It’s time for round seven of the Premier League betting tips. As we approach the seventh week of the Premier League season, and with no midweek Champions League and Europa League outings weighing heavy on the legs of big names, punters have some fantastic fixtures to look forward to over the course of Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Ten matches are scheduled to be played across the three days with four shown live on TV courtesy of BT Sport and Sky Sports. It’s a quieter than normal Sunday, with only one game being played. The bulk of interest goes on Saturday afternoon and it’s great to see a half-dozen ties pack the fans favourite 3.00pm slot.
Our team of resident football betting experts have run the rule over four wagers worth investing your stake money on…
West Ham v Man Utd
West Ham continued to climb the ladder following a poor start to the season. The Hammers have picked up four points from the last six available to them. They have risen to 17th thanks to a stunning 3-1 win over Everton at Goodison Park and surprise 0-0 at home to Chelsea last Sunday. The Blues, hot favourites before kick-off, finished the match with 72% possession and 17 shots at goal. However, they couldn’t find a way past Fabianski who left the field a relieved man.
Man Utd has been far from convincing themselves in the early exchanges. Unimpressive stats of 3-1-2 leave The Red Devils stuck down in seventh; they already eight points off the pace set by Liverpool. Jose Mourinho’s underachievers recovered from a slow start. They managed to string together a three-match unbeaten run, showing two wins and a draw. The spare came last week when being held to a bitterly disappointing 1-1 home share with a plucky Wolves. However, they fully deserved something for their efforts.
Red Devils Deserve Place in Your Accas
There’s plenty of work still to be done in Stratford but there’s no doubt they are moving in the right direction. Manager Manuel Pellegrini’s short-term aim will be making the East Londoner’s difficult to beat and, therefore, we expect them to defend deep and look to frustrate their opponents. The locals proved their stomach for a fight when standing strong against a Chelsea side who arrived with a 100% record and they’ll adopt similar tactics here.
The home win is unlikely, according to traders, with Coral’s 7/2 about a West Ham victory the general feeling at the time of writing. A draw isn’t too much better, 11/4 up for grabs when shopping at William Hill. That leaves the away day as jolly and supporters eager to follow the market will have to make do with cramped odds, 888Sport serving 3/4. A tough afternoon lies ahead for The Red Devils, but that price will do a job in accumulators and we’re happy to have a go.
Arsenal v Watford
We have a fascinating London derby at the Emirates Stadium from 3.00pm on Saturday as Arsenal and Watford lock-horns. The Hornets go into the weekend two places and one point above their hosts but The Gunners will see this for what it is, a real chance to leapfrog Watford and drive themselves into the top-four picture, sending out a message to the rest of the division. Unai Emery wants to return the glory days to Arsenal and he’s desperate to prove it. Fans were fearing the worst in the early days, but they needn’t have worried.
Watford has been the surprise package in the first few weeks and they kept pace with both Liverpool and Chelsea after four games. Javi Gracia’s team lost their 100% record when falling to Man Utd at Vicarage Road a fortnight ago and could manage only a point when away to Fulham last time. Gray gave his employers an early lead, bulging the net inside two minutes, but his teammates were unable to safeguard the advantage, Mitrovic drawing the sides level on 78. That’s the way it ended.
Gunners’ Progress to Continue
Two sides who are more than capable of putting in a winning shift but are just as likely to slip-up and ruin their recent good work. You couldn’t help but be impressed by Watford in the opening weeks, but it looks like their bubble has burst and they’ll begin the long slide down the charts. They have the players to beat relegation, but a European finish strikes us as being highly unlikely.
Arsenal is favourites for the points, as you would expect, with 2/5 going at most firms, including bet365. The draw is second favourite across the board at 4/1 and some firms are confident enough to go 6/1 (Coral) the away day. A nice price on Watford, of course, but not quite nice enough to tempt us into backing them with our hard-earned cash. Instead, we’ll chance both teams to score in an Arsenal victory at 13/8 – top price when betting with Betfred.
Man City v Brighton
The defending champions and ante-post title favourites haven’t been as impressive as many expected in the first half-dozen weeks, but they are unbeaten to date and stand at 5-1-0, leaving them two points off top spot. The Cityzens have won each of their last three and dealt out a harsh lesson to Cardiff when playing across the border last weekend, waltzing to an emphatic 5-0 win. Aguero, Silva, Gundogan and a Mahrez double won the points. Bluebirds were limited to just two shots on target and one corner all match.
Brighton secured a fabulous win over Manchester United at Falmer Stadium back in August However, they’ve been unable to claim another maximum since; they suffered two defeats and a pair of draws landing them down in 13th. They are currently three points better than the relegation zone. The Seagulls got nothing out of their match with Spurs last Saturday despite giving a good account of themselves. Kane and Lamela struck to ease the pressure on Pochettino before Knockaert scored deep into stoppage-time at the end of the game. It was too little, too late, they were dumped by the better team.
How Will the Light Blues Win?
Manchester City will feature on most accumulators this weekend. There won’t be many – even diehard Brighton fans – who will fancy the home side to lose. City has a point to prove at both ends of the pitch; everyone in the home dressing room will know this is the perfect match to showcase the desire that exists to claim two-in-a-row. City scored five last week and it wouldn’t surprise us to see them go close to repeating that here.
The match prices have Man City at 1/11 to win and that’s actually one of the better offers around. The draw has been written off at 10/1 with most major bookies and you can forget about backing The Seagulls, a jaw-dropping 35/1 there to be shot at. It’s not impossible, of course, it just won’t happen. That leaves backers with a question to answer – how will the light blues win?
Pep’s boys lost at home to Lyon in the Champions League. However, they’ve won their last two Premier League matches without conceding a goal. They smashed Fulham 3-0 at this venue before dishing out that 5-0 thumping to Cardiff. Stick with the form side and back them to win to nil at 4/6. Another for your multiples, Coral and Ladbrokes trade best price.
Chelsea v Liverpool
This will be the second meeting of these sides in a week following Wednesday’s EFL clash at Anfield. Sarri looked to be shrewd when admitting his players were a step behind league leaders Liverpool following their draw away to West Ham on Sunday. Therefore, a big performance is expected. The squad are looking to prove they are a match for anyone at this level, and serious about pushing for the title. A win here would see The Blues pass The Reds.
Liverpool is the only side in the top-flight still holding onto a 100% record. Will that still be intact come Saturday night? Jurgen Klopp’s ambitious bunch sit 6-0-0 with 14 goals scored and only two conceded. They beat PSG by the odd one in a five-goal thriller in midweek but showed no signs of a European hangover. They made light work of Southampton when scoring three first-half goals to win 3-0.
Title Challengers to Cancel Each Other Out
Matches involving Chelsea and Liverpool have been low-scoring affairs in recent seasons. Therefore, we expect, given what’s on the line here, another quiet day in front of goal. We believe both sides will cancel each other out.
Under 2.5 goals makes sense at a handy 23/18. Bet at Unibet to ensure you get the most for your money. After something a bit bigger to add more spice to the occasion? The draw appeals at 13/5 (Unibet) and that’s easier to trust than either side to win, Liverpool at 7/5 or Chelsea 9/5.
Man Utd win @ 3/4 (888sport)
Both score and Arsenal win @ 13/8 (Betfred)
Man City win to nil @ 4/6 (Coral)
Chelsea v Liverpool under 2.5 goals @ 23/18 (Unibet)
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