BetVictor Brand Ambassasor Michael Owen returns to give you his preview of matchday 10 in the Premier League. Read his thoughts on every Premier League match and find out who has made it into his EPL 4-fold.
Under 2.5 goals
Crystal Palace v Newcastle United
Palace are struggling in front of goal this season; however, they’ve been organised enough to have had a decent start. Steve Bruce won’t be happy with the goals Newcastle have conceded over the last few weeks, especially in their match against Southampton.
I’m sure that he’ll be putting his players through defensive training drills all week to try and avoid it happening again.
With that in mind, I can see Newcastle playing cautiously here. As I mentioned earlier, I don’t think either side have an abundance goals in them, and believe that both managers may see a draw as a decent result.
Liverpool to win and both teams to score
Brighton v Liverpool
Liverpool’s injury list is still growing, but we’ve seen the reaction in the Premier League, that you’d expect from the champions. If they get most of their key players back as we approach the business end of the season, I think the current squad should have enough quality to retain their crown.
Brighton are a good team to watch. They can be dangerous, especially on the counter-attack as we witnessed last weekend at Villa Park.
However, this is a step up, and although I think they can get on the scoresheet, I fancy Liverpool to come away with the points.
Manchester City to win half time full time
Manchester City v Burnley
Pep Guardiola put pen to paper on a new contract at the Etihad earlier this week. His side come into this after a UCL win on Tuesday to take on a Burnley side that welcome back a few first team players from injury.
That’s great news for Sean Dyche, however, Burnley’s record isn’t great at the Etihad, and with City in desperate need of 3 points, I can see a long afternoon ahead for the Clarets.
Everton v Leeds United
Leeds are at their best when teams come at them and have a go. We saw this early in the season when they lost 4-3 at Anfield.
They struggle to open up sides that have 11 men behind the ball, however, I don’t think Everton will be looking to do that. On home soil, The Toffees will be on the front foot, and I think that will play into Leeds’ hands.
I reckon this could be an entertaining match and can see both sides sharing the points in a score draw.
Sheffield United to win
West Brom v Sheffield United
This could be Sheffield United’s chance to finally get started this season. I think they’ve been unlucky at times so far and reckon that their strength in depth should be enough to get them over the line here.
I covered West Brom’s match against Fulham and the Baggies didn’t look comfortable at all. So, I’ll be going for a Sheffield United win, and their first 3 points of the season.
Both teams to score
Southampton v Manchester United
I covered Southampton’s game against Newcastle the other week and they were exceptional. In my opinion, Ralph Hasenhüttl is going places. He has the Saints playing tremendously well and he could be headed for the very top.
Ole Gunnar Solkjaer is still trying to work out what his best starting eleven is. Whenever he plays McTominay and Fred together they look a bit toothless going forward. However, on the flip side of that, if he goes with his most attacking options, they look a bit fragile.
I think this will be tight, and given the recent form of both sides, I can see this ending in a score draw.
Over 2.5 goals
Chelsea v Tottenham Hotspur
I’m really looking forward to covering this one live. It should be a cracker, but it’s so hard to call!
One player that is standing out for me at Spurs right now is Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. He’s exactly the type of player that Jose Mourinho likes in his side, and if he keeps playing well, I can see him earning more plaudits as the season progresses.
With both these teams having such quality in attacking areas, I think there will be over 2.5 goals in the game with Chelsea just shading it 2-1.
Aubameyang to score anytime
Arsenal v Wolves
Arsenal earned a point against Leeds last weekend having played most of the 2nd half with 10-men. They come into this in need of 3 points, however, Wolves are solid just now. They’ll give anyone in the Premier League a match, and they don’t concede many goals.
On a few occasions this season, Mikel Arteta has opted to sit in. If he decides to do that here, it might invite Wolves to attack and leave some space for the Gunners to counter.
If it plays out like this, I can see the Gunners shading it, with Aubameyang getting back amongst the goals.
Leicester -1 on the handicap
Leicester City v Fulham
It’s been another good start to the season for Leicester. They had so many injuries to their back four, so they must be applauded for doing as well as they have, so far. They are now beginning to get some of their players back fit, so they should benefit hugely from that.
Fulham had a massive win against West Brom before going down fighting last weekend against Everton. There are definite signs of improvement from the Cottagers. However, this Leicester side are excellent, and I think they can win this by a big margin.
West Ham to win
West Ham United v Aston Villa
Despite a few people suggesting otherwise, I fancied West Ham to do well this season. I think they have talented players and equally feel their manager knows how to get the best out of them.
Personally, I’m finding it hard to get Aston Villa right at the moment. They blow hot and cold, and despite some simply brilliant results, they have been frustratingly poor at times.
That said, they have some excellent players and I’m delighted to see that Jack Grealish is finally getting the plaudits he deserves.
I think West Ham may have just too much here. They have shown this season, that when they put it all together, they can be a very dangerous side and I’m going for a hard fought victory to the Hammers.