With 5 rounds of matches played in the Premier League, we are starting to get a feel of exactly what this season could have in store for most clubs.
Despite finishing second in the Premier League last season, Tottenham Hotspur were not considered as serious title favourites with the bookmakers at the start of this campaign. The main reason for this was not so much the lack of activity in the transfer market but more so the fact they must play all home games at Wembley.
Tottenham Hotspur have failed to win any of their three home matches this season and travel to West Ham for the early kick-off on Saturday, a team who have had problems of their own having moved to the Olympic Stadium.
Tottenham Hotspur have lost only three of their previous 28 Premier League games and while they have struggled at home this season, they have been excellent on the road. Tottenham Hotspur are relying on their away form this season and can be backed at 19/10 to win this match to nil by keeping their third away clean sheet in a row.
The top two clubs are both in action on Saturday this weekend and the league leaders, Manchester United, travel to Southampton. The Saints recorded their second win of the Premier League season last weekend, defeating Crystal Palace 1-0 away from home. They have lost just one of their five league games but have failed to score in seven of their last eight at home.
Defensively they look decent but Manchester United have been creating plenty of chances and scoring a lot of goals. If the visitors can prevent Southampton from scoring, which many recent visitors to St Marys have done, they have the attacking talent to score the goals and win the match.
Manchester United are 15/8 with BetVictor to win the match to nil and you can get 10/11 with Coral for the Red Devils to score 2 or more goals in the game.
Second place Manchester City welcome struggling Crystal Palace to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Given their dreadful start to the campaign, the last team Crystal Palace want to face right now is the free-scoring Manchester City. This is underlined by the fact Crystal Palace are 20/1 with Ladbrokes to win this game.
Crystal Palace sit bottom of the Premier League, with no points and not a single goal to their name this season while in contrast Manchester City are joint top having scored 16 goals and picked up 13 points. This match has the potential to be hugely embarrassing for the Eagles.
It seems extremely unlikely the visitors are going to get their first goal of the season at the Etihad if they failed to get it at home to Southampton last weekend. Manchester City are available at 5/6 with PaddyPower to win the match to nil. However, the real value could be in the number of goals scored and Manchester City have scored 22 times in seven competitive games this season.
Betfair offer 3/1 for Manchester City to win by 4 or more goals.
The defending champions, Chelsea, travel to Stoke City this weekend in what has the makings of a tough looking fixture for the Blues. Antonio Conte’s men are unbeaten in their last six games in all competitions, winning five of them and have recovered well from their opening day defeat to Burnley.
They face a Stoke team who have failed to score only once in their previous 13 home games. Chelsea have failed to keep a clean sheet away from home in the Premier League season and have manged just two in their previous 10 away league games.
Therefore, both teams to score looks an enticing prospect at 10/11 with William Hill. Eden Hazard could start the match, playing in a role behind Alvaro Morata and will be keen to kick-start his Premier League season with a goal. Hazard is 13/8 with Ladbrokes to score at any time.
Two teams which find themselves in the relegation zone ahead of the weekend fixtures are Everton and Bournemouth. Neither team started the season thinking they would be in this position after five games and have work to do to drag themselves up the table.
Despite losing 4-0 at Manchester United last weekend, Everton played well at times and if they had not sat back early on and taken their chances, could have taken something from the match. Bournemouth picked up their first league win of the season at home to Brighton last week but their away record in the Premier League is shocking, having won only two of their previous 15 games on the road.
There was enough to suggest at Old Trafford that Everton have what it takes to win this match. The Toffees finally managed to get on the score sheet in the League Cup on Wednesday having drawn a blank in their previous four games. Everton are 4/6 with Ladbrokes to win the game.
Everton’s cross city rivals Liverpool travel to Leicester City for the late kick-off on Saturday and the pressure is beginning to mount on Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool have lost two and drawn two of their last four matches in all competitions and despite putting out a fairly strong team in mid-week, lost to Leicester 2-0 in the League Cup.
Leicester will bring back their rested players for this match and Jamie Vardy, if fit, is sure to start the match. The England international has 4 goals to his name already this season and has 4 goals in his last three Premier League games against the Reds. Vardy is 11/2 with Bet365 to score the first goal of the game and you can combine that with Leicester to win the game at 12/1.
Arsenal will be hoping to move out of the bottom half of the table on Monday night as they welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Emirates Stadium for the final Premier League game of the weekend.
Arsenal produced a much better display in their 0-0 draw at Chelsea last week and showed a determination not to lose which has been missing under Arsene Wenger recently. West Bromwich Albion are a team who do not travel well in the Premier League and have won two of their last 15 games on the road.
The Baggies have failed to win any of their last three Premier League games and have been defeated away at Brighton and held at home by Stoke and West Ham. Arsenal are 6/17 to win the match with Unibet and 13/10 with Coral to score 3 or more goals, which the Gunners have done in their two previous home Premier League games this season.
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