Premier League Match Previews 2020/21: Matchday 5
Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 5
After the break for the Nations League, we return to Premier League action. Join us as we take a detailed look at the fixtures this weekend and we share our tips for all the fixtures. Great games upcoming including Man City v Arsenal and a Merseyside derby
Match of the Day
Two of the ‘big six’ go head-to-head in our match of the day. City are faltering recently, can they get back to winning ways against Arsenal?
- Venue: Etihad Stadium
- Saturday 17 October 17:30
- Referee: Chris Kavanagh
- Quick Glance OddsH: 5/11 D:17/4 A: 13/2
About the Game:
Man City has won the last six Premier League games against Arsenal, scoring three goals in five of the games. Kevin De Bruyne has scored five goals and created two in his last eight starts against the London outfit. Strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both injured as well as Raheem Sterling who is doubtful, leaves them short in the attacking department. Pep Guardiola’s side is yet to fire all cylinders in the Premier League having earned a reputation as fast starters having taken the lead inside the first quarter of an hour in four of the last five league meetings with the gunners.
The Citizens are still a great squad with quality and expensive players to match, therefore you’d expect them to get back to their best very soon, especially after their horror show against Leeds United in which the newly-promoted side were unlucky not to claim a winner in the 1-1 draw between the side in their last fixture.
Arsenal has collected more points (25) than any other team since they lost to Brighton back in June. Mikel Arteta has restored their culture of beautiful football, scoring 11 goals from a sequence of 10 or more passes. They knocked Man City out of the FA Cup semi-final the last time the two sides faced each other with two goals from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang who stands out as the most lethal player on the pitch for both sides.
Arsenal would be optimistic about gunning down City who have been struggling to find their rhythm this season. The Gunners have nine points from the opening four outings and have a place in the EFL Cup quarter-finals after knocking out Leicester. They gave Liverpool a fight, despite losing 3-1 and will relish the trip to the Etihad.
Prediction: Man City were outdone by Leeds United and could have easily have lost that game. We fancy an Arsenal win and both teams to score.
Rest of the Premier League Games
Coming up are our previews and Bundesliga betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.
- Venue: Goodison Park
- Saturday 17 October 12:30
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Quick Glance OddsH: 29/10 D: 16/5 A: 13/15
About the Game:
Everton last had bragging rights back in October 2010 when they won 2 – 0 with a real feel this could be the time to turn the tide. They have visionary manager Carlo Ancelotti who has instigated a revolution on the blue side of Merseyside. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the current top goal scorer with six goals in the league, three more in the EFL Cup, and a precious goal for England on his debut during the International break.
Liverpool conceded just 33 goals in 38 games last season so far in just four games they have already conceded 11 goals including seven over the last Premier League weekend. They return of Sadio Mane, Thiago Alcantara, and most importantly Jordan Henderson should get them back on track as they are still favourites to defend their title. Historically the Reds have always found a way to beat their Neighbours; they have the attacking power, do they have the defence?
Prediction: Both teams to score in both halves and over 2.5 goals in the match.
- Venue: Stamford Bridge
- Saturday 17 October 15:00
- Referee: Robert Jones
- Quick Glance OddsH: 11/21 D: 15/4 A: 11/2
About the Game:
Frank Lampard has a chance to unleash all his expensive toys against Southampton with Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech finally fit. The two will join German duo Kai Harvertz and Timo Werner. The adversity of playing in the best league in the world has been a sad reality for the two Germans who have just managed a goal and two assists in three starts after managing a combined 40 goals in the Bundesliga last season. The Blues have been in good shape with very good depth and quality acquisitions that have strengthened every area of weakness in the side and are also in a good run so could be a routine win.
Southampton has been going from strength to strength winning two consecutive games since losing their first game against Spurs. Danny Ings will be the most lethal player on the pitch with three goals and full of confidence after scoring a brilliant bicycle kick on his first international start in England’s 3 – 0 win against Wales.
Prediction: On paper, it’s an easy win for Chelsea, but the squad is still fresh with a lack of understanding of each other’s game. A narrow win for Chelsea.
- Venue: St James Park
- Saturday 17 October 20:00
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Quick Glance OddsH: 17/4 D: 13/4 A: 13/19
About the Game:
Newcastle United has won two of the last three Premier League games against the Red Devils which is more than they have managed in the previous 13. Allan Saint-Maximin has adapted well alongside new acquisition Callum Wilson who has a tally of four goals already. Confidence is high with the timing perfect to face the Red Devils and claim a notable scalp yet again.
Manchester United would need a big bounce after succumbing to a humiliating 6 – 1 loss against Spurs. They are still struggling to score with most of their goals coming from the penalty spot despite the huge creativity in Bruno Fernandez, Paul Pogba, and Van De Beek in the midfield. They are the richest team, but their business in the transfer market has been rather disappointing with the most promising signing being Edison Cavani. He feels like a short-term fix due to his age but still can’t feature against the Magpies due to Covid-19 with Antony Martial suspended.
Prediction: A Potential Acca killer this one! BTTS Yes, over 2.5 goals in a 2-2 draw.
- Venue: Bramall Lane
- Sunday 18 October 12:00
- Referee: Andre Marriner
- Quick Glance OddsH: 10/19 D: 12/5 A: 29/10
About the Game:
The saving grace of this fixture is that one of the two sides will leave Bramall lane with their first point of the season. After standing out last season, Sheffield United has struggled to hit the ground running this campaign. They gave a decent fight against Arsenal in the 2 – 1 defeat where David McGoldrick scored their first league goal in their fourth attempt. New acquisition Rhian Brewster boasts the attacking options in an area they needed to improve. The Blades kept 11 clean sheets in their 14 league wins last season.
No panic button yet for the newly-promoted side Fulham despite the dark prophesy that they are clear favourites for relegation, they have done nothing so far to prove the critics wrong. They had the worst defence when they were relegated two years and have conceded 11 goals so far (the joint-worst record along with Man United and Liverpool). With a proven striker in the ranks in Alexander Mitrovic who was the top scorer in the Championship last season, they stand a chance to get a result here and at least give themselves a chance for their survival.
Prediction: A cagey affair for three crucial points. Both teams to score in a 1 – 1 draw.
- Venue: Selhurst Park
- Sunday 18 October 14:00
- Referee: Stuart Attwell
- Quick Glance OddsH: 7/4 D: 23/10 A: 30/17
About the Game:
Crystal Palace made a promising start with victories against Southampton and Manchester United but was thrashed by 4 – 0 Chelsea and edged out 2 – 1 by Everton. The International break did them a huge favour to regroup after a disappointing show without a fight at Stamford Bridge. They were poor at both sides of the pitch. Wilfred Zaha is Palace’s dangerman; he has three goals in four games.
Brighton had more of the ball and produced more quality in front of goal in both games against Palace last season, but settled for a 1 – 1 draw at Selhurst Park and lost at home 1 – 0 in February. They have been more lively in front of the goal with an average of two goals per game. If luck had gone their way, they would have had more as they have hit the woodwork six times already. Neal Maupay has scored four goals and will be the best player in front of goal in the match.
Prediction: Battle of the strikers here; either Zaha or Maupay in the multi-scorer market.
- Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
- Sunday 18 October 16:30
- Referee: Paul Tierney
- Quick Glance OddsH: 3/5 D: 10/3 A: 5/1
About the Game:
Tottenham will be cursing the International break after thumping Manchester United 6 – 1, knocking Chelsea out of the EFL Cup via a penalty shoot-out, and crushing Maccabi Haifa 7 – 2 in the Europa League. Son Heung-min and Harry Kane both scored a brace with Tanguy Ndombele and Serge Aurier also on the score sheets as Jose Mourinho’s side got a confidence-boosting win against Jose’s former team United. Sergio Reguilón has already slotted in perfectly with Gareth Bale likely to feature for the club he left seven years ago.
David Moyes’s team suffered a bad start to the season, losing to Newcastle and then to Arsenal. They did turn their season around by thumping Wolves 4 – 0 at the London Stadium. They then produced a shock by securing a precious 3 – 0 win against high flying Leicester City, who in turn had just humbled Man City. A well-organized side at the back and very threatening on the break, inspired by Michail Antonio, Jarrod Bowen, and Pablo Fornals.
Prediction: Big win for Spurs, over 2.5 goals.
- Venue: King Power Stadium
- Sunday 18 October 19:15
- Referee: Jonathan Moss
- Quick Glance OddsH: 13/15 D: 3/1 A: 16/5
About the Game:
The Foxes still look like they haven’t recovered from losing a Champions League place in the run to the end of the season with a lapse in concentration in the previous game against West Ham. The big worry against West Ham is how Vardy was widely anonymous, and the way the team is dependent on the veteran’s goals and they need to share the goals among the talented midfield. They have defensive woes going into this game with Evans, Soyuncu and Amartey all out. They are still a good side going forward, will it be enough?
The sky is the limit for Aston Villa after a perfect show against Liverpool. They seem to have done some smart business in the transfer market with Ollie Watkins who was the hat trick hero over Liverpool, Ross Barkley looking comfortable in the midfield, and Emiliano Martinez in goal. The main business was keeping their captain Jack Grealish, who scored two and assisted three against the champions.
Prediction: High-scoring encounter that could go either way. Over 2.5 goals.
- Venue: The Hawthorns
- Monday 19 October 17:30
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
- Quick Glance OddsH: 6/4 D: 23/10 A: 39/19
About the Game:
Both sides will be aiming for the first win of the season. The hosts have lost just one of their six meetings against Burnley and will be in high spirits especially after coming so close to beating Chelsea despite disappointing against Southampton. Callum Robinson is their main man and has already netted twice this season and their best player so far.
It’s a tough time for Sean Dyche who has lost some of his best players without making any acquisitions. The Clarets worst start to a campaign was five straight defeat back in 1976, they are currently on three, suffering losses against Newcastle (3-1), Southampton (1-0) and Leicester (4-2). The club’s tenth place finish last season seems a distant memory now. Goals are thin on the ground with only three goals scored, all by different players. One of those players is Chris Woods who is the team’s main attacking threat.
Prediction: Prediction: Goalless draw. Both sides will be conservative as they try to get their first point. There is also a lack of quality going forward.
- Venue: Elland Road
- Monday 19 October 20:00
- Referee: David Coote
- Quick Glance OddsH: 8/5 D: 40/17 A: 2/1
About the Game:
This game has a great spark to it with Leeds looking as fearless as the Wolves team was when they were promoted. Leeds proved themselves as a great side, going toe-to-toe with the prestigious and expensive Man City side prompting Pep Guardiola to make defensive substitutions to protect a 1 – 1 draw. They have faced the highest number of shots (73) but have Patrick Bramford, who has been involved in 4 goals so far. 23-year-old Jack Harrison is also in great form, with a goal and an assist so far this season.
Wolves have lost three of the last five away Premier League games. Wolves also let go of some good players such as Helder Costa, Diogo Jota, and Matt Doherty that will reduce some bite in what was once a threatening opposition in the league. They still have a good squad to challenge for European football but face a more determined opposition over the weekend. Adama Traoré is the team’s main midfield threat despite having a low passing success rate of 66.7%.
Prediction: Over 3.5, BTTS yes – Leeds win.
Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*
|Manchester City v Arsenal||Arsenal to win||11/2||6.50|
|Newcastle v Manchester United||Draw||10/3||28.16|
|Tottenham v West Ham||Tottenham to win||4/7||44.26|
|Chelsea v Southampton||Draw||15/4||210.24|
|Leeds v Wolves||Leeds to win||6/4||525.61|
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* All our selections are provided for entertainment only and should only be used for informational purposes. Whilst we use our experience and knowledge to help inform you to make a considered bet, we are not responsible for any losses that may arise from actual results being different than predicted.