Fri, Sep 14, 9:55am by Staff Writer
The English Premier League returns after a break for the opening round of the UEFA Nations League. There are a number of interesting clashes this weekend, headlined by league leaders Liverpool’s visit to Wembley to take on Tottenham.
Tottenham versus Liverpool
Saturday, 15 September 2018 at 9:30pm (AEST), Wembley
A meeting between title contenders kicks off this weekend’s English Premier League fixtures as Tottenham hosts Liverpool at Wembley.
The Spurs are $2.70 underdogs for this home game with Liverpool priced as $2.40 favourites. The draw is paying $3.50.
The Reds have started this campaign as they ended the previous and are in dazzling goal scoring form. They had a last start 2-1 win against Leicester at the King Power Stadium, with a goal keeping error by Alisson the only blemish to the Reds’ defensive record this season.
It has been a good start to the season for Spurs as well, but a loss to Watford in their most recent fixture will disappoint coach Mauricio Pochettino, considering the Spurs owned two-thirds of the possession in that game.
Matches between the two teams have historically been won by Liverpool, but it was Spurs who romped to a big win the last time these two played at Wembley.
That was in October last year and two goals to Harry Kane were important in a 4-1 win for Spurs.
In their second meeting last season, a late Harry Kane goal salvaged a draw for Tottenham, after Mo Salah scored in the 91st minute to give Liverpool the led. The match ended in a 2-all draw.
Prior to last October, Spurs had no beaten Liverpool since 2012 at White Hart Lane.
It is hard to go past Liverpool in this one, but Spurs have the power up front to match the Reds in what should be an entertaining match. We are tipping a draw, as the Spurs won’t want to drop points at home. Matches after an international break are always cagey, particularly in the first half.
Best bet- Tottenham and Liverpool to draw at $3.50
Huddersfield versus Crystal Palace
Sunday, 16 September 2018 at 12am (AEST), John Smith’s Stadium
The 17th placed Huddersfield Giants host the 15th placed Crystal Palace in a crucial fixture for both sides on Sunday morning.
Huddersfield is a $3.10 outsider to win the match, with Palace the $2.40 favourites. The draw is paying $3.
The Terriers are winless through four matches this season, but have picked up two draws.
Palace boasts a single win and three losses from four matches.
In its last game against Southampton, Crystal Palace was without Wilfred Zaha and they struggled tremendously. They fell 2-0 to the then winless Saints.
Huddersfield draw one-all with Everton in a surprise result at Goodison Park. Philip Billing put the visitors ahead but their lead lasting only two minutes, as Dominic Calvert-Lewin equalised.
In their meetings last season, it was the Eagles who won both games.
Almost a year ago an early Bakary Sako goal was enough for Crystal Palace to win 1-0 at Selhurst Park. In the return fixture in March, goals to James Tomkins and Luka Milivojevic secured a valuable three points for Palace.
Huddersfield conceded nine goals in its first two games, but those matches were against Chelsea and Manchester City. Where their goals will come from will be a bigger concern to coach Dave Wagner and with Zaha back in the lineup, Palace will be too strong, despite its poor away record.
Best bet- Crystal Palace to win at $2.40
Watford versus Manchester United
Sunday, 16 September 2018 at 2:30am (AEST) at Vicarage Road
Few would have predicted that when these two sides met in the fifth week of the 2018-19 English Premier League season that it would be Watford that were the undefeated side.
The Hornets have dazzled to start the new campaign, with four wins on the trot to sit in third place on the table.
They host Manchester United at Vicarage Road on Sunday morning as $4.20 underdogs, with the visitors paying $1.83 for the win. The draw is paying $3.40.
The pressure eased on United coach Jose Mourinho after a 2-0 win at Burnley last time out. Prior to that, United had been trounced 3-0 by Tottenham at home in an uncharacteristically lethargic performance from the Red Devils.
Watford stunned Tottenham to win 2-1 at Vicarage Road a fortnight ago and will be hoping for another upset result this weekend.
As expected, it is Manchester United with a strong winning record against Watford. United has won five of its past six games against the Hornets.
Watford’s lone win was a stunning 3-1 win in September, 2016. Last season United won 4-2 at Vicarage Road, with three goals in the first half giving them a decisive half-time lead.
This fixture has not ended in a draw since Watford returned to the Premier League three seasons ago and given their hot start, we think they can sneak a win in this one. Take the draw no bet for added insurance.
Best bet- Watford Draw No Bet at $3.06
English Premier League Matchday 5 Odds
Tottenham $2.70 Draw $3.50 Liverpool $2.40
Newcastle $4 Draw $3.60 Arsenal $1.83
Bournemouth $2.37 Draw $3.30 Leicester $2.88
Huddersfield $3.10 Draw $3 Crystal Palace $2.40
Manchester City $1.10 Draw $10 Fulham $21
Chelsea $1.14 Draw $7 Cardiff $18
Watford $4.20 Draw $3.40 Manchester United $1.83
Wolves $1.57 Draw $3.50 Burnley $5
Everton $1.83 Draw $3.50 West Ham $3.75
Southampton $1.91 Draw $3.25 Brighton $3.75
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