Premier League Preview and Betting Tips
Friday 15th – Sunday 17th September
Match Previews and Betting Tips
Quite a few of the top Premier League clubs will be going into this weekend’s league programme having had games in Europe during the week. It will be interesting to see how those sides will react and it makes for a weekend where there could be a few surprising results.
Friday 15th September
AFC Bournemouth v Brighton & Hove Albion. Bournemouth have lost four of four Premier League games played while this Friday’s opponents Brighton & Hove Albion have found some form in the last couple games with a draw and a win moving the newly-promoted club up to fourteenth spot in the table. Of the games played so far, this probably represents Bournemouth’s best chance of getting a positive result but a fifth straight defeat has an air of inevitability about it and a second victory in the space of six days for Brighton looks a good bet at odds of 5/2.
Saturday 16th September
Newcastle United v Stoke City. Having bounced straight back up to the Premier League, Newcastle United promptly lost their first two games before coming good in recent weeks. Back to back victories over West Ham United and Swansea City have moved the Geordies up to tenth in the table and it could get better on Saturday afternoon when Newcastle have a home game against Stoke City. The visitors are a strong side on their home patch but struggle somewhat on the road. A win and two draws in the last three games isn’t a bad record and another draw this weekend would probably satisfy Stoke but Newcastle have regained the winning thread and should claim a narrow win at 13/10.
Watford v Manchester City. Having hammered Liverpool 5-0 last weekend, Manchester City are joint top of the table and will approach Saturday’s away game at Watford with some confidence. However, Watford will also be full of confidence as the team are unbeaten this season with two wins and two draws behind them. This would be an interesting game if Watford can take a lead and a home win cannot be ruled out but a draw is probably a safer bet at around the 4/1 mark.
Liverpool v Burnley. Although Liverpool were down to ten men when thrashed 5-0 at Manchester City there is no hiding the fact that the Reds were poor in that game. Now down to eighth place, Liverpool will need to rediscover their form and have the ideal opportunity to do so when Burnley come to Anfield on Saturday afternoon. At 11/1, Burnley clearly aren’t expected to win on Merseyside but it may not be as easy for Liverpool as those odds suggest. Burnley have lost just one of their four games this season and have won at Chelsea and drawn at Tottenham Hotspur. Even a draw cannot be totally ruled out but Liverpool, in front of their home fans, should be good enough to claim the spoils at short odds of 1/5.
Huddersfield Town v Leicester City. Only promoted from the Championship this season, Huddersfield Town got off to a flying start when winning their first two matches. However, a draw and a defeat in the last two games have brought the team back down to earth. Saturday’s home game with Leicester City is winnable for Huddersfield as Leicester have lost their last two games although somewhat unluckily. Despite those most recent defeats, Leicester have been playing well and could well come away from Huddersfield with all three points and an away win is worth backing at odds of 6/4.
Tottenham Hotspur v Swansea City. At odds of 1/5, Tottenham Hotspur are clearly expected to have little difficulty in beating Swansea City at home in Saturday’s late kick-off. It is hard to argue with the bookies’ odds as Spurs were excellent in last weekend’s 3-0 victory over Everton while Swansea City were less than impressive when losing 1-0 at home to newly-promoted Newcastle United. That was Swansea’s second defeat in succession and number three should arrive on Saturday with Spurs a banker bet to win.
Sunday 17th September
Chelsea v Arsenal. Probably the game of the weekend is Sunday afternoon’s London Derby between Chelsea and Arsenal. Title holders Chelsea got the season off to a poor start when surprisingly beaten at home by Burnley but have been back to their best ever since with victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Everton and Leicester City in the following three games. That winning sequence could be in danger this Sunday if Arsenal turn in one of their better performances but Chelsea are a tough nut to crack and a 1-0 home win would do quite nicely for Antonio Conte’s Champions. A win for Chelsea is priced at 5/6 and the most likely result in what should be a close game.
Manchester United v Everton. A home win on Sunday for Manchester United against Everton is priced as low as 3/10 which is ridiculous as the Red Devils haven’t really beaten any team of note this season. Three league wins in the first three matches all came against struggling teams West Ham United, Leicester City and Swansea City to give United a false position in the table. Last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Stoke City was the first real test of United’s ability and it was only the excellence of goalkeeper David De Gea that saw the Red Devils escape with a point. This Sunday’s opponents Everton have not made a good start to the season with two defeats and a draw in the last three matches but should still be good enough to secure a draw at good odds of 4/1 against a very average Manchester United team.