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Betting Preview: Australia overwhelming favourites

Ange Postecoglou's men are being heavily backed to cruise in both of their next two matches despite missing several key personnel, including captain Mile Jedinak
Punters and bookmakers may not have learned from Australia's tight win over Kyrgyzstan in June, with the Socceroos close to unbackable favourites for their next two World Cup qualifying matches.
Ange Postecoglou's Asian Cup winners took an early lead but had to battle hard to earn a 2-1 win in Bishkek in their last match, having been pushed all the way by their underdog opponents.
Coming up next is a match at home to Bangladesh in Perth on Thursday, where the hosts are paying just$1.02 at bet365.

The visitors are a huge $41 to cause an upset at nib Stadium, with the draw paying $17.
Such is the extent the away team are being written off that you can get $11 on there being less than 2.5 goals in the game.
And the odds are only slightly more generous for Australia's trip to Dushanbe five days later. The Socceroos are $1.14 to win in Tajikistan, where the hosts are $17 and the draw is available at $7.50.
*Prices subject to change

Premier League on Betfair: Pardew's Palace heap the woe on Chelsea as United stumble at Swansea

Jose Mourinho's 100th home game in charge of Chelsea ended in disappointment as his side went down 1-2 to Alan Pardew's Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Mourinho has now overseen the worst start to a Premier League campaign from reigning champions and his team have drifted to a massive 7.20 on Betfair's Exchange to successfully defend their title. The gap between the west Londoners and the top of the table is now a worrying eight points.
Bakary Sako opened the scoring for the visitors before Falcao nabbed his first Premier League goal since January to even things up. That didn't last long however, as Joel Ward scored to make it 1-2 and the Eagles were in dreamland not long after that.
Palace now sit second in the table on nine points from four games, and the only team above them are Man City, who have a proud 100% record and are still yet to concede a goal in the league this season after they beat Watford 2-0 at the Etihad Stadium today. As things stand, you'll only get 1.58 on Manuel Pellegrini's men to lift the title this season - they're massive favourites and it's easy to see why; without a strong Chelsea it's hard to make an argument for any team being able to live with them.
It was also an afternoon to forget for Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool after they went down 0-3 to a West Ham side that were beaten at home to Bournemouth last weekend, and to add insult to injury Philippe Coutinho was sent off for two bookings.
Stoke did well to limit their arrears to just 0-1 against West Brom at the Britannia Stadium, largely due to the fact that midfielders Ibrahim Afellay and Charlie Adam were both given their marching orders in the first half. Albion were able to give Tony Pulis something to celebrate on his return to the Britannia after they closed out the win fairly comfortably. West Brom are now a tempting 4.70 to secure a Top Ten finish this term.
On Sunday, Louis van Gaal's Manchester United couldn't close out a win at the Liberty Stadium against Swansea despite going a goal ahead through Juan Mata. The Swans bounced back first through Andre Ayew's header and then a nicely taken finish from the in-form Bafetimbi Gomis. The game finished 2-1 and Garry Monk's side moved up to fourth and a cool 24.00 to clinch a top four spot after being matched as high as 85.00 earlier in the season.
In the day's earlier game, Southampton put Norwich to the sword 3-0 at St Mary's after Steven Whittaker was sent off in the first half for the visitors. The Canaries are now priced at 2.64 for relegation.
Full Results
Newcastle 0-1 Arsenal
Aston Villa 2-2 Sunderland
Bournemouth 1-1 Leicester
Chelsea 1-2 Crystal Palace
Liverpool 0-3 West Ham
Man City 2-0 Watford
Stoke 0-1 West Brom
Tottenham 0-0 Everton

Southampton 3-0 Norwich
Swansea 2-1 Manchester United

Roma edge Juventus, United taste defeat

Juventus have yet to post a single Serie A point after their high-profile meeting with Roma and Manchester United also suffered disappointment, on a day when Paris Saint-Germain extended their perfect start and Atlético Madrid saw off Sevilla. looks back at how the UEFA Champions League group stage teams fared on Sunday.
Roma 2-1 Juventus
Juventus have lost their opening two Serie A matches for the first time in their history after succumbing to their closest rivals over the last two seasons. The Giallorossi edged the first half without finding the net but went ahead on 61 minutes when Miralem Pjanić buried a delightful free-kick, Juve's task becoming more complicated when Patrice Evra was dismissed on 79 minutes.
Indeed, Roma struck from the subsequent set piece, with Iago Falqué crossing for Edin Džeko to head past Gianluigi Buffon. There was still time for Paulo Dybala to open his Serie A account for Juve, but Roma soaked up late pressure to put themselves on four points after two games.
Sevilla 0-3 Atletico Madrid
Atlético are among a quartet of teams on six points from two games in Spain after making fellow UEFA Champions League group stage rivals Sevilla pay for some lax defending. Koke poked in the opener on 35 minutes before Sevilla debutant Fernando Llorente failed to convert two good chances at the other end, and the match remained tight until Gabi was able to double the deficit with a deflected attempt 12 minutes from time.
Jackson Martínez then gave the scoreline some added gloss with his first Liga strike for the Colchoneros, who welcome champions Barcelona in two weeks' time. As for Unai Emery's troops, they have yet to get started this term and possess just one point.
Valencia 1-1 Deportivo
Valencia's hunt for a first Liga success this term continues after they recorded a second draw in two domestic outings. It could have been worse for Los Che, though, as they fell behind to a stunning Lucas goal from long range. Álvaro Negredo soon levelled, yet Antonio Barragán's late red card ended a frustrating night for the hosts.
Swansea 2-1 Manchester United
Beaten home and away by Swansea last season, Louis van Gaal's men were again undone by the Welsh side, despite taking the lead shortly after half-time when Juan Mata turned in a Luke Shaw cross. André Ayew equalised just beyond the hour mark and Bafétimbi Gomis completed the home side's comeback with a downward header five minutes later.
Bremen 2-1 MönchengladbachMönchengladbach's troubles increased as they slipped to a third defeat in three games since the Bundesliga season began. Aron Jóhannsson opened the scoring for the hosts from the spot and although Lars Stindl levelled on the cusp of half-time, Jannik Vestergaard headed in from a corner – and Mönchengladbach's disappointing evening continued when Granit Xhaka saw red close to the end.
Monaco 0-3 Paris Saint-GermainParis were in irrepressible form once again as a stellar second-half showing earned them a fourth victory from their four Ligue 1 fixtures thus far. Still to concede this term, Les Rouge et Bleu went ahead via Edinson Cavani's 57th-minute header, and the Uruguay striker promptly completed his fifth double in France before new signing Ángel Di María served up an assist for Ezequiel Lavezzi to cap another eye-catching win.
Kuban 0-0 CSKA Moskva
CSKA continued their flawless start to the new Russian Premier League campaign with a seventh consecutive triumph, though they had to be patient after Bibras Natcho missed a penalty early in the second half. Defender Kirill Nababkin put the Army Men in front with two minutes remaining, but they would have been denied victory had Kuban's Lorenzo Melgarejo not failed from the spot in added time.
Zorya 0-0 Dynamo Kyiv
Dynamo dropped points for the first time this season following a hard-fought contest that yielded ten yellow cards. Neither side could make a breakthrough in a match that leaves the capital outfit on 16 points from six outings, three more than nearest pursuers Shakhtar Donetsk.
PSV Eindhoven 3-1 Feyenoord
Dutch champions PSV absorbed the blow of conceding early on to end Feyenoord's perfect start to the season. Jeffrey's Bruma fourth-minute own goal stunned the Boeren, but they bounced back via Maxime Lestienne before the break and went ahead via Santiago Arias, with Jürgen Locadia's late penalty ensuring that the hosts climbed to sixth.
Hapoel Beer Sheva 0-1 Maccabi Tel-AvivNew signing Predrag Rajković made a fine debut as Maccabi Tel-Aviv made it two wins from two in the league with a narrow success. The 19-year-old Serbian goalkeeper impressed between the posts in a match ultimately decided by Eran Zahavi's effort just before the interval.
Helsingborg 0-3 Malmö
Malmö ended a fine week on a high with a commanding success at Helsingborg. Fresh from pipping Celtic to a UEFA Champions League group stage berth in midweek, the Swedish title holders took a 2-0 lead into half-time courtesy of Jo Inge Berget and Felipe Carvalho, with Markus Rosenberg rounding off the win to keep Malmö within seven points of the summit.

Southampton 3-0 Norwich City: Pelle & Tadic brush 10-man Canaries aside

Dusan Tadic scored twice as Southampton claimed their first Premier League win of the season by beating 10-man Norwich City 3-0 at St Mary's Stadium.
Ronald Koeman had to address more speculation surrounding his players on Sunday, stating Victor Wanyama was not "mentally and physically good enough to play" amid links with a move to Tottenham.
Despite Wanyama's absence, Southampton had little difficulty in seeing off Alex Neil's men, whose task was made more difficult when Steven Whittaker was sent off for a second yellow card after only 31 minutes.
Whittaker received his first booking for blocking Matt Targett's attempt to take a quick throw-in and four minutes later he was dismissed for a foul on Tadic.
Striker Graziano Pelle then opened the scoring with a close-range effort on the stroke of half-time after being played in by the instrumental Sadio Mane.
Mane was involved in the second as he set up Tadic for his first in the 64th minute, with the former Twente winger doubling his tally from barely a yard out to ensure a comfortable victory.
Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse tested John Ruddy with an early long-range free-kick, which the Norwich goalkeeper impressively turned past the post.
Norwich, who made eight changes from the League Cup win at Rotherham United in midweek, were up against it when Whittaker saw red.
The full-back received a second caution after he was adjudged to have impeded Tadic as he attempted to latch on to a lofted Ward-Prowse pass.
Wes Hoolahan was sacrificed for Andre Wisdom in the Norwich reshuffle before Pelle made Southampton's numerical advantage count in first-half stoppage time with a cool finish at the near post.
Southampton striker Jay Rodriguez was brought on for Steven Davis after half-time and Koeman's men remained in firm control following the restart, although they were continually frustrated by the busy Ruddy.
A poor clearance from Ruddy presented Mane with an opportunity to double Southampton's lead in the 56th minute, but the keeper atoned for his error by parrying the Senegal international's stinging drive.
Ruddy had to be alert again to deny Rodriguez following neat build-up play, before Pelle flashed an effort wide as the second goal continued to elude Southampton.
But their persistence finally paid off when Tadic rifled into the top-right corner after the lively Mane crossed from the right. 
The game was then made safe by Tadic just three minutes later, although this time in markedly more simple fashion.
Tadic tapped in from point-blank range after Ruddy had done brilliantly to keep out Pelle's downward header as Southampton atoned for their midweek Europa League exit to Midtjylland in style.

Swansea City 2-1 Manchester United: Van Gaal's men stunned again by ruthless Swans

Bafetimbi Gomis scored the winner once again as Swansea City triumphed 2-1 to spoil Louis van Gaal's 50th match in charge of Manchester United.
The France international scored a somewhat fortuitous second when Swansea beat United by the same scoreline at the Liberty Stadium in February to complete a 2014-15 Premier League double over the Old Trafford outfit.
And it was the in-form Gomis, who now has nine goals from 10 top-flight matches, who settled matters in south Wales on Sunday, rounding off a Swansea turnaround in the 65th minute.
Juan Mata had put United in front early in the second half with his 50th goal in English football, before Andre Ayew headed Swansea level – the first time Van Gaal's men have conceded in the top flight this term.
Swansea's comeback was inspired by a tactical change from manager Garry Monk, who switched to a 4-3-1-2 formation moments before his side's leveller.
The result means Swansea have now won four of their last five fixtures against United, each by a 2-1 margin as the visitors were beaten for the first time this season..
Having picked up a thigh injury in training, the in-form Jefferson Montero was replaced by Wayne Routledge in the Swansea starting XI. United midfielder Ander Herrera was rewarded for his goal in a midweek Champions League victory over Club Brugge with a starting berth.
A nervy start from the home side saw United win a free-kick on the edge of the Swansea box in the opening couple of minutes, but goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski got down well to keep out Memphis Depay's curling strike.
Mata then dragged a shot wide from close range when he found himself unmarked two minutes later, before Gomis snatched at Swansea's first chance to test Sergio Romero.
Swansea should have opened the scoring in the 25th minute when Jonjo Shelvey threaded a free-kick into the path of Gylfi Sigurdsson, who pulled his shot wide of the left-hand post.
Those chances sparked the beginning of a period of Swansea pressure as Shelvey tried his luck from long range when he spotted Romero off his line, before Gomis hit the left-hand post with a shot off the outside of his boot.
It was United who were in front three minutes into the second half when a Luke Shaw cross from the left found its way to Mata at the far post and the Spain international powered his finish into the roof of the net.
Fabianski then had to be alert when a Depay cross deflected off Ashley Williams and looked to be looping over his head – the Pole slapping the ball clear before denying Mata from close range.
Monk opted to bring Ki Sung-yueng on for Routledge after seeing his side fall behind and Sigurdsson soon found himself in acres of space on the right, crossing for Ayew to head down and beyond Romero for the equaliser.
The hosts were firmly in the ascendancy and Gomis put them in front five minutes later, tucking his shot under Romero after being played in by Ayew.
United made a trio of substitutions in a bid to salvage at least a point and Williams had to make a superb tackle to halt Wayne Rooney when he was clean through on goal late on.
There were no further chances for the visitors and Van Gaal's wait for a point against Swansea goes on.

Opta Stats: Swansea City v Manchester United

Swansea City won both Premier League meetings with Man Utd last season, ending a run of eight league games without a win over them. They are 3.55 to taste victory again.

Manchester United have failed to score in three of their last five Premier League games on the road. Swansea are 3.90 to keep a clean sheet.
Swansea have won three of the last four meetings with Man Utd in all competitions, all by a 2- 1 scoreline.
 Another 2-1 win can be backed at 14.00.
The Swans haven't won back to back home Premier League games since November 2014. A draw is 3.45.

Sergio Romero has started his Premier League career with three clean sheets - the last goalkeeper to keep four in his first four PL apps was Anders Lindegaard (Oct - Dec 2011). He is2.88 to not concede.
Jonjo Shelvey (13) has created more goalscoring chances than any other player in the Premier League so far this season. Over 2.5 goals is 2.16.
Manchester United have only allowed their opponents five shots on target in the Premier League this season; fewer than any other side.
 Under 2.5 goals is 1.81.
Bafétimbi Gomis has scored eight goals in his last nine Premier League games for Swansea.Gomis is 3.40 to score.
Gomis could become the first Swansea player to score in each of their opening four games of a Premier League season. He is [7.5] to score the opening goal.
Wayne Rooney has now gone nine Premier League games without scoring. Only once in his Premier League career has he gone 10 games without scoring (between Aug-Dec 2003 while at Everton). Rooney is 3.10 to end his barren spell.

Opta Stats: Southampton v Norwich City

Southampton have lost just one of their last nine meetings with Norwich City in all competitions (W3 D5 L1). The draw is 3.60.

Victory at Sunderland two weeks ago ended a run of 11 Premier league away games without a win for the Canaries (D3 L8).
 They are 4.10 to win again.
Norwich City have not won back-to-back Premier League away games since January 2012. A Southampton victory can be backed at 2.08.
Nathan Redmond has had a hand in 10 goals in his last eight league games (five goals, five assists).
 Redmond is 4.50 to find the net.

Since the start of last season, Redmond has assisted more league goals (14) and created more chances (125) than any other player for Norwich.
 He's 12.00 to score the first goal.
Of current Premier League teams, Norwich (31%) have drawn the highest proportion of games in the competition.
 The draw half-time/full-time is 5.40.
Southampton have picked up a league-high 10 yellow cards in the opening three matchdays of the season.
 The odds of a player being sent off in the match are 4.50.
11 of Graziano Pellè's 13 Premier League goals for Southampton have come at St Mary's (85%). He's 5.00 to add to his tally.

Since the turn of 2013, Cameron Jerome has scored just three goals in 50 Premier League appearances. Southampton are 2.70 to keep a clean sheet.
Southampton have won just one of their last nine Premier League games (W1 D3 L5). You can lay the Saints are 2.10.

Opta Stats: Tottenham Hotspur v Everton

Tottenham are unbeaten in their last six Barclays Premier League games at home to Everton (W4 D2). Spurs are 2.00 to win.

Everton have failed to score in three of their last four Premier League games with Spurs.Tottenham are 2.92 to keep a clean sheet.
Spurs have beaten Everton more times (22) in the Premier League than any other opponent and scored more goals (66) against them than versus any other team too. They are 3.35 to win half-time/full-time.

Spurs' win percentage at home under Mauricio Pochettino is 50%, lower than Sherwood (73%), Redknapp (64%), Villas-Boas (52%) and Jol (59%).
 The draw is 3.65.
Following a run of eight defeats in nine Premier League games on the road, the Toffees have now lost just one of the last five (W3 D1 L1). Everton are 4.30 to win.
Harry Kane has scored just two goals in his last 11 Premier League appearances. In the 11 PL apps before this, he had scored 14 goals.
 Kane is 2.20 to get back among the goals.
Kane has only managed two shots on target in 244 minutes this season (every 122 mins), whereas from his first start of 2014-15 in November until the end of that season he averaged one every 57 minutes. Everton are 5.10 to keep a clean sheet.
Arouna Kone (3) has had a hand in more Premier League goals in his last three appearances for Everton than he did in his previous 17 (2). Kone is 3.80 to score.

Roberto Martinez has won just one of his five Premier League games as a manager against Mauricio Pochettino (W1 D1 L3) and has lost each of the last three versus the Argentine. The draw half-time/Spurs full-time double result is priced at 5.40.
Everton have won their last two Premier League trips to London. They are 3.10 in the Draw No Bet market.