After being treated to some entertaining Champions League clashes in midweek, the English Premier League roars back into action with a full set of fixtures and plenty of value on the betting front.
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Friday 23 October
Aston Villa 14/10
Leeds United 19/10
We kick things off with an exciting clash on Friday night as Dean Smith’s Villans host Marcelo Bielsa’s swash-buckling Leeds side. Aston Villa, who escaped relegation on the final day of last season, have made a perfect start to the season with four wins out of four. After winning at Leicester last weekend and thrashing champions Liverpool 7-2 in their last home game, the West Midlands club will look to maintain their 100% start to the season. Beating Leeds is no easy task, but Villa are high on confidence right now with Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley forming a great partnership. The home win is the way to go.
Saturday 24 October
West Ham United 6/1
Manchester City 4/10
Following their 1-0 home win over Arsenal, Manchester City will be looking to make it back to back wins for the first time this season when they travel to West Ham in Saturday’s early kick-off. Pep Guardiola’s side head into the encounter as heavy favourites to win, having won their previous nine meetings against the Hammers, but they’ll need to be wary of the potential upset posed by David Moyes’ men. The east Londoners romped to 4-0 and 3-0 wins against Wolves and Leicester City respectively and produced a superb comeback away to Tottenham last weekend, fighting back from 3-0 down with 10 minutes to go to earn a point. With Kevin De Bruyne unlikely to feature once again, I’ll avoid taking the straight win on the Citizens and instead back Both Teams to Score at 6/10.
Crystal Palace 33/20
Fulham will be desperate to claim their first win of the season when they host Crystal Palace in a London derby on Saturday. The Cottagers have been dreadful upon their return to the top-flight with four losses and a draw from five games. Meanwhile, the Eagles have struggled since their memorable 3-1 win at Man United, suffering back-to-back defeats against Everton and Chelsea before drawing at home to Brighton. In the 2018/19 Premier League season, Palace completed the double over Fulham, winning both ties 2-0. Back Roy Hogdson’s men to secure all three points.
Manchester United 31/20
Sheffield United 9/1
Liverpool’s Premier League title defence has been rocked after their star defender Virgil van Dijk picked up an ACL injury during the Merseyside derby draw against Everton which could potentially rule him out for the rest of the season. Van Dijk’s absence will no doubt be a massive blow to Liverpool’s title aspirations, but the Reds should have little trouble seeing off a winless Sheffield United side who have found the net just twice this season. Take Jurgen Klopp’s men on the (-1) Handicap at 13/20.
Sunday 25 October
Moving onto Sunday now and the first of the day’s three games sees Southampton host Everton. After earning an impressive draw with Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will be looking to return to winning ways at St Mary’s. That will be easier said than done though as they square off against Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton who sit top of the standings, having picked up 13 points from their five matches so far. Games between these two are generally tight affairs and with both teams in fine scoring form, I’m backing Both Teams to Score at 6/10.
Newcastle United 17/4
Sunday’s penultimate fixture sees Wolves and Newcastle lock horns at the Molineux Stadium. Games between these two are generally tight affairs with their last three Premier League meetings ending in 1-1 draws. Wolves, who are aiming to qualify for the Champions League or Europa League at the end of the season, will be determined to claim maximum points this time. It hasn’t been a great start for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side but they seem to have found their rhythm after back-to-back wins against Fulham and Leeds. Newcastle were thumped 4-1 at home to Man United last weekend and I’m expecting another difficult night for Steve Bruce’s men. Back the home win.
Leicester City 28/10
Arsenal host Leicester City in Sunday’s final fixture. Both sides have won three and lost two of their five matches played but Mikel Arteta’s men will be confident of securing maximum points at the Emirates, having beaten the Foxes 2-0 in their own backyard in the Carabao Cup last month. The Gunners gave Man City a real run for their money last weekend, going down 1-0 at the Etihad, unlike Leicester who were outplayed in their 1-0 home defeat against Aston Villa. Jamie Vardy’s calf injury kept him out of that match and Brendan Rodgers will be hoping to have the former England striker available and not on the sidelines like Wilfred Ndidi and Caglar Soyuncu. The home win is tipped confidently – include them in all multiples.
Monday 26 October
West Brom 34/10
For all of the plaudits surrounding Brighton, Graham Potter and Tariq Lamptey, Albion have picked up just four points from their five games and will be without captain Lewis Dunk for the next three matches following his late sending off in the 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace. The Seagulls have been unlucky in some of their results but they also have to improve, while Potter will be hoping Danny Welbeck can discover his goalscoring form after joining on a one-year deal. If Brighton can’t beat winless West Brom at home, then Percy Tau might not be the only player they’ll look to add to their squad in January. I’m not overly confident, especially with Dunk suspended, but I’ll back the home win here.
Tottenham travel to Burnley in the final match of the round. Despite failing to win on their last two trips to Turf Moor – earning a 1-1 draw last term before losing 2-1 in the 2018/19 campaign – Spurs will be confident of grabbing maximum points against Sean Dyche’s side who are on a worrying run of form. The Clarets have been uncharacteristically poor defensively this season and with Gareth Bale likely to start alongside Harry Kane and Heung-min Son, Jose Mourinho’s men could tear open Burnley’s troubled defence. The away win is the way to go.
TREBLE @ 4/1
Liverpool (-1) Handicap 13/20
Arsenal Win 9/10
Tottenham Win 6/10
Written by Chadley Nagel for Hollywoodbets.