Premier League Matchweek 5 Betting Preview
The Premier League returns this weekend after the international break. There are a number of huge games taking place this weekend, with implications at the top of the league table. Fans will be hoping for more of the drama that was taking place before the international break, but could there be some more shock results?
Everton vs Liverpool
The action in the Premier League returns with a huge Merseyside derby on Saturday. Everton will go into the first derby of the season at the top of the league, while Liverpool will be looking to get their recent 7-2 mauling at the hands of Aston Villa out of their system.
An In Form Everton
The Toffees haven’t beaten Liverpool for ten years, but this could be their best chance in recent history. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has been one of the stars of the season already, as he has scored six goals in four games. That form has seen him called up to the England squad, and make his international debut during the recent international break.
Everton come into this game having won four from four in the Premier League, and no team has scored more goals than them so far this season. They won their last game in the Premier League 4-2 against Brighton & Hove Albion. Calvert-Lewin scored in that game, while there was also a brace for James Rodriguez. However, this will be their first big challenge of the season this weekend.
Liverpool Look to Bounce Back
There will need to be a reaction from Liverpool this weekend as they were toothless in their last league game against Aston Villa. Defensively they were weak throughout, and in truth, they could have lost by more than seven. Only West Bromwich Albion have conceded more goals than the defending champions so far this season, and Adrian will once again be in goal for the Reds.
Liverpool’s excellent record against the Toffees stretches back to 2010, but Liverpool haven’t won at Goodison Park since 2016. This could be an entertaining draw between the two Merseyside rivals.
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Manchester City will welcome Arsenal to the Etihad having failed to win in their last two Premier League games. Meanwhile, Arsenal have recovered well since being beaten for the first time this season against Liverpool. The Gunners won their last league match against Sheffield United, with Nicolas Pepe among the scorers in the 2-1 win.
However, the Gunners haven’t beaten City at the Etihad since 2015. They will come into this will confidence though, as they beat City in the semi-final of the FA Cup back in July. Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang scored the two goals in that win. It does certainly feel that the Gunners are back on the right track under Mikel Arteta, but a top-four finish remains the aim for the club this season.
City’s last game in the Premier League was against Leeds United, but they were held at Elland Road by the returning Yorkshire giants. Defensively there are still issues surrounding City, but they will feel confident that their positive record against the Gunners will count for something in this fixture.
Tottenham Hotspur vs West Ham United
There could be a second Tottenham Hotspur debut in his career for Gareth Bale this weekend, as it has been reported that he is nearly at match fitness. The setting couldn’t be more perfect, as one of his most memorable moments in a Tottenham shirt came against the Hammers in his final season with the club before moving to Real Madrid.
Spurs couldn’t come into this fixture in better form, as they hammered Manchester United 6-1 before the international break. Harry Kane and Heung Min-Son both scored braces in that win, and both will likely look to continue their excellent scoring records this weekend.
West Ham have also turned a corner over recent weeks in the Premier League, as they have won their last two. They have beaten Wolverhampton Wanderers and Leicester City, and scored a combined total of seven goals and haven’t conceded. David Moyes will be back on the touchline this weekend, but it’s hard to see past Tottenham continuing their excellent run of form.