We’re four weeks into the new campaign and the Premier League is as unpredictable as ever. Have a gander at the tips below to aid your weekend’s betting. Remember to bet carefully and responsibly.
Yes, you heard me right. Sunderland have failed to win any of their opening four games in each of the last four Premier League campaigns, but that could change this weekend with victory at Villa Park. Both sides were involved in high scoring Capital One Cup ties against lower league teams in midweek, so Tim Sherwood and Dick Advocaat will be looking to shore things up at the back; it’ll be a tight contest unlikely to feature many goals. Jermain Defoe bagged a hat-trick for the Black Cats against Exeter City, the third of which being his fifth of the season in all competitions. Maybe Tottenham should have a look at him… This is one of those games that could easily go either way. Defoe’s form means it could swing in the visitor’s favour.
Swansea City’s Gomis could become only the eleventh player to score in each of the opening four games of a Premier League campaign. Manchester United are yet to concede a goal in the league this season, and if they keep another clean sheet it will be the first time they’ve kept five in a row since early 2013 during Sir Alex Ferguson’s final season at the club. Gomis is in fine form, though, and will likely test the Red Devils’ back four. Interestingly, Wayne Rooney is one of the ten players Gomis could join in the record books; he managed eight goals in the first four matches of the 2011-12 campaign and is 5/1 to open the scoring at the Liberty Stadium.
It would be best to add this to your BTTS accumulator given the short odds. Bournemouth will still be on a high after their four-goal haul at Upton Park last weekend, but conceding three goals against a poor West Ham side made their defensive frailties evident. Leicester have scored seven goals in their opening three league games. In their ranks they have the Premier League’s form player, winger Riyad Mahrez. Like Gomis of Swansea, Mahrez will join the four-successive-games club with a goal - he is is 11/4 to score at any time. There is potential for a goal fest here, but a 1-1 draw would suffice.
This will be Tony Pulis’ first match back at the Britannia Stadium since he was manager of Stoke City. He has faced Stoke twice since leaving, recording 1-0 home wins with Crystal Palace and West Brom. The Potters and the Baggies are winless so far, so a narrow win for either side is entirely possible. I’m going for a third consecutive 1-0 win for Pulis against his former side.
Aston Villa vs. Sunderland - AWAY WIN
Bournemouth vs. Leicester - HOME WIN
Chelsea vs. Crystal Palace - HOME WIN
Liverpool vs. West Ham - HOME WIN
Man City vs. Watford - HOME WIN
Stoke vs. West Brom - AWAY WIN