16th October 2020
We’ve had to wait a couple of weeks, but Premier League football returns on Saturday. Fans are still not allowed in stadiums, and the recent pay-per-view announcement has not gone down well, but the show goes on. What a strange show it has been too, as nothing so far this season seems to make sense. Everton are currently top after winning all four, with Villa just behind with three victories from three, the last of which was an insane 7-2 win over Liverpool. For this week, we take a look at all the latest Premier League tips and UK sports betting odds.
Now, here are some of our selected odds for the Premier League Gameweek 5.
Everton will be delighted that this fixture has come around after they’ve won all of their games and their local rivals are coming off a 7-2 defeat. The strange thing about the Merseyside derby is that the last three Premier League meetings at Goodison Park have all ended 0-0. With the way this season has gone, it would be a major surprise if it was the same scoreline again though. It will be on the minds of the Toffees that their record against the Reds is not good though, having not beaten them since this exact date ten years ago (17th October 2010). Maybe that’s an omen for them?
After such a great transfer window, Chelsea’s issue has been that they haven’t been able to get their main players on the pitch at the same time. Injuries to Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech have nullified the Blues from an attacking point of view, but they did manage to bag four goals against Palace before the break. Southampton have tightened up at the back since being destroyed by Spurs and have achieved clean sheets in the last two. There are still question marks with them though. This is a tough one to call.
Much of the focus at the Etihad will be on the dugouts, as Pep Guardiola meets his former assistant Mikel Arteta. The result of this game may well depend on the fitness of Man City’s main players. Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are both carrying slight knocks, and with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus still out, Guardiola may have a serious headache. Thomas Partey may make his debut for Arsenal after his deadline day move from Atletico Madrid, but he may well be eased in. There should be goals here, but the result could be anything.
The pressure is being loaded up on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the rest of the Manchester United squad after a less than convincing start to the season. They folded like a pack of cards in the 6-1 loss at home to Spurs, and now Anthony Martial is banned after his red card. For Newcastle, Allan Saint-Maximin signed a new six-year contract at St James’ Park this week and could celebrate that with a great performance here. Callum Wilson is the main goal threat and will fancy his chances against a shaky Harry Maguire and the rest of the Red Devils’ defence.
One look at the current Premier League table will tell you how this season is going for both of these sides. Both have lost all four of their matches so far, with the Blades only above last-placed Fulham on goal difference. It’s clear to see where the problems lie for Chris Wilder; they can’t score. One goal in four matches is far from ideal, and they’ll be hoping the signing of Rhian Brewster will help fix this. It’s hard to see where wins are going to come from for Fulham, and we don’t believe their first points will come at Bramall Lane either.
One of the less-discussed rivalries in English football, Crystal Palace and Brighton will both be desperate not to lose this game. Both are also trying to recover from conceding four in their last game, though they were away to good sides. In the last five head to head meetings, there has been nothing to split them: two Palace wins, two Brighton wins and one draw. They’re quite evenly matched this season, and a stalemate could be on the cards.
Whatever Jose Mourinho is doing with Tottenham so far this season, it’s working. They scored five against Southampton, six against Man United and seven against Maccabi Haifa in the Europa League. The goals are flying in, with Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min back to their best. Opposition defences will be dismayed to see Gareth Bale being added to the lineup, with the potential of playing in this game. West Ham are certainly no pushovers though, beating Wolves and Leicester by an aggregate score of 7-0 in their last two games. We fancy Spurs to break through though.
Leicester just can’t seem to find any consistency so far, as after a great start they crashed to a shock 3-0 home defeat to West Ham that not many saw coming. They need to bounce back here, but it will be far from easy. As mentioned, Villa racked up seven against the champions before the break and have won all their league games. Jack Grealish now has Ollie Watkins to create chances for, as well as Ross Barkley to take a bit of the creative weight off him. Dean Smith’s side are playing well, so we think they’ll do well at the King Power.
This game could be considered a coin flip, but we’re going to go for a West Brom win for a few reasons. They’ve looked better than Burnley in flashes, such as the game against Chelsea, and have some good creativity and pace in the side. Burnley look in big trouble, as they have a threadbare squad that is far from the best in the league. Sean Dyche made it clear to the board that they needed to strengthen in the transfer market, and they simply didn’t do it. A relegation battle is likely for both of these sides.
Leeds United seem to be the talking point for a number of pundits so far, as they’ve brought a breath of fresh air to the Premier League. They play with no fear, and their matches against Liverpool and Man City were some of the most entertaining so far. Wolves have won two and lost two and don’t look particularly strong going forward. They did beat Fulham last time out, but it was far from convincing. It’s extremely difficult to know what to expect from this game, but it’s not expected to be particularly high scoring.
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