EPL Match Previews & Betting Tips 21/22: Matchday 7

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Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips 21/22: Matchday 7

This weekend is the last round of fixtures before we have an international break. There are some good looking games coming up such as Manchester United v Everton, Chelsea v Southampton and in-form Brighton welcomes the visit of resurgent Arsenal. Join us as we preview all the games.

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Match of the Day

Our match of the day is of course, the top of the table clash between Liverpool and Manchester City. The home side are unbeaten so far this campaign, but face a tough challenge against the champions. 

Liverpool v Manchester City 

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Manchester CityForm Guide

Venue: Anfield

Sun 3 Oct 16:30

Referee: Paul Tierney

Quick Glance Odds

H: 19/10 D:5/2 A: 7/5

About the Game:

Liverpool top the Premier League table and are the highest-scoring team. Jürgen Klopp’s side is yet to lose a game and have been on fine form undefeated in the last sixteen league matches. The Reds are favourites as they hope to continue their impressive start have had over 2.5 goals scored in the last three. Liverpool has the best attackers in the league, yielding fifteen goals so far in this campaign. The Reds will be fired up after a surprise 3 – 3 draw in the last match against newly-promoted side Brentford. The Reds have been dominant despite the draw, conceding just one goal before the three in the last match.

Mohammed Salah has five goals and two assists. He is priced @ 4/1 odds to score first and 8/5 to score anytime. Sadio Mane (15/8) and Diogo Jota (12/5) are potential threats with three goals each. Alexander Arnold is a huge miss as a core member of the team attack. James Milner will fill in as he did in their 5 – 1 win against FC Porto. Harvey Elliott will be out for a very long time. Thiago will be a huge miss as he is tactical and can challenge the talented Man City midfield.

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Man City have crept through the teams and now sit second and could go top of the Premier League table if they win in this game. Man City are good on their travels and was 4 – 1 winners the last time they played at Anfield. They have a good balance in their attack, defence, and midfield to hurt teams and give a tough fight against their fiercest rivals. Manchester City beat Chelsea 0-1 in their toughest test so far this campaign last weekend. They have kept five consecutive clean sheets since the defeat to Tottenham on an opening day. Pep Guardiola’s team have the best defence in the league, conceding just one goal. The attack has scored at least two goals in ten of their last eleven league games and has won fourteen of their sixteen away games.

In the last match, Gabriel Jesus scored the winning goal against a fierce rival, and he has two goals and three assists to his name. The odds for him to score first are 13/2 and to score anytime is 23/10. On the other hand, Kevin De Bruyne has 5/2 odds to open the scoring. He has been impressive and could start as a false nine after recovering fully is the player who can make things happen for the Citizens. Aymeric Laporte returned in time to feature against PSG, and Chelsea will start alongside Dias. Oleksandr Zinchenko is doubtful with minor injuries, but Cancelo has excelled in the left-wing in his absence. This match against Liverpool is the last in a three-game tough run that started against Chelsea and included the midweek 2-0 defeat against PSG before the journey to Anfield.

Prediction: A draw

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 Everton

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Aston VillaForm Guide

Venue: Old Trafford

Sat 2 Oct, 12:30

Referee: Michael Oliver

Quick Glance Odds

H:9/20 D: 333/100 A: 13/2

About the Game:

The Red Devils lost their first league game of the season 1 – 0 against Aston Villa, conceding late from a corner kick. Cristiano Ronaldo is set to feature in his 200th appearance, and if he scores, it will be his eighty-seventh goals in the Premier League. Since his national team captain’s captain’s return, Bruno Fernandes has been cast to the shadows, managing just one goal since scoring a hat trick in the opening game. Nevertheless, he has created twenty-one chances, joint best with Trent Alexander-Arnold and has, and made twenty-three shots, the fourth-best numbers in the league. Harry Maguire is side-lined with a calf injury, and Luke Shaw missed their Champions League 2 – 1 win against Villarreal with a knock.

The Toffees have won just once in the last twelve Premier League meetings losing 4 – 0 at Goodison Park, the last time the times met, and recent form against the Red Devils has been poor, with three draws and three defeats in the last six. Everton were 2 – 0 winners against the league’s bottom side Norwich City last weekend and will be hoping to keep the momentum going against the Red Devils. Rafa Benitez as a manager, has won twice and lost seven of nine matches at Old Trafford. Andros Townsend has flourished since moving to Merseyside, involved in seven-goal involvements (four goals and three assists) in eight competitions. The former Crystal Palace man scored in their 3 – 1 win against Manchester United last season, hoping to keep the momentum for his new team. Five of the seven goals Everton have conceded have been on their travels. Everton are struggling with injuries which won’t help their cause, with four ruled out (Coleman, Richarlison, Delph, Calvert-Lewin) and there are doubts over three others (Pickford, Gomes and Gbamin).

Prediction: A draw.

Burnley v Norwich

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NorwichForm Guide

Venue: Turf Moor

Sat 2 Oct, 15:00

Referee: Kevin Friend

Quick Glance Odds

H: 17/20 D: 13/5 A: 333/100

About the Game:

Burnley is without a win in heading into the seventh attempt, although they came close to beating Leicester City in their last game, Jamie Vardy scoring with five minutes remaining to rescue a point for the Foxes. t coming so close to beating the Foxes, settling for a 2 – 2 draw. Success for Burnley in the future could revolve around Maxwell Cornet, who followed up an impressive cameo in their 1 – 0 defeat to Arsenal, scoring on his full debut against Leicester City. However, Cornet is unlikely to feature after suffering from a hamstring injury.
Chris Wood, who had his last-minute winner cancelled out for offside, has bagged five goals in four Premier League starts against Norwich City. Aaron Lennon provides pace, while Johann Gudmundsson has a great eye for a pass has one assist to his name. The Clarets have never lost against Norwich in the Premier League, winning by a two-goal margin in the two games. An open invitation for Sean Dyche to marshal his side for a first win of the season against a winnable opposition.

Norwich City has lost their last sixteen matches in the Premier League, failing to score in thirteen of those games. They lost 2 – 0 in their last game, against Everton, to extend their poor run, having failed to collect a single point from the possible eighteen points. In this campaign, they are the lowest goal scorers with just two goals in six games. Todd Cantwell could return to boost the team’s attack after missing the last two matches due to personal reasons. Billy Gilmour was a notable absence in their defeat against Everton to win the midfield dominance to cover for their misfiring attack and a leaky defence. However, Teemu Pukki is the team’s heart as the scorer of their two goals is the player most likely to make things happen for the Canaries.

Prediction: Burnley to win.

Chelsea v Southampton

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SouthamptonForm Guide

Venue: Stamford Bridge

Sat 2 Oct, 15:00

Referee: Martin Atkinson

Quick Glance Odds

H: 9/25 D: 4/1 A: 15/2

About the Game:

Chelsea has triumphed through a tough start against Arsenal, Liverpool, Tottenham, and Manchester City, winning twice, drawing once (Liverpool) and losing once (Manchester City). The Blues now have favourable fixtures against Southampton, Brentford, Norwich, Newcastle, and Burnley. Thomas Tuchel has lost four Premier League games in his time with Chelsea, three of them coming at Stamford Bridge. Last weekend, they lost to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City 1 – 0, conceding only the second goal of this campaign. Romelu Lukaku scored three goals in five games and managed fifteen shots, fourteen in the box and six on target. The striker has nine goals in his twelve games against their hosts.

Both legs in this fixture produced a scoring draw, a 1 – 1 at St. Mary’s Stadium and a high scoring 3 – 3 at Stamford Bridge last season. The Saints have yet to win a game but have drawn four games scoring four goals this campaign. Of the four draws, two are very credible draws against Manchester United and Manchester City. However, this will be equally a tough test and a busy shift for the Saints defence against one of the title favourites. Southampton has made this stadium one of their favourite destinations and has collected nineteen points from twenty-two league games at Chelsea. Only Aston Villa (27) and Crystal Palace (21) have a better record. Adam Armstrong has made nineteen shots more than any of his teammates and has created six chances meaning he has been involved in 25 of his team’s 75 attempts.

Prediction: Chelsea  to win.

Leeds United v Watford

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WatfordForm Guide

Venue: Elland Road

Sat 2 Oct, 15:00

Referee: Simon Hooper

Quick Glance Odds

H: 18/25 D: 3/1 A: 7/2

About the Game:

The Whites have had a shaky start to the Premier League with injuries and suspensions. They lost 2 – 1 to West Ham despite scoring first conceding twice in the second half to deny Leeds United their first win right in their hands. They have the second-worst defence conceding fourteen goals, only eclipsed by Norwich, who have conceded two more. Moreover, they have conceded at least two goals in their last three home games with an open market for three or more goals as they have in the last five games. Bielsa builds a reputation for outscoring the opposition, but a knee injury to Patrick Bamford and Raphinha limping off over the weekend dents the aggressive attacking approach. Pascal Strujk return from a three-game suspension could bolster the backline as Luke Ayling, Robin Koch, and Diego Llorente; would rather change the training camp to a recovery ward. are either ruled out or rated as doubtful.

Watford has been flourishing in the Premier League adventure following their 3 – 1 win against Norwich with a 1 – 1 draw against Newcastle United. Ismaila Sarr is second to Mohammed Salah (fifteen) on shots, with the Senegalese’s Senegalese’s eleven of his sixteen attempts being on target, including the four goals he has scored. Tom Cleverley was forced out at halftime will be a huge boost if he recovers on time as their most dominant midfielder. Emmanuel Dennis has two goals, while Joshua King on two assists provides an auxiliary attacking threat. Seven goals scored is a motivating tally as the best numbers for the bottom ten teams. Xisco is building a resilient side that will challenge survival if not securing safety early in the season. They won’t won’t play on the front foot but have the artillery surprise the counter-attack with their attacking toysplayers.

Prediction: Leeds to win.

Wolves v Newcastle United

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NewcastleForm Guide

Venue: Molineux Stadium

Sat 2 Oct, 15:00

Referee: Graham Scott

Quick Glance Odds

H: 33/50 D: 3/1 A: 4/1

About the Game:

The Wolves resurgence has started, and they will be hoping to record consecutive wins when they host Newcastle. Adama Traore and Ruben Neves were surprisingly left out of their 1 – 0 triumph against Southampton. It was a bold statement by Bruno Lage, and it would be interesting how the two who are likely to jump back the starting line-up respond as they don’t have a goal involvement yet. Raul Jimenez will be confident after scoring his first goal in almost a year, with his last goal at the Molineux coming against Newcastle back in October 2020. The home side is the second-lowest scorers managing three goals; only Norwich (two) have a worse record. They have lost the last four home matches in the Premier League and have failed to score in the last three home games. Francisco Trincao could have a chance to flourish after he gave an exciting display against Watford. The 21-year-old last scored in the 4-0 win in the Carabao Cup victory over Nottingham Forest.

It is a fixture that is yet to produce a clean sheet as both Newcastle and Wolves have scored in all their twelve encounters against each other. Remarkably Eeight of the twelve games have ended by a 1 – 1 scoreline, including each of the last five in a row; , which is quite a fascinating stat. Steve Bruce’s Bruce’s side won five of the last eight games to avoid relegation last season. However, they have started this campaign slowly and on the loware without a win in the opening six, losing three and drawing three. That said, Allan Saint-Maximin is earning himself a legendary status at St. James Park hasand has either assisted (three) andor scored (two) of the in five of the seven goals the Magpies have scored, showing his immense value to the team. The 24-year-old has with a goal involvement in each of the last four appearances. Newcastle has a better attack than their hosts with seven goals against a team that is yet to score on their turf, raising their prospect to earn their first three points of the season.

Prediction: A draw.

Brighton v Arsenal

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ArsenalForm Guide

Venue: AMEX Stadium

Sat 2 Oct, 17:30

Referee: Jonathan Moss

Quick Glance Odds

H: 21/10 D: 9/4 A: 137/100

About the Game:

Brighton has had plenty of joy against Arsenal as they have a similar tactic of possession football and tiki-taka passing. There is nothing in the previous six games between the two with two wins each and two draws. They have been comfortable facing the Gunners at the Amex Stadium, winning three of the last four Premier League games. Graham Potter’s seven home clean sheets are only eclipsed by Chelsea and Manchester City, who have nine each. The Seagulls missed a huge opportunity to top the table, forced to settle for a draw after conceding early against Crystal Palace in a 1 – 1 draw. It was, however, a good result as they played poorly for a large part of that game and only gained a point thanks to Neal Maupay’s goal on 94 minutes. Maupay has scored the winning goal in two of three appearances against their weekend visitors. In contrast, Danny Welbeck has netted in his last three matches against his former team, but he is sidelined with a hamstring injury. Yves Bissouma missed the draw against Crystal Palace will have the fans sweating for his return to match up to their opponents’ midfield talent.

Arsenal could be serious contenders for the top four if they can consistently replicate the performance against Tottenham and work on keeping their players fit. There was a nostalgic feeling in the game against their neighbours, with the tactics deployed belonging straight out of Arsene Wenger’s playbook. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, who copied Thierry Henry’s celebration when he scored, is starting to get into form, as are several of the younger generation. Bakayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe both scored and assisted in the game to win 3 – 1 in the North London derby in front of their noisy fans who rose to the occasion. Arsenals’ biggest problem has been their defence over the years. Still, in the last three games, Arteta has a definite back four and solid defensive midfielder in Thomas Partey to provide cover. Lack of European football will keep the team fresh as they blend the new signings who have performed well. If the team turns up as they did against Spurs, this should be an easy win with Aubameyang, who has five goals in the last five in all competition, looking good value @7/5 to score at any time.

Prediction: Arsenal to win.

Crystal Palace v Leicester City

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LeicesterForm Guide

Venue: Selhurst Park

Sun 3 Oct, 14:00

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Quick Glance Odds

H: 21/10 D: 12/5 A: 13/10

About the Game:

Patrick Viera’s Viera’s side is unbeaten in their three league matches at Selhurst Park (one win, two draws), conceding just one goal. Palace has one clean sheet in the last four conceding six goals. Wilfred Zaha has bagged forty-nine goals (two this season) and could become the first Eagle player to reach the half a century milestone. The London side has lost three in the last four games against the Foxes and hoping to turn the tide after losing to Liverpool and drawing 1 – 1 against Brighton. However, Palace could not hold on to an early lead from Zaha’s Zaha’s penalty conceding in the last gas seconds of additional added time. Conor Gallagher has two goals, and one assist provides a creative touch to the team’s team’s attack and is the player who can create chances.

Brendan Rodgers side came from behind twice to draw 2 – 2 against Burnley in their last match, and although Jamie Vardy scored an own goal, he made amends by scoring two to rescue the point. Vardy has been directly involved in six (five goals, one assist) of his teams seven goals doesn’t seem to be slowing down. Since turning thirty years, the maestro has eighty-nine goals and is just four goals shy of Ian Wright, who scored ninety-three. Youri Tielemans has been a key player this campaign, picking up where he scored the famous winner in the FA Cup final last season against Man City. The Belgian has produced back to back assists with his ten shots and creating seven chances. The Foxes have not kept a clean sheet in the last five games and have conceded two or more goals in four of these five matches.

Prediction: Leicester to win.

Tottenham v Aston Villa

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Aston VillaForm Guide

Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

Sun 3 Oct, 14:00

Referee: Chris Kavanagh

Quick Glance Odds

H: 11/10 D: 13/5 A: 12/5

About the Game:

Nuno Espirito Santo has inherited a host of problems in the Tottenham team, which were somewhat hidden by the fact they had won three consecutive games at the beginning of the season. However, three consecutive defeats have changed the landscape and exposed the deficiencies in the team. Tottenham have conceded nine goals in the last three league games, a 3-0 loss against Crystal Palace, 3-0 against Chelsea and a humiliating 3-1 loss against Arsenal. Tanguy Ndombele, the player who can take up the number ten role, beats defenders well but doesn’t have an eye for the final pass. Dele Alli’s only goal involvement was the converted penalty in their 1 – 0 win against Wolves despite playing in all their games coming off in their defeat against Arsenal. Heung Min Son has been involved in ten goals (six goals, four assists) in eleven outings, including three of the teams four goals. Harry Kane came off the bench and grabbed a hattrick in their routine 5-1 win against Mura in their midweek Europa Conference League game, and they will need the England captain to get back to his prolific best sooner rather than later.

Aston Villa beat Tottenham 2 – 1 at this stadium the last time they faced each other and will be confident coming into this match. Villa comes into this game on the back of a 1 – 0 win against Manchester United, following a 3 – 0 win against Everton. Danny Ings has scored six goals in his last appearances against Spurs in all competitions, including four in his last three. The England international has been on the losing end in four of the last five matches, which he has scored, including three in a row. Ings has two goals and two assists; Leon Bailey is still missing after scoring one goal and providing two assists. Mathew Cash has been inspirational, storming down the right-wing and scored in their win against Everton. Dean Smith has to motivate the team to disappoint the big boys, especially with Spurs looking low in confidence.

Prediction: Tottenham to win.

West Ham United v Brentford

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BrentfordForm Guide

Venue: London Stadium

Sun 3 Oct, 14:00

Referee: Peter Bankes

Quick Glance Odds

H: 4/5 D: 5/2 A: 15/4

About the Game:

West Ham has been going from strength to strength, with Michail Antonio the one of the main reasons centre offor the team’s team’s success. The England international came straight from suspension to score the winning goal in their 2 – 1 win against Leeds United. hHe is one of the the best performing players in the Premier League this campaign and has been involved in eight goals (five goals, three assists) in five appearances. David Moyes side has lost just once this season in the 2 – 1 defeat to Manchester United and will be confident against a newly promoted team but have a tough adjustments to make with their European adventures. The Hammers have Said Benrahma (three goals and two assists) to deputise Antonio with Jarrod Bowen. He is a constant nuisance to defenders despite not getting his goal involvement numbers up so far with just one assist this campaign.

Brentford has a wide goal-scoring threat boasting seven different scorers, a tally only bettered by Manchester City (nine) and Chelsea (ten). Since February, the Bees have lost just one of their nine London derbies (winning five, drawing three) and losing at Queen Park Rangers. This season, they are yet to lose in London, beating Arsenal 2 – 0 and a goalless draw at Selhurst Park. Ivan Toney has two goals and two assists and is the attack’s brains with great ball movement, unselfish, and instinctive finishing. His partnership alongside Bryan Mbeumo poses a constant threat for defences on the counter-attack as their best fighting chance. They will be full of confidence after securing a 3 – 3 draw against Liverpool in the last match.

Prediction: West Ham to win.

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Cumulative Odds
Manchester United v Everton
A draw 
Chelsea v Southampton
Chelsea to win
Leeds United v Watford
Leeds to win
Brighton v Arsenal
Arsenal to win
Liverpool v Manchester City
A draw

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Author: Jeremiah Payne