We have had a dramatic week of international football this week which has seen some of the bigger names in European football put to the test and a fair few shocks. However, the focus this weekend switches back to the Premier League and domestic action with ten games taking place from Saturday through to Monday evening.
As always, it will be a big weekend for punters too who will be looking for some of the best bets on the Premier League and in this article, we are going to try and give you that as we take a look at each of the games being played across the weekend and give you our top tip for each.
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Matchday Four Results
- Southampton 1-1 Manchester United
- Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa
- Chelsea 2-2 Sheffield United
- Newcastle Utd 1-1 Watford
- Manchester City 4-0 Brighton
- West Ham 2-0 Norwich City
- Leicester City 3-1 Bournemouth
- Burnley 0-3 Liverpool
- Everton 3-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
- Arsenal 2-2 Tottenham
Liverpool and Manchester City kept up their excellent pace at the top of the table, both recording solid wins against Brighton and Burnley, two teams that face each other this coming weekend. With Chelsea, Man Utd, Spurs and Arsenal all dropping two points, Leicester City moved into third on the back of their fine 3-1 win over Bournemouth, while Crystal Palace’s controversial 1-0 win over Aston Villa saw them move into fourth.
Premier League Table
Premier League Tips – Matchday 5
Liverpool v Newcastle United – Liverpool -2.5 Handicap to win – 21/10
Liverpool are in great form in the league at present and are the only team to have won all four of their opening games of the season. Newcastle have won at Spurs but in truth they have not really come on from last season and then, they lost this game 4-0. I think even with a -2.5 goal handicap Liverpool should be good enough to win this one by three goals or more for this bet.
Brighton v Burnley – Draw – 11/5
Both these sides will want to bounce back from defeat to one of the top two last time out but I think they may have to be satisfied with a point. Brighton lost at home last time out so will be wary of a Burnley side that seem able to pick apart lesser sides weaknesses in the EPL. That said, I feel goals will be at a premium here so I think a draw, either 0-0 or 1-1 is the most likely outcome.
Manchester United v Leicester City – Draw and both teams to score – 15/4
I am not convinced that this Manchester United side is any great improvement on the one of last season, although Daniel James looks a very good signing. Leicester in contrast have made fast progress under Brendan Rodgers and deservedly sit third in the table. I can see them giving United plenty of problems at Old Trafford and I can see goals going in at both ends in what should be an entertaining score draw.
Sheffield United v Southampton – Sheff Utd to win 1-0 – 7/1
The Blades have made an excellent start to life in the Premier League and have certainly done better than I was expecting them too. Southampton have picked up after losing their opening two games, but Bramhall Lane is a tough place to go and get a result and I can’t see their being too many goals here. One goal may do it and I feel that it will be the home side most likely to get it.
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace – Tottenham to win and both teams to score – 7/4
Crystal Palace are fourth in the Premier League table and they will be delighted with that. Tottenham’s start has been stuttering and in truth they are somewhat fortunate to have as many points as they have. However, Spurs are a very good team when they get it right and they usually do at home. Their record against Palace is also impressive and while I worry about them defensively, and can see Palace scoring, I still feel Spurs will do enough for the win.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea – Draw and both teams to score – 10/3
Both these teams have had somewhat indifferent starts to the season and I think both will be looking to pick up their form, but this is a tough game for both. Chelsea’s sole win this season has been on the road at Norwich, but Wolves despite losing just once, are yet to win a game. I think that run will continue here as while I can’t quite see Wolves repeating their win over Chelsea of last season, I think they will battle for a point and that both teams will find the net.
Norwich City v Manchester City – Man City to win and both teams to score – 6/5
I am utterly confident that the best attack in the Premier League (Man City) will score a hatful of goals in this game to earn a big win against the worst defence in the Premier League after four games, but I am also confident that Norwich City will create chances of their own and perhaps tuck one away. As such, I do feel both teams will score in this game, but I expect a heavy victory for Manchester City.
Bournemouth v Everton – Callum Wilson to score at any time – 13/10
Having been away with England for the week and not seen any playing time, I think Bournemouth’s main striker Callum Wilson will be itching to get into action this weekend. The Cherries have lost their last two games and need a result here against an Everton side that are not the best on the road. That said, I am not confident of the right score here so backing a Wilson goal at any time is the best option.
Watford v Arsenal – Away Win (Evens)
I’m not going to try and get too clever with this game as Watford have appointed Quique Sanches Flores once again to replace the sacked Javi Gracia. That usually sees an immediate boost in form for a team and that makes me a bit wary of the away win, even though it is Arsenal who have been in decent form. I think this will be very close but I am just backing Arsenal’s pacy attackers to be the difference makers in this game.
Aston Villa v West Ham United – Sebastian Haller to score any time – 11/8
This is a tricky game to predict in many ways. It’s hard to know what team will turn up for either side. The Villa team that were so good against Everton, or the one that has looked so poor in the first two games and in truth the same can be said for West Ham. What I do think is that there will be a few goals in the game and if there is then West Ham’s tall striker should be amongst them and at 11/8 to score at any time, he is a good value bet here.