Premier League preview – We bring you our best tips for the weekend action
A thrilling weekend of Premier League action is in store once again, kicking-off with the eagerly-awaited Manchester derby at lunchtime on Saturday.
September 9th, 2016
The 2016/17 Premier League season is still very much in its infancy, however we’re starting to see how the landscape may look like at the top of the table toward the latter stages of the season.
The summer months saw a few managerial upheavals with Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea all having new men at the helm. Indeed, with these clubs splashing out on a host of top-quality talent, we’re starting to see dividends being paid as they head into the weekend with three wins apiece from their opening three games. Can they continue this momentum and remain in contention for the ultimate Premier League prize at the end of the campaign?
There have already been a few surprises with Leicester City suffering a very unexpected defeat to newly-promoted Hull City on the opening day. A mixed-bag of results for the reigning champions has resulted in them languishing in a mid-table position alongside Arsenal and Liverpool. Should any of these sides harbour ambitions of challenging for a top-four position any time soon, then they really do need to get their acts together and piece together a winning run.
Down at the other end of the league table we see a few familiar faces. Sunderland, Bournemouth and Watford sit on a single point apiece alongside Stoke City and Crystal Palace. OK so only three games have been played and it is very early days, however the danger is all too present and points need to be picked up by all these sides.
We could see the table change completely this weekend however and we’ve picked out what we believe to be the stand-out bets for the weekend ahead…
Manchester United v Manchester City – Saturday 10th September
This is the highlight of the weekend and plenty of cash has been aimed at both a Manchester United win and a Manchester City win, although in reality there really is little to separate these teams as things stand. Indeed, we’re of the opinion that the best possible bet on this weekend’s Manchester derby is ‘Both Teams to Score’.
Ageing Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been enjoying some excellent form since his arrival at Old Trafford from PSG during the summer with a tally of three Premier League goals so far, however Sergio Aguero, Nolito and Raheem Sterling have been no slouches themselves with two goals apiece. Aguero won’t be taking part in this match, however there are plenty of players who could get onto the scoresheet on Saturday so going ‘Both Teams To Score’ really is the way forward, either as part of an accumulator or as a stand-alone bet.
Arsenal v Southampton – Saturday 10th September
The Gunners have failed to impress at all this season with an opening-day home defeat to Liverpool incurring the wrath of already-frustrated fans, their anger vented mainly mainly towards their under-spending boss Arsene Wenger.
The response was £100million worth of new talent although the question remains as to whether or not this was money well spent. Arsenal forced reigning Premier League champions Leicester City to settle for a single point from the 0-0 draw in their second outing and a subsequent 3-1 victory away to Watford may hint at slightly better things to come for the North Londoners. Will this be the case this weekend when Southampton come to town? We believe so and three valuable points will be clinched with relatively little fuss against a Southampton side which have yet to get a win under their belts this season.
Burnley v Hull City – Saturday 10th September
Both the Clarets and the Tigers have provided us with surprises this season – Burnley by beating Liverpool 2-0 at Turf Moor and Hull City enjoying unexpected victories over both Leicester City and Swansea City.
While the Clarets may have offered little else, Hull City have confounded all of their critics and proven that the numerous off-field problems at the KC Stadium are having few effects on player-morale. Will Hull pick up another valuable three points this weekend? We believe that they will and at excellent odds of 23/10 for a Tigers victory, we could well be looking at the pick of the weekend.
Swansea City v Chelsea – Sunday 11th September
Should Manchester United v Manchester City end all-square on Saturday, Chelsea would be presented with the chance to create space between themselves and the Manchester duo at the top of the Premier League table. Will this spur the Blues on to victory in South Wales this weekend? It certainly will. Antonio Conte’s men have proven their title credentials already this season and with seven goals so far from their first three Premier League outings, we could see a goal-fest at the Liberty Stadium. Just don’t expect Swansea to be contributing.
Sunderland v Everton – Monday 12th September
Sunderland may have plenty of company at the bottom of the table with five sides all sitting on just one point apiece, however it is likely that the Black Cats will be worrying more than most given their relegation near-misses of recent seasons. Will Sunderland be presented with the chance to climb away from the foot of the table at the Stadium of Light on Monday evening? We don’t believe so. Ronald Koeman’s Toffees side are playing with confidence and we feel that an away win looks to be the most likely conclusion to this match.