The latest weekend of Premier League football begins on Saturday when eight of the 10 matches take place across a day where we will see the league table continue to take shape at both ends of proceedings.
We are back to a traditional Saturday this week with two TV matches bookending the action and then a host of games in the usual 3pm slot where the regular places will carry all of the updates to those ones.
Early Kick Off
The action begins at Villa Park in the lunchtime kick off where Aston Villa will look to build on their win over Chelsea last weekend when they host a Brighton and Hove Albion side who could well be rivals with the Villans for a European place at the end of the season, much like they were in the previous campaign. Brighton have hit the ground running this term and Villa have looked good in spells so we should be treated to an entertaining starter ahead of the rest of the action on the day.
We have six matches in the traditional 3pm slot on Saturday with the champions Manchester City the headline attraction in those games. They will take their perfect Premier League record to Molineux to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers who might feel the full force of the Citizens after their Carabao Cup exit in midweek. Arsenal will look to make ground in behind City when they head to the Vitality Stadium to take on a Bournemouth side who still haven’t won a match in the Premier League. Manchester United took some heat off themselves with a win at Burnley last weekend and they’ll look to follow that up when they host Crystal Palace.
The other three matches sees the three promoted sides going for their first win of the season. Luton Town begin the weekend as the highest placed of them and they probably have the best chance of a victory when they head to Goodison Park to take on an Everton side who have eased the pressure on themselves with a couple of wins over the last week. Burnley will head across to St James’ Park to take on a confident Newcastle United side while Sheffield United will look to bounce back from their mauling at the hands of Eddie Howe’s men when they make the trip to the capital to take on West Ham United.
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On the face of it, it looks like the best has been saved for last on Saturday as the pick of the matches comes along in the evening kick off where Tottenham Hotspur will look to continue their much more promising start to the season than was expected when they host a Liverpool side who are being touted as the only team who could realistically challenge Manchester City for the title this season. If that happens to be the case then the Reds would have to come away from the capital with all three points. Tottenham could announce themselves as top four contenders if they can be the first team to beat Liverpool this season.
I was tempted with a couple of bets over the course of the day but the goal line in the late match is just a fraction high for what I wanted to take so I’ll go with the one bet which comes in the form of Manchester City to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers by more than a goal. I saw Wolves with my own eyes last week and they were very ordinary at best and I just don’t see how they contain the champions, particularly with Manchester City smarting from going out of the Carabao Cup in midweek.
Wolves have played two home matches this season and lost them both by more than a goal and even though they were down to 10 men for long periods, they allowed Luton Town to have 20 shots last week and if they do that to Haaland and co then they are going to pay the price. All bar two of City’s wins this term have been by more than a goal. The two that weren’t were against Newcastle a few days after the Super Cup final and at Sheffield United where the way that game went they win that by more than a goal nearly every time if it was played again given that they missed a penalty and a stack of good chances. Unless they miss a barrel load of chances here I expect City to cover a -1.5 Asian line.
Back Manchester City (-1.5AH) to beat Wolverhampton Wanderers for a 3/10 stake at 2.00 with Bet365