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Crystal Palace vs Brentford FC



Crystal Palace

Doubtful: Wilfried Zaha (3/3 f, top scorer), Tyrick Mitchell (4/0 d)

Out (injuries/other): Nathan Ferguson (0/0 d), James McArthur (0/0 m), Jack Butland (0/0 g), James Tomkins (0/0 d)

Suspended: -


Brentford FC

Doubtful: Pontus Jansson (3/0 d)

Out (injuries/other): Ethan Pinnock (0/0 d), Kristoffer Ajer (0/0 d), Sergi Canos (0/0 m)

Suspended: -


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Crystal Palace vs Brentford

The midweek Premier League games kick-off with a fascinating all-London fixture between Crystal Palace and Brentford at 7:30pm BST on Tuesday night from Selhurst Park. Both of these two teams have experienced highs and lows this season already and we're only 4 league games into the campaign. Can either team push for a win to give themselves a lift up the table?

Crystal Palace were a team I felt could challenge for the top 10 this season after their solid performances last season but it's been a bit of an inconsistent start from the Eagles so far. Just 1 win from their opening 4 league games has left the team down in 12th position but when you add some context to that situation and see that they've already played Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City then it's understandable. Patrick Vieira's men could still be looking to do some transfer business before the end of the window. There is a potential injury blow for the club with Wilfried Zaha a possible doubt for this game. Palace have also only managed to win 2 of their previous 19 top flight derby matches. Home form has been decent recently though with the team winning 4 of their last 6 home league matches. 

Brentford find themselves in a similar situation to their opponents for this game having won just 1 of their first 4 league matches so far. The Bees have struggled with keeping the goals out this campaign on their travels having conceded 5 of their 6 goals on the road already. The team has also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 18 top flight away games. Thomas Frank's men are free-scoring this season though with only Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool scoring more than the 9 goals that the team have scored so far. There could be history made in this game with striker Ivan Toney aiming to become the first Brentford player to score in 3 straight away league games in the top flight since David McCulloch pulled off the feat back in 1937. 

Interestingly, the home side in this fixture haven't lost any of the previous 7 encounters between Crystal Palace and Brentford. Given Palace's home form and Brentford leaky defence on the road, you'd have to say that the signs are pointing towards a home victory here. Brentford haven't won at Crystal Palace since 1957 and I can't see that changing here. The home side seem a decent bet to win this one but we could see a few goals if the form of both teams' back-lines so far is anything to go by.

Crystal Palace to Win @ 2.20 with SpreadEx

BTTS @ 1.88 with SBK

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Fulham vs Brighton

The second 7:30pm BST kick-off in the Premier League on Tuesday evening is a clash between Fulham and Brighton at Craven Cottage. It's fair to say both teams are probably exceeding expectations so far this season with the home team settling into a mid-table position and the away side remaining unbeaten up until now. Will either team further boost their encouraging starts to the season with a victory?

Fulham may well have smashed the Championship last season and made some shrewd investments over the summer but critics still felt they were likely candidates to go straight back down. The Cottagers appear to be defying that prediction though after losing just 1 of their first 4 league games. Striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is silencing his critics with 4 league goals in as many games already. The Serbian front man has also scored 3 goals in 2 top flight matches against Brighton. The team have been in fine fettle at home having picked up 4 points from their two home league games against Liverpool and Brentford whilst scoring 5 goals in the process. Concerns about the leaky defence remain though. Marco Silva's men have conceded 6 league goals with 4 of those coming at home. It's not a great stat to read that Fulham have only won 1 of their last 16 midweek games played in the Premier League. 

Brighton look in superb form this season with the team having won 3 and drawn 1 of their opening 4 league games. Graham Potter is receiving all the plaudits he deserves having built a squad that continues to improve even after the exits of key players over the summer. The latest player being linked with a move away is midfielder Moises Caicedo but his departure has been ruled out by Potter who has emphasised his importance to the team. A victory here would ensure that the Seagulls end the day on top of the Premier League table for the first time ever in the club's history. The club are on a club top flight record run of 9 league games unbeaten and have also won 5 of their previous 7 away league games. One impressive statistic is that Brighton have kept clean sheets in each of their last 7 Premier League matches played against newly promoted clubs.

Even though the form book shows that Brighton have every reason to be favourites for this game it's actually Fulham who are undefeated in their last 4 Premier League meetings with the south coast team. Brighton have won 5 of the last 9 away games played at Craven Cottage though and they are a team I'm happy to back to win right now no matter who they play. I think they'll be disappointed if they don't win this one.

Brighton to Win @ 2.40 with SpreadEx

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.88 with SBK

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Southampton vs Chelsea

There is a stand-alone 7:45pm BST kick-off on Tuesday night in the Premier League when a typically inconsistent Southampton host an equally surprisingly inconsistent Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium. Optimism and disappointment have hit both sets of fans in equal measure so far this season but a win would go a long way to turning divided opinion into positivity for these clubs.

Southampton come into this game off the back of a set of results that has got the fans feeling this season might not be as bad as some were predicting. The 1-0 loss at home to Manchester United might've seen them come away with no points but the performance was encouraging. Ralph Hasenhuttl's men have only picked up 1 win from their opening 4 league games leaving them in 13th position but the two games they have lost have been against opponents that were always likely to beat them in Tottenham and United. Disappointingly, Southampton have lost 6 of their last 8 home league games and have only managed to keep 1 clean sheet in their previous 16 league matches. Midweek form down the years hasn't been great either with the Saints winning just 3 of their previous 20 top flight midweek fixtures. Southampton have also lost a staggering 11 league games since the beginning of March which is more than any other team in the top division.

Chelsea will be looking to build on their 2-1 win at home to Leicester on the weekend. A Raheem Sterling brace was the difference but there were still frailties that were apparent in the team's performance. Thomas Tuchel is expected to deliver this season and with the team earning 7 points so far leaving them in 6th place there are still question marks over whether the team have got what it takes to finish in the Champions League qualification places this season. The Blues could potentially lose back-to-back away league matches for the first time under Tuchel if they suffer defeat here. Mason Mount could be a shout for anytime scorer having scored 5 goals in 4 starts against Southampton. Sterling could be another worth backing after his brace on the weekend having scored 7 goals in 11 matches against the south coast club.

The last time these clubs met in the league at this stadium was back in April of this year and it ended in a 6-0 rout for Chelsea. As we know, Southampton always seem to have a potential implosion in them under Hasenhuttl. I don't think Chelsea are as strong as they were last season and Southampton are still a tough team to pin down. I am swaying towards an away win though. Southampton remain woeful at home and Tuchel seems to know how to get results with Chelsea on their travels more often than not. I'll say that 3-0 defeat at Leeds was an oddity.

Chelsea to Win to Nil @ 3.00 with BetVictor

Anytime Scorer: Mason Mount @ 3.60 with Betfair

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Leeds vs Everton

Two of the big names of English football that quite a few people tipped to struggle this season go head-to-head in an 8pm BST kick-off on Tuesday night as Leeds welcome Everton to Elland Road. The home team have taken a few people by surprise thanks to their positive start to the season but not many people are overly shocked that the away side are once again battling at the wrong end of the Premier League table.

Leeds could not really have hoped for a much better start to their season given the pessimism that surrounded the club over the summer. I will admit that I got them wrong heading into this campaign with the club currently in 5th position. Jesse Marsch has got his team playing with confidence and courage whilst taking the DNA put in place by Marcelo Bielsa and tweaking it to offer a more solid unit, especially in the defensive phases of play. The Whites are looking to win their first 3 home league matches of a top division season for the first time since 1973/74. It's now just 4 losses from their last 14 league matches with those losses coming against in-form teams in the shape of Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, and Brighton. Striker Rodrigo could also continue his rejuvenation by becoming the first Leeds player since Lee Chapman back in 1992 to score in each of the first three home league games of a top flight season.

Everton will be wondering how much worse things can get. The Toffees were fortunate to avoid relegation last season and decided to stick with Frank Lampard as their manager for this campaign with many of the fans questioning that judgement call. The club have failed to win any of their first 4 league games of the season so far leaving the club down in 18th place. That said, they are undefeated in their previous two league matches after a 1-1 draw at home to Nottingham Forest was followed up by a 1-1 draw away to Brentford. A 1-0 win away to League One side Fleetwood means it's 3 games unbeaten in all competitions. It's still Everton's worst start to a Premier League campaign in 12 years. The shining light of hope in this is that Lampard himself has won his last three matches that he has managed against Leeds including a 3-0 win in this fixture at Goodison Park back in February which was actually his first win as Everton manager.

History isn't exactly on the side of Leeds here with the Yorkshire club not experiencing a top flight home win against Everton since 2001. Admittedly, Leeds have been outside the top division for a large portion of that time period but it's still a long time to wait. The Merseysiders have won 2 of their last 4 visits to Elland Road having not won any of the previous 36 trips to that ground. I feel this game is there for Leeds to win but I am wary that Everton have started to tighten up a bit lately.

Leeds to Win @ 2.16 with SBK

Anytime Scorer: Rodrigo @ 3.35 with SBK

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Arsenal vs Aston Villa

The Premier League action continues into Wednesday night when early season pace setters Arsenal host a troubled Aston Villa for this 7:30pm BST kick-off from the Emirates Stadium. The home team look like the real deal this season and they can further stretch their encouraging start to the season against a visiting side that are really finding life in the top flight a little tricky this season.

Arsenal currently boast a 2 point lead at the top of the Premier League table after 4 games played and the fans are claiming that this squad until Mikel Arteta are bringing back memories of the Invincibles. Perhaps a little bit of an extreme comparison but it sums up the level of optimism and backing that the supporters are giving to this Gunners team. The only team with a 100% record in the top flight may not have encountered any of the teams expected to challenge them for the Champions League qualification places but they've shown enough so far to make it clear they'll be in and around the top four. Interestingly, this is the fourth time the London club have started a top division season with four wins in a row and in each of the previous three occasions they went on to win the title. The team is currently on a 5-game winning streak stretching back from last season and it's their longest such run in the league under Arteta.

Aston Villa can only look at their opponents for this game with a feeling of envy. Steve Gerrard's men are down in 15th position and only 1 point outside the relegation places. The Lions have only picked up 1 win this season in the league and that means they have lost 3 of their 4 league matches played. The 4-1 win away to League One club Bolton in the EFL Cup 2nd Round boosted spirits slightly but the 1-0 loss at home to a slow starting West Ham on the weekend killed that short-lived joy. The most worrying part of this early season form is that they've not really encountered any teams that will likely challenge in the top end of the table come the end of the season with defeats already coming against West Ham, Crystal Palace, and Bournemouth. Only Everton have endured more top flight defeats than Aston Villa since Gerrard took over at Villa Park. Villa are yet to keep a clean sheet against a London-based club since the beginning of last season.

It was Arsenal who won both of these matches against Aston Villa last season so they will certainly have the psychological advantage coming into this game. Only one of the previous 18 top flight meetings between these two clubs have ended in a draw and I can see Arsenal doing the business here. Something isn't right with Gerrard at Villa and you get the feeling he is a contender as the next Premier League manager to be sacked unless results turn quickly.

Arsenal to Win & BTTS @ 3.30 with William Hill

Arsenal HT/FT @ 2.25 with Boylesports

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Bournemouth vs Wolves

The first managerial casualty took place in the top flight this week when Scott Parker was sacked as Bournemouth manager and the south coast club begin life after the former Fulham gaffer with this 7:30pm BST kick-off on Wednesday evening versus Wolves at the Vitality Stadium. Both of these teams will have hoped for a better start to their campaigns but they find themselves in desperate need of a win from this game already.

Bournemouth were tipped by many to struggle and it seems a bit harsh that Parker has been relieved of his duties with the team probably earning 3 more points than many expected them to earn by this stage. Yes, the 9-0 loss away to Liverpool was embarrassing but the club hardly brought anyone in over the summer so is the team getting hammered in games like this really that much of a surprise? Maybe it was the fact Parker commented that he "could see a few more defeats like that happening this season" in his post-match interview that pushed the owners over the edge. Gary O'Neil will take caretaker charge for this game and he'll be hoping to end the Cherries' run of 5 straight defeats in the Premier League for their Wednesday night games. The team have not only conceded 16 goals in their last 3 league matches but have also failed to even score a goal.

Wolves might well be down in 19th position and just 1 point off the foot of the table but Bruno Lage's team still feel like a side that should be placed higher based on their performances. Wanderers were denied 3 points against Newcastle on the weekend thanks to an Allan Saint-Maximin stunner but that seems to be the story of their season so far. Failure to make their possession and chances in the final third count before getting suckerpunched at the other end of the pitch. It's now 11 league games without a win for Wolves stretching back into last season so they'll want to win this one to get that monkey off their shoulder. The club have also only managed 2 wins from their last 10 Premier League away games played on a Wednesday night. Is this the game where a misfiring Raul Jimenez finally ends his goal drought? The Mexican front man has scored in all 4 league appearances against Bournemouth in the top flight.

It's a worrying stat that Bournemouth have never managed to beat Wolves in the Premier League and you have to say that based on their respective performances so far that it's not looking good for that run of results ending here. The last time Bournemouth were able to beat Wolves at any level was back in 2015 when both clubs were in the Championship. Whoever loses this game could well be staring at the possibility of playing in that division again next season. Odds are it's going to be Bournemouth.

Wolves to Win @ 2.21 with VBet

Total Goals Scored Under 2.5 @ 1.74 with SBK

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Liverpool vs Newcastle United

Liverpool (-1.5/-2)  @ 2.00
Liverpool are coming from a 9-0 home win over Bournemouth in their last game. With 13 goals scored since this season, they are now the leading scorer in the league. Also, they are dominant at home , being unbeaten in 25 home league matches.
Newcastle United have drawn each of their last three league matches. Although they remain unbeaten in this season, they’ve had only win when against the newly promoted team, Nottingham Forest. However, their defenses need to be improved since they failed to keep clean sheet in last 3 matches.
Liverpool took absolutely upper hand in past 10 meetings against Newcastle United, and they got a big win from last round, while Newcastle United could not play well in last 3 rounds. Liverpool are favourite in this clash with their good home run.

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West Ham vs Tottenham Hotspur

West Ham United rose off the foot of the league standings with their first win of the season and will be looking to build on that when hosting Tottenham Hotspur on Match Day 5 of the Premier League. The hammers go into this game placed 16th with three points, and Tottenham is third with 10 points. After three straight defeats, the hosts finally celebrated a win, as they were better than Aston Villa away from home. Now they hope to repeat a similar success in front of their fans, but against a much stronger opponent. Pablo Fornals’ goal was the key stat as West Ham beat Aston Villa 1-0 for their first points of the season. If the Hammers want to participate on the continental stage next season, they need to be more consistent and collect points.

Tottenham Hotspur continued with their impressive start to the season with a 2-0 away win at Nottingham Forest. Harry Kane scored both goals to take his tally for the season to three. Spurs have won their last two encounters with West Ham but haven’t kept a clean sheet in the last five. This will be a key target for them, but they will know they also have the chance to go top with a win here. A potential victory would see them remaining in the top four and continuing their great start to the campaign. Tottenham Hotspur manager Antonio Conte has some current player fitness concerns. Oliver Skipp (Foot Injury) and Cristian Romero (Adductor problems) can’t be considered.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction                                                                            

Although it is not easy to play away against West Ham, the Spurs are full of confidence, and they want to continue their streak. We believe they will be successful and expect them to pick up all three points in the London Derby.

Goals Market Prediction

Although West Ham has struggled with efficiency, we expect a high-scoring game on Wednesday evening. Five of their last seven h2h clashes went over a 2.5 margin, and this one shouldn’t be much different.

Tottenham Hotspur to Win @ 2.05

Over 2.5 FT @ 1.82

Correct score 1:2 @ 9.50

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Liverpool vs Newcastle United

Liverpool hosts Newcastle at Anfield as they look to build up their demolition of Bournemouth. Not one, not two, not three, but nine times. The 9-0 scoreline that was displayed on the scoreboard following the end of the game might seem surreal. Still, it was thoroughly deserved, with Liverpool being dominant from start to finish and getting a much-needed morale boost after their recent struggles. It was not only their biggest-ever win margin but a joint record for the Premier League as a whole. The Reds now have a task to repeat the dominance on the pitch, which would result in another victory.

Eddie Howe’s Newcastle deserves some respect to their name. They might have just one win to claim in their unbeaten start, yet they have clinched draws against City and in tough away games to Brighton and Wolves. The Magpies have also started to rectify their horrific away record under the previous manager Steve Bruce, as they have lost just once in their last six competitive outings. Newcastle currently sits in the top half of the table, hoping to remain there after this round. Nevertheless, it will be another tough task since the Magpies haven’t celebrated at Anfield since 1994.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction                                                                            

The Reds finally booked their first win, and they don’t have an intention to stop there. We believe it’s time for Newcastle to taste the first defeat in the campaign, and Liverpool should celebrate a win by at least two goals.

Goals Market Prediction

Their clashes at Anfield have been pretty entertaining lately, and we expect the tradition to continue. Four of the last six went over a 2.5 margin, while the BTTS Yes wager cashed three times in a row. Therefore, we should see at least three goals in total.

Liverpool AH -1.5 @ 1.85

Over 2.5 FT @ 1.50

Correct score 3:1 @ 12.00

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Manchester City vs Nottingham Forest

OK, so does anybody want to step forward and admit to being the crazy horse that will back Nottingham Forest to get anything from this away game against Manchester City? A newly promoted team going into the lion's den of the reigning champions and pulling off a victory? It seems a hard sell. Kick-off is 7:30pm BST on Wednesday night from the Etihad Stadium and you're not alone if you're fearing the worst for the away team here.

Manchester City are showing signs already that they'll be a tough challenge to de-throne. The Citizens have won 3 and drawn 1 of their Premier League matches so far with the team in 2nd place and 2 points behind the pace of early leaders Arsenal. It's interesting to read that Pep Guardiola's side have trailed by 2 goals in 4 of their last 6 league games. There is a chance for the team to go unbeaten in their opening 5 league games of a season for the first time since 2018. Fantasy football team players will no doubt be praying Pep decides to start top scorer Erling Haaland. The Norwegian front man has 6 goals in his first 4 league appearances for City but there are doubts over whether he'll start this game as Pep is notorious for rotating key players for games like this when the schedule is tough.

Nottingham Forest have already shown they have enough about them to compete this season. Steve Cooper's side have picked up 1 win, 1 draw, and 2 losses from their league games so far leaving the team down in 14th place. One stat that you may or may not see as relevant is that the Tricky Trees have had an inferior xG to their opponents in every league game they have played this season so far. However, their total number of 79 attempted shots is the best in the top flight. Who doesn't love a trier, right?! The ominous news is that Forest have lost their last 6 Premier League matches against the reigning champions at the time by an aggregate score-line of 23-3. That being said, it is worth noting that they haven't conceded more than 2 goals in their last 73 way matches in the league.

This will be the first time these two clubs have met since their FA Cup 3rd Round encounter back in 2009 at this stadium when a then Championship Nottingham Forest pulled off a shock 3-0 win against Manchester City. Historical stats from their most recent meetings are slightly warped given they haven't been in the same division since both being in the second tier back in 2001/02. Both clubs are in different places right now and it's fair to say a convincing home win seems like the best bet here but there's not much value around.

Manchester City to Win to Nil @ 1.80 with Boylesports

Total Goals Scored Over 3.5 @ 1.64 with SBK

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West Ham vs Tottenham

The next Premier League preview for the Wednesday night matches is the 7:45pm BST kick-off between London rivals West Ham and Tottenham from the London Stadium. These two teams are currently sitting at opposing ends of the league table but when it comes to bitter rivalries there's no doubt that form could well go out of the window for this intense match-up.

West Ham appear to have finally woken up for this season. David Moyes's side picked up their first league win of the season on the weekend with the 1-0 victory away to a struggling Aston Villa. An assured set of performances in the Europa Conference League means it's not their first win of the campaign but it'll go a long way to boosting spirits ahead of this tricky fixture. The Hammers are still at risk of losing their first three home league games of a season for the first time in their history. The team might have managed to score in every single home league game last season but they are yet to find the net in front of their home fans yet. The club have also lost their last four London derbies played. There is reason to be optimistic for West Ham supporters though. Michail Antonio has scored in each of his last 3 home league appearances against Tottenham and Moyes himself has only lost 1 of his previous 10 league encounters at home against Spurs.

Tottenham are showing signs that they could fulfil pre-season expectations of being Champions League qualification contenders again. Antonio Conte's men have picked up 3 wins and 1 draw from their first 4 league games of the season putting them in 3rd place and just 2 points behind pace setters and local rivals Arsenal who sit on top of the table. The club have only experienced a better start to the season once during the Premier League era and that was back in 2009/10 under the management of Harry Redknapp. Tottenham have actually earned the most points in the top flight since March. Striker Harry Kane is laying to rest his August curse with a string of goalscoring performances. The England captain has bagged 4 goals in his last 6 appearances against West Ham and after scoring 2 last weekend you'd fancy him to add to that tally here.

It's actually West Ham who have every right to feel confident coming into this one having picked up back-to-back home league wins over Tottenham in the top flight. Tottenham are a beast of a team this season though and edge the head-to-head statistics over the last 13 meetings with 7 wins. If West Ham were like their old selves last season then this would be a banger but I feel this game is there for the taking for Tottenham.

Tottenham to Win @ 2.15 with SportNation

Anytime Scorer: Harry Kane @ 2.38 with Unibet

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3 hours ago, StevieDay1983 said:

OK, so does anybody want to step forward and admit to being the crazy horse that will back Nottingham Forest to get anything from this away game against Manchester City?

:loon I've backed them to get 3 or more corners at 5/2 with Sky Bet (cut almost immediately to 7/4 so someone thinks I'm a shrewdie evidently).

Sky Bet have taken an extreme view on the corners split in this match going an incredible 1/150 for the hosts to get most corners when it's as "big" as 1/14 elsewhere. I suspect City will get most corners but there's early evidence they're not the monster corner gainers of last season (perhaps playing more direct and centrally to accommodate Haaland?) There could be some value to be had on their prices for City corner unders but I'll settle for a bet on Forest to get at least 3 at that price. It's the coin toss line elsewhere so you could probably make a case for the 7/4 being fair at worst.

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Liverpool vs Newcastle

The final game coming up on Wednesday night in the Premier League is the 8pm BST start between Liverpool and Newcastle at Anfield. This game is covered in iconic top flight memories and with both teams looking set to compete at the top end of the table this season this could be another barn-storming clash. Can either team claim the 3 points or will we see a courageous battle to a draw?

Liverpool silenced their critics last weekend with a powerful 9-0 win over newly promoted Bournemouth that also cost the Cherries manager Scott Parker his job. Jurgen Klopp will be pleased that his team sealed their first league win of the season and it moved the Reds up to 9th place in the table. The club remain unbeaten in their last 25 home league games. Their midweek league record is also impressive having won 10 of their last 11 games played in this time. This run includes winning their last 6 midweek league games by an aggregate score of 18-2. The most pleasing aspect of the win last Saturday for Klopp will have been the fact that star man Mohamed Salah wasn't one of the key figures with Roberto Firmino, Luis Diaz, and Trent Alexander-Arnold stepping up.

Newcastle will be hoping that new marquee signing Alexander Isak is available to play in this game. The Swedish international is awaiting a work permit after his £63 million move from La Liga club Real Sociedad. The Magpies are undefeated in their league games so far but have only picked up 1 win from their opening 4 league matches leaving the team down in 7th position. Eddie Howe has led Newcastle to their best start to a Premier League season since 2011/12. Unfortunately, Newcastle did lose each one of their six away matches against the teams that finished the season in the top 6 positions. Howe's record against Liverpool is also very poor having lost each of the last 8 league fixtures he has managed against them. 

It's now 26 home league games that Liverpool are now undefeated in against Newcastle so there is certainly a sense of inevitability about this game. The Merseysiders looked a lot better against a very abject Bournemouth on the weekend where as there still seems to be issues with taking chances for the Tynesiders. I'm going to have to back a home win but the big risk is whether the home side can keep a clean sheet or not. I'm going to risk it and say they will.

Liverpool to Win to Nil @ 2.40 with Betfair

Liverpool HT/FT @ 1.97 with SBK

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Leicester City vs Manchester United

All eyes will be on King Power Stadium when Leicester City and Manchester United go head to head in the Premier League round 5. The Foxes are stuck at the bottom with only one point in their pocket, and they must be low on spirits ahead of Wednesday’s derby. They snatched a point against Brentford in the opening round before losing three times in a row. Leicester comes from a 2-1 defeat against Chelsea last weekend, and another tough opponent is ahead of them. Both Bertrand and Ricardo are major doubts, while influential midfielder James Maddison should be fit for the match.

A poor away record in the Premier League was hanging over the heads of the Manchester United players, but they dug in against Southampton on Saturday and made the long journey home with three points in the pocket. Backing up the win over Liverpool was important, but momentum is still the key for a team who have a decent set of fixtures to play before the September international break. The Red Devils want to forget about disappointments at the very start of the campaign and continue the winning run. Nevertheless, they must be consistent to get involved in the top-four race. Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has multiple availability issues to deal with. Victor Lindelöf (Unknown Injury) and Facundo Pellistri (Ankle Injury) miss out here.

Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction                                                                            

Neither team has impressed since the start of the campaign, but Manchester United has better momentum. We think they can use it to return home with another important victory.

Goals Market Prediction

These two sides have had defensive issues so far, and we anticipate another entertaining game. Both teams managed to score in their last five head-to-head clashes, and there’s no reason for this tradition to stop.

Manchester United to Win @ 2.15

BTTS Yes @ 1.65

Correct score 1:2 @ 9.50

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Leicester vs Manchester United

The last game from the midweek matches in the Premier League is this clash between Leicester and Manchester United at 8pm BST on Thursday evening from the King Power Stadium. It's fair to say that neither of these two teams have experienced the best starts to their season but whilst the away side are showing signs of improvement the home team remain rooted to the foot of the table.

Leicester could not have anticipated a much worse start to their season with the club currently positioned at the bottom of the top flight with just 1 point from their 4 league games played so far. Brendan Rodgers was criticised for not doing enough business over the summer and it appears that criticism has been justified. The Foxes have drew their opening league game of the season in a 2-2 draw at home to Brentford but then lost 3 league matches in a row and conceded 8 goals in the process. The departure of centre back Wesley Fofana to Chelsea won't have helped matters. It remains to be seen if the club will bring in any additions on transfer deadline day but it could be too little, too late. This is the first time since 2003/04 that Leicester have failed to win any of their first 4 league games of a top flight season and that season they suffered relegation.

Manchester United were looking like a team in crisis but what a difference a couple of games makes at this level. The Red Devils suffered back-to-back defeats in the league to Brighton and Brentford before notching up two wins in a row against Liverpool and Southampton to move up to 12th position in the table. Erik ten Hag will be looking to deliver United's first back-to-back away league wins since September 2021. It would also be the first time in this calendar year that the team have gone undefeated in 3 successive league games. If you're looking for an anytime scorer punt then Marcus Rashford has scored 6 goals against Leicester down the years including bagging 3 goals in his last 4 visits to the King Power Stadium. The recent signings of Casemiro and Antony will no doubt be a boost for the team ahead of this game.

It's surprising to read that Leicester are in fact unbeaten against Manchester United in their previous 5 meetings. United have managed to score in each of the last 26 league meetings though so we should see some goals in this one. In fairness, United's defence looks a lot better without Harry Maguire. Who'd have thought Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez would be better centre back options?! Anyway, Leicester are in trouble but remain a team that can cause problems on the attack. It feels like ten Hag is slowly turning a corner and their improved form could see them take the win here.

Manchester United to Win @ 2.15 with Betfred

BTTS @ 1.60 with William Hill

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