Premier League Matchday 5 Preview and Tips
After a busy and occasionally dramatic week of international games in the Euro 2020 qualifiers, we are now focusing back on the domestic action this weekend with the return of the Premier League. All 20 teams are in action across Saturday, Sunday and Monday as we head into Matchday five of the season, with just one team, Liverpool, boasting a 100% winning record.
With so many key games still to be played, now is the perfect time to enjoy a spot of betting on the matches taking place this weekend and with some intriguing ties in prospect, including Manchester United facing Leicester and Arsenal’s now tricky trip to bottom club Watford, who have a new manager installed at the helm, it promises to be an exciting weekend of games.
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Premier League Tips – Matchday 5
Liverpool v Newcastle United
The first game of the weekend pits Premier League leaders Liverpool against a Newcastle side that earned a fine win over Tottenham in their last away game. However, I can’t see Steve Bruce’s side having much joy at Anfield given the form Jurgen Klopp’s men are in. Liverpool won this game 4-0 last season and I can see them enjoying a similar success here if they can continue in the form they showed before the international break. I like the Handicap bet here with Liverpool having a -2 goal handicap but being 11/10 to win.
Brighton v Burnley
I think both these teams will be relatively content with the start they have made this season, but both will know that picking up points in their next couple of games will be vital to cementing that start. Graham Potter is doing a decent job at Brighton but I think Burnley are set up well to get results at teams like Brighton. Sean Dyche’s men may struggle against the big boys in the division, but they are very good at getting results against teams around their level and I back Burnley to claim a win here at 13/5.
Manchester United v Leicester City
Manchester United have not had the best of starts this season and the pressure is growing on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to turn things around. Leicester, in contrast, lie third in the table and are looking a growing force under Brendan Rodgers. I think they could well cause United many problems with their counter attacking here and while I can’t quite see United slipping to a second home defeat in a row, I do feel the Foxes will earn a point. Back the draw here at 11/4.
Sheffield United v Southampton
One point may separate these teams but I feel Sheffield United will be much the happier of the two over their start to the season, which has been excellent. Southampton’s form in their last two games has been improved but I feel Bramhall Lane will be a tough place for them to go and pick up the points. I see goalscoring being a real problem for Saints in these games and I just feel the Blades will earn another narrow win. Back Sheff Utd to win at 29/20 in this one.
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
It’s strange to think that we come into this game with Crystal Palace in fourth spot and Tottenham in mid-table, but that is how things have turned out. Spurs hangover from last season seems to have followed them into this while Palace have been in good form over recent games to pick up seven points. They will be difficult to beat here too, but Tottenham do have a good record against the Eagles over the years and I feel they will just about get the job done here. Back Tottenham to win this game 2-1 at 15/2 with bet365.
Wolverhampton Wanderers v Chelsea
I don’t think either of these teams will have been too delighted with their start to the season, with just one win in eight games between the two. Both have lost just the one game though and I think both are tough to beat, although I do feel that Wolves just have a slight advantage here being at home. Chelsea’s younger squad can score goals but they are conceding too many at the moment and I think Wolves will capitalise on that. Back Wolves to land the win here at very good odds of 2/1, especially considering they beat a stronger Chelsea at home last season.
Norwich City v Manchester City
The worst defensive record in the Premier League (Norwich), takes on the team that has scored the most goals this season and last (Man City) in a game that I can only see being heavily lopsided in the visitors favour. I can see Norwich scoring a goal, but the problem for the Canaries fans is that I also feel City will get at least four and possibly more in response. Backing Manchester City to win and both teams to score at 6/5 is therefore my nap bet of the weekend.
Bournemouth v Everton
Everton have suffered on the road for a good while now, although their form did pick up away from home over the latter half of last season. Bournemouth tend to blow hot and cold but I was impressed with them against Man City a while back, even in defeat. This is going to be another close game and I think the first goal will be crucial in deciding the winner here. I can see the validity of all three results here, so I am backing a different market which is Callum Wilson of Bournemouth to score any time at 13/10.
Watford v Arsenal
Will the return of Quique Sanchez Flores boost Watford to their first win of the season? Against a side not a regular top six team I may well have backed them, but given Watford’s dire form and the fact they face an Arsenal side in decent form themselves, I think a Hornets win is unlikely. I do feel this will be a close game and I do fancy Watford to get something from this, so I am backing the draw at 5/2 for this one.
Aston Villa v West Ham United
This is a tricky game to call. West Ham have bounced back after a poor start to pick up seven points from their last there games, whereas Aston Villa have just three points but did beat Everton at home. Consistency is not the strength of either of these sides and in truth, this is a game that I can make reasonable arguments for ending as a home, or away win, or a draw. In games like this I always try and avoid a bet on a result, so I am going to back West Ham’s new striker Sebastian Haller to score anytime which is a good value 11/8 with bet365.