Liverpool are the early pacesetters at the top of the Premier League, but their 100% record could be tested this weekend as they make the tricky trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley on Saturday afternoon.
This weekend also sees old rivals Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur serve up the first North London derby of the season, with Unai Emery’s side looking to take full advantage of Spurs’ rocky start to the new campaign.
Here are our Premier League predictions for Gameweek 4…
Premier League Predictions 2019/20
Saturday, all 3pm unless stated
SOUTHAMPTON VS MAN UTD, 12:30
The lowdown: The Saints will smell blood after Crystal Palace managed to catch Utd off guard at Old Trafford last weekend. Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side got the rub of the green against a dogged 10-man Brighton side as they struggled to convince before eventually picking up a first victory of the season. This should be a better test of where they currently stand.
Verdict: Utd to get back on track. 1-2
Best Bet: A penalty kick to be awarded at 113/50
CHELSEA VS SHEFF UTD
The lowdown: Frank Lampard is finally off the mark after his Blues’ side bagged the spoils in an entertainingly open game against Norwich. The Chelsea boss will now be looking for his first home win against another newly-promoted side – although expect the Blades to be less forgiving at the back. Chris Wilder wasn’t happy with his side’s performance against Leicester – could he get a reaction here?
Verdict: Chelsea’s class to eventually shine through. 2-0
Best Bet: Christian Pulisic to score at any time at 9/5
CRYSTAL PALACE VS ASTON VILLA
The lowdown: These two sides will be feeling a whole lot more comfortable after picking up precious wins last weekend. Palace badly need a home win to help banish the Selhurst blues that dogged their entire 2018/19 campaign. Villa won the last meeting between these two clubs in 2016 – a rare win during Remi Garde’s ill-fated spell with the club.
Verdict: Honours even in south London. 1-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score and a draw at 61/20
LEICESTER CITY VS BOURNEMOUTH
The lowdown: Brendan Rodgers’ side have made a solid start to the 2019/20 campaign, but the Northern Irishman will be aware of the importance of strong home form if the Foxes are going to realistically close the gap on the top six. The Cherries will be looking to bounce back after defeat against reigning champions Man City.
Verdict: The Foxes to snatch the win. 2-1
Best Bet: Joshua King to open the scoring at 33/5
MAN CITY VS BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION
The lowdown: City will be chomping at the bit to get back to winning ways at the Etihad after being denied victory last time out against Tottenham. The home side will be confident of doing so against a team that have yet to take a point off them since arriving in the Premier League. Graham Potter caused City plenty of problems with Swansea last season and will be looking to repeat that formula with his much-improved Seagulls side.
Verdict: No magic wand for Potter. 3-0
Best Bet: A goal in the first 15 minutes at 34/25
NEWCASTLE UTD VS WATFORD
The lowdown: Steve Bruce silenced his critics for the time being at least as Newcastle snatched all three points at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium last Sunday. He’s now got the perfect platform to build on that win as the Magpies host a Watford side increasingly heading towards crisis mode. Javi Gracia badly needs a point before the international break, but can take encouragement from the Hornets’ last trip to St James’ Park – a 2-0 victory in last season’s FA Cup.
Verdict: More woe for Watford. 2-1
Best Bet: The first goal to be a header at 39/10
WEST HAM UTD VS NORWICH CITY
The lowdown: Norwich City are fast establishing themselves as the 2019/20 Premier League’s great entertainers – even if that means the eventual result doesn’t end up going in their favour. Expect them to subject a Hammers defence that can often look shaky under pressure to plenty of scrutiny this weekend. Manuel Pellegrini will be hoping for more heroics from new star man Sebastian Haller.
Verdict: Throwing caution to the wind to prove costly yet again for the Canaries. 3-2
Best Bet: West Ham to win from behind at 33/5
BURNLEY VS LIVERPOOL, 17:30
The lowdown: Liverpool had the luxury of taking their foot off the gas as they cruised to a 3-1 win in their first major test of the season against Arsenal last weekend, but may need to dig in deep against a Clarets side that can notoriously make life difficult for visiting teams at Turf Moor. The Reds have had to play a waiting game for their last two victories here, with all of their goals coming in the second half on both occasions.
Verdict: Dyche to make life difficult for the Reds. 1-2
Best Bet: A 0-0 draw in the first half at 63/25
EVERTON VS WOLVES, 14:00
The lowdown: Both sides navigated tough cup tests in midweek. Everton became the latest Premier League outfit to find a trip to Lincoln City a far tougher ask than anticipated, while Wolves extended their European adventure by knocking out Serie A side Torino in the Europa League qualifiers. With both tipped to take the ‘Best of the Rest’ billing this season, this could be an open game at Goodison.
Verdict: Sunday’s action to open in style. 2-2
Best Bet: The score draw at 33/10
ARSENAL VS SPURS, 16:30
The lowdown: One of the Premier League’s biggest grudge matches looks set to light up Sunday afternoon as Arsenal and Spurs meet at the Emirates. The timing of this North London derby is particularly interesting, with both sides knowing victory here will be a huge early psychological blow to their opponents’ top four aspirations. With Mauricio Pochettino looking increasingly unhappy with his current situation, Arsenal will be looking to further dent their rivals’ fragile confidence after only 15 points from their last 15 league games.
Verdict: North London bragging rights for Emery. 2-1
Best Bet: Arsenal to win and under 3.5 goals at 13/5
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