EPL Match Previews & Betting Tips 21/22: Matchday 6

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Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips 21/22: Matchday 6

Last weekend we saw breath-taking performances from Liverpool and Chelsea to keep up the pace at the top. Arsenal won their second game in a row while Southampton were solid to keep an unlikely shutout against Man City. This weekend we have the London derby featuring Arsenal at home against Tottenham with our main game being Chelsea against Man City.

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Match of the Day

The two title favourites go head-to-head in our match of the day between Chelsea and Manchester City. The home side, European champions are unbeaten so far, just dropping two points against Liverpool. While the visitors, the reigning champions, need the points more after a defeat and a disappointing draw in their last game. With so much at stake, it should be a great game.  

Chelsea v Manchester City 

ChelseaForm Guide
Manchester CityForm Guide

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Saturday 25th September 12:30

Referee: Michael Oliver

Quick Glance OddsH: 8/5 D:11/5 A: 7/4

About the Game:

Chelsea is the new team to watch in the Premier League; so fierce that they are worrying the Premier League’s Liverpool and Man City dominance. They are a team on a mission and seem to have all their eyes on the Premier League title they haven’t won since the Antonio Conte era. The London side are favourites against the Manchester City side and has the momentum after an impressive start to the season. The Blues have dropped points just once against Liverpool. They easily walked through Arsenal and Tottenham and gave a tough fight against Liverpool with ten men for an entire second half. They boast a stronger side than the reigning Champions and fewer injury worries coming into this game.

Romelu Lukaku has scored three goals from his opening four games. He is likely to find the back of the net, with the odds of him scoring are 4/1. Kai Havertz scored the most important goal to win his side; the top prize in Europe against City and can impact the game. The 22-year-old is 8/1 to score in the game. UEFA Goalkeeper of the year Edouard Mendy missed their win against Spurs and the midweek cup tie and is still rated as doubtful. However, Christian Pulisic could light up the team’s left side, relying on Marcus Alonso to storm forward from the defence. After facing Man City, the next five games for Chelsea have only Brentford from the top half of the table.

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Generally slow starters, Man City will be eager to make a statement against Chelsea. The citizens have dropped five points in this campaign and can not afford another slip up as the teams above them work on perfection. They have kept four consecutive clean sheets and have Kevin De Bruyne back, who works magic for the team in the midfield. Pep Guardiola’s side lost the first match 1 – 0 to Tottenham. They followed up the disappointment with two 5 – 0 performances against Norwich and Arsenal. Their recent goalless draw against Southampton has been their worst performance, failing to record a shot on target until the ninetieth minute.

Gabriel Jesus could start through the centre has one goal and three assists to his name. The odds for him to score first is 7/1 and to score anytime is 12/5. This season, Jack Grealish has started all games with one goal and one assist that can influence the game without being on the score charts, although you can get 4/1 for the former Aston Villa man to add to his tally. John Stones and Aymeric Laporte are doubtful, but Nathaniel Ake is on standby to fill in. Gundogan picked up an injury in the Southampton game with Rodri and Oleksandr Zinchenko, also doubtful with minor injuries. The city faces a star-studded PSG team in the Champions League, followed by Liverpool in the next two games.

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.

Manchester United v Aston Villa

Manchester UnitedForm Guide
Aston VillaForm Guide

Venue: Old Trafford

Sat 25th Sep, 12:30

Referee: Mike Dean

Quick Glance OddsH:9/25 D: 17/4 A: 7/1

About the Game:

No team in the Premier League has dominated an opposition more than Manchester United against Aston Villa with thirty-seven wins. The Red Devils sit third in the league, behind Liverpool and Chelsea. They have dropped points just once this season in their 1 – 1 draw against Southampton. Bruno Fernandes has scored in all three Premier League appearances against their weekend visitors, with all goals coming from the penalty spot. Jesse Lingard scored the winner in United’s hard-fought 2 – 1 victory against West Ham in the league last weekend. Cristiano Ronaldo was on the score sheet once again and is the player most likely to score, and you wouldn’t rule him out claiming the Golden Boot at the end of the season. It’s no surprise to see Ronaldo as the favourite at 9/4 to score the first goal.

Villa has lost all their Premier League away games this season, conceding three goals in both games. In the next five games, they face United, Spurs, Wolves, Arsenal, and a rejuvenated West Ham. Dean Smith’s side seat is comfortable at midtable with a strong attack that can disappoint the opposition defence. Leon Bailey has been making an impression on the Villa faithful with an exciting cameo in their 3 – 0 win against Everton, scoring, providing and assisting in the twenty minutes he featured before going off injured in the 82nd minute. The Jamaican’s fitness and availability could be key in their performance, hoping to catch their host’s defence on the counter-attack. Danny Ings is the team’s top scorer with two goals; the England international is a real goal poacher who can score at any time (5/2) and is also their penalty taker.

Prediction: Manchester United to win.

Everton v Norwich

EvertonForm Guide
NorwichForm Guide

Venue: Goodison Park

Sat 25th Sep, 15:00

Referee: David Coote

Quick Glance OddsH: 61/100 D: 14/5 A: 19/4

About the Game:

Everton suffered their first defeat, losing 3 – 0 against Aston Villa in their last match. However, there is no cause for alarm despite missing a chance of earning three points to improve on their wonderful start of the season. The absence of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Richarlison takes some shade off their attack with new signing Salomon Rondon spurring a host of wonderful chances early in the match. They have yet another chance to take a stride towards the top of the table against the newly-promoted side Norwich City. Abdoulaye Doucoure leads the assist charts for the Toffees, but the one to watch out for is Andros Townsend, who looks like a more improved player since moving to Merseyside. Townsend has one goal and provided two assists cutting in from the right side with his magical left foot and making powerful forward drives that marshals the teams attack. At 15/2, he may be a good shout to open the scoring.

Norwich City was victorious 2 – 0 the last time they played at Goodison Park against Everton. However, Daniel Farke’s side has not found any joy in the Premier League and are yet to earn even a point, the only club to do so far and are bottom of the league. They have scored two goals both by Teemu Pukki, one from the penalty spot and the other from a well-worked team build up in their previous game against Watford despite losing 3 – 1. They have the worst defensive record in the league, conceding fourteen goals, and have not been impressive as they were in the title win in the Championship. Todd Cantwell, who has the attacking potential, is yet to be given a chance occasionally coming off the bench, has great feet that can improve dynamism in the attack to add to their attacking threat.

Prediction: Everton to win.

Leeds v West Ham

Leeds UnitedForm Guide
West Ham UnitedForm Guide

Venue: Elland Road

Sat 25th Sep, 15:00

Referee: Kevin Friend

Quick Glance OddsH: 2/1 D: 13/5 A: 5/4

About the Game:

Leeds has conceded five goals in the two league matches; this is as many as they have conceded in the previous nine games. Three draws and two defeats have been playing well, dominating every game, but unable to turn this possession into results. Leeds are unbeaten in four of the last five games against their visitors at Elland Road. The attack of Raphinha cutting in from the right and Daniel James cutting in from the left, and Rodrigo through the centre is a promising attacking threat. Patrick Bamford has had a slow start but has provided two assists, and one goal has the best numbers in goal involvements. However, the England maestro and Raphinha have injury concerns, with Jack Harrison set to miss battling COVID-19. The frailties in attack forced Kalvin Philips to play in defence alongside Liam Cooper, the only fit defender in the team.

Michail Antonio presence was vividly absent in the Hammers match against Manchester United, where they lost the battle 2 – 1, conceding late despite giving a good fight. Mark Noble had the chance to rescue a point, but his spot-kick was at a good height for David de Gea, who guessed the right way.
David Moyes has transformed his side to a worthy underdog capable of challenging the big boys in the league. They were never overwhelmed in the two games they played against Manchester United, losing in the league but had their sweet revenge beating the giants 1 – 0 in the EFL Cup. The Clubs record goalscorer has failed to score against their hosts in nine league appearances and would be agitated to make another personal mark. Jarrod Bowen, who has sparked interest from the top Premier League sides, has just once goal involvement but has been a constant presence on the attack. Antonio has four goals and three assists, and Said Benrahma, with three goals and two assists, is the potential source of goals. Antonio was rested against Manchester United, and the bookies feel he will make an impact here. He is 13/10 to score anytime, 5/1 to open the scoring and 7/1 to score two or more.

Prediction: West Ham to win.

Leicester v Burnley

LeicesterForm Guide
BurnleyForm Guide

Venue: King Power Stadium

Sat 25th Sep, 15:00

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Quick Glance OddsH: 4/7 D: 3/1 A: 5/1

About the Game:

The Foxes had two goals chopped off for offside against Harvey Barnes, who was on both occasions was not part of the build-up in their 2 – 1 defeat to Brighton. However, the defeat should prompt the team to start the games much more brightly as they look to return to winning ways after losing the last two consecutive games. To get anything against struggling Burnley, Leicester will be looking towards Ricardo Perreira, who has created a goalscoring chance every seventy minutes. Harvey Barnes produced a goal and three assists in the last two games against Burnley and has become an improved goal threat under Brendan Rodgers. The England international’s six of his nine goals and his five assists last season were at home and could take the goal scoring pressure off Jamie Vardy. Barnes is 6/1 to score the first, with Vardy priced at 4/1. Vardy was on target in his last game and tops the goal tally charts with three goals.

Burnley lost the physical battle against Arsenal in their last league game but kept the scoreline respectable, losing by a single goal scored by Martin Ødegaard in the 30th minute. Jay Rodriguez must have earned a starting place under Sean Dyche after scoring four goals in their midweek game against Rochdale, which Burnley won 4-1. Maxwell Cornet made an encouraging cameo in that game, looking lively every time he touched the ball and registered an assist in his full debut. New characters in the team could shuffle up the attack that has scored three goals in five games but has collected just one point. They have not won against the Foxes in the last ten travels to the King Power stadium (losing six and drawing four). Chris Wood has scored four goals against Leicester and looks good value at 12/5 to score anytime.

Prediction: Leicester to win.

Watford v Newcastle 

WatfordForm Guide
NewcastleForm Guide

Venue: Vicarage Road

Sat 25th Sep, 15:00

Referee: Jarred Gillett

Quick Glance OddsH: 5/4 D: 12/5 A: 9/4

About the Game:

Watford has had a good start to the season, only eclipsed by Brentford of the newly promoted sides. They met another of the promoted sides Norwich last time out, and took the three points in a 3-1 win. They have nineteen Premier League wins against the Magpies, more than they have enjoyed against any other side. Ismaila Sarr tops the scoring charts for the Hornets with three goals, has the most dibbles (sixteen), created the most chances (nine), and most shots (thirteen). The maestro has pace and is the commander of the team attack, likely to score at any minute as he showed with his double in the game against Norwich. The 23-year-old is priced at 13/5 to score at any time against Newcastle. Watford is unbeaten in nine of ten games against Newcastle in all competitions. They have, however, conceded at least two goals in their last three home matches.

Newcastle has been one of the entertaining sides of this campaign but has yet to collect maximum points from their games. They have lost three and drawn two games with just three goals scored in this campaign. Allan Saint-Maximin makes the Magpies attack lively has had a goal involvement in four of the five games (three in the last three) for Newcastle. Steve Bruce’s side fought from a goal down to draw 1 – 1 against Leeds United and gave an impressive performance. The match against newly-promoted side Watford is an open invitation to go for all three points as they have the Premier League experience to get over the line. Miguel Almiron is a difference-maker on the pitch with his movement behind Allan key in creating space for the star man.

Prediction: Watford to win.

Brentford v Liverpool

BrentfordForm Guide
LiverpoolForm Guide

Venue: Brentford Community Stadium

Sat 25th Sep, 17:30

Referee: Stuart Attwell

Quick Glance OddsH: 6/1 D: 7/2 A: 9/20

About the Game:

This game will be the first-ever meeting between Brentford and Liverpool in the Premier League. The Bees won at home against Arsenal in their first match and will hope to maintain their energetic display against another top-six opposition. Despite playing almost half an hour with ten men, Brentford held on to a 2 – 0 win against Wolves and was solid enough to prevent the opposition from registering a shot on target the entire game. Ivan Toney scored from the penalty spot and provided an assist for Bryan Mbeumo for the second goal. Marcus Forss bagged a hat trick in their 7 – 0 triumph against Oldham in the Carabao Cup and could come off the bench. Brentford defence has been solid, conceding just two goals so far this season, and they will have to keep a busy shift against Liverpool lethal attack.

Liverpool has dropped points just once in the Premier League, which was against Chelsea in the 1-1 draw between the sides. They have lost just one of their twenty-seven games against promoted sides and are in great form to continue this impressive record. Mohammed Salah could match Steven Gerrard’s record of netting thirteen Premier League goals in London. in the 3 – 0 win against Crystal Palace, all Liverpool’s goals came from the second ball after corner kicks which shows how dangerous they are from set-pieces.

Mohammed Salah was involved in all the goals and scored one himself. Salah tops the team chart with four goals and two assists. While much of the attention has understandably been on the Egyptian, his strike partner Sadio Mane has overcome a sluggish start to the campaign and now has three goals. His goal in the win against Crystal Palace was his one-hundredth goal for the club. Diogo Jota starts with Roberto Firmino still out injured with Trent Alexander-Arnold also out with an illness. Salah is the lowest priced player at 5/6 to score anytime, Jota and Mane are both priced at 6/4.

Prediction: Liverpool to win.

Southampton v Wolves

SouthamptonForm Guide
WolvesForm Guide

Venue: St Mary’s Stadium

Sun 26th Sep, 14:00

Referee: Andrew Madley

Quick Glance OddsH: 31/20 D: 11/5 A: 187/100

About the Game:

The Saints have drawn the last four consecutive league games, including draws against Manchester United, Manchester City and West Ham. They have kept two consecutive shutouts in their previous two games, most preciously against the reigning champions ending the game 0 – 0, conceding just one shot on target over the 90 minutes. Jack Stephens could be side-lined for three months which is a huge blow for the defence. Stuart Armstrong and Theo Walcott are injured, which narrows down the selection options for Ralph Hasenhuttl. Che Adams, who leads the line as the senior attacker since Danny Ings departed, has produced just one goal involvement. The Scotland maestro, alongside Adam Armstrong (one goal), has to light up the attack against Wolves as they look for their first win of the season.

Wolves have scored just one goal from open play, which new signing Hwang Hee-Chan claimed. Raul Jimenez and Adama Traore have failed to get on this campaign’s scoring charts despite delivering some inspirational performances this season. The duo needs to find a working system and be selfless as there have been instances where you could feel the players want to win the game as individuals. Bruno Lage will have a tough task to motivate his side for another positive performance with tactics that seem to work on paper but are yet to deliver. There have been less than two goals scored in the last seven Wolves away games and have lost seven of the last eight games on the road; this makes it hard to make a convincing case for the visitors.

Prediction: Southampton to win.

Arsenal v Tottenham

ArsenalForm Guide
TottenhamForm Guide

Venue: Emirates Stadium

Sun 26th Sep, 16:30

Referee: Craig Pawson

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

About the Game:

The Gunners have won the last two games in a row by a single goal margin. Both the wins were not convincing in terms of performance but got the job done and now have six points on the table after failing to record a single point in the opening three matches. Nicholas Pepe has been impressive, but Emile Smith-Rowe performance in midweek and the return of Granit Xhaka could put the Ivorian low down in the pecking order. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang has scored just once this campaign will benefit from the solid defence and talented midfield to marshal the attack and get his goals numbers. Martin Odegaard was the goal scorer in their last game, a 1-0 win against Burnley; the 22-year-old was a constant threat with great vision and instinct to find the right pass at the right time. Aubameyang is priced at 13/10 to score anytime.

Tottenham had an explosive start of the season, winning three games on the bounce but having since lost two games. They conceded three goals in each of these defeats after keeping three consecutive shutouts in the opening three. Nuno Espirito Santo has to sort out his defensive woes as he doesn’t have a definite starting centre back combination heading to a challenging derby. Tottenham have not won against Arsenal on the road since 2010 and lost the previous match 2 – 1. However, Heung-Min Son, who you would feel was rushed back to play against Chelsea, will be fully fit to play against their neighbours. Harry Kane is the highest goalscorer in the North-London derby and could open his goalscoring and assist tally here after a shaky start. He, like Aubameyang, is priced at 13/10 to score anytime in the game.

Prediction: Arsenal to win.

Crystal Palace v Brighton

Crystal PalaceForm Guide
Brighton Form Guide

Venue: Selhurst Park

Mon 27th Sep, 20:00

Referee: Andre Marriner

Quick Glance OddsH: 2/1 D: 11/5 A: 3/2

About the Game:

Palace failed to continue their momentum from their 3 – 0 win against Spurs into their next game, losing by the same 3-0 scoreline to Liverpool. Wilfred Zaha has bagged seven goals against the Seagulls in all competitions, and they are his favourite defence. The Ivorian has four goals in his last four games at Selhurst Park. The Eagles are unbeaten in the previous four games against Brighton, winning two and drawing two with both wins at the Amex stadium. Odsonne Edouard, who scored two goals in their win against Spurs, could earn a full debut. Conor Gallagher has been inspirational this campaign with two goals and one assist and is a real star for the side with good vision and finishing instincts. A winnable fixture for Viera, who has had great tactics and the working system, will be hungry for their second win of the season.

Graham Potter would be grateful for the 2 – 1 victory against Leicester City saved by the VAR twice with Barnes ruled offside. Four wins from five games is a fantastic start by the Seagulls standards and have been playing very good football and now have the artillery to score goals to win games. Brighton has been productive from set-pieces, especially from corners providing forty-two per cent of their chances this campaign. The best tally in the league is coming against a team with the poorest tally in defending corners, conceding three. Neal Maupay tops Brighton scoring charts with three goals and has been very disciplined this campaign. Pascal Grob is the lead provider with two goals provides the set-piece threat with great delivery. Maupay is 2/1 to score anytime, 12/1 to score two, and the hattrick is priced at 66/1.

Prediction: Brighton to win.

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Cumulative Odds
Chelsea v Manchester City
Chelsea to win
Manchester United v Aston Villa
Manchester United to win
Everton v Norwich
Everton to win
Leicester v Burnley
Leicester to win
Southampton v Wolves
Southampton to win

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Author: Jeremiah Payne