United to drop further points? Chelsea, Watford and Liverpool to maintain a 100% win record? The greatest league returns with even more thrills and spills and of course money to be made!
Read on and find out who Eggheads is backing for Game week 4 of the EPL!!
Leicester v Liverpool
Although Leicester lost their opening game to Manchester United, they have had a promising start to the opening month of the League. They followed their 2-1 loss to United with victories against Southampton and Wolves, and recently rinsed Fleetwood in the EFL Cup.
Liverpool is the only side in the topflight yet to concede a goal this season – which really is quite a statement considering their defensive frailty in recent seasons. The attacking threat of Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firminho don’t seem to have suffered from their newfound defensive stability and I think its largely due to the freedom Jurgen Klopp seems to give them.
Leicester is without Jamie Vardy and if I’m honest I can’t see how they will score…Liverpool are almost guaranteed to score and therefore they should win the game. Get on the Reds + over 2.5 @ 7/10.
Brighton v Fulham
Brighton has looked shocking on the road – which was also the case last season – but a really good side at the Amex Stadium. Fulham have seen a boost in confidence though and it seems as though their squad is finally gelling and beginning to understand each other. This could go either way, Brighton are strong at home, coupled with the fact that in the last five meetings they have beaten Fulham, so it’s no surprise to see them as favourites. However, I’m not so sure it’s that simple and at 7/10 both teams to score seems good value.
Chelsea v Bournemouth
Chelsea have been flying under the radar a bit while discussions surrounding Liverpool and Manchester City being destined for League glory swirled around. If anything Maurizio Sarri has succeeded in bringing some vigour to the Bridge!
I’m not convinced on Chelsea’s backline and the way Bournemouth play, we could be in for another spectacle on Saturday afternoon. This has the makings of a high scoring affair and backing over 3.5 goals @ 21/20 looks a solid bet!
C Palace v Southampton
I know Crystal Palace lost two of their opening three games, but truthfully it doesn’t look like The Eagles have much to worry about. They have looked a far better side this season. Southampton has a lot more to worry about. They narrowly avoided relegation and the permanent appointment of Mark Hughes hasn’t exactly been welcomed with shouts of hosanna – and their start has done little to quell fears. At 9/10 my money is on a home win.
West Ham v Wolves
I feel for Manuel Pellegrini. It is beginning to look like this will be another season of misery for West Ham fans and I’m not sure how much of it is the managers fault. In each of their three games they have lost and a defensive collapse has been the root.
This unrest is something Wolves will be hoping to take full advantage of. I’ve been impressed with Wolves and I’m sure they will be desperate to get their first win of the season this weekend – their performances definitely deserve it. I think the Pack will hunt a frail West (silverside) Ham come Saturday and notch up three points. Back them @ 7/4.
Everton v Huddersfield
Everton will want to return to winning ways when the welcome the Terriers to Goodison Park on Saturday afternoon. Big signing Richarlison misses the game but Marco Silva will still have top talent to choose from. Huddersfield has had a slow start to the season and I can’t see past an Everton win here. Back the Toffee’s @ 11/20.
Manchester City v Newcastle
City showed last week that they aren’t as indestructible as some are lead to believe, being held to a 1-1 draw with Wolves. Of course it must be mentioned that the Cityzens were quite unlucky not to score a winner and their attacking attitude won’t change at the Etihad this weekend. Newcastle is a handful at St. James’ (as shown last week against Chelsea) but they are another side who are poor on the road.
I think City has too much for Newcastle to spoil the party, and so you can expect a return to winning ways for the defending champions. For more value back City to score over 2.5 goals @ 6/10.
Cardiff v Arsenal
Cardiff will aim to secure their first win of the season when the welcome Arsenal to the Cardiff City Stadium. The Bluebirds have been impressive defensively but offer very little in front of goal.
If I’m honest, it must be said that for the neutrals among us, this has all the makings of a rather platitudinous game.
I expect the hosts to sit back and defend against the pace of Arsenal’s attack; added to that, Neil Warnock isn’t exactly renowned for his attractive brand of high intensity football.
I’ll take a chance and back both halves under 1.5 @ 33/20
Burnley v Manchester United
Manchester United has had a terrible start to the season. I know its still early days but United cannot afford to allow the gap between themselves and the leaders to grow.
United have injury concerns, but my concern is I still don’t think United have much of an identity. The Clarets are a tough team to beat at home and if I’m honest I don’t have the confidence to put my money on Jose’s men.
I’m going to back a draw @ 26/10.
Watford v Spurs
This for me will be the most entertaining game of the weekend. The Hornets have been scoring goals for fun so far, but they face a tough challenge in Spurs.
Spurs have big ambitions for this season, they did well to hold on to their stars in the window and have already made a massive statement in their 3-0 drumming of United at Old Trafford.
I’m going to go for Spurs/Draw and both teams to score @ 21/20.