English Premier League: Gameweek 5 (Midweek) Preview

It’s the gift that keeps on giving! The league is set to give your week exactly what it so desperately needs! Enough adrenaline, intrigue, and emotion to get you to Friday where…yes you guessed it! We can do it all again!

Last time out we nailed the best bet at a modest 4/1, so of course we’re going in aggressive this week with an audacious quad for your attention!

Tuesday 30 August 

Crystal Palace 11/10 
Draw 49/20 
Brentford 49/20 

Patrick Vieira continues to go about his work, not bothered by the media or the plight of the unhappy fan…and yet all the while his Palace side have been fantastic. Brentford won’t be an easy opponent to necessarily navigate, but Palace are so in tune with the way they are playing how can we not go all in on them? 

11/10 about the home win is a gift

Fulham 22/10 
Draw 23/10
Brighton 13/10 

Tough game to call. Fulham have had a commendable start to their Premier League season, and I think they will be a difficult side to play at home. The crowd at the Cottage is right on top of you and if you can’t quieten them down in the early stages, you’re in trouble. 

Brighton is punching above their weight – and are worthy favourites here. I’m just of the opinion that these sides cancel each other out, but the home fans edge into Fulham’s favour.

Southampton 42/10 
Draw 33/10 
Chelsea 6/10 

Palace is in a great place now. They backed their performance against Liverpool up with a 3-1 hammering of Aston Villa. The Eagles will have a lot of confidence coming into this one and should it have been at Selhurst Park, well I might have been inclined to entertain them a little more. Nevertheless, City will respond, no doubt about it. Get on City and Both Teams to Score (Yes) at 33/20.
Liverpool 1/11
Draw 9/1
Bournemouth 25/1

The strength of character and impenetrable desire to find success at Chelsea has been evident. We are only four games in already and they have shown they can: win from positive starts, fight back to get something out of the game as well as hold on to something waiting for the final whistle. 

Granted, Thomas Tuchel will likely need to go into the market at the rate they are getting red cards, but that’s none of my business. Southampton are tricky, but if United can do it surely the Blues can…I’m tentatively (ok, and maybe sarcastically) backing the away win.
Leeds 12/10 
Draw 5/2 
Everton 47/20 
For me this is a non-entity. At the risk of coming across rather premature, Leeds have been brilliant at home so far this season. They’ve casually swatted away Wolves, Chelsea, and Barnsley with relative ease, and given the struggles at Goodison – Everton aren’t going to change that. 

I’m all over the home win.
Wednesday 31 August 

Bournemouth 5/2
Draw 24/10
Wolves 11/10 

I didn’t think I would say this, but given the recent performances put out by Wolves, they aren’t the worst side to welcome to the Vitality in the shadow of Saturday’s massacre. Everything sad and true about Bournemouth was put on display against Liverpool and surely, they respond. 

Wolves have blown hot and cold, they looked threatening against Newcastle but just couldn’t find the finishing blow. Tricky game, only in that it isn’t as cut and dry as you’d think. Over 2.5 goals is my call here at 15/20.

Manchester City 1/14 
Draw 11/1 
Nottm Forest 28/1 

The fact that there are only three possible outcomes to this fixture, and one of them is 28/1, tells you all you need to know. City haven’t started games at their level best and seem to be quite reactive at the moment. 

Yes, I agree that it is the mindset of a highly successful team – but is it sustainable?

Anyway, I think goals are the way to go here. City don’t start well, and Forest might just not have what it takes to have a go at them, so for me under 1.5 goals in the first half at 19/20 might be the ‘shrewdy’ we can all appreciate.
Arsenal 9/20 
Draw 36/10 
Aston Villa 56/10 

You must appreciate what Mikel Arteta has managed to achieve at Arsenal in his spell as manager. Arsenal plays attractive football, the environment seems incredibly passionate and yet simultaneously playful, oh and they sit on top of the League table! 

Villa is quite literally in the opposite camp now, and I think the pressure on Stevie-G is only going to be compounded after this one. Arsenal is a straightforward bet (even if it might be just tonight this week).

West Ham 26/10 
Draw 26/10 
Tottenham 1/1 
This should be in the same category as a Chelsea v Leicester sort of game (with the added incentive of it being a derby). Of course, this isn’t the case and West Ham remain a sort of ‘coulda, woulda, shoulda’ team in the League. 

They finally earned some points and even scored a goal last weekend! David Moyes would have welcomed that and hoped his side would kick on from there. Spurs on the other hand have been brilliant, and so without further ado: Back them.

Liverpool 3/10
Draw 48/10 
Newcastle 15/2 
Interesting looking game, had it been played at St James’ I might have been enticed to go against the grain…but at Anfield Liverpool should win. At the time of writing, it is still unclear whether Allan Saint-Maximin is full fit – information which is obviously vital for any Newcastle fan. 

3/10 is not good enough for me, but Liverpool on the win/draw double chance an over 2.5 goals at 6/10 is my pick.
Thursday 1 September
Leicester City 23/10 
Draw 28/10
Manchester United 21/20 
To be completely honest, I’m baffled by the betting available here. Leicester are yet to win a game in the League, the uncertainty around their best defender as caused him to be left out of the squad and the real bite for the Foxes (their attack) has been flat and somewhat inadequate so far. 

United have now put together two very different, but equally important wins. They dominated Liverpool at Old Trafford and consolidated that with a gritty, sort of ugly win at St. Mary’s. I’m not saying United go on to win the League, but heaven’s sake 21/20 is a must. 
Quad @ 13/1

Palace @ 11/10
Leeds @ 12/10
Arsenal @ 9/20
United @ 21/20
Written by Ryan Liberty