Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips: Matchday 6

Last week proved that the Premier League is one of the most unpredictable leagues in the world, this is why we love it! Will this weekends action prove to be just as exciting? We hope so! Join us as we take a look at the upcoming fixtures.

Match of the Day

Manchester United have suffered defeat in two home games already this season after just five games. This weekend they face the daunting visit of high-spending Chelsea. Will the Blues heap more misery on the Reds?

Manchester United v Chelsea
Manchester United Form Guide DWDWD
Chelsea Form Guide DLWLW
  • Venue: Old Trafford
  • Saturday 24 October 17:30
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 8/5 D:27/10 A: 30/17

About the Game:

The weekend brings us another high profile top six battle between two managers who played for their current sides. Man United beat the Blues home and away last season including the famous 4 – 0 win on the first day of the campaign, despite Chelsea being the better side in the first half.

Man United bounced back from the 6 – 1 humiliation by Spurs beating Newcastle 4 – 1 in a classic match that had glimpses of Alex Ferguson’s Red Devils, scoring late winning goals. Bruno Fernandes gave the United of Manchester the lead with 4 minutes left on the clock before quick-fire goals from unlikely goal scorer Aaron Wan Bissaka in the 90th minute and Marcus Rashford in the 96th, putting the game beyond doubt. They have a good quality squad with Pogba and Van der Beek showing potential, giving Solskjear a headache in his team selection and selecting the right combination in the centre of the park. The most impressive thing in the match was how Juan Mata light up the right-wing that has not been consistently productive for United so far this season.

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Lampard was still fresh as a manager in the 4-0 defeat last season and couldn’t sign new players with the transfer ban on his side. They have since made up for the lost time and have made most of this transfer window bringing in three of the most talented forwards (Werner, Ziyech, and Havertz) who could feature for the first time in this fixture, alongside Pulisic who is back from injury.

Chelsea has all the big guns but still have to learn how to combine them well and the right understandings of each other game. They had the worst defensive record in the top 10, conceding 45 goals last season. You would have expected them to bring in quality defenders to improve the side, but their priorities were on the attack. They did bring in a quality defender in the shape of 36-year old Thiago Silva, who was solid in the 4 – 0 win against Crystal Palace. However, it would be too much to ask for the ageing Brazilian to play in every game. They could have had a comfortable win against Southampton but had to settle for a 3 – 3 draw from a position of strength.

Prediction: Chelsea to win; yes to BTTS. Chelsea’s forward line to click in a high-scoring game.

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.

Aston Villa v Leeds
Aston Villa Form Guide LLDWL
Leeds Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Villa Park
  • Saturday 17 October 12:30
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 29/10 D: 16/5 A: 13/15

About the Game:

Aston Villa is taking the Premier League by storm with a shocking perfect start with four out of four wins. The fascinating aspect of this run is that they have beaten some big fish including Leicester City 1 – 0 at the King Power Stadium and humiliating the current champions Liverpool 7 – 2 in what will stand out as one of the games of the decade, if not the century for the Midlands club. The way they have handled their businesses in the transfer window is impressive. They brought in Ollie Watkins who was the hat-trick hero in their win against Liverpool and Ross Barkley on loan from Chelsea who has two goals in two games including the only and winning goal against the Foxes. This streak from Barkley has prompted some of Chelsea fans to call for a recall of the former England international from his loan spell. They boast the best defence in the Premier League, conceding just twice and look well balanced with no aspect of luck or fluke in their play. It’s not long ago however that Dean Smith’s side avoided relegation by the skin of their teeth and it will be interesting to see how long this run lasts.

Leeds United have been the best of the newly promoted sides and sit in the middle half of the table. The biggest flaw in Marcelo Bielsa’s team is that If you can work as hard as they work, you can beat them in quality. They have gained seven points in five games but now have to play six weeks without their main man in midfield, Kalvin Phillips after a bad shoulder injury in the 1 – 0 loss to Wolves. After an impressive display against Man City and Liverpool, the Whites have a lot to prove with the hype surrounding them. They do have the dangerous Patrick Bamford in the ranks, he has three goals so far this season in the league (he had a goal ruled out in their defeat against Wolves) and Rodrigo makes them a dangerous side going forward. Premier League survival will be all in their minds for the Whites.

Prediction: Aston Villa to continue their fantastic start to the season and win 2-1.

West Ham United v Manchester City
West Ham United Form Guide LLWDL
Manchester City Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: London Stadium
  • Saturday 24 October 12:30
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 8/1 D: 47/10 A: 2/5

About the Game:

West Ham has had an exciting season already so far; beating Wolves 4 – 0 and coming from three goals down to draw 3 – 3 with Tottenham. The incredible ten-minute comeback with Spurs was a great football story. They showed great resilience and spirit, shocking Jose Mourinho, who had just seen his side win 6 – 1 against Manchester United. They will, however, miss their main man upfront Michail Antonio who has been impressive with two goals. A saving grace is that with Jarrod Bowen (3 goals) and Aaron Creswell (3 assists) in the ranks; they could be on course to disappoint another big six.

Manchester City set themselves very high standards over the last three years that they seem hard to maintain. They are yet to find their rhythm but the return of their record goalscorer, Sergio Aguero, and fitness of Raheem Sterling, who inspired their weekend win against Arsenal, should be their first step to their resurgence. Pep Guardiola played a different formation against the Gunners to show the depth and flexibility of his squad. Pep looks a genius when it works but is also guilty of overthinking the situation, especially against less technical sides like West Ham. Currently eleventh on the table, you would expect they would be ruthless against the London outfit as they work to make strides to the top where they would want to be when the season ends.

Prediction: Man City win with over 3.5 goals in the game.

Fulham v Crystal Palace
Fulham Form Guide LDWWD
Crystal Palace Form Guide LLLDD
  • Venue: Craven Cottage
  • Saturday 24 October 15:00
  • Referee: Graham Scott
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 15/8 D: 11/5 A: 12/7

About the Game:

Fulham finally collected a first Premier League point in the 1 – 1 draw against Sheffield United but are still sitting last in the Premier League table. Ademola Lookman ended a three-year Premier League drought, scoring his first goal for the Cottagers with a spectacular strike. The game was a great boost ahead of their meeting with the Eagles, especially when you consider that Sheffield United finished 9th last season and was the better side than Palace last season.

New goalie Jack Butland Crystal Palace should boast Palace’s defence that has recorded just one clean sheet in the opening game in which they beat Southampton 1-0. The 4 – 0 thumping by Chelsea exposing some defensive frailties that they need to address. Jordan Ayew who was their best goal scorer last season, with just nine goals, tested positive for Coronavirus and will be missed in the frontline. Wilfred Zaha will be their main man with four goals already, matching his tally for the entirety of last season in just five games. Palace were the lowest goal scorers last season with just 31 goals. A perfect start with two wins, including a stunning 3-1 win at Old Trafford. Current form is poor, losing two and drawing one (although they did concede late in injury time in the draw), Roy Hodgson’s men will see this as the perfect game to get back to winning ways.

Prediction: Palace win, Under 2.5 goals, BTTS no.

Liverpool v Sheffield United
Liverpool Form Guide DWDDL
Sheffield United Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Sunday 24 October 20:00
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 3/11 D: 6/1 A: 23/2

About the Game:

If losing 7 – 2 against Aston Villa was not enough, Liverpool was dealt with the news of a serious injury to Virgil Van Djik. Their most influential figure in the Champions League campaign and the Premier League campaign last season will be out for months, with the possibility of missing the rest of the season with a serious knee ligament injury. The Reds are already without Alisson Becker, now losing a player who has played every league minute of the league campaign. They still have a great side to challenge for the league, but when you recall how Manchester City struggled without their best defender Aymeric Laporte last season, Klopp is likely to be worried.

After an impressive season last term, Sheffield United is yet to win a single match this season and have only just gained their first point last match after a 1 – 1 draw with Fulham. The goal they scored in that game was just their second goal of the season. They need to find their stride quickly, as they are in relegation form and could find it hard to recover if they fall too far behind.

Prediction: Despite injuries, this will be a routine win for the champions. Over 2.5 goals.

Southampton v Everton
Southampton Form Guide WLWWD
Everton Form Guide WDWLD
  • Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
  • Sunday 25 October 15:00
  • Referee: Kevin Friend
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 2/1 D: 29/11 A: 22/15

About the Game:

Everton dropped points for the first time this season in the Merseyside derby. They are still top on the table though but will be disappointed for not getting the better of Liverpool to stop a decade of despair against their Merseyside neighbours. Their top scorer is in-form striker Calvert Lewin who has seven goals in 5 games. The England international has scored in every game he has featured in the Premier League this season, form ignited by the arrival of James Rodriguez who has three goals and three assists. They do have major injury concerns though with seven players ruled out, including Rodriguez. The impressive Richarlison is also unavailable after his red card in the derby.

Whether it’s the carelessness of Chelsea or good team spirit in the side, it doesn’t matter for Southampton who shocked the Blues in the 3-3 draw between the sides. Currently sitting in 12th, Southampton has won two, lost two and drawn one. Danny Ings is having a great season already, scoring four goals in five starts and you wouldn’t bet against him not increasing this tally with the sheers number of players missing from the opposition. Danish defender Jannik Vestergaard is also in great form for the Saints, adding steel at the back.

Prediction: Injuries and suspensions to blame in a 1-1 draw.

Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United
Wolverhampton Wanderers Form Guide LLLLL
Newcastle United Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: Molineux Stadium
  • Sunday 25 October 16:30
  • Referee: Lee Mason
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 9/11 D: 47/18 A: 9/2

About the Game:

Wolves have earned a nickname of Portugal FC by with five senior players from the national side and their new third kit similar to the one worn by the Portuguese national team. After losing two of their first three games, Wolves have won the last two consecutive games including the previous 1 – 0 win against Leeds United. They were the inferior side in the match but showed their experience absorbing the Yorkshire club’s pressure, Raul Jimenez deflected strike was enough to get the precious thee point. Nuno Esposito’s side became the first Wolves team to win three of the first five games. They have kept a clean sheet in all the three games they have won, which is an impressive statistic heading to the next home game with stability in defence anchored by Coady.

Newcastle has been not particularly great this season and collapsed in the last ten minutes against Manchester United and was comprehensively beaten at home 3-0 by Brighton. We have seen glimpses of what they can do with a good 3-1 win against Burnley and a credible 1-1 draw with Tottenham; they also thrashed Morecambe 7-0 in the EFL Cup. Karl Darlow is performing well in goal, and up front, they have the impressive Allan Saint-Maximin who they signed from Nice, the 23-year-old has the physical presence to cause defenders all types of problems.

Prediction: A narrow victory for Wolves.

Arsenal v Leicester 
Arsenal Form Guide WDLDD
Leicester Form Guide WWWLW
  • Venue: Emirates Stadium
  • Sunday 18 October 19:15
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 13/15 D: 3/1 A: 16/5

About the Game:

Arsenal has lost two competitive matches against Liverpool and Man City so far this season. They, however, looked good against Pep Guardiola’s side as they tried to level up the score after conceding early. Last season they lost to Pep’s team by a big scoreline both home and away, so the narrow 1-0 loss against City is probably an indication of progress under Mikel Arteta. Arsenal’s issues have for many years been in defence, and the club splashed the cash on Saliba (who is yet to feature), Pablo Mari, and Gabriel. Arsenal is unbeaten against Leicester in ten games in all competitions.

Leicester will hopefully have Jamie Vardy back in their ranks which will be a great boost having struggled without him in the 1 – 0 loss to Aston Villa over last weekend. It is perhaps time for Brendan Rodgers to start planning for a future without the 33-year, who is struggling to shake off a recurring calf injury. That said if he does play it will be great news for the club as he has an outstanding record against the Gunners with ten goals in 11 games including one in both games last season. He already has four goals in five games this season and would be a complete nuisance and trouble for the unsettled Arsenal defence. Caglar Soyuncu will be the big name missing with three months left in his recovery from an abductor tear.

Prediction: Arsenal win, over 2.5 goals. 

 Brighton Hove & Albion v West Bromwich Albion 
Brighton and Hove Albion Form Guide LDDDW
West Bromwich Form Guide WWLWD
  • Venue:  StadiumAmex
  • Monday 26 October 18:30
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 5/6 D: 31/10 A: 7/2

About the Game:

If statistics won a match, then Brighton would have had an easy win against Crystal Palace last weekend. The Seagulls recorded 20 shots against the Eagles One and had 66% possession in a match they dominated and played exceptionally well. They, however, had to wait for the dying minutes to equalise. Neal Maupay is the man to watch in this fixture, the Frenchman is in stunning form, scoring four goals in the five games he has featured in.

West Brom has been leaking goals, conceding the highest number with Liverpool (13 goals). They kept their first clean sheet in the previous match against Burnley in what was a promising result as they don’t have the quality to outscore opponents. They now face Brighton who has been impressive so far this season. This campaign is the first time that West Brom has failed to win any of the first five league games since the 2004-05 season.

Prediction: Brighton win and Neal Maupay to score at anytime.

Burnley v Tottenham 
Burnley Form Guide DDWLL
Tottenham Form Guide LWDLL
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Monday 26 October 20:00
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 5/1 D: 16/5 A: 4/6

About the Game:

Burnley collected their first point against West Brom, but they didn’t make the most of the better chances they had in the game. Chris Wood’s header crashed against the crossbar and Ashley Barnes, who was on fire at this point last season, coming so close with three open-cut chances. The lack of quality investment and losing key players in the window is taking a toll. Phil Bardsley has tested positive for COVID-19 and must self-isolate, Ben Mee and Jack Cork are both sidelined, and Erik Pieters who played at right-back is also a doubt.

Spurs let a comfortable three-slip and were forced to settle for a 3 – 3 draw against Southampton. Jose Mourinho would be furious with his side, after being so lethal but then becoming so complacent especially after their 6 – 1 triumph of his former side Man United. The impressive thing in the match was the form and partnership of Harry Kane and Heung Min Son who combined for two of the gaols while new signing Regullion assisted Kane’s second goal. Tottenham is in good shape squad wise with just Japhet Tanganga injured and Eric Dier doubtful.

Prediction: Tottenham win and over 2.5 goals.

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Manchester United v Chelsea Chelsea to win 9/5 2.37
West Ham v Manchester City Manchester City to win 4/11 3.23
Southampton v Everton Draw 12/5 11.01
Brighton v West Bromwich Brighton to win 7/10 18.71
Liverpool v Sheff United Liverpool to win 2/9 22.87

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