Premier League Matchday Five: United To Drop More Points?8 min read
The Premier League returns this weekend and the table has a familiar look to it with Liverpool and Manchester City forcing the early pace. Here’s my preview of all the Matchday Five action exclusively for BetVictor.
Liverpool v Newcastle United
Kevin Keegan was Newcastle boss the last time United won at Anfield in the Premier League – April 1994 – and it is hard to make a case for them against this current Liverpool side who have won their last 13 league games – a record for the club.
Yes, the Magpies did win at the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their last league game on the road but, as good as Spurs are, they are not Liverpool and I expect the Reds to make it 14 successive league wins. Do note they have scored at least twice on each occasion in this record-breaking sequence.
Tip: Liverpool to win 2-0
Brighton v Burnley
Two sides who won their opening day fixture 3-0 but have picked up just one solitary point from their last three league games. It would be no surprise to me if the points were shared on the south coast.
The Seagulls were thrashed 4-0 by champions Manchester City at the Etihad while the Clarets lost 3-0 to Champions League winners Liverpool at Turf Moor in their respective league games before the international break. Both sides will appreciate these calmer waters.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw
Manchester United v Leicester City
Jamie Vardy has been involved in 14 goals in 14 league games since Brendan Rodgers took over at the King Power Stadium and I expect to see the Foxes get a point at Old Trafford from what promises to be an open, exciting affair.
United have not won since the opening day of the season and their 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace in their last home game was particularly disappointing. Leicester remain unbeaten so far this term and currently head the table without the big two.
The Foxes can take a point from a game which sees Harry Maguire face his former club and teammates for the first time since his record-breaking summer move.
Tip: Game to finish in a scoring draw
Sheffield United v Southampton
The Blades picked up an improbable point from two-nil down at Stamford Bridge last time, but they lost at home to Leicester in their last home game and I feel the Saints will take all three points from a low-scoring game.
Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping to have Nathan Redmond back from injury and it is an away win for me.
Tip: Southampton to win
Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace
Back-to-back league wins for Palace including a famous win at Old Trafford, but I expect to see Spurs edge a tight London derby on home soil.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side lost their last home game to Newcastle and let a two-goal lead slip at the Emirates last time. They badly need to return to winning ways ahead of their trip to Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday.
Tip: Spurs to win and both teams to score
Wolves v Chelsea
Both sides are in European action next week, but this is a vital league game with Chelsea already seven points off the top having thrown away two points at home to Sheffield United last time.
Wolves played their part in a five-goal thriller at Goodison Park in their last match, but they returned home empty-handed and are yet to win a league game this term for all their successes in the Europa League.
That said, I take the hosts to keep the points in another entertaining clash.
Tip: Wolves to win
Norwich City v Manchester City
Kevin de Bruyne was outstanding for Belgium at Hampden earlier in the week, scoring once and assisting the other three goals as the Red Devils beat Scotland 4-0.
De Bruyne has been involved in nine goals in his last seven starts in the Premier League and Norwich will have their work cut out to keep this exceptional City side at arm’s length.
Tip: City -2 on the handicap
Bournemouth v Everton
Since the start of last season, there have been more goals in Bournemouth games (139 – F61, A78) than any other side and I expect there to be opportunities at both ends when Everton visit the Vitality Stadium this weekend.
Indeed, since the Cherries were promoted to the Premier League in 2015, the sides have met on eight occasions in the league and produced 31 goals. Everton to edge a thriller.
Tip: Everton to win and both teams to score
Watford v Arsenal
Watford picked up their first point of the season at Newcastle last time, but it wasn’t enough to save Javi Gracia his job. Quique Sanchez Flores will be in charge of the Hornets for the visit of Arsenal on Sunday – three years after he was sacked by the club!
I can’t split the sides at Vicarage Road and I’m going for a point apiece.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw
Aston Villa v West Ham
I have been impressed with how West Ham have bounced back from their 5-0 opening day mauling at the hands of Manchester City to pick up seven points from their three subsequent league games.
Villa beat Everton in their last home game but were disappointing at Selhurst Park last time and, if there is to be a winner at Villa Park on Monday, I think it will be the visitors.
Tip: West Ham draw no bet
Michael’s weekend wager: Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton