Premier League Betting Tips 21/22: Match Day 4
Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips 21/22: Matchday 4
The Premier League returns this weekend after the international break, and there are plenty of games to look forward to. Christiano Ronaldo could make his second debut for Manchester United against Newcastle and Leeds take on Liverpool, a game that very rarely disappoints. Join us as we preview all the games on matchday 4.
Match of the Day
Ronaldo made his first debut for Manchester United, aged 18, and now he returns in the twilight of his career and could feature in this game against Newcastle. Will the Magpies spoil Ronaldo’s big day?
- Venue: Old Trafford
- Saturday 11th September 15:00
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
- Quick Glance OddsH: 9/50 D:13/2 A: 14/1
About the Game:
Manchester United’s re-signing of Christiano Ronaldo is the biggest transfer story of the season. On Wednesday, the number 7 was at United’s Carrington complex after completing his quarantine following his transfer from Juventus. Ronaldo may be 36, but as his two late goals against Ireland in Portugal’s 2-1 win showed, he is still one of the world’s greatest players. The Red Devils, in a statement, said that they hoped the striker would be ready to assist the side, raising hopes of the Old Trafford faithful that he will make his second debut for the club against Newcastle on Saturday. Manchester United also signed Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund (£73m), Raphael Varane from Real Madrid (£41m), and Tom Heaton on a free transfer from Aston Villa in a £133m shopping spree.
The Red Devils had a storming start to the season; Bruno Fernandes scored a hattrick in the 5-1 mauling of Leeds United on the first game of the season. However, they was largely disappointing in the next game; a 1-1 draw with Southampton, a team they hammered 9-0 last season. United took three points in their final game before the international break, but again they were largely unimpressive in the 1-0 win against Wolves. The game’s main talking point was new signing Raphaël Varane, assisting Mason Greenwood in the 80th minute. Although United was rather fortunate to take all three points, Wolves’ Adama Traoré was the man-of-the-match and perhaps deserved a goal. After Newcastle, United are in Champions League action midweek; they face Young Boys. Next up in the league is a tricky game against West Ham. The Hammers are in fine form, and their main threat comes from Michail Antonio, who has just been named player of the month.
Historically Newcastle United have not fared well against their namesake from Manchester. Of the 25 times the two teams have met in the Premier League era, Manchester United have won 64% of the time (16 wins), with 20% of the games ending in a draw (five) and just four wins for the Magpies. Current form also points to a long afternoon for Newcastle; a point gained from Southampton in the 2-2 draw in their last game is the only one they have taken so far. However, it does show progress after a 4-2 defeat at home to West Ham and a 2-0 defeat at Villa Park against Aston Villa.
A positive is that the Magpies do pose a goal threat, and their opponents always seem willing to allow teams to score against them. Callum Wilson is in good form with two goals in three games, and when Allan Saint-Maximin has a good game, he is almost unplayable. The Frenchman has a goal and an assist to his name so far. Despite the results, Jacob Murphy is also having a good start to the season; the 26-year-old scored in the defeat to West Ham and assisted in the 2-2 draw with Southampton. So although much of the attention will be on Ronaldo, the Magpies to take the lead wouldn’t be a total surprise and Wilson or Saint-Maximin might be a good shout in the first-goalscorer market.
Prediction: Manchester United to win.
Rest of the Premier League Games
Coming up are our previews and Premier League betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.
- Venue: Selhurst Park
- Saturday 11th Sep, 14:30
- Referee: Jonathan Moss
- Quick Glance OddsH:16/5 D: 5/2 A: 9/10
About the Game:
Three games into the new season and Patrick Vieira’s Crystal Palace are still seeking their first win after a heavy 3-0 defeat against Chelsea on the first matchday and subsequent draws against Premier League newcomers Brentford and West Ham United. There are signs of progress at Selhurst Park, though; the 2-2 draw against West Ham was an excellent result as the high-flying Hammers would have gone top of the table if they had beaten the Eagles. 21-year-old Connor Gallagher has a storming start to the season, scoring two goals and picking up the man-of-the-match award in the game against West Ham. Eberechi Eze and Nathan Ferguson are ruled out of the game through injury, but Michael Olise and Luka Milivojevic could possibly return.
Tottenham fans went into the international break in a jubilant mood. An excellent 1-0 win over the champions Manchester City and two 1-0 wins over Wolves and Watford has seen Nuno Espírito Santo’s men sitting pretty at the top of the table, the only Premier League team with a 100% record. An added bonus for Spurs fans is that the future of Harry Kane has been sorted (until the next transfer window, at least). The England captain has been limited to one start and a cameo appearance, and the 28-year-old has yet to score a goal, although he has managed to pick up two bookings in his 108 minutes on the field. In the absence of Kane, Tottenham’s Son Heung-Min has been the main man; the 28-year-old has scored two goals, both winners, against Manchester City and Watford. However, Son is rated as 50/50 for this game after complaining of a tight calf muscle. Ryan Sessegnon is also a doubt, and Tottenham has five players ruled out through injury (Cristian Romero, Giovani Lo Celso, Davinson Sanchez, Cameron Carter-Vickers, Tanguy Ndombele).
Prediction: Tottenham to win.
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- Sat 11th Sep, 15:00
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Quick Glance OddsH: 1/2 D: 333/100 A: 11/2
About the Game:
The international break came at a terrible time for Arsenal, with the team languishing at the foot of the Premier League table after three games, with no goals scored and a negative goal difference of -9. However, Arsenal fans cannot blame the club for lack of investment in the team for once. The £156.8m spent to bring in Ben White (£50m), Martin Odegaard (£34m), Aaron Ramsdale (£30m), Takehiro Tomiyasu (£19.8m), Albert Sambi Lokonga (£15m), and Nuno Tavares (£8m) is the most spent during the summer transfer window. That said, Arsenal had a nightmare run of fixtures to start the campaign, facing European champions Chelsea (0-2) and Premier League champions Manchester City (5-0) in back-to-back games after the disappointing season-opener against Premier League new boys Brentford (2-0). This fixture against another of this season’s newcomers is a must-win game for Mikel Arteta, who, not surprisingly, is the bookmaker’s favourite to be sacked at odds of 4/9. The Gunners have a kind set of fixtures coming up; Burnley and AFC Wimbledon (EFL Cup) before the visit of the current league leaders Tottenham.
Norwich are above their hosts thanks to a solitary goal scored by 31-year-old Teemu Pukki in the 2-1 home defeat against Leicester. Like Arsenal, Norwich has also had a tough run of fixtures to start the season, losing 3-0 against Liverpool on matchday one and a 5-0 hammering at the hands of champions Manchester City. After Arsenal, Norwich have an easier-looking game against Watford before facing Liverpool in the EFL Cup, then a trip to Goodison Park to play Everton. The Canaries had a busy transfer window, bringing in 12 players. Most notably of these signing are goalkeeper Angus Gunn from Southampton, attacking midfielder Milot Rashica from Werder Bremen for £9.4m, Joshua Sargent also from Werder Bremen for £8m and Brandon Williams on loan from Manchester United. The signing of Joshua Sargent could be a key one; the 21-year-old has only played 43 minutes of Premier League football spread over three substitute appearances. However, he played the full 90 minutes in the 6-0 Carabao Cup win against Bournemouth. The youngster was sensational, scoring two goals and making an assist. He is one to watch; in his last game for Werder Bremen against Fortuna Duesseldorf, he scored two and took the man-of-the-match award.
Prediction: Arsenal to win.
- Venue: Brentford Community Stadium
- Saturday 11th Sep, 15:00
- Referee: Graham Scott
- Quick Glance OddsH: 9/5 D: 11/5 A: 81/50
About the Game:
Brentford are enjoying life in the top-flight, three games in, and Thomas Frank’s men are unbeaten with a win and two draws. On matchday one, they stunned Arsenal, winning 2-0 thanks to goals from Sergi Canós (22’) and Christian Nørgaard (73’). However, they drew the next two games; 0-0 against Crystal Palace and a 1-1 draw with Aston Villa. Ivan Toney gave Brentford the lead after seven minutes before Danny Ings equalised six minutes later. Brentford have an easy-looking schedule with Wolves next after Brighton and then a cup game against Oldham. The fixtures then get much tougher; Liverpool, West Ham, Chelsea, and Leicester in quick succession.
Brighton had a fairly quiet transfer window with 23-year-old Zambia international Enock Mwepu from RB Salzburg (undisclosed), defender Marc Cucurella from Getafe (£15.4m), and Abdallah Sima from Slavia Prague (£6.7m) the main signings. However, the biggest transfer news was the departure of Ben White to Arsenal for £50m. Brighton started the season well with victories against Burnley (1-2) and Watford (2-0) before a home defeat against Everton (2-0). The six points puts them in eighth place, level with champions Manchester City. Kjell Scherpen is ruled out with an injury, and Tariq Lamptey (thigh), Dan Burn (Knee), and Solomon March (thigh) are all doubtful for the Brentford game. Neal Maupay is Brighton’s main goal threat; the 25-year-old already has two goals, scoring in the victories against Brighton and Watford.
Prediction: A draw.
- Venue: King Power Stadium
- Saturday 11th Sep, 15:00
- Referee: Paul Tierney
- Quick Glance OddsH: 5/1 D: 3/1 A: 4/7
About the Game:
Leicester was active in the summer transfer window signing Patson Daka from RB Salzburg (£23m), Boubakary Soumare from Lille (£17m), Ryan Bertrand from Southampton (free), Jannik Vestergaard from Southampton (£15m), and brought in Ademola Lookman on loan from RB Leipzig. The signing of 22-year-old Daka is particularly interesting as the striker scored 34 goals in 42 appearances last season and could well be the ideal successor for 34-year-old Jamie Vardy. However, Vardy seems to have no intention of hanging up his boots just yet after scoring the winner in the 1-0 win over Wolves and scoring and assisting in the 2-1 win at Carrow Road against Norwich in their last game. Leicester’s other game this season was a surprise 4-1 mauling at the hands of West Ham. Leicester goes into the game against the champions with a severely depleted team. Ayoze Perez is suspended, Wesley Fofana, James Justin, and Ricardo Barbosa Pereira are all ruled out, and Jonny Evans, Jannik Vestergaard and Ryan Bertrand are all rated as doubtful.
The champions suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat in their first game of the season against Tottenham but responded brilliantly with back-to-back 5-0 wins against Norwich and Arsenal. Against Norwich, Jack Grealish scored his first goal after his £100m move from Aston Villa. An own goal from goalkeeper Tim Krul and Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling, and Riyad Mahrez goals made it a comfortable afternoon. In the 5-0 against Arsenal, Ferran Torres showed he could fill a Harry Kane-sized hole with a brace, and the 21-year-old was unlucky not to claim a hattrick. He is also showing his worth at the international level with Spain, scoring three goals in five games in the World Cup qualifiers. City had a quiet transfer window; aside from Grealish, only Scott Carson joined the club on a free transfer from Derby. There were plenty more outgoings with Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia joining Barcelona and a further 14 players leaving the club, although many were loan deals. Kevin De Bruyne, Aymeric Laporte, and Philip Foden could return for the Citizens, but Liam Delap and Zack Steffen are still unavailable. Goalkeeper Benjamin Mendy, who City paid £52m for in 2017, is subject to a criminal investigation and remanded in custody to appear at Chester Crown Crown on Friday.
Prediction: A Draw.
- Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
- Saturday 11th Sep, 15:00
- Referee: David Coote
- Quick Glance OddsH: 19/10 D: 5/2 A: 7/5
About the Game:
The Saints are still without a win in three games in the league. They lost their first game, 3-1 away at Goodison Park against Everton. Che Adams assisted Adam Armstrong to take the lead after 22 minutes, but Everton hit back in the second half with goals by Richarlison, Abdoulaye Doucouré, and Dominic Calvert-Lewin. Two draws followed; a very credible 1-1 against Manchester United and a high-scoring 2-2 against Newcastle United. Southampton’s other two league goalscorers (the goal against Manchester United was a Fred own goal) are Mohamed Elyounoussi and James Ward-Prowse. Southampton did have a stunning win in the Carabao Cup; beating Newport 8-0 away from home. Elyounoussi helped himself to a hattrick in the rout. The Norweigan is having a fine season, also scoring and providing an assist for Norway in the World Cup qualifiers.
West Ham are enjoying a great unbeaten start to the season, and their great form is largely due to the excellent form of Michail Antonio. The 31-year has scored in each league game this season. His shots per game rate of 5.3 is only beaten by Lorenzo Insigne at Napoli, Robert Lewandowski at Bayern Munich, and Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund. His goal tally of four means his contribution is 40%, beaten only by Ciro Immobile at Lazio and Lewandowski. Antonio scored and assisted in West Ham’s opening game; a 4-2 win away at Newcastle United. He received a perfect 10.0 rating with two goals and an assist in the surprise 4-1 destruction of West Ham and scored and assisted in the 2-2 draw against Crystal Palace. The Hammers would have topped the Premier League table had Conor Gallagher not equalised just two minutes after Antonio had given the London club the lead in the 68th minute. With Southampton yet to win this season, a win against the Saints would see them, at least, keep pace with the other four teams on seven points (Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool & Everton). The Hammers are in Europa League action mid-week against Dinamo Zagreb before a home and away double-header against Manchester United in the Caroaba Cup and the Premier League, playing the league runners-up twice in three days.
Prediction: West Ham to win.
- Venue: Vicarage Road
- Saturday 11th Sep, 15:00
- Referee: Peter Bankes
- Quick Glance OddsH: 12/5 D: 11/5 A: 5/4
About the Game:
Xisco Muñoz’s Watford got off to a great start this campaign, winning a five-goal thriller against Aston Villa. Emmanuel Dennis scored after ten minutes, and Ismaila Sarr gave the home side a 2-0 lead at the break. When former Manchester United man Tom Cleverley assisted Cucho Hernández with 23 minutes left to play, the victory seemed almost guaranteed. However, a John McGinn goal three minutes later and a Danny Ings goal in stoppage time made the end a much nervier affair than it needed to be. It was a sign of things to come as Watford would then lose their next two games, 2-0 away to Brighton and a 1-0 loss away at Tottenham. Watford has some easy-looking games coming up; Norwich are next after Wolves before a cup game against Watford. They then play Newcastle United before tougher games against Leeds, Liverpool, and then Everton.
For Wolves, the international break probably came at a good time, three games played, and the team are yet to score a goal, suffering three 1-0 defeats in a row against Leicester, Tottenham, and Manchester United. The defeat against Tottenham will have been particularly hard to take as Tottenham are now managed by their former manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Santo managed Wolves for 114 Premier League games, winning 43 with a win rate of 38% and collecting 1.41 points per game, a safe pair of hands. A blow for Wolves is that they will be without Raul Jimenez, who is ineligible to play after Mexico invoked FIFA’s five-day rule in a club v country row; Jonny Castro Otto and Hugo Bueno are out through injury. Of more concern is the injury to Pedro Lomba Neto. The 21-year-old suffered a significant injury to his patella v Fulham and, following a review with a knee specialist in London, surgery has been planned for later this week, and the youngster could be out for a while.
Prediction: A draw.
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Sat 11th Sep, 17:30
- Referee: Stuart Attwell
- Quick Glance OddsH: 7/25 D: 9/2 A: 10/1
About the Game:
It’s been a long time since Chelsea tasted defeat, a 1-0 home defeat in the FA Cup in May was the last time a team beat the Blues. Since then, they beat Manchester City in the Champions League final to become European champions and are unbeaten in the Premier League so far. Crystal Palace was the opponent in the first league game, and Chelsea barely got out of first gear, dispatching the Eagles 3-0. Arch-rivals Arsenal was next, a game memorable for the second debut of new signing Romelu Lukaku. The Belgium hitman took just fifteen minutes to open the scoring in the game that Chelsea won 2-0. The third game, against Liverpool, was a much tougher battle. The Blues took the lead through Kai Havertz after 22 minutes but were down to ten men on the stroke of halftime when Reece James was given his marching orders. Mohamed Salah scored from the spot, but excellent defensive performances in the second-half gave Chelsea a well-deserved point. Chelsea start the day in 4th place, one of the five teams on seven points, two behind the early leaders Tottenham.
Aston Villa’s best player, Jack Grealish, has left for pastures new, joining Manchester City in a £100m deal. The early indications are that Villa are going to miss their talisman. Four points from their first three games doesn’t sound like a bad return, but their opponents so far have been Watford (a 3-2 loss), Newcastle (2-0 win), and Brentford (a 1-1 draw). Moreover, without Grealish, their attack looks tame; an expected goals figure of 1.87 is the second-worst in the league (only Arsenal’s is worse). Much of the pressure will be on Danny Ings, who joined Villa in the Summer. The 29-year-old signed a three-year deal worth a reported £25m and joined the other recruits Leon Bailey, Emi Buendía, and Ashley Young, at Villa Park. What seems like an impossible mission against the European champions is made even harder with the sheer number of ineligible players for this clash. Emiliano Buendia and Emiliano Martinez cannot play due to quarantine regulations, a blow as Bertrand Traore, Leon Bailey, Mahmoud Hassan, Morgan Sanson, Keinan Davis, Jacob Ramsey, and Ezri Konsa are either ruled out or a doubt for this clash.
Prediction: Chelsea to win.
- Venue: Elland Road
- Sunday 12th Sep, 16:30
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Quick Glance OddsH: 333/100 D: 3/1 A: 3/4
About the Game:
Leeds are still waiting for their first win of the season, suffering a very heavy 5-1 defeat at the hands of their bitter rivals Manchester United in the first game of the season at Old Trafford. Leeds did well in the first 50 minutes of that game, Stuart Dallas equalising Bruno Fernandes’s 30th-minute goal shortly after the break. However, two more goals by Fernandes in between Mason Greenwood and Fred goals made it a miserable afternoon for Leeds. Two draws followed; a credible 2-2 against Everton and a rather disappointing 1-1 with Burnley. Elland Road will be packed for the visit of Liverpool. Still, the Yorkshire club’s chances of getting anything from this game have been hit by the likely unavailability of Raphinha, who is unable to play due to the dispute between the Brazilian FA and the Premier League. Leeds also has injury doubts over Robin Koch, Mateusz Klich, and Hector Junior Firpo Adames, although the trio faces late fitness tests.
Liverpool was given a gentle introduction to the new campaign, nearly promoted Norwich were the opponents for their first game of the season, and they were duly dispatched 3-0 away from home with goals from Diogo Jota, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. Sean Dyche’s Burnley was up next, and goals in each half by Jota and Sadio Mané were enough to secure a 2-0 win at Anfield. Then, in the last game before the international break, Liverpool faced their first real test of the season, a home game against the current European champions Liverpool. The game ended 1-1, which is likely to feel like a defeat as the visitors were down to ten men for the entire second half. After Leeds, Liverpool are in Champions League action with a home tie against AC Milan. The Italians may not be the force they once were but are likely to be fully committed.
Prediction: Liverpool to win.
- Venue: Goodison Park
- Monday 13th Sep, 20:00
- Referee: Andre Marriner
- Quick Glance OddsH: 3/4 D: 13/5 A: 4/1
About the Game:
Three games in, and Everton are among the chasing pack on seven points after a 3-1 win at Southampton, a 2-2 draw with Everton and a 2-0 win on the road against Brighton. It’s no surprise to see Dominic Calvert-Lewin topping the club’s scoring charts; the 24-year-old had a fine season last campaign and started this one where he left off the last and has scored in each game so far. Worryingly, the England international had to withdraw from the England squad and is rated as 50/50 for the Burnley game due to a thigh injury. There are also injury doubts over Ben Godfrey, Yerry Mina and James Rodriguez, but all three could yet feature. Although Fabian Delph and Seamus Coleman are both ruled out with shoulder and thigh injuries.
Burnley’s big-money signing Maxwell Cornet could make his debut for the Clarets. The 24-year-old is a versatile player for can play as a full-back or even as a forward. In his 278 games for Metz and Lyon combined, he has scored 52 goals. Other additions at Turf Moor include Nathan Collins (Stoke), Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace) and Connor Roberts (Swansea). Burnley are yet to secure their first win of the campaign, losing their first game 2-1 at home to Brighton and 2-0 away at Anfield to Liverpool. They did, however, secure a good point thanks to a 1-1 draw with Leeds United at home. Although it will feel like two points dropped, Patrick Bamford equalising with just four minutes remaining after Chris Woods had given Burnley the lead in the 61st minute. After Everton, Burnley welcomes the visit of struggling Arsenal and then Leicester in the league.
Prediction: Everton to win.
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|Crystal Palace v Tottenham||Tottenham to win||10/11||1.90|
|Manchester United v Newcastle||Manchester United to win||2/11||2.25|
|Arsenal v Norwich City||Arsenal to win||1/2||3.38|
|Brentford v Brighton & Hove Albion||A draw||11/5||10.82|
|Chelsea v Aston Villa||Chelsea to win||2/7||13.92|
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