EPL Match Previews & Betting Tips 21/22: Matchday 5

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Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips 21/22: Matchday 5

We didn’t need to wait long for a shock result last week, Crystal Palace beating the league leaders Tottenham in the early game on Saturday. There are some great fixtures to look forward to, so join us as we preview all the games on matchday 5.

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The Eagles sent Tottenham crashing last week, ending Tottenham’s 100% start to the season. The games do not get any easier, next up are the European champions Chelsea. Thomas Tuchel’s side are unbeaten and would love to beat their neighbours.

Tottenham Hotspur v Chelsea

TottenhamForm Guide
ChelseaForm Guide

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Sunday 19th September 16:30

Referee: Paul Tierney

Quick Glance OddsH: 15/4 D:11/4 A: 3/4

About the Game:

Tottenham won the opening three games by a single goal margin, all 1-0 wins but fell to Crystal Palace by three goals in a 3-0 hammering last weekend. Nuno Espirito Santo will hope the South American duo of Davison Sanchez and Romero are back from Covid-19 protocols after travelling during the international break. The two are the only fit centre backs available to feature against Chelsea with Tanganga suspended and Eric Dier injured.

A tough fixture for Spurs, having failed to win in the last nine games in all competitions against the Blues. However, they did manage to win on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the League Cup last year. Heung-Min Son tops their scoring charts with two goals will be assessed after missing their defeat to Palace with an injury. Harry Kane topped the goals and assists charts last season, is yet to make a mark heading into the fifth game and was isolated upfront without quality service around him. The maestro scored three goals in three games for the national team, which means he is still in fine form and needs quality service to provide him with goal-scoring opportunities. However, Delle Alli has returned to form, inspiring the side from the number ten position to look at in such tight end games to produce magic.

Nuno Espirito Santo beat Pep Guardiola’s Man City in the opening game but will have a huge test against a reinforced Chelsea side with the artillery to counter-attack. Tottenham was in European action in midweek. They became England’s first-ever team to compete in the Europa Conference League but were held to a disappointing 2-2 draw at Rennes. It could have been much worse had substitute Pierre-Emile Hojbjer not equalised with fifteen minutes left to play. However, the draw came at a cost, as both Lucas Moura and winger Steven Bergwijn limped off. Tottenham have eight players who are rated as doubtful for this clash.

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Chelsea is marking their territory as reigning European champions and has a real intention of going all the way in the English Premier League, a competition they last won in the 2016-17 season. Bringing in Romelu Lukaku was a huge statement, and he has rewarded the team with three goals. The Blues face Manchester City next; thus, this will be a good prep match to get their best game heading into that tough game.

Tomas Tuchel won 3 – 0 in the previous game against Aston Villa despite not playing their best football, which should serve as a warning to the rest of the league. However, they have depth in the team that can match Manchester City and the likely threat of Liverpool in the title chase.

The team strength is the defence, with the German manager fielding five defenders and two defensive midfielders in front of them. This shield covers Mendy, who was just named the UEFA goalkeeper of the year. They have conceded just one goal so far, Mohammed Salah from the penalty spot, proving how strong the team is. However, three attacking players that can score and an airtight defence are proven to win your games, especially in the high-intensity top six encounters. The Blues are favourites in our feature game that promises to be a spectacle.

Prediction: Chelsea to win.

Rest of the Premier League Games

Coming up are our previews and Premier League betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.

Newcastle United v Leeds United

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Leeds UnitedForm Guide

Venue: St James’ Park

Friday 17th Sep, 20:00

Referee: Mike Dean

Quick Glance OddsH:2/1 D: 13/5 A: 13/10

About the Game:

Newcastle has only failed to score once in the last fifteen league games against Leeds United. We anticipate them to score once again, having already scored in three of the four games they have played this season despite accumulating just one point. Callum Wilson has scored two goals so far is and is their top goalscorer, however, the 29-year-old is side-lined till October, which reduces their attacking prospects. Allan Saint-Maximin started up front against Manchester United and assisted for Javier Manquillo’s goal in the 4-1 defeat. Saint-Maximin now has three goal involvements (one goal, two assists) and is likely to be their main goal threat. The Magpies have the worst defensive record in the Premier League, conceding twelve goals and are yet to keep a clean sheet. Steve Bruce’s side glided through last season, surviving the relegation battle, and eventually finished in twelve place, seventeen points clear of the bottom three. However, that doesn’t tell the whole story as they appeared in real danger for much of the season. This pattern could be repeated in this campaign unless they get some wins on the board soon.

Leeds United triumphed in both games last campaign and will be looking for their first win of the season at St. James Park. Marcelo Bielsa lit up the Premier League in his debut season with inspiring attacking football, but this campaign has had a slow start. They have faced the most shots on target (twenty-eight), conceding eleven goals, and are yet to keep a clean sheet. In addition, they lost heavily in their first game of the season, 5-1 to Manchester United before draws against Everton (2-2) and Burnley (1-1). They also lost their last game 3-0 at home against Liverpool. The Whites are short in the defensive department, with Diego Llorente injured and Pascal Strujk suspended. Patrick Bamford has yet to hit the ground running with one goal and one assist but has new signing Daniel James available to spark their attack. Kalvin Philip has been excellent in the midfield and could provide more value forward on the pitch, making the most of his wide passing range to create chances for their forwards.

Prediction: Leeds United to win.

Wolves v Brentford

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BrentfordForm Guide

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Sat 18th Sep, 12:30

Referee: Darren England

Quick Glance OddsH: 9/10 D: 11/5 A: 15/4

About the Game:

Wolves have been struggling in front of goal with their main men upfront, Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore failing to link up well so far. Adama has been excellent with the ball but lacks the finishing touch to score and is too selfish to pass in the final third at times. Bruno Lage’s next three games will provide a favourable atmosphere to sharpen their attack, having scored just one goal from open play in four games that Hwang Hee-Chan scored on his debut. They face Southampton, Newcastle, Aston Villa, and Leeds in the next fixtures; thus need to get their attacking momentum on. Their defence has been solid, losing their three games by a single goal margin against Leicester City, Spurs and Manchester United. Francisco Trincao has been an inspirational addition to the squad; cutting in from the right with his magical left foot adds a different dimension to the Wolves attack.

Brentford has lost three of the last four games against Wolves with a 3 – 0 thumping the last time they visited Molineux Stadium. However, this campaign, they have one of the best defences in the league with five at the back and impressive stellar work off the ball. The two goals they have conceded is bettered only by Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City. Thomas Frank’s side has been competitive, well organised, and well-structured have the prospect of performing well this season. David Raya has made a strong start between the posts, having faced twenty-two shots in their opening game where they won 2 – 0 against Arsenal. Since then, they have faced just eighteen more attempts across three games. They are winless in the last three games, though, defeated late against Brighton the last time out after two Crystal Palace and Aston Villa. Their attack has been blunt, with Ivan Toney spurning a host of chances in the recent games. They need to match their solid defence with a lethal attack as they are the promoted side that could make a mark in the Premier League with a real chance of survival.

Prediction: Wolves to win.

Burnley v Arsenal

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ArsenalForm Guide

Venue: Turf Moor

Saturday 18th Sep, 15:00

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Quick Glance OddsH: 11/4 D: 5/2 A: 1/1

About the Game:

Burnley have faced fifty shots in the box and twenty-two shots on target among the bottom three sides this term. A side that has built a reputation for being a strong defence is struggling to keep a foothold defensively to cover the frailties in the attack. Burnley won at the Emirates and drew at home against their visitors last season, giving them full of confidence coming into this game unbeaten in the last three games. However, they are winless in the last twelve games at Turf Moor, drawing six and losing six. Defenders Ben Mee and James Tarkowski put a good shift for defence and attack with a goal each. Chris Wood was the team’s goal top scorer last season and their lethal player in front of goal to cause trouble for the newly assembled Arsenal defence.

Arsenal bounced back from a poor start of three consecutive defeats to record their first start and score their first goal. Pepe made six shots and created six chances in their 1 – 0 win against Norwich City. The Gunners, who had a poor start, could turn their fortunes around having all their players back. The partnership of Ben White and Gabriel showed promise-keeping a clean sheet in their first game together, giving the team a good balance, having conceded nine goals in the opening three games. Martin Odegaard, Bakayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe, and Nicholas Pepe can create chances for Pierre Emerick Aubameyang. The captain has scored eight goals in seven games against their hosts. Thomas Partey completes the team giving the Gunners enough ammunition to challenge and play their strongest team.

Prediction: Arsenal to win.

Liverpool v Crystal Palace

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Crystal PalaceForm Guide

Venue: Anfield

Saturday 18th Sep, 15:00

Referee: Andrew Madley

Quick Glance OddsH: 1/5 D: 6/1 A: 12/1

About the Game:

Diogo Jota has scored three in the last four while Mohammed Salah has three goals and two assists. Sadio Mane has two goals from twenty-two shots, with the worst conversion rate of the three attacks and Roberto Firmino is injured. However, the Senegalese attacker has scored in each of the last eight games against Palace could be an important game to boost his morale. The memory of the 7 – 0 win against their visitors would be a boost of confidence, having won last season by an aggregate of 9 – 0. The Jürgen Klopp side has had a good start with a full team strong in defence and lethal attack. The only points they have dropped this campaign is during the 1-1 draw with Chelsea, although they will feel like two points dropped with the London club playing the entire second-half with ten men. Nevertheless, it’s hard to see them not winning here, having regained the form of their title-winning 2019-20 season.

Palace has already conceded five goals on their travels this season, three against Chelsea and two against West Ham. The London side has lost the last eight games in this fixture, conceding twenty-four goals and scoring just five goals. That said, Odsonne Edouard made a memorable debut in the Eagle’s last game, scoring twice from the bench to confirm Patrick Viera’s first win of his Premier League tenure, thrashing Tottenham 3 – 0. As Spur’s had a 100% record going into that match, it shows what a great result it was. Christian Benteke has scored five goals in four Premier League games at Anfield, but the 30-year-old seems unlikely to start with a front three of Zaha, Edouard and Ayew, a more likely combination. Conor Gallagher has been the team’s backbone, providing balls forward, and has been rewarded with two goals and one assist in three games. Wilfred Zaha gave a man of the match performance against Spurs and milked out the red card to Tanganga after poking him all game. Viera has transformed Palace into a potential strong attacking side that can disappoint the big boys.

Prediction: Liverpool to win.

Manchester City v Southampton

Manchester CityForm Guide
SouthamptonForm Guide

Venue: Etihad Stadium

Saturday 18th Sep, 15:00

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Quick Glance OddsH: 3/25 D: 17/2 A: 16/1

About the Game:

The City defence has become an iconic stronghold for a side that has built its reputation as an attacking side’s. Aymeric Laporte partners with the Premier League Player of the year, Ruben Dias, to form a formidable partnership in defence. Pep Guardiola did not replace the club record goalscorer, Sergio Aguero, leaving Gabriel Jesus as their only striker performing well with one goal and three assists. The midfield is overflowing with talent as new signing Jack Grealish looking well settled in the side. The reigning champions lost the opening game 1-0 against Tottenham but bounced back, winning three in a row. They won by a single goal against Leicester City after winning their previous two against Norwich and Arsenal by a five-goal margin. Ferran Torres, who had a slow first season, is the Citizens most dangerous player in front of goal and has netted twice already. The 21-year-old is also having a fine World Cup qualifying campaign with Spain, scoring in wins against Georgia and Kosovo.

In the last five Premier League games, Southampton won just once with City, a 1-0 win at home in July last year, preventing a 100% clean sweep for the visitors. Che Adams scored the goal that day, but the 25-year-old has yet to find his scoring boot this campaign, an assist in the 3-1 defeat to Everton his only contribution so far. The Saints are unbeaten since the game with Everton but haven’t won a game either, with Southampton, Newcastle and West Ham. They did not capitalise on having a man advantage in the 0-0 game against West Ham and now will be hunting for their first win in a very tough atmosphere. A positive outcome for Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side is keeping their first shut out in fourteen games in that goalless draw. Adam Armstrong, who scored in their opening game against Everton, hasn’t netted again. However, the Saints have failed to score just once in the last sixteen matches against City, with James Ward-Prowse scoring in his last two trips to the Etihad, so don’t write them off just yet!

Prediction: Manchester City to win.

Norwich v Watford

norwichForm Guide
WatfordForm Guide

Venue: Carrow Road

Saturday 18th Sep, 15:00

Referee: Robert Jones

Quick Glance OddsH: 23/20 D: 23/10 A: 5/2

About the Game:

Norwich has a relegation curse to beat after being the first team to be relegated the last time they were in the Premier League in the 2019-20 season. That campaign, they won five, drew five and lost twenty-seven in a nightmare season. However, they were once again promoted as winners of the Championship, but of the three promoted sides, they are struggling to impose themselves. Four defeats, eleven goals conceded, and one goal scored from the penalty spot means fans may have a severe case of déjà vu as they occupy the bottom spot. Teemu Pukki scored twenty-six goals and assisted four goals for the Canaries in the Championship but have not recovered from losing their best chance creator, Emi Buendia, who departed to Aston Villa. Nevertheless, Pukki has opened his Premier League account, scoring Norwich’s consolation in the 2-1 defeat to Leicester. They have dominant figures with Captain Grant Hanley, their defensive leader, and Pukki pulls the strings upfront and could get a result against promoted compatriots Watford.

Watford had a storming start to life back in the Premier League, destroying Aston Villa 3-2, even having the cheek to go 3-0 up in that game, before a late Villa fightback. It’s been a case of After the Lord Mayor’s show since then, crashing to defeats against Brighton (2-0), Tottenham (0-1) and Wolves (0-2). The Hornets have won three of their four Premier League games against their host, losing once, scoring exactly two goals in all four games. Emmanuel Dennis has scored and provided one goal so far in the league. Joshua King, who is yet to make a mark, is the preferred starter with Moussa Sissoko, a standout player in the midfield. Ismaila Sarr, who bagged thirteen goals last season, has scored once brightens up the right side of the pitch and looks like a player with many goals to come.

Prediction: A draw.

Aston Villa v Everton

Aston VillaForm Guide
EvertonForm Guide

Venue: Villa Park

Sat 18th Sep, 17:30

Referee: Craig Pawson

Quick Glance OddsH: 7/5 D: 23/10 A: 2/1

About the Game:

It’s been a mixed bag for Aston Villa since they lost £100m man Jack Grealish to Manchester City. They were stunned by Watford 3-2 in the first game, almost grabbing a draw after going 3-0 down. A 2-0 win at Villa Park followed (Ings, Anwar El Ghazi), before a rather disappointing 1-1 with Brentford (Emiliano Buendía). In the last game, Chelsea gave Villa a good hiding, John McGinn in midfield, one of the few positives in a 3-0 beating. Villa has kept one clean sheet so far, conceding six goals, which is poor stats for a side with one of the best defences last campaign. Ollie Watkins was wasteful in front of the goal, and the team is yet to see the best of Emi Buendia, who has a great eye for a pass. However, Villa might be looking forward to the visit of the Toffees as Danny Ings has scored five goals against them, more than he has scored against any other team in the Premier League. The former Southampton attacker has already scored two goals and is one of the players you will bet on to score at any time. Villa is unbeaten in four league matches against their visitors and can extend this impressive run, especially at home.

New signing Andros Townsend has three goal involvements in his first four games, scoring one and assisting two as many as he did in the previous thirty-one for Crystal Palace. Rafael Benitez has had an explosive start winning three and drawing one in his return to Merseyside. They are tied on points, with Man United, Liverpool, and Chelsea sitting last of the quartet by goal difference. The Toffees came from a goal down to win 3 – 1 against Burnley and have won two games despite conceding the first goal. Demarai Gray has scored three goals so far, with Abdoulaye Doucoure providing three assists, the breakout stars in the side. Dominic Calvert-Lewin, three goals, has been ruled out with a toe injury, but they do have the much-maligned Richarlison to call on.

Prediction: Everton to win.

Brighton v Leicester City

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Leicester CityForm Guide

Venue: AMEX Stadium

Sunday 19th Sep, 14:00

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Quick Glance OddsH: 17/10 D: 11/5 A: 7/4

About the Game:

Brighton is having a storming start to the campaign and start this round of action in sixth-place, above West Ham and Tottenham and just below Manchester City on goal difference. They have one of the best defensive records, eclipsed only by reigning European Champions Chelsea (15) and the reigning Premier League Champions Man City (15). They have nine points from the first four games making this their best-ever start to a season since they got ten in the 2015-16 season. A possession-based team, their average possession stat of 58.3% is above Manchester United (55.5%), and Liverpool (56.1%), only Manchester City (63.5%) have more control of games than Brighton (58.3%). Brighton has never won against their weekend visitors but has two draws, losing six of the eight encounters against each other. Neal Maupay has two goals already, with breakout star Alexis Mac Allister leading the charge with a goal and assist. Graham Potter’s side is good in possession, solid in defence, and now with a lethal attack, can get a result with the home advantage.

Jamie Vardy is set for a landmark 250th Premier League game and will be looking to increase his tally of 120 goals and 39 assists. The Foxes last five games played on a Sunday have produced twenty-three goals raising the prospects for a high scoring encounter. Vardy has scored twice this season, with Ricardo producing two assists. Brendan Rodgers’ team lost by a single goal to Man City and will be eager to bounce back against an opponent they have found much joy playing against over the years. James Maddison is yet to have a goal involvement this season, a surprise as he has been so productive over the years. The 24-year-old has 39 goals and 25 assists in his career so far, and it wouldn’t be a total surprise if he made the difference in this game. With two wins and two defeats in the Foxes first four, more is needed if they are to occupy their familiar top-six position.

Prediction: Brighton to win.

West Ham United v Manchester United

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Manchester UnitedForm Guide

Venue: London Stadium

Sunday 19th Sep, 14:00

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Quick Glance OddsH: 333/100 D: 3/1 A: 3/4

About the Game:

This game would have been the pick of the pile, but Michail Antonio’s absence for the Hammers has dulled expectations a bit. David Moyes’ side has had a sensational season so far, and much of this has been down to the brilliant form of their 31-year-old. His four goals and three assists have not only seen him become the club’s record goalscorer but also lead the race for the Golden Boot at this early stage. West Ham won their opening two games but slowed down, drawing the most recent two games failing to capitalise against Southampton after dominating proceedings. It will be interesting to see how the team responds without their starman against a United team that may still be suffering a Champions League hangover. West Ham was in European action themselves this week, the only British winners on the night in the Europa League with a very credible 2-0 win away against Dinamo Zagreb. Antonio made the most of his last game before his enforced rest, scoring after 22 minutes. The highly-rated Declan Rice doubled the visitor’s lead on 50 minutes.

Despite Manchester United sitting top of the pile going into matchday 5, United’s performance in the Champions League has cast a big shadow on this game. And with their hosts in such great form, this is unlikely to be an easy afternoon. Their 2-1 loss to Young Boys, the expected whipping boys of the group, made headlines worldwide. Just days after Manchester United had made headlines with Christiano Ronaldo’s return to the club. The 36-year-old made a dream debut, scoring twice in the emphatic 4-1 win against Newcastle United last weekend. The five-times Balon d’Or winner also scored in the shock defeat to the Swiss champions but was subbed with the team hanging on for a 1-0 win. So it seems almost impossible that we will not be talking about Ronaldo for some reason on Monday. However, it will be interesting to see if Jesse Lingard plays any part against the club he starred for last season. Although Lingard replaced Ronaldo in the loss to Young Boys, his poor pass gifted the winner.

Prediction: A draw.

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Cumulative Odds
Newcastle United v Leeds United
Leeds to win
Wolves v Brentford
Wolves to win
Burnley v Arsenal
Arsenal to win
Norwich v Watford
A draw
West Ham United v Manchester United
A draw

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Author: Jeremiah Payne