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Trust Jekyll-and-Hyde Reds at a big price

THE ‘Big Four’ have scooted clear after two rounds but something has to give when Hull take on Manchester United.

The Tigers’ early-season imitation of the Foxes has been fun to watch, especially when you consider the chaos that the club is supposed to be in, and if nothing else it shows they are in the top flight on merit.

Would I back them at home to Man U even at long odds? Probably not but nor are United any sort of a price.

There are a couple of well-contested betting heats on the Prem coupon, the first of which is the lunchtime dust-up between Tottenham and Liverpool.

In just two rounds of top-flight action we’ve already seen the best and the worst of Liverpool and they are going to provide kamikaze punting opportunities all season long. Pacy, bright, attractive but as defensively astute as Blackburn, the Reds could be anything.

An early rule of thumb has got to be to trust them at decent odds which they definitely are at White Hart Lane. The second is do both teams to score.

The other fixture which demands much thought is Palace against Bournemouth.

Midweek League Cup wins will have given these pointless outfits a welcome boost though Eddie Howe won’t be panicking because if memory serves me right the Cherries had nul points after two matches last term and still had a season to remember.

These are two teams who are both best set up to play away from home and given that it’s Bournemouth who are on coach today they get the nod.

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Match in Focus

19:45 TODAY BT2

Germany v Finland

Home Win Draw Away Win
Key stats
  • Finland have scored just three goals in their last eight games
Expert verdict
Germany kept clean sheets in three of their five matches in Euro 2016 but they don’t have a great track record of shutouts against Finland. The Scandinavians have scored against their illustrious hosts in four of their five meetings since 2000. That said, the current Finnish outfit are without a win in eight games and haven’t scored in five of their last six outings.