Premier League Matchweek 4 Betting Preview
The second international break of the Premier League season is fast approaching, and this weekend signals a two-week break. But, which teams will be going into the break with a win under their belts?
Manchester United vs Tottenham Hotspur
The most intriguing game of the weekend will see Jose Mourinho return to Old Trafford. It will be the second time that the Portuguese manager has taken his Tottenham Hotspur side to the Theatre of Dreams. Jose will be hoping for a much better result than the one he got last season.
Mourinho was left fuming after their most recent Premier League game, as Spurs were denied three points after Callum Wilson converted a spot-kick after a handball by Eric Dier. The manager was annoyed by the decision, as Dier was facing away from the ball when it happened. It was one of many decisions indicating how big an impact the handball rule change is having. The aim for Spurs this season is a top-four finish, and a victory over United would be a show of intent for the season.
The Red Devils also encountered a dubious match-deciding decision in their game, but it went in their favour. VAR spotted Neal Maupay handling the ball, despite the referee blowing the full-time whistle. The ref then restarted the game in the 100th minute for a spot-kick, allowing Bruno Fernandes to snatch United all three points. A strange decision, but one that means United have now picked up their first three points of the 2020-21 season.
Spurs have won just once in their previous six visits to Old Trafford. That success came in 2018 when Mourinho was still in the hot seat for Man United. This will be an entertaining game, but with both teams not firing on all cylinders, a draw wouldn’t surprise us.
Leeds United vs Manchester City
The past week would have been one of reflection for Pep Guardiola, as he was left pondering after City’s 5-2 defeat against Leicester City last weekend. It won’t get any easier for the Citizens this weekend, as they will come up against the third-highest scoring side in the Premier League at Elland Road.
Defensive issues have plagued Guardiola’s City over the past 12 months, and early evidence this season suggests that those issues are still prominent. Aside from Nathan Ake, the other three defenders that started against Leicester had a part to play in their downfall. Eric Garcia, Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy all gave penalties away in the game, with two of those being converted by Jamie Vardy, who has now scored nine goals against Guardiola’s City.
Leeds have enjoyed an excellent run of results since returning to the Premier League this term, and Marcelo Bielsa may be targeting something more significant than just survival. Only Leicester and Liverpool have scored more than the Whites this season, but there is still a sense that they will concede too many goals. Their reason 1-0 win over Sheffield United was their first clean sheet of the season, but this will be a much more testing fixture.
This will be the first meeting between City and Leeds in the Premier League since 2004, and Leeds have won three of the previous five.
Southampton vs West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion picked up their first point since returning to the Premier League last time out against Chelsea, but Slaven Bilic will be hopeful of going into the international break with a first win of the season under their belts.
The Baggies were excellent in the first half last time out against Chelsea. They went into the break with an improbable 3-0 lead after a brace from Callum Robinson and one for Kyle Bartley. That was exactly the type of performance that the Baggies needed, as they hurried and hassled Chelsea around the pitch. However, their second-half performance saw them give away three goals and they were made to settle for a point. While the Baggies would have taken a point at the beginning of the game, it isn’t good enough to succumb to giving away a three-goal lead in the Premier League.
It had been a difficult start to the new season for Southampton, but they finally registered their first win of the new campaign last weekend. The Saints claimed a hard-fought 1-0 win away at Burnley, with Danny Ings scoring the only goal of the game after five minutes. Ings has now scored three goals in three games this season. The Saints will be hoping to claim three more points against the Baggies to ease any worries that they could get dragged into a relegation scrap.
The Baggies don’t have the best record against the Saints, as they have won just once in the previous seven meetings in all competitions. Southampton have also won the last three in the Premier League with an in form Ings.