There were more than a few surprises in the Premier League last weekend as Arsenal were pegged back from a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 at bottom-placed Watford, Everton were thumped 3-1 by an impressive Bournemouth and the biggest shock of all came on Saturday night when Manchester City went down 3-2 away to a massively impressive performance from newly promoted Norwich City.
That result combined with Liverpool’s win over Newcastle earlier in the day now means that Liverpool’s 100% record to the Premier League season remained intact and the Reds now have a five point lead over City in the early table. However, their unbeaten start to the season came to an end in midweek when Napoli defeated them 2-0 in the Champions League Group Stage. This sets up an intriguing game between Liverpool and hosts Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
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Matchday Five Results
- Liverpool 3-1 Newcastle United
- Manchester Utd 1-0 Leicester City
- Sheff Utd 0-1 Southampton
- Brighton 1-1 Burnley
- Wolves 2-5 Chelsea
- Tottenham 4-0 Crystal Palace
- Norwich City 3-2 Manchester City
- Bournemouth 3-1 Everton
- Watford 2-2 Arsenal
- Aston Villa 0-0 West Ham
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Southampton v Bournemouth
Friday night’s clash between the two south coast rivals pits two teams that had good results last week against each other. Southampton’s win at Sheffield United was a good one, while Bournemouth despatched Everton clinically at home. Southampton have proven tough to beat at home this season and I think after a slow start, they are looking better, hence I am backing the Saints to win this one at 21/20.
Leicester City v Tottenham Hotspur
Spurs have a surprisingly good record over Leicester in recent years, but their current away form isn’t particularly strong and I feel that this Leicester City team is the best since their famous title winning team of a few years ago. I can see Leicester causing Spurs plenty of problems and having had all week to prepare for the game, I fancy them to take something from it. The only issue is that I feel Spurs are so strong in attack that the most likely outcome here is a draw at 5/2.
Burnley v Norwich City
How will Norwich City react to beating the Champions last week? Well Burnley away is a very tough game for them and I think the home team will be keen to test a Norwich defence that has already conceded the second most goals in the EPL this season. For all their heroics at home, I do feel Norwich will struggle on the road and I do fancy Burnley to come away with the win at 10/11 here.
Everton v Sheffield United
These two teams suffered poor results last weekend and there’s no doubt both will want to bounce back. I am not convinced by Everton yet, they seem way too inconsistent at times. Sheffield United have been better than I expected but I think Goodison Park is a tough place to go and get a result. As such, I am backing the home team Toffees to land the win here at 8/13.
Manchester City v Watford
After their stunning defeat at Norwich last weekend, Manchester City now face the prospect of Watford, a team they beat 6-1 in the FA Cup Final last year and who are sitting bottom of the Premier League. However, the Hornets will be buoyed by their fine comeback from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw at home to Arsenal. City do have injury problems in defence but Watford are not strong enough to take full advantage, hence this should be a comfortable Man City win as the 1/10 odds suggest.
Newcastle United v Brighton
Two teams starting to drift towards the bottom of the table and badly in need of a win, I think. Brighton will be happier with their start to the season than Newcastle. It’s the longest trip of the season for the away fans and St James’ Park was good to them last season when they won 1-0. I can’t see too many goals being scored here and I can see another 1-0 result, but this time I think Newcastle will take the narrow win at 7/5.
Crystal Palace v Wolves
Crystal Palace’s defeat at Spurs last week saw them drop from 4th to 12th in the table and they will want to bounce back from that 4-0 mauling with a solid home performance here. Wolves are in real trouble at the foot of the table and are shipping goals at an alarming rate at the moment. However, Palace are so inconsistent that this makes this a very tough one to call. As such, I am going for the draw here at 11/5.
West Ham v Manchester United
It’s strange to think that of these two teams West Ham have the better league form of the two over recent weeks. United have struggled to click into gear but have amassed eight points so far, but are seven behind Liverpool already and I fear they could struggle here against a Hammers team that tends to do well against United at home. This will be a close one and I think a draw at 13/5 is a good shout.
Arsenal v Aston Villa
After a decent start to the season, Arsenal have picked up just two points from the last nine available and they need to improve on that at home to an Aston Villa side that are yet to pick up anything from their road games this season. Playing Thursday won’t help Arsenal but they should be ready for this one and Villa’s away form is so poor I thinik Arsenal to win is a solid choice at 4/11.
Chelsea v Liverpool
How will both these teams react after defeat in the Champions League in midweek? Chelsea lost at home to Valencia and that is potentially a more damaging result for their hopes in that competition than Liverpool’s loss to Napoli. Chelsea also lost Mason Mount through injury in that game and his absence will be a real blow. If Valencia can win at Stamford Bridge, then this Liverpool team that will be itching to put things right after defeat in midweek, can do the same here. Back Liverpool to win at 19/20 with bet365.