EPL Week 4 Best Picks
Man City vs. Liverpool: The Pick of the Weekend
The pick of the weekend’s games see Man City host Liverpool in the early kickoff on Saturday. Both have a wealth of attacking options and creativity throughout their squads, yet their defending leaves a lot to be desired so we could see one of the most exciting matches in recent times.
City may find themselves joint second in the league (fourth on goal difference) after two wins and a draw, but nobody will argue that Pep Guardiola’s side does not seem to have hit its stride yet. The blue half of Manchester struggled to break down a resolute Brighton defense on the opening day of the season, drew 1-1 at home to Everton, and needed and injury time goal to claim all three points away at Bournemouth. Five goals scored in three games is very unlike Manchester City.
Liverpool on the other hand can’t stop scoring. They have eight goals from their opening three games and have banged in another seven in their two-legged Champions League qualifier game with Hoffenheim. The Reds demolished Arsenal 4-0 in their last game before the international break, with Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane looking unplayable at times.
This fixture ended 1-1 last season after Jurgen Klopp set his Liverpool team out perfectly to counter the City threat. I can see a similar scoreline this time around, which is priced at +750 with Bovada. I’m also a fan of both teams to score and the game ending in a tie at +325 simply because Liverpool have only not scored once in their last 13 games on the road.
Will Spurs Come Unstuck Against the Toffees?
Another intriguing fixture sees Everton invite Tottenham Hotspur to their Goodison Park home. The Toffees have been inconsistent in their opening three games, winning once, drawing once and losing a game from that trio of encounters, as have Spurs, but Everton’s games have been the tougher on paper.
Everton find themselves at the top of a table they don’t want to be in: the injured players table. The Toffees have eight players in the treatment room, although goalkeeper Jordan Pickford and Davy Klaassen could return to the fray on Saturday; wantaway midfielder Ross Barkley is definitely out and probably going to be absent until November.
Spurs have dropped points in both of their home games at Wembley this season with their sole victory coming on the road to newly promoted Newcastle United. Spurs are unbeaten in their previous four visits to Goodison Park having drawn all four games. A similar result is priced at +105 by Bovada but I can see Tottenham returning to London with all three points at +105.
One bet you may want to look at is Harry Kane to get his name on the score sheet. Kane hasn’t scored in the league this season, but looked clinical in front of goal when he lead the line for England against Malta and then against Slovakia, making the +300 for Kane to open the scoring and -110 to score during the 90-minutes look like a solid wager to place.
Prepare For Goals Galore When Arsenal Host Bournemouth
The other match I will be keeping a close eye on is Arsenal at home to Bournemouth. The Gunners are still reeling from their 4-0 away defeat to Liverpool but managed to keep hold of Alexis Sanchez as the transfer window slammed shut and the Chilean ace should be available for selection having returned from international duty unscathed.
Bournemouth are without a win in the league, in fact they have lost all three of their fixtures. Worryingly for them, they haven’t kept a clean sheet in any competition since they faced relegated Sunderland four games from the end of last season; that is 10.5 hours without recording a shutout.
Arsenal need to get back to winning ways and record a win in style to help get their fans back onside and I expect them to do that against this woeful Bournemouth side. The previous three meetings between these two sides at the Emirates have ended 3-1, 2-0 and 3-0 in favor of Arsenal and I can see this game being a high scoring and entertaining affair.
Over three goals is currently being offered at -165 and that looks a steal. Over four goals is +175. I would prefer to back the over 3.5 goals market but that does not seem to be available at present, if Bovada offer that particular market, you should be all over it like a rash.
Week 4 of the Premier League season looks set to be an exciting affair, but will you make any money betting on it while being entertained?
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