look the way to go 

So much for home advantage, eh?

The first few weeks of the Premier League season have been an absolute bonanza for backers of away teams – which is why you all had the Crystal Palace-West Ham double yesterday, I'm guessing.

Home bankers such as Chelsea and Liverpool have suddenly become as untrustworthy as any other kind of banker and I reckon the trend will continue today.

I can't resist a little bet on Norwich to win at Southampton. The Canaries have made the step up from the Championship impressively and the Saints are bound to be a bit deflated after their Europa League exit.

Manchester United had no such problems on their Champions League jaunt to Belgium and they're the bet of the day at odds-against to win at Swansea.

I like the Swans but I've got them down as flat-track bullies and United are looking increasingly, well, good this season.

Now for the most important decision of the day – whose house am I going to watch the games at? I've obviously got no chance of winning at home.

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Roma v Juventus

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Juventus have kept one clean sheet in their last ten matches
Expert verdict
Losing 1-0 at home to Udinese was a disastrous start to Juventus’s title defence and another setback looks likely when they take on Roma at the Stadio Olimpico. Juve are going through a transitional period and could have done without such an early fixture against Roma, who are likely to be one of their main title rivals.