After being rudely interrupted by the international break, Premier League football is back this weekend with pacesetters Liverpool handed an early chance to stretch their lead at the top of the table as they kick proceedings off at home to Newcastle.
Here are our predictions for Gameweek 5 plus our look at where the value could lie in the latest Premier League odds…
Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 5
Saturday, all 3pm unless stated
LIVERPOOL VS NEWCASTLE UTD, 12:30
The lowdown: One of the all-time classic Premier League fixtures thanks to THAT 4-3 game in the nineties, this game typically delivers drama in spades. Newcastle nearly killed Liverpool’s 2019/20 title challenge stone dead when the two sides met at St James’ Park last May. A late goal from Divock Origi meant the Reds’ title dreams went all the way to the final day as they ran out narrow 3-2 winners. At Anfield, they should have more than enough firepower to exploit Newcastle’s defensive vulnerabilities.
Verdict: The Reds to keep up their winning run. 3-1
Best Bet: Back Georginio Wijnaldum to score at any time at 149/50.
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION VS BURNLEY
The lowdown: Graham Potter’s ambitious new attacking style at Brighton has won plenty of plaudits – not least from Pep Guardiola. For the short term, however, it’s points rather than performance that will be foremost in the Seagulls boss’ mind. Burnley have become something of a bogey team for the South Coast side, with the Seagulls without a win against the Clarets either home or away since 2013. A lack of clinical finishing from the home side could mean that run continues on Saturday.
Verdict: Potter’s Seagulls to be stifled by an organised Burnley. 1-1
Best Bet: Back a score draw at 16/5.
MAN UTD VS LEICESTER CITY
The lowdown: Expect a few jitters at Old Trafford this weekend as Utd look to end a run of three league games without a win and make amends for their sloppy 1-2 home defeat against Crystal Palace last time out at Old Trafford. Brendan Rodgers will be looking to maintain Leicester’s unbeaten start on the road. History suggests Utd could be in for a good afternoon, with the Red Devils winning eight of their last nine home games against the Foxes.
Verdict: Another afternoon of frustration at Old Trafford. 1-1
Best Bet: Back Man Utd to win the first half and the draw at full-time at 29/2
SHEFFIELD UTD VS SOUTHAMPTON
The lowdown: Chris Wilder’s side will be aiming to show last fortnight’s impressive 2-2 fightback against Chelsea was no fluke. The Blades currently look the promoted side most adept at coping with the step up in class. They will be eyeing up all three points against a Saints side that have yet to fully convince despite a respectable points return.
Verdict: The Blades to continue their impressive start to the season. 2-1
Best Bet: Back Sheffield Utd to be leading 1-0 at half-time at 7/2.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS CRYSTAL PALACE
The lowdown: Spurs fans will have fond memories of last season’s fixture with their London rivals, as they opened their account at their state-of-the-art new ground with a patient 2-0 victory. Mauricio Pochettino would more than settle for that result after a lethargic start to the new campaign. Crystal Palace will be looking to build on a better-than-expected start, but have lost all eight of their last meetings against Poch’s side.
Verdict: Spurs to battle to a much-needed victory. 3-1
Best Bet: Back Tottenham Hotspur to win from behind at 37/5.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS VS CHELSEA
The lowdown: It’s a rare Saturday outing for Nuno’s side, who may well be one of the few managers thankful for the interruption provided by the international break. With the recent gruelling run of back-to-back Premier League and Europa League games temporarily coming to an end, Wolves will fancy their chances of imposing themselves on a Blues side still trying to find their rhythm under Frank Lampard. The home side took all three points here last season with second-half goals from Raúl Jiménez and Diogo Jota.
Verdict: Nuno’s side to finally get off the mark. 2-1
Best Bet: Back Wolves to win 2-1 at 19/2.
NORWICH CITY VS MANCHESTER CITY, 17:30
The lowdown: Man City were at their ruthless best before the international break as they dismantled a Brighton side trying to take them on at their own game. It could be a similar story as they take on a Norwich City side this weekend that have already shown they refuse to be intimidated into changing their open playing style. Expect Daniel Farke’s side to have a go – potentially opening the door to a heavy home defeat with City unlikely to be wasteful when opportunities present themselves.
Verdict: A harsh lesson for the new-boys. 1-4
Best Bet: Back both teams to score & over 3.5 goals at 33/25.
AFC BOURNEMOUTH VS EVERTON, 14:00
The lowdown: Little wonder this game has been picked for live coverage. The stats suggest a goal is never too far away when these two teams clash. Three of their eight Premier League meetings to date have served up 3-3, 6-3 and 2-2 scorelines so it could be a busy afternoon for the ‘keepers on the South Coast. The Cherries will be looking to exploit a Toffees side that have so far looked toothless on the road. Given the carefree approach both sides often take to this fixture, expect that to change this weekend.
Verdict: Expect a goal fest at the Vitality. 2-2
Best Bet: Back over 3.5 goals at 42/25.
WATFORD VS ARSENAL, 16:30
The lowdown: Watford’s hire-and-fire policy is back with a vengeance with Javi Gracia becoming the first Premier League manager to leave his post during the international break. The Hornets will be welcoming back a familiar face in the dugout as Quique Sanchez Flores retakes the reigns at the Hertfordshire club. The Spaniard faces a baptism of fire in his first game against an Arsenal side full of attacking firepower. Can Flores address the defensive issues that ultimately told for his predecessor at Vicarage Road?
Verdict: No new manager bounce for Flores. 1-3
Best Bet: Back a goal between 31 and 45 minutes at 121/100.
ASTON VILLA VS WEST HAM UTD
The lowdown: Villa’s solitary win of the season came under the floodlights at Villa Park. Can they pick another precious home win on Monday night? Dean Smith’s side have impressed in patches since returning to this level and look more than capable of keeping their heads above water, but need to be wary of more battle-hardened opponents at this level pouncing on any lapses in concentration. West Ham could be a bellwether as to where Villa’s season is heading. Can they nullify a quietly-impressive Hammers attack for the whole 90 minutes?
Verdict: West Ham to steal the win. 1-2
Best Bet: Back both teams to score in the second half at 33/20.
Odds correct at time of writing but may be subject to change.
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