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English Premier League: Gameweek 5 Preview

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The domestic scene was kicked in overdrive with the return of the Champions League in midweek but the gift that is the Premier League just keeps on giving.

The action gets underway on Friday before Saturday is headed up by Liverpool and Palace alongside Arsenal’s quest for a second win this season. Sunday is truly super! Manchester United clash with West Ham before the feature for this week closes out proceedings in North London! Make sure to check out that feature piece, but in the meantime, enjoy the look at the action with a decadent 5/1 treble for our weekend dessert.

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Friday 17 September

Newcastle 2/1
Draw 51/20
Leeds 5/4

Newcastle is yet to pick up significant points this season but that isn’t a true reflection on their performances so far this season. Against Manchester United at the weekend, they looked to ask questions of a side which outclassed them in every position, and whilst the scoreline might have been 4-1, they were far from disgraced.

Leeds will never stray from their expansive approach, but they have struggled so far this term as well. They are the ultimate opposition for a side like Liverpool considering the space they concede behind to facilitate their attacking prowess.

They will both want a positive result and that usually means the game goes either way, end-to-end and exhilarating…or flat. I won’t split them, but I think goals might be the order of the day. Over 2.5 goals at 13/20 could be how we get our weekend underway.

Saturday 18 September

Wolves 9/10
Draw 22/10
Brentford 34/10

There was certainly a ton of value about the Wolves win at Watford, and I’m happy to announce that the same can be said about their fixture this weekend. Their attacking threat is clear, and their control of the game is becoming more and more apparent.

Brentford continue to ‘rip up trees’ as they say. They are now five weeks into the season and have conceded just two goals. Their hunger and enjoyment in defending is refreshing and it’s the sort of attitude which will keep them up this season.

However, at 9/10 there is plenty of value around a good side, playing in front of their home fans.

Norwich 11/10
Draw 23/10
Watford 47/20

I’m not sure what to make of this game. Norwich was bossed by Arsenal at the weekend and Watford were simply played off the pitch against Wolves. Neither side inspire too much confidence nor did either put up much of a performance.

It’s the sort of game that could go either way and I’d stay away from it if possible.

These sides will cancel each other out – but don’t expect a thriller.

Burnley 28/10
Draw 24/10
Arsenal 1/1

Arsenal not only scored their first goal of the season, but they got their first win! Mikel Arteta would have needed that and so did his players. Backing the Gunners at even money is tempting but I have concerns over their ability to play through a side who are happy to tuck in and defend at home.

Burnley are excellent at making a game a little scrappy – don’t confuse that with a lack of quality. As soon as the game descends into a game of patience and physicality the Clarets come alive and players like Chris Wood show up and hurt you.

My shrewd betting side is screaming for the Arsenal punt (and I wouldn’t discourage throwing some loose change at it) but I think this ends as a draw.

Manchester City 1/7
Draw 7/1
Southampton 15/1

Talking about enticing prices, the more City win the better their prices will be and surely, they slip up eventually? I hope we are all on the money that day – something tells me around the 6th of November might be the day…

Southampton don’t have the quality to cause this City side any issues and they don’t have the discipline or patience to frustrate the champions either. 7/10 about City keeping a clean sheet is the tip.

Liverpool 2/9
Draw 56/10
Crystal Palace 11/1

This game could be very interesting indeed. I was impressed with the shape and system Palace employed against Spurs at Selhurst Park last time out. The dynamic movement of Wilfried Zaha, the clear pressure put on Spurs’ wide players as well as the content nature Palace played with out of possession was noticeable and credit to their young manager.

Liverpool eventually started to look like their former selves, their potent attack and fluid like movement seemed to take an unwelcomed hiatus…their defensive stability seems to have started to try and root itself again in the Virgil van Dyk and Joel Matip combination…the only thing missing is a pair of glasses for their manager…

2/9 is far too short but Liverpool to win + both teams to score at 18/10 looks sumptuous. I’m still not convinced by their ability to completely snuff out opposition chances and I think if they give Palace a sniff, the Eagles have the talent to get on the scoreboard.

Aston Villa 29/20
Draw 9/4
Everton 19/10

My real concern with Aston Villa lies in how they were dismantled by a Chelsea side who were far from their best. Everton certainly showed a little bit of their better attacking side for parts of their clash on Monday, and I still maintain that the side has enough quality to challenge for higher honours than they currently do.

The Toffees always seem to be that student who has the capability to be dux of the class but takes everything for granted and ends up competing for top ten. Their attacking prowess has been seen this season and backing them to score first and go on to win is priced up at a massive 47/20. Get on.

Sunday 19 September

Brighton 17/10
Draw 43/20
Leicester 33/20

This is an intriguing game; Leicester will come in as favourites, but I’m not sure they should be. These sides are more evenly matched than many punters would care to admit and as a result, I would say proceed with caution.

Brighton lost just one this season and will be confident in restoring their proud home record when they face a Leicester side who will need to do all the work. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Brighton want to play Leicester at their own game and force them to come onto the front foot – something they aren’t the best at to be fair.

There’s no denying Leicester have the quality to win this, but I like the look of the draw. I think the Seagulls will frustrate their visitors and make life as uncomfortable as possible.

West Ham 32/10
Draw 29/10
Manchester United 15/20

15/20 is excellent value. The loss of Mikel Antonio will be huge and sorely felt by David Moyes. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say that it will significantly change the danger the Hammers pose.

Manchester United were excellent, with everything surrounding the game at Old Trafford they knew a serious performance was expected and slowly but surely, they got into the game and delivered. Cristiano Ronaldo was superb and looked a duck in water on his return. This United squad’s quality is only rivaled by their superb record on the road – back the Reds to claim all three.

Tottenham 33/10
Draw 26/10
Chelsea 8/10
TREBLE @ 5/1
Wolves Win 9/10
Chelsea Win 8/10
Man United Win 15/20

Written by Ryan Liberty