Premier League Preview: Gameweek 38 min read
I’m back with this week’s Premier League tips. Manchester United are from 11/4 to be crowned champions after their impressive start to the new campaign and this weekend they are expected to pull off an easy win against Leicester.
Bournemouth v Manchester City
Bournemouth have lost all four Premier League games against title favourites Manchester City by an aggregate of 15-1 and it is hard to see past an emphatic win for Pep Guardiola’s side at the Vitality Stadium.
Sergio Aguero was out of luck at the Etihad against Everton earlier in the week but the striker has scored in seven successive PL games on the road and City cannot afford to drop more points after their home draw with Everton earlier in the week.
Tip: City -1 on the handicap at
Crystal Palace v Swansea
This was the highest scoring game in the PL last season with 12 goals in the two matches but neither side has scored a league goal so far this term and I do not expect to see a goal-fest at Selhurst Park.
It is a game, arguably, neither side can afford to lose ahead of the first international break of the season, and it has a draw written all over it.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw at
Huddersfield v Southampton
Huddersfield could easily go into the international break with a maximum haul of nine points after the visit of Southampton and what a start that would be for David Wagner and all Terriers’ fans.
Saints have won more PL games on their travels (4) than they have at St Mary’s (3) so far this year, but they were knocked out of the League Cup by Wolves earlier in the week and I think the hosts will get at least a point.
Tip: Huddersfield & draw double chance
Newcastle v West Ham
A disappointing start to the PL season for both sides although the Hammers have faced two difficult looking away trips to Old Trafford and St Mary’s. Rafa Benitez has never lost three successive games in the PL but the natives will be restless at St James’s Park, having seen the Magpies dumped out of the League Cup by Forest midweek.
This is a difficult game to call although I do expect to see both sides find the back of the net.
Tip: Both Teams To Score
Watford v Brighton
Brighton are still looking for their first Premier League goal and they were hardly impressive when limping into the 3rd Round of the League Cup against Barnet midweek.
Watford have five goals and four points to their name and I expect them to build on their win at Bournemouth against the Seagulls, despite their League Cup reverse against Bristol City at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.
I notice Watford skipper Troy Deeney has yet to figure in the PL so far this season having missed just one of the last 76 Premier League games before Marco Silva took charge. The striker has been linked with a move away from the club and I wonder if he will still be at Vicarage Road on 1st September.
Editorial note – Deeney is to join WBA and 4/1 Leicester in the current transfer window.
Tip: Watford to win at
Manchester United v Leicester
Leicester have scored in all but one of their 15 PL games under Craig Shakespeare and this represents the first real challenge for Jose Mourinho’s side in the league this term.
Romelu Lukaku has now scored 15 times in his last 11 home games in the PL after his brace against West Ham on the opening weekend, and United fans would have been delighted to see the Belgian back that up with the vital second goal at Swansea last Saturday.
United won the corresponding game 4-1 last season and I think there will be goals in what should be a terrific game at Old Trafford.
Tip: United to win & Both Teams To Score
Chelsea v Everton
I was impressed by the way the champions bounced back at Wembley last weekend. It is hard to see how Everton can get anything in West London on Sunday given they faced Manchester City at the Etihad on Monday and, at the time of writing, are due to face Hajduk Split in Croatia in a vital Europa League tie on Thursday evening.
I was not surprised to see Wayne Rooney retire from international football earlier in the week after a magnificent and record-breaking career for the Three Lions – well played Wazza!
Rooney has already shown enough for Everton this season to suggest he can help his boyhood team take the next step up the ladder – although I would be surprised if they got anything at the Bridge a ground where they have not won in the PL since November 1994.
Tip: Over 2.5 goals at
West Brom v Stoke City
A cracking 1-0 win for Stoke against Arsenal last weekend and I would not be surprised to see a similar low-scoring affair against the Baggies at the Hawthorns on Sunday.
Tip: Under 1.5 goals at
Liverpool v Arsenal
A game between the side with the best record (Liverpool) in games between the top six sides last season and the side (Arsenal) with the worst and I expect the hosts to take the points. I thought Liverpool were very good going forward against Hoffenheim midweek and if they play with the same intensity and pace on Sunday, it will be too much for the Gunners.
Tip: Liverpool to win at
Tottenham v Burnley
Spurs played their part in a cracking game at Wembley last weekend and I can’t see Burnley repeating their Matchday One capital heroics when they won at Stamford Bridge. The Clarets came back down to earth against West Brom at Turf Moor last weekend, and Harry Kane has his last opportunity this year to score his first PL goal in the month of August – he won’t have many better opportunities.
Tip: Kane first goal scorer at
Weekend wager: Liverpool, Watford and Spurs at 9/2