Liverpool will try to maintain their 100 per cent record this term at Tottenham, while Chelsea will do the same at home to Cardiff
The fifth round of action is set to get underway this weekend in the FA Premier League, with early season pace setters Liverpool and Chelsea both looking to keep their 100 per cent starts to the season. Liverpool travel south to take on Tottenham while Chelsea host newly promoted Cardiff City, and on the Sunday Everton will look to climb the table at West Ham’s expense.
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First up, Tottenham host Liverpool looking to bounce back from defeat to Watford last time out. However, they will have their work cut out for them against a rampant Liverpool outfit which looks like genuine contenders for Manchester City’s Premier League crown.
Liverpool sit top of the table on goal difference, having won all four of their games and having shown the ability to ground out results in difficult circumstances. And this will be another tough encounter – Spurs won the corresponding fixture last season 4-1.
But Liverpool’s recent record on the road is good, winning 10 of their last 16 away games, and they are capable of stealing all the points here as well. Three of the last six matches between these two teams have ended in a draw however, and with the two sides so evenly matched that is a possibility here as well.
Nevertheless, it is visitors Liverpool who come into this match as the favourite to make it five wins from five at the start of the season at a price of 2.40. Tottenham are out at 3.00 to take the points, with a 2-1 win for Liverpool is priced competitively at 10.00 – you can also back over 2.5 goals in the game at 1.66.
Chelsea looking to keep own record intact
Maurizio Sarri has made an excellent start to life at Stamford Bridge and will hope to continue his own 100 per cent start to the season when Cardiff City come to town on Saturday afternoon (15 September). Chelsea sit second and have scored 10 goals in their four outings thus far, and will surely fancy their chances of a goal fest this weekend.
Cardiff are yet to win a game this term and have scored just two goals in four league games to date. This could be a long afternoon for Neil Warnock and his technically limited band of men.
Chelsea come into this match as the overwhelming favourites to take all three points and stay on Liverpool’s coat-tails. The Blues are at just 1.18 to pick up another win, while Cardiff are all the way out at 19.00 to record their first league win of the new season.
But this could well be a chastening afternoon for the Welsh club. A comprehensive, 3-0 win for Chelsea is priced at just 7.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$37.50 pay out.
Everton look to kick start season against West Ham
And finally, this Sunday afternoon will see Everton have the perfect opportunity to give their season a boost when they welcome West Ham United to Goodison Park. The Toffees have won just one game so far this term but remain undefeated, having drawn the other three.
West Ham, however, remain rooted to the foot of the table and are the only side not to have picked up a single point so far. They also have the joint-worst defensive record, having leaked 10 goals at an alarming rate of 2.5 goals per game.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, it is Everton who are the favourites to pick up their second league win of the season. You can more than double your money by backing the home side at 2.10 to take all three points, while West Ham are out at 3.70 to do the same – a draw is only slightly lower at 3.60.
A 2-1 win for the Toffees is priced at 9.50, thereby offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment. You can also back over 2.5 goals in the game at 1.75, while both teams to score is slightly lower at 1.66.
Premier League round 5 fixtures:
Saturday, 15 September
(3.00) Tottenham Hotspur x Liverpool (2.40); draw (3.60)
(2.45) Bournemouth x Leicester City (3.00); draw (3.50)
(1.18) Chelsea x Cardiff City (19.00); draw (8.00)
(3.30) Huddersfield Town x Crystal Palace (2.50); draw (3.10)
(1.12) Manchester City x Fulham (26.00); draw (10.00)
(4.20) Newcastle United x Arsenal (1.90); draw (3.80)
(4.33) Watford x Manchester United (1.95); draw (3.60)
Sunday, 16 September
(1.75) Wolverhampton Wanderers x Burnley (5.75); draw (3.60)
(2.10) Everton x West Ham United (3.70); draw (3.60)
Monday, 17 September
(2.20) Southampton x Brighton (3.75); draw (3.30)