Matchweek 5 Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips

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After the success of last weekend’s 10 Premier League betting tips, I thought I will try it again this week for Matchweek 5 of the EPL.

As is the case with predicting football matches, after getting a near perfect 9 out of 10 on Matchweek 4, I’m pretty much guaranteed to get 1 out of 10 this week!

But anyway, here we go….

Premier League Matchweek 5 Betting Tips

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Matchweek 5 Premier League Fixtures

  • Newcastle v Leeds - Friday 17th September, 8pm
  • Wolves v Brentford - Sat 18th September, 12.30pm
  • Burnley v Arsenal - Sat 18th September 3pm
  • Liverpool v Crystal Palace - Sat 18th September 3pm
  • Man City v Southampton - Sat 18th September 3pm
  • Norwich v Watford - Sat 18th September 3pm
  • Aston Villa v Everton - Sat 18th September 5.30pm
  • Brighton v Leicester - Sun 19th September 2pm
  • West Ham v Man Utd - Sun 19th September 2pm
  • Tottenham v Chelsea - Sun 19th September 4.30pm

Newcastle vs Leeds - Fri 8pm

The battle of two sides with zero wins between them. The doom and gloom clouds have been hovering over St James’ Park for a few weeks now.

There has been rumours on social media that Steve Bruce is set to be sacked. Their only goalscorer Callum Wilson is out injured, they sit second-bottom of the Premier League, and all-in-all, nothing seems to be going right for native Geordie, Bruce.

As for Leeds, they haven’t fared much better this season, but their fans love Marcelo Bielsa. The Lilywhites have also had a much more difficult start to the season than Newcastle.

If the team aren’t behind Bruce, I can see Newcastle getting thumped tonight. On the other hand, if they are fighting for their manager, I can see them getting a draw.

If I’m pinned down for a result, I’m going for Leeds to do the business.

  • Verdict - Leeds Win

Wolves vs Brentford - Sat 12.30pm

Not one to have me kicking my children or better half off the sofa to watch, but this could be a match that shapes the season of both of these teams.

Wolves finally got the win their performances have been warranting when they beat Watford 2-0 last Saturday.

Back-to-back wins for the Molineux men will see them move midtable, and where they feel they belong. More dropped points, and it could be a long season.

As for Brentford, they suffered their first defeat of the season, losing 1-0 at home to Brighton.

Beating teams like Wolves is paramount if they have aspirations of staying up. Sadly for the Bees, I don’t see them winning this one.

  • Verdict - Wolves Win

Burnley vs Arsenal - Sat 3pm

Another match not do be getting the juices flowing, but one that could buy Mikel Arteta some more breathing space.

Neither of these two teams have had a great start, but Arsenal did manage their first goal and points last weekend (a 1-0 win over Norwich).

Burnley have 1 point from four matches, and I expect it to be 1 point from five matches by Saturday evening.

  • Verdict - Arsenal Win

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace - Sat 3pm

Jurgen Klopp’s team have gone about their business well this season. They now look back to their old selves with 10 points from four matches.

The problem for Liverpool is when the season goes deeper. They have a starting XI able to compete with anybody, but the bench and squad isn’t as deep as Man City’s or Chelsea’s.

As for Crystal Palace, what a win last weekend over Spurs. No one foreseen their 3-0 win over Spurs, least of all me - who predicted a win for Tottenham!!

I still see this as a season of survival for Palace, and I don’t see them adding to their points tally this weekend.

  • Verdict - Liverpool Win

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Man City vs Southampton - Sat 3pm

A couple of seasons ago I took my lad to the Etihad Stadium (I don’t support this City) to watch Man City play Southampton the weekend after Saints lost 9-0 to Leicester at home.

Saints’ manager Ralf Hasenhuttl looked like a dead man walking.

I was expecting a massacre, but Southampton put up a great fight and narrowly lost 2-1.

I see that 2-1 defeat as a good result compared to what’s probably coming this weekend.

  • Verdict - Man City Win

Norwich vs Watford - Sat 3pm

Two of the promoted sides to the Premier League go head-to-head in this one.

Of the two teams, Watford have had the better starts points-wise. But Norwich can point to the fixture list to show why they’ve struggled.

Norwich put up a good fight against Leicester at home and were unlucky not to get anything out of that match.

While for Watford, they’ve lost three on the bounce since beating Aston Villa 3-2 on the opening day of the season.

This is a must win for the Canaries, and if the pressure of the match doesn’t get to them, I can see Norwich getting the 3 points. I think it may do though, so I’m sitting on the fence.

  • Verdict - Draw

Aston Villa vs Everton - Sat 5.30pm

Right, this one looks a bit more tasty.

Villa haven’t hit the ground running this season. They’ve lost John Terry from their coaching staff, and Jack Grealish from their playing squad.

Their new signings all look decent players, but they are still finding their feet.

As for Everton, they’ve had a much better than expected start to the season. The anti-Rafa revolt has been put on ice, and we have to wait a bit longer for that fall-out.

I don’t think the Toffees have had the most difficult start to the season, and that’s why they sit in 4th place, unbeaten on 10 points.

I am though, anticipating their first defeat of the season tomorrow. At Villa Park, I expect Dean Smith’s side to have the edge and win this one.

  • Verdict - Aston Villa Win

Brighton vs Leicester - Sun 2pm

Onto Sunday and Brighton take on Leicester at the Amex.

Brighton have made a decent start to the season (winning three from four), and they continue to earn rave reviews for the football played under Graham Potter.

As for Leicester, they’ve not really got going this season, but can count themselves a touch unfortunate to lose to Man City last weekend.

Tough one to call this is, but I’m going to go for the Foxes to get their third win of the season.

  • Verdict - Leicester Win

West Ham vs Man Utd - Sun 2pm

David Moyes’ West Ham has had a reasonable start to the season, and this will be a real test of how far they have come as a team.

They have 8 points from their four fixtures, with two wins and two draws.

As for Manchester United, they’ve been flying at home, but not so great on the road.

Although some will argue, 4 points from two away trips is decent, neither performance was totally convincing.

I am though going to go for Manchester United to bounce back from their midweek Champions League defeat and take the 3 points in this match.

  • Verdict - Man Utd Win

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea - Sun 4.30pm

Which Spurs will we see on Sunday? The one that beat Man City on the opening weekend, or the one that lost feebly to Crystal Palace last Saturday?

As for Chelsea, I feel that they are the real deal this season. They have won three from four, and held on for a valuable point away to Liverpool with 10 men earlier in the campaign.

Whichever Spurs does show up, I can still only see the Blues winning this one.

  • Verdict - Chelsea Win

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