Premier League Weekend Betting Preview – Week 5
Premier League games are coming thick and fast as we enter what is often referred to as the business end of the season – the final few months of fixtures. After a full set of midweek matches, all Premier League teams return to action at the weekend with some high profiles encounters. The standout, nonetheless, remains Sunday’s head-to-head between top four chasers Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspurs.
In the reverse tie back in October, a Harry Kane inspired Spurs side swept Liverpool away. A brace from the Tottenham spearhead, alongside goals from Dele Alli and Heung-min Son, meant the home team ran out 4-1 winners – although the Reds’ defending left much to be desired. Since then, Jurgen Klopp’s side haven’t completely addressed their defensive worries, but the acquisition of the planet’s most expensive defender Virgil Van Dijk, will surely have an impact on their solidness.
At Anfield Liverpool have got to be favourites. They remain unbeaten there in the league, with seven wins recorded and five draws. Their recent FA Cup loss to West Brom, however, highlights that they aren’t invincible. Spurs will take hope from that – and they need to grasp some optimism from somewhere after failing to beat a top six rival away in their last 10 attempts. In fact, the Londoners have only managed one win at Anfield in their last 20 visits.
Some stats can be brushed off as meaningless, but there seems to be a serious issue with belief for Mauricio Pochettino’s men when they travel to one of their nearest rivals. They don’t play with the same confidence or swagger that they would do at home – even if that “home” is Wembley. When you compare their away woes to how Liverpool play at Anfield – an attacking tornado which attempts to destroy all in it’s path – there’s only one winner here. Back the Reds to take a vital win in the race for the Champions League at 26/25 with Marathon Bet.
A player to watch out for is Sadio Mane – the Senegal superstar destroyed Spurs last season at Anfield, bagging a brace and terrifying the London club’s backline with his pace. He also shone in last season’s 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane, and seems to thrive when playing against former boss Pochettino – perhaps because he was linked with a move to London before joining the Reds. Whatever his motivation is – bare in mind he missed the 4-1 loss – he is a very good shout as an anytime goalscorer at 2/1 with Ladbrokes.
Another interesting match this weekend is Arsenal versus Everton. The principal pre-match narrative will focus on Theo Walcott’s return to the Emirates just weeks after leaving the club. His new side are going through a rough patch – well, a tough season in fact. Despite sitting in the upper half of the table, hopes were high at the Merseyside club at the start of the season, with some outlets dubbing them Champions League challengers. That hasn’t been the case, but the additions of Walcott and Cenk Tosun in attack, coupled with the return of Seamus Coleman, suggests that they could end the season strongly.
We can’t say for certain, however, as the Toffees have proven that spending doesn’t always correlate to success. That’s good news for Arsenal, though, whose major winter transfer joined as part of a swap deal. Henrikh Mkhitaryan will likely make his full debut after coming on from the bench against Swansea midweek. He’ll be an important player going forward for Arsene’s Wenger men, filling the gap of the departed Alexis Sanchez.
Arsenal have never lost to Everton in Premier League at the Emirates, and have already seen rivals Spurs brush the Toffees aside at home. The Gunners to win can be found at 3/10, hence worth placing alongside in an acca. Close the odds by backing an Arsenal win and under 3.5 goals at 2/1 with BoyleSports. Arsenal have scored at least two goals in 13 of their last 15 home league matches, however in this fixture more than three goals has only happened on one of the last seven encounters at the Emirates.
Another intriguing tie is between high-flying Burnley and league leaders Manchester City. The Clarets have proven what a tough unit they are to break down – in their recent home match against Manchester United, they limited their opponents to just two shots on target. Obviously, one of those two chances went in, but Sean Dyche’s side will be optimistic going into the clash. They wouldn’t wish injury on any player, but they would’ve been relieved to hear that Leroy Sane won’t be facing them – the injured German bagged two goals and two assists in the reverse tie.
Whilst City have been involved in some high-scoring games this season, don’t expect this one to have guaranteed goals. The home side play an effective counter-attacking game at Turf Moor, as proven in that clash with United recently. They’ll put City under pressure, which could see the away side struggle to be as creative as they normally are. We’re still expecting an away win – found at 5/18 with Bwin – but there are other great odds worth backing. The standout, however, has to be for City to win and under 2.5 goals at 12/5 with Betfred.
For a final weekend flutter head to Huddersfield’s game with Manchester United at Old Trafford. The Terriers have failed to score in nine of their last 11 away Premier League games, whilst the Red Devils have won nine of their 11 matches at home. Given those stats, a home win to nil seems a likely occurrence, and can be found at 4/6 with BoyleSports.
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