Something for the weekend
Matt Briggs takes his regular look at the weekend football coupon in search of some early value for punters.
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Premier League - Manchester United v Arsenal
Arsenal's title credentials will come under the microscope for the second time next weekend when they travel to champions Manchester United and the Gunners are worth siding with at 5/2.
Arsene Wenger's men brushed aside the challenge of Liverpool with a clinical performance at The Emirates, but they still have plenty of doubters. The major worry is that Arsene Wenger's men have had an easy start to the season with none of the big boys being faced, but the 2-0 triumph over Liverpool showed they can mix it with the best and a trip to the under-pressure champions will not faze them.
Arsenal might not have come up against Chelsea or Manchester City to date, but they have defeated fourth-placed Tottenham and the recent win over Liverpool, who had only one defeat to their name previously, is enough to make them real title contenders.
They are 4/1 to go on and win the Premier League for the first time in 10 years and with Sunday's opponents Manchester United a current quote of 8/1 to regain their title, the 5/2 about an away win at Old Trafford looks worth backing.
FA Cup - Bristol City v Dagenham & Redbridge
Bristol City have only won once all season (ahead of Tuesday's clash v Crawley) and they look mightily short at 4/6 to see of League Two Dagenham in the FA Cup first round.
The Robins have had a nightmare start to life in League One and sit next to bottom after failing to chalk up a home win thus far.
Last month's win at Carlisle got them their first three points and the monkey off their back, and they might have been expected to sink Oldham to record their first home win of the campaign last time out, but they could only draw and that was fortunate, according to boss Sean O'Driscoll.
With that in mind the 21/5 about an away win for the in-form Daggers looks rather generous. They were unlucky to lose at Hartlepool last weekend and in Zavon Hines they have a man who can cause Bristol City problems. Wayne Burnett's men have surprised one or two people this season in the basement division and they have managed to score in every game, bar one so far this term, and they're worth backing to give the Robins a cup shock.
FA Cup - Colchester v Sheffield United
Colchester (9/5) are a big price to beat Nigel Clough's struggling Sheffield United at home in the cup.
The new Blades boss tasted his first defeat at mid-table Shrewsbury last weekend and Colchester are another mid-table League One side who could well pile more misery on the Bramall Lane faithtful.
The Blades have lost seven of eight games away from home and Clough's influence will take time to take hold. It's also doubtful the FA Cup will be top of Clough's list of priorities and Colchester are good enough to take advantage.