Premier League Matchday 6 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2017/18

A London derby between West Ham and Tottenham starts the weekend off with a bang, while the action goes all the way through to Monday night when Arsenal host West Brom.

Match of the Day

This week, our pick of the fixtures is the Saturday afternoon meeting between Leicester and Liverpool. Both teams play a high-speed, attacking style of football, so we’re looking forward to the Saturday afternoon fixture.

Leicester v Liverpool
Leicester Form Guide LWLLD
Liverpool Form Guide DWWLD
  • Venue: King Power
  • Saturday 23rd September 17:30
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 3/1 D: 13/5 A: 17/20

About the Game:

Leicester currently sit in 15th place in the league with just four points to their name. However, these fixtures have come against strong teams and the Foxes have held their own and been unlucky not to have taken more from those games. The big question here is whether Jamie Vardy can shrug off a groin injury and lead the line for the Foxes. If fit, Vardy’s speed should prove an effective weapon to stretch a not particularly quick Liverpool defence. Leicester beat the Reds 2-0 in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday and will be hoping for a repeat performance.

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Liverpool were unable to follow their humiliating defeat to Manchester City with a win, eventually only managing a draw against Burnley. Sadio Mané is still suspended, but Mohamed Salah continues to impress since joining in the summer. Liverpool always look to play their high-speed, high-pressing game, but the Foxes could look to capitalise on a Liverpool team that may be lacking confidence. The Reds controlled possession against both Burnley and Leicester, but will need to turn their dominance into goals if they want to take three points here.

Prediction: Both teams to score – Both teams are high-scoring and play an fast, attacking style. We expect goals here.

Rest of the Premier League Games

This week, all eyes will be on Manchester City, who, after demolishing Watford 6-0 last weekend, face a Crystal Palace team who sit bottom, with zero points and zero goals scored. Elsewhere, there’s an interesting London derby between West Ham and Tottenham, while Manchester United make what could be a tricky trip to Southampton.

West Ham v Spurs
West Ham Form Guide LLLWD
Tottenham Form Guide WLDWD
  • Venue: London Stadium
  • Saturday 23rd September 12:30
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 5/1 D: 14/5 A: 4/7

About the Game:

West Ham followed their first win of the season with a draw against West Brom last week and a 3-0 win against Bolton in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. This is likely to be a much tougher test, despite having home advantage. Slaven Bilic may opt not to pair Hernández and Andy Carroll up-front, as the Hammers set up more defensively and try to catch Spurs out on the break.

Tottenham also drew last week, but they will be less satisfied with the result than West Ham. Points dropped at home to Swansea was not what was expected of Spurs, as they lost further ground on the league leaders. Spurs have been much better away from home though and will be looking to get straight back to winning-ways.

Prediction: U 2.5 goals – West Ham will set up defensively and try to nick a goal on the counter.

Burnley v Huddersfield
Burnley Form Guide WLDWD
Huddersfield Form Guide WWDLD
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Saturday 23rd September 12:30
  • Referee: Chris Kavanagh
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 23/20 D: 11/5 A: 5/2

About the Game:

Just one goal separates these two teams, as both sit comfortably on eight points. They also both crashed out of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday; Burnley losing on penalties to Leeds and Huddersfield losing to Premiership rivals Crystal Palace. The only criticism one could make towards Burnley last season was their dire away form. This year however, they’re unbeaten away from home, with two draws and a win. Those five points mean they have already almost equaled last season’s tally of seven points earned on the road, suggesting Burnley have turned a corner. Thankfully, the home-form remains too, and the Clarets will be tough to beat here.

Huddersfield’s dream start has slowed down a little, but a draw at home to Leicester last week was still a great result. An away trip to Burnley is a tricky fixture however. Top scorer Mounie may not be available for selection, making the task of breaking down the Burnley defence – always solid at home – even more difficult.

Prediction: U 2.5 goals – Huddersfield will find it tough to score and Burnley have only scored more than one goal once this season, against ten-men Chelsea.

Everton v Bournemouth
Everton Form Guide WDLLL
Bournemouth Form Guide LLLLW
  • Venue: Goodison Park
  • Saturday 23rd September 15:00
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 13/20 D: 11/4 A: 17/4

About the Game:

Everton bounced back on Wednesday from four losses in a row with a strong 3-0 lashing of Sunderland. Other than the abysmal Crystal Palace, Ronald Koeman couldn’t have asked for a better fixture than this to end his Premier League woes, so it’s up to the Toffees to get the job done on the pitch. A 4-0 defeat to Manchester United last weekend was harsh on Everton and morale must be low, but with the fixture list turning kinder, the Toffees should still go into this one fairly confident.

Bournemouth finally found a win last week against Brighton. Jermain Defoe did what he does best and scored his first goal of the season, to earn a valuable three points. With Everton’s poor recent form Bournemouth may fancy themselves here, but the Cherries will likely find it harder than expected. They did however beat Brighton to make it through to the next stage of the Carabao Cup, so the Cherries have started a small run of form.

Prediction: Average confidence in Everton to win – playing at home, they should have the advantage.

Manchester City v Crystal Palace
Manchester City Form Guide WDWWW
Crystal Palace Form Guide LLLLL
  • Venue: Etihad
  • Saturday 23rd September 15:00
  • Referee: Neil Swarbik
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 1/7 D: 7/1 A: 14/1

About the Game:

City’s summer spending spree already seems justified after the team has really found their form. They’re sure to improve on the eleven goals scored in the last two league games at home to Palace. City have put nine goals past Palace in the previous two encounters, so there could be a goal-fest. Barring a shock, this isn’t a case of whether City will win, it’s more a question of how many goals they’ll win by.

It’s unlikely Roy Hodgson didn’t know what he was getting into when he took the Palace job, but still, he must be looking at the next three games with anguish. This trip to City is followed by another trip to Manchester to face United, and then a home match against Chelsea. Palace’s form suggests they will get nothing from these three games, and they will have their work cut out just to stop City running riot.

Prediction: Man City -2 Handicap – All signs point to a goal-fest from City.

Southampton v Manchester United
Southampton Form Guide DWDLW
Manchester United Form Guide WWWDW
  • Venue: St Mary’s
  • Saturday 23rd September 15:00
  • Referee: Craig Pawson
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 15/4 D: 12/5 A: 4/5

About the Game:

Despite playing far from their best football, Southampton have made a pretty decent start under Pellegrino. The fixture list has been kind and does start to turn here, but Southampton should only get better. They also welcome back Virgil van Diijk in defence, while fellow Dutchman Wesley Hoedt is also settling into the back-line. The problems for the Saints are at the other end of the pitch, where Manolo Gabbiadini, after one goal in four, was replaced by Shane Long for the previous match. Long didn’t exactly make the place his own, so it will interesting to see who Pellegrino opts for in attack.

Manchester United have had no such problems of their own. Romelu Lukaku has five goals in as many league matches, while the United defence has been solid too, recording clean sheets in all but one match. The Red Devils have also had a kind start to the season though and if Southampton are up for this one, it could be a tricky match. United already failed to come away with all three points from Stoke and this will be a similar test.

Prediction: Man United -2 Handicap – Man United should be convincing here.

Stoke v Chelsea
Stoke City Form Guide LWDDL
Chelsea Form Guide LWWWD
  • Venue: bet365 Stadium
  • Saturday 23rd September 15:00
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 19/4 D: 14/5 A: 3/5

About the Game:

After holding Manchester United to a draw, Stoke were unable to carry the momentum forward last weekend, as they eventually succumbed 2-1 to a spirited Newcastle team. However, Stoke have scored in each of their last six meetings with Chelsea, as well as finding the net in each of their last four Premier League games.

A goalless draw against Arsenal last week meant that Chelsea have lost ground on their two Manchester rivals, but they bounced back convincingly on Wednesday night with a 5-1 thrashing of Nottingham Forest. The Blues are in third and are still undefeated since the disastrous opening day of the season when they lost to Burnley. David Luiz will be absent after his red card against Arsenal, but this shouldn’t upset things too much, as Antonio Rüdiger should come in as a straight swap. Chelsea won both encounters last season and will looking to return to winning ways.

Prediction: Chelsea win – Stoke will put up a fight but Chelsea will be too strong.

Swansea v Watford
Swansea Form Guide DLWLD
Watford Form Guide DWDWL
  • Venue: Liberty Stadium
  • Saturday 23rd September 15:00
  • Referee: Lee Mason
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 13/10 D: 9/4 A: 21/10

About the Game:

Swansea will be on a high after their point against Spurs last week, but in truth, if the Swans want to stay in the league, they can’t set up that defensively and play for the draw each week. Of course, Paul Clement knows this, and Swansea will play a different game here. The Swans have yet to pick up any points at home this season, which is a symptom of their inability to score; they’ve scored just two goals in the league this season, both of which came in the victory against Crystal Palace. They did put two past Reading in the cup on Tuesday, but again, this was away from home.

It was all going swimmingly for Marco Silva at Watford up until last week. The 6-0 thumping by Manchester City was a wake-up call to the tough reality of the Premier League, but other than that result, Silva can be happy with his team’s start to the season. Swansea are a tough team to break down but their lack of quality up-front means Silva will be eyeing up a victory here.

Prediction: U 2.5 goals – Neither team are prolific goalscorers and Watford will be especially happy not to concede after shipping six goals last week.

Brighton v Newcastle
Brighton Form Guide LLDWL
Newcastle Form Guide LLWWW
  • Venue: Amex Stadium
  • Sunday 24th September 16:00
  • Referee: Andre Mariner
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 13/8 D: 21/10 A: 7/4

About the Game:

Brighton were a little unlucky to lose to Bournemouth last week, but there’s no time to focus on the loss as they host Newcastle. Both teams were promoted from the Championship last season, making this one even more competitive. Goals have been Brighton’s weak-point so far, which doesn’t bode well for their chances against a Newcastle defence with two clean sheets in their last three. Nevertheless, Pascal Groß has started to show the Premier League what he can do, but he will need help from his attacking team mates.

Newcastle won both of the matches between these teams last year in the Championship, but this is a new season, in a new league, where anything can happen. That said, the Magpies have the form coming into this, with three wins in a row. Defensively, Newcastle look very organised and Brighton’s lack of an out-and-out striker will mean Newcastle can perhaps concentrate a little more on attacking.

Prediction: Newcastle Draw No Bet – The Magpies are in great form and won’t want to be beaten by fellow new boys in the Premier League.

Arsenal v West Brom
Arsenal Form Guide WLLWD
West Brom Form Guide WWDLD
  • Venue: Emirates
  • Monday 25th September 20:00
  • Referee: Bobby Madley
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 2/7 D: 5/1 A: 15/2

About the Game:

Despite not winning, Arsenal fans for once had little to moan about after their team’s performance last week at Chelsea. Since the embarrassing defeat by Liverpool, Arsenal have improved even though Alexis Sánchez was on the bench and Mesut Özil was absent through illness. Arsenal will be an even better side once both of those two reach full-fitness, but their improvements are already evident.

West Brom’s strong start to the season has stuttered a little of late after two draws and a defeat in their last three. A trip to the Emirates is usually an undesirable location when looking to pick up points, but Tony Pulis can take some solace in the fact that Arsenal are still finding their feet somewhat. Nevertheless, Arsenal have two wins in two this season at home and will be fully expecting to make that three in three here.

Prediction: Arsenal win – The Gunners are improving with each game and were unlucky not to win at Chelsea.

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Burnley v Huddersfield U 2.5 goals 8/15 1.53
Manchester City v Crystal Palace Man City -2 1/1 2.06
Brighton v Newcastle Newcastle draw no bet 5/6 4.62
Arsenal v West Brom Arsenal win 3/10 7.30
Leicester v Liverpool Both teams to score 4/6 11.18

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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.

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