EPL: Week Four Preview

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Round four of the EPL gets resumes on the 9th of September. Find out what's worth backing. 

The Premier League returns with some eye-catching matches to look forward to this weekend before the UEFA Champions League gets underway in midweek. Gameweek 4 kicks off with a bang as Manchester City host Liverpool on Saturday in a mouth-watering encounter.

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Saturday 9 September

Manchester City 17/20 | Draw 29/10 | Liverpool 28/10 (13:30)
Manchester City welcome Liverpool to the Etihad Stadium in the early kick-off on Saturday, with Pep Guardiola looking to beat the Reds for the first time since taking charge of the Citizens. Jurgen Klopp’s men are unbeaten in their last five Premier League meetings against City, winning four times.

City haven’t beaten Liverpool in the Premier League since 2014 when they recorded a 3-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium. However, they did get the better of the Reds in February last year to claim the League Cup with a 3-1 shoot-out victory following a 1-1 draw at Wembley. Both sides have started the season with two wins and a draw, but they will be looking to claim a big scalp by getting one over their rivals this weekend.

Liverpool have a great recent record against England’s top teams, especially Manchester City. Klopp’s side have won four of their last five meetings against the Citizens, including an emphatic 4-1 victory at the Etihad Stadium in 2015. I’m backing Liverpool to Win & Both Teams to Score at 9/2. 
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Arsenal 7/20 | Draw 17/4 | Bournemouth 13/2 (16:00)
There’s a negative mood around the Emirates and Arsene Wenger will be desperate for his side to get their season back on track. Prior to the international break, Arsenal suffered a humiliating 4-0 drubbing at Liverpool, their second consecutive loss following a 1-0 defeat at Stoke City. The Gunners have managed to hold onto star forward Alexis Sanchez, but Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has moved to Liverpool.

Arsenal will be happy to face Bournemouth this weekend. They’re unbeaten against the Cherries since they were promoted in 2015/2016, beating Eddie Howe’s side three times. Bournemouth have lost all three of their matches this season and the Gunners should claim maximum points. But with little value on the home win, take Arsenal to Win & Both Teams to Score at 27/20.

Brighton 31/20 | Draw 2/1 | West Brom 2/1 (16:00)
Brighton have had a difficult start to life in the top flight, failing to register a win in their opening three matches. The Seagulls claimed their first point of the season in a goalless draw at 10-man Watford, before suffering back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Leicester City.

West Brom have had an excellent start to the season, going unbeaten in their opening three matches which has propelled them up to fifth place in the early standings. After squeezing past Bournemouth and Burnley, Tony Pulis’ side were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Stoke City before the international break. Pulis made some top signings on transfer deadline day, bringing in Kieran Gibbs from Arsenal and Grzegorz Krychowiak from PSG while managing to hold onto Jonny Evans. The Baggies are priced up at 2/1 – make sure you get on! 

Everton 26/10 | Draw 24/10 | Tottenham 21/20 (16:00)
Everton’s nightmare run continues as they host Tottenham on Saturday. Ronald Koeman's side started off the season with a 1-0 victory at home to Stoke City thanks to Wayne Rooney's magnificent header. That followed with daunting trips to Manchester City and Chelsea. They earned a 1-1 draw against the Citizens with Rooney getting on the scoresheet again, but were outclassed 2-0 by the Premier League champions.

Spurs have suffered a disappointing start to the current campaign, picking up four points from the opening three matches. After winning 2-0 at Newcastle, they suffered a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea and were held to a 1-1 draw with Burnley at Wembley. Mauricio Pochettino did well to strengthen his squad on transfer deadline day by signing right-back Serge Aurier from PSG and Spanish striker Fernando Llorente, having beaten Chelsea to his signature. Everton and Tottenham have canceled each other out in three of their last four meetings at Goodison Park. The sides are tipped to share the spoils at 24/10.

Leicester City 7/2 | Draw 26/10 | Chelsea 15/20 (16:00)
Leicester City welcome Chelsea on Saturday as the last two Premier League title winners face off at the King Power Stadium. Craig Shakespeare's side will also welcome not one former midfielder, but two, as Danny Drinkwater returns to his former club in his first game as a Chelsea player since joining former Foxes star N'Golo Kante in west London following a deadline day transfer.

Shakespeare's side are 15th in the Premier League with three points from as many matches. The Blues lost their opening game of the new campaign 3-2 at home to Burnley, but wins against Tottenham and Everton have seen Antonio Conte’s men get back on track. The Blues will be delighted to welcome back Eden Hazard from injury to link up with in-form striker Alvaro Morata. Chelsea completed a league double over the Foxes last season, winning 3-0 in both fixtures. Back the away win at 15/20.

Southampton 13/20 | Draw 28/10 | Watford 17/4 (16:00)

Southampton are unbeaten in their opening three matches with five points to their name. The Saints have beaten West Ham and claimed goalless draws against Swansea and Huddersfield. Mauricio Pellegrino will be delighted with his side's unbeaten start to the season, but he’ll even be more pleased that the club managed to hold onto star centre-back Virgil van Dijk.

Watford are level on points with Southampton after an opening day 3-3 draw with Liverpool, a 2-0 victory over Bournemouth, before being held to a goalless draw with Brighton last time out. The Saints are unbeaten in their last four meetings against the Hornets, winning twice. I'm backing them to edge a hard-fought encounter. 

Stoke City 11/2 | Draw 31/10 | Manchester United 5/10 (18:30)

Manchester United face a tricky trip to Stoke in Saturday’s final match. Mark Hughes' men lost their season-opener 1-0 at Everton, but they bounced back against Arsenal, with Jese Rodriguez scoring the winner in a 1-0 win at the bet365 Stadium, before earning a 1-1 draw at West Brom.

United have enjoyed an excellent start to the campaign, picking up maximum points from their opening three matches after 4-0 wins over West Ham and Swansea followed with a 2-0 victory at home to Leicester City. Stoke and United canceled each other out in both of their league fixtures last season, but Jose Mourinho’s side are much stronger with the additions of Nemanja Matic and Romelu Lukaku. United are tipped to come away with all three points. 

Sunday 10 September

Burnley 13/10 | Draw 43/20 | Crystal Palace 23/10 (14:30)

Burnley have picked up four points from two trips to London – beating Chelsea on the opening day and then recovering from 1-0 down to earn a draw against Spurs at Wembley before the international break. The Clarets suffered a 1-0 loss to West Brom in their first home game of the season and they will look to rekindle their home form of last season. Turf Moor was their fortress, and of their overall 40-point haul, which proved enough to secure Premier League survival, 32 of them were earned at home.

Sean Dyche’s men only managed to win once on the road last season and that was against Crystal Palace. The Eagles have suffered a dreadful start to the season under Frank de Boer, losing all three of their matches. They were beaten 3-0 at home to newly-promoted Huddersfield, then 1-0 at Anfield against Liverpool, before going down 2-0 at home to Swansea. Back Burnley to pile further misery on De Boer's side. 

Swansea 13/10 | Draw 22/10 | Newcastle 43/20 (17:00)

Swansea have taken four points from their opening three games in the Premier League. After earning a goalless draw at Southampton on the opening day, Paul Clement’s side suffered a heavy 4-0 loss at home to Manchester United, but they bounced back with a 2-0 win away to Crystal Palace before the international break.

The Swans pulled off one of the coups of the transfer window by loaning Renato Sanches from Bayern Munich on deadline day, while they also re-signed Wilfried Bony as a replacement for Fernando Llorente. Newcastle come into this game off a 3-0 home win over West Ham, but prior to that, they suffered back-to-back defeats against Tottenham and Huddersfield. I’m confident the Swans will win here.

Monday 11 September

West Ham 8/10 | Draw 5/2 | Huddersfield 7/2 (21:00)

West Ham have made a dreadful start to the new campaign, despite having a positive transfer window, bringing in the likes of Pablo Zabaleta, Joe Hart, Marko Arnautovic and Javier Hernandez.  The Hammers have lost their opening three games to sit bottom of the table, with Slaven Bilic under increasing pressure. They’ve shipped 10 goals while only scoring two at the other end.

It has been an incredible start for newcomers Huddersfield as they are yet to taste defeat, having collected seven points from nine available while keeping three successive clean sheets. David Wagner's side will be hoping to continue their bright start to the season and I fancy them to get something from this game. Back the Terriers on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 9/10.


Chelsea Win 15/20
Man United Win 5/10
Swansea Win 13/10

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