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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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Match in Focus

19:45 Th 3Sep SS1

Cyprus v Wales

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Cyprus have won just one of their last nine home games
Expert verdict
The draw is a decent runner in this contest, but Cyprus really must win to maintain contact with third place and their limited home attack will have to press forward as the game progresses. That could allow Wales to do what they do best and nick it on the break late on thanks to the counter-attacking speed of Gareth Bale.