The Premier League’s week 4 will be headlined by Manchester City and Liverpool, as both clubs test their title credentials in Saturday’s lunchtime fixture. That isn’t the only big game of the weekend as Everton host Tottenham in a match between two teams that have sputtered during the first three weeks of the season. Meanwhile, Manchester United have the opportunity to move to a perfect 12 points from 12 in Saturday’s late game against Stoke.
Manchester City vs. Liverpool
Both teams have phenomenal attacks, yet both need to tighten up at the back to show they are title contenders. Liverpool are expected to have Philippe Coutinho in the team after his transfer saga to Barcelona ended in tears. Whether he will play or not is anyone’s guess. Manchester City haven’t been able to hit high gear yet. The team struggled against Everton in week 2, and another poor performance will make everyone question Pep Guardiola’s transfer purchases.
Latest odds: Manchester City to win: 5/6, Liverpool to win: 11/4, Draw: 3/1
Arsenal vs. Bournemouth
Two teams that have no momentum coming into the weekend. Arsenal are in shambles after yet another terrible transfer window. Bournemouth, on the other hand, have scored just once in three straight losses. Playing at home, Arsenal need a big performance from Alexis Sanchez and new boy Alexandre Lacazette.
Latest odds: Arsenal: 1/3, Bournemouth: 7/1, Draw 17/4
Brighton vs. West Brom
Has there been a team more surprising than West Brom? Okay, maybe Huddersfield, but the Baggies aren’t far off. West Brom have secured seven points from nine and have kept two clean sheets in the process. Brighton still haven’t scored this season, and the club scrambled for more attacking players on transfer deadline day. Will it help? Maybe, but West Brom are better than many will give them credit for.
Latest odds: Brighton to win: 8/5, West Brom to win: 15/8, Draw: 2/1
Everton vs. Tottenham
Will Wayne Rooney play? Some in the media are calling for him to be picked despite his drink-driving charge this week. One thing is for sure, Everton need him. The striker has tallied both of Everton’s goals this term, and no one else has looked likely of scoring. Tottenham aren’t the team they were last term, but a frantic end to the transfer window should help them. Are they top four material? Time will tell, but it’s hard to say they upgraded the team in the offseason.
Latest odds: Everton to win: 11/4, Tottenham to win: 1/1, Draw: 12/5
Leicester vs. Chelsea
The last two Premier League champions will do battle in Leicester, and both teams need wins for different reasons. Leicester have secured just three points, and the Foxes need to distance themselves from the bottom of the table already. Meanwhile Chelsea need to keep pace with the title contenders. Alvaro Morata is in good form for Chelsea, and has already tallied two goals this season.
Latest odds: Leicester to win: 7/2, Chelsea to win: 8/11, Draw: 11/4
Southampton vs Watford
Two teams on five points, and both clubs have potential to cause problems for the top sides in the division. Neither side have lost this term after three matches. Watford look to have found two gems in coach Marco Silva and forward Richarlison. Of course, Southampton have quality in their side too, and the Saints were able to retain the services of Virgil van Dijk.
Latest odds: Southampton to win: 3/5, Watford to win: 17/4, Draw: 3/1
Stoke vs. Manchester United
Manchester United have set the pace for teams in the Premier League this term. The Red Devils have been flying high behind the goals of Romelu Lukaku (three). Stoke have shown fight, beating Arsenal and drawing with West Brom. Although they will put up resistance, Manchester United should be far too powerful.
Latest odds: Stoke to win: 6/1, Manchester United to win: 1/2, Draw: 3/1
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace
Taking points from Chelsea and Tottenham has put Burnley in a great position in this young season, and fans should be excited about the team’s prospects. On the other hand, Crystal Palace are terrible, and the team haven’t scored yet this season. Frank de Boer is on the hot seat and has one game to save his job. A loss to Burnley and the club will cut ties with the sack race leader.
Latest odds: Burnley to win: 5/4, Crystal Palace 23/10: Draw: 11/5
Swansea vs. Newcastle
Another fixture featuring potential Premier League strugglers. Swansea are just one point above Newcastle in the table. Both teams need wins to stave off the chance of an early relegation dogfight. This match probably won’t be pretty, and managers Paul Clement and Rafael Benitz will go head to head tactically to get the best of the other. Swansea should debut Renato Sanches, which will be quite exciting, even if the on-field product isn’t.
Latest odds: Swansea to win: 13/10, Newcastle to win: 21/10, Draw: 9/4
West Ham vs. Huddersfield
The weekend’s final game takes place on Monday as West Ham host Huddersfield. The Hammers have been dreadful despite spending quite a lot of money in the offseason. Slaven Biic is under pressure, and anything less than a win against the newly promoted side will probably see him sacked. Huddersfield have been playing well, and the team have been a breath of fresh air in the Premier League. Huddersfield’s defence has been perfect keeping three clean sheets in three matches. Throwing another shut out wouldn’t be a surprise on Monday night.
Latest odds: West Ham to win: 17/20, Huddersfield to win: 16/5, Draw: 5/2
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