Manchester United will head into September with their sights set on improving on their stuttering early season performances.
The Red Devils were fortunate to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers on the opening weekend before slipping to a dismal defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in their second outing.
Erik ten Hag’s side then got out of jail at home to Nottingham Forest, recovering from the shock of conceding two early goals to seal a 3-2 victory.
Pre-season talk of bettering last season’s third-place finish has looked fanciful up this point and United undoubtedly have a point to prove over the next few weeks.
With that in mind, we look at their September schedule and offer up some betting tips for their upcoming fixtures.
Arsenal (A) – September 3
If there was ever a time for United to produce a statement performance, their visit to the Emirates Stadium on Sunday is the perfect opportunity.
The Gunners have picked up seven points from their first three matches, but their early season displays have been pretty unconvincing.
With Arsenal and United each demonstrating defensive frailties this term, the odds of 4/7 on both teams (BTTS) to score looks to be a banker bet.
However, savvy punters would be well advised to keep checking the live odds if neither side gets on the scoresheet during the first half hour.
The BTTS price will drift as the game progresses, allowing bettors to grab extra value on a wager that should still prove to be productive.
Brighton & Hove Albion (H) – September 16
Brighton have been a thorn in United’s side over the past couple of season, rattling off three consecutive victories in the Premier League.
The Seagulls started the new season impressively, recording successive 4-1 victories over Luton Town and Wolves.
They came down to earth with a bump on their third outing, with West Ham United running out 3-1 winners at the Amex Stadium last weekend.
Brighton dominated possession against the Hammers, but they were unable to break down their defiant defensive unit.
These are the type of Man United fixtures they need to win to challenge for the title. Backing them to win at odds of 21/20 should pay dividends.
Burnley (A) – September 23
After guiding Burnley to the Championship title last season, Vincent Kompany was touted as a potential future replacement for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City.
The hyperbole surrounding Komany currently looks misplaced, with the Clarets failing to win either of their opening two games.
Burnley’s success last season was built on outspending their Championship rivals – a luxury Kompany does not have in the Premier League.
The club’s summer acquisitions do not look up to much and there could be a long season ahead for the Lancashire outfit.
United have not lost at Turf Moor since August 2009. They are a banker bet to enhance that record next month.
Crystal Palace (H) – September 30
Palace looked destined for the Championship last season, with manager Patrick Vieira overseeing a thoroughly miserable run of form.
Vieira was rightly relieved of his duties and replaced by Roy Hodgson – a decision which paid dividends as the veteran boss guided them to safety.
It is impossible not to be impressed with Hodgson’s ability to maximise the resources at his disposal and Palace should have little difficulty staying afloat this season.
They were unfortunate not to take a point off Arsenal and have shown plenty of determination to collect four points from their other two games.
However, Palace victories over the Red Devils are fairly sporadic and Ten Hag’s side should have little difficulty picking up another three points here.