Fri, Sep 21, 8:57am by Staff Writer
With the Champions League and Europa League commencing midweek, squad rotation may be enacted by some of the league’s big name clubs ahead of this weekend’s fixtures.
Fulham versus Watford
Saturday, 22 September 2018 at 9:30pm (AEST), Craven Cottage
Fulham has recorded only one win this season ahead of its home game against Watford on Saturday night (AEST).
The Cottagers lone win came against bottom-placed Burnley and they are $2.37 favourites to defeat Watford, priced at $2.88. The draw is paying $3.40.
Watford have surprised many with their blistering start to the season, winning four of its first five matches to sit in fourth spot on the table.
They have scored in each of their five games this season and despite the loss of Brazilian Richarlison to Everton, are playing their best football since their most recent return to the Premier League.
Last weekend’s 2-1 loss to Manchester United came despite the Hornets having more shots than their opponents, but a three minute lapse where United scored two goals proved decisive.
Fulham made one of the toughest away trips of the season to Manchester City last weekend and lost 3-0 in an expected defeat.
Their next five fixtures include matches against Cardiff, Bournemouth, Arsenal and Everton, so a win this weekend is crucial for them as they are currently 15th on the table.
Watford are underdogs because they’re on the road, but are paying $2.10 in the draw no bet market and are the side in better form at present.
Best bet- Watford draw no bet at $2.10
Cardiff versus Manchester City
Sunday, 23 September 2018 at 12am (AEST), Cardiff City Stadium
It is the relegation favourites Cardiff hosting the title favourites Manchester City in a battle of minnow versus champion on Sunday morning (AEST).
Cardiff is priced as a $21 home underdog, with City a $1.12 favourite. The draw is paying $8.
The Bluebirds are yet to win this season, but have picked up two draws and sit in 17th spot on the table.
City has secured 13 points from five matches and are coming off a 3-0 win against Fulham at home.
Manchester City play a Champions League fixture against Lyon on Thursday morning (AEST) and despite its enormous squad depth, may not be at its ruthless best this weekend.
Both of their away fixtures this season have featured under 2.5 goals, with that market paying $2.79 for this match.
Over 2.5 goals is a very short $1.40, with oddsmakers expecting the visitors to pile it on against a newly-promoted side.
Cardiff has scored a goal in its past three matches, making the City to win to nil market at $1.67 rather skinny as well.
Back under 2.5 goals and hope for another Neil Warnock coached staunch defensive display.
Best bet- Cardiff and Manchester City under 2.5 goals at $2.79
Brighton & Hove Albion versus Tottenham
Sunday, 23 September 2018 at 2:30am (AEST), Amex Stadium
Brighton salvaged a two-all draw with rivals Southampton on Tuesday morning (AEST) and now faces a challenging home fixture against Tottenham.
Spurs are $1.67 favourites to win the match, with Brighton paying $4.50. The draw is $3.75.
Tottenham returns to league action after a 2-1 defeat to Inter Milan in the Champions League. It was disappointing result for Spurs, who conceded in the 88th and 93rd minute to lose the match.
Their league form has been uninspiring and they have lost their past two games to Watford and Liverpool.
A match against Brighton should give them the impetus they need to get their season back on track.
Last season Spurs beat Brighton 2-0 at Wembley before settling for a point in the return fixture in April.
Pascal Grob cancelled out Harry Kane’s early second half goal, despite Spurs owning 64 per cent of the possession.
The Seagulls have not been disgraced this season and defeated Manchester United at home 3-2 on matchday two.
They have goals in them this season and have scored five goals in two home fixtures so far. They can sneak a draw against an out of form and road weary Tottenham side.
Best bet- Brighton and Tottenham draw at $3.75
English Premier League Matchday 6 Odds
Fulham $2.37 Draw $3.40 Watford $2.88
Leicester $1.57 Draw $3.75 Huddersfield $6
Manchester United $1.53 Draw $4 Wolves $6
Burnley $2.80 Draw $3.25 Bournemouth $2.50
Crystal Palace $1.91 Draw $3.40 Newcastle $3.75
Cardiff $21 Draw $8 Manchester City $1.12
Liverpool $1.17 Draw $6.50 Southampton $15
Brighton $4.50 Draw $3.75 Tottenham 1.67
West Ham $6 Draw $4.20 Chelsea $1.45
Arsenal $1.50 Draw $4.33 Everton $5
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