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Our predicting skills left a lot to be desired last year, leaving many of you delighted as we dished out the free bets left, right and centre! Undaunted, we're back for more this year and hoping for a better performance ahead of the start of week two this Saturday, with the first game this time round a mouthwatering clash between Manchester City and Liverpool, which kicks-off at 12.30pm.
You'll need your scores in before then as we cover all seven of Saturday's matches for Week 4 of the Predictor.
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Whilst the last set of Premier League fixtures looked – on paper – to be completely dull, this weekend’s bunch start of with a belting early kick-off as a couple of the early top four teams tackle each other at the Etihad Stadium, with Liverpool the visitors. And it’s the visitors who will look forward to this one more than their hosts, if recent history is to continue in their favour.
The Reds have won five of their last eight games against City, with the latest meeting ending in a 1-1 draw back in March 2017. Both sides are yet to lose from their opening three Premier League games so far and there are no new injury issues for either side following the international break. However, for Pep Guardiola, he will be without ex-Red Raheem Sterling following his red card at Bournemouth last time out.
Both of these will have ambitions of finishing in the top four this term at least, and Liverpool fans, in typical Liverpool fashion, are probably believing that this year will definitely be their year.
What We Sayin’?
It’ll be interesting to see how that shaky City defence do against the pace of Sadio Mane and Mo Salah on Saturday. However, with the good record against City for the visitors, we think it has a draw nailed on for this one in this battle of two of the north-west’s big hitters. A 1-1 finish is a decent looking 6/1.
No matter what happens on Saturday afternoon, Arsenal surely won’t be as gutless and spineless as they were at Anfield last time out in the Premier League. It was an extremely quiet deadline day for the Gunners who ended up losing Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain but keeping hold of star man Alexis Sanchez, and it will be interesting to see how the Chilean forward reacts to staying at Arsenal for the next few months at least.
It's been a disappointing start to the campaign for Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth who have lost all three of their games in the Premier League so far. However, it’s fair to say they have been unfortunate, particularly when you think of Manchester City’s last gasp winner last time out. Worryingly for Howe though is the fact that Arsenal haven’t lost any of their five previous meetings – winning four and drawing one of them.
What We Sayin’?
It will be scrappy and Bournemouth will have a go at Arsenal who are as vulnerable now as they’ve ever been under Wenger’s reign. Bournemouth know no other way to play and will fancy their chances to get something at the Emirates. However, for us we think the Gunners will sneak this one. An Arsenal win and BTTS at 6/4 looks a decent little bet for this one.
One thing we’re certain of prior to a ball being kicked in the Premier League is that Brighton boss Chris Hughton will have earmarked a home clash with West Brom as a game where three points simply has to be achieved. The Seagulls are the only side on one point in the Premier League following their away draw at Watford last time out, but will face a Baggies side flying high in the table at the moment, undefeated in three and with only one goal conceded so far.
The bad news for Brighton fans though is Tony Pulis’ brilliant record against the club. They’ve come up against the Baggies boss on five occasions and have lost every single one of them. They are the club the Welshman has the best record against. Brighton could hand a starting debut to winger Jose Izquierdo, whilst fellow new boy Ezequiel Schelotto will also hope to start following his deadline day move to the Sussex side.
What We Sayin’?
Did you know that 47% of Tony Pulis’ 33 wins in charge of West Brom have been 1-0 victories? We’re going for another 0-1 this time around which is a juicy looking 6/1.
Just like the other fixture involving the other Merseyside team, this is another clash that looks like it should be a cracker. Both sides have high hopes of sneaking into the top four this term and with Spurs awful at Wembley, they will look at this one as a great opportunity to take all three points.
Both teams have had indifferent starts to the campaign, with Spurs feeling the full effects of Harry Kane’s inability to score in the month of August, whilst hosts Everton, have, in truth, had some tricky fixtures to contend with so far this term, alongside their Europa League journey, too.
One worry for Everton is the fact they haven’t beaten Tottenham in the last nine meetings – losing four of those clashes as well. We think this one will be a closely contested fixture, with every Tottenham win in that sequence coming by a one goal margin
What We Sayin’?
Another close encounter at Goodison Park between these two and we fancy Spurs to just about nick it. Spurs to win and BTTS at 3/1 looks an interesting bet to us.
A trip to Leicester means it’s an early trip back to familiar territory for new Chelsea signing Danny Drinkwater, who could make his debut against his old side at the King Power Stadium, where, of course, he lifted the Premier League trophy a couple of seasons ago. N’Golo Kante will be another up against his former employers.
The Blues have recovered well from their opening day home defeat to Burnley, winning at Wembley against Spurs and then backing that up with a win over Everton on home turf. For the hosts, their Drinkwater replacement Adrien Silva can’t play because he was signed after the deadline, which means Wilfried Ndidi will continue in central midfield.
Leicester have looked decent this term despite only winning once from their opening trio of games and can count themselves unfortunate not to be further up the table at this point, but they’ve lost 11 of the last 13 meetings, winning just one of them.
What We Sayin’?
So far in his career Antonio Conte has been up against Leicester on three occasions and has won all three. We’re backing him for another one to the tally. The last two wins have been 3-0 to the Blues. A third one on the trot? 12/1 for that same scoreline.
It’s been a pretty decent start to the campaign for both of these sides who remain unbeaten in Premier League, which is pretty impressive considering they both have new bosses still finding their feet in fresh surroundings. This will be the second time this season already that Watford have made the trip down to the south coast, the last seeing them turn Bournemouth over in comfortable fashion. Will it be more of the same just across the Dorset-Hampshire border?
Well we asked the question and in all likelihood the answer will be a big, fat no. The Hornets have lacked sting against the Saints in the more recent past and are without a win against them in the last six meetings, with the last clash resulting in an entertaining 3-4 home reverse at Vicarage Road.
What We Sayin’?
This will either be a goal-fest or a bore-fest. As we’re very much a glass-half-full organisation, we’re backing the former. We’re behind Southampton to extend their unbeaten record and end Watford’s, but only by a narrow margin – 2-1 to Saints is 7/1.
United have started the season off in emphatic fashion so far with many tipping them to be the Champions come the end of the campaign following their fine, 100% start to the term. In fairness though, maybe we shouldn’t all get too carried away. After all, they’ve not really been tested so far when you take into consideration they have played West Ham and Leicester at home, with a trip to Swansea in-between. Still, you can only beat what’s in front of you, and all that.
For Stoke, they’ve done okay and will still be smarting from the home win against Arsenal prior to the draw with West Brom. But Mark Hughes’ record against Jose Mourinho isn’t great – at all. He’s lost 11 out of the 18 times he’s come up against Mourinho, a record only beaten by Arsene Wenger, funnily enough. Stoke have also only won two of their last 20 games against United, which points to only one outcome for Saturday’s teatime kick off.
What We Sayin’?
United are still yet to concede in the Premier League this season, and unless you’re Arsenal who go hiding when the going gets tough, Stoke away isn’t as daunting as it was back in the day. A United winandBTNTS would be our pick at 13/10.
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