The Premier League season is in full flight and we are set for another ten exciting matches in Week 5 of the competition.
Tottenham suffered a shock defeat to Watford in Round 4 and things won’t get any easier when they host Liverpool in the round-opener.
Watford can take another big scalp in the form of Manchester United early on Sunday morning, while Week 5 will draw to a close in the south of England when Southampton welcomes Brighton.
Week 5 is underway with a bang when Spurs host the undefeated Liverpool in London on Saturday night.
The home side suffered a shock defeat to Watford last weekend, but in retrospect that result wasn’t as big a shock as it otherwise would have been, given the form of that club. Spurs were absolutely flying prior to Week 4 and they remain fifth in overall standings, having notched three wins.
Liverpool really do look the real deal this season and they enter Week 5 at the top of the table, having won all games and conceded only one goal. This really is their biggest test to date, however and their performance here will give a real indication of their season’s prospects.
Liverpool are over the odds at their current price and I am happy to take them in head-to-head betting.
One of the more intriguing fixtures in Week 5 of the Premier League comes by way of Saturday night’s meeting between Bournemouth and Leicester; both clubs having enjoyed good starts to the season.
The Cherries launched their campaign with consecutive victories before a well-fought draw with Everton, despite losing a man. The task appeared too big when they were drawn against Chelsea last weekend and while they did leave London without any points, they still mustered a strong performance and can take plenty from the match.
The Foxes have produced several passages of vintage form during the early stages of this season and they were a formidable opponent for Liverpool last weekend, despite eventually losing 2-1. A couple of early wins have seen them into eighth place leading into Week 5.
Leicester do look over odds at a $3 quote, but this match appears to have draw written all over it.
Arsenal will travel to the north of England at midnight on Saturday to take on a winless Newcastle side.
To Newcastle’s credit, they’ve been faced with an extremely difficult start to the season and they have produced formidable resistance in matches with Spurs, Chelsea and Manchester City respectively; managing to find the back of the net on all three occasions. Things do not get any easier this week, but they’ll remain confident regardless.
Arsenal were also faced with a tough couple of rounds to open their season, but the campaign is well and truly back on track after wins over West Ham and Cardiff respectively. Their steadily climb up the table continues, and another win here could see them climb as high as fifth.
Newcastle aren’t without a chance here, but I am happy to ride the Arsenal train, in current form.
The reigning champions will face Fulham in what could be one of the more one-sided affairs in Week 5 of the Premier League.
By their own standards, City will not be pleased with how they have launched their 2018/19 campaign and will lament a missed opportunity when held to a draw by Wolves two weeks ago, while their performance against Newcastle last weekend also left a little to be desired. This is a terrific opportunity for City to bounce back into devastating form.
Fulham have steadily built to the task since arriving back in the Premier League and notched their first win of the campaign over Burnley two weeks ago, before a credible 2-2 draw with the in-form Brighton away from home last weekend. With a ‘nothing to lose’ attitude, they will be quietly confident of competing with the champions.
Two of the early season strugglers will square off for vital points when Huddersfield Town welcome Crystal Palace to the Kirklees Stadium early on Sunday morning.
Aaron Mooy’s Terriers are yet to post their first win of the new Premier League season, but they do enter this match off the back of a competitive and confidence-boosting draw with Everton. A return home will do Huddersfield plenty of good and this looms as their best shot at winning to date.
Palace have not won since their opening fixture and enter this match following a demoralising loss to Southampton at home. They look likely to be caught in the relegation fight for the entire season and really need to be winning matches like this one.
I am confident that Huddersfield can break through for their first win of the season in Week 5.
Betting suggests that the match between Chelsea and Cardiff will be the most one-sided in Week 5 of the Premier League and it’s not hard to see why.
Chelsea are undefeated through their first four matches and are clearly relishing life under Maurizio Sarri. They held firm to see off a spirited Bournemouth side last weekend and can leapfrog Liverpool into first place this weekend, if they find the back of the net enough times.
The Bluebirds are yet to secure their first Premier League win since gaining promotion and realistically, it won’t be happening this week. To their credit, they produced their best performance of the season to go within a goal of Arsenal last weekend, but Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is a step up in class, even from the Gunners.
Watford will attempt to keep their unbeaten season alive when they host Manchester United at Vicarage Road early on Sunday morning.
The Hornets have been simply outstanding through the first four weeks of the Premier League season and enter this match third in overall standings on for-and-against alone. They lined up opposite Spurs in what was their first real test last weekend but ultimately silenced their doubters with a tough 2-1 win.
United have been less than impressive (for their usual lofty standards), but they did registered a much-needed win over Burnley last weekend. They will be without Marcus Rashford for this match, who was sent from the field in the 71st minute for his heated exchange with Phil Bardsley.
Watford’s win over Tottenham was outstanding and ultimately, that was a harder task than this. They are massive overs in head-to-head betting.
Wolves are offered another terrific opportunity at competition points when they host the out of form Clarets on Sunday night.
Wolves are steadily starting to realise their potential and followed up an impressive draw with Manchester City with their first win of the campaign last week, at the expense of West Ham. Their star-studded squad is really beginning to gel and this looms as the perfectly opportunity to click into top gear.
Burnley have not been a shadow of the team that won through to the Europa League last seen and enter Week 5 anchored to the bottom of the table and with only a solitary draw beside their name. They were an easy opponent for a ten-man United last week and really need to start winning, if any chance of building off last season’s heroics.
There’s barely any value left for Wolves and I am happy to stay out of this one from a betting perspective.
Everton and West Ham will square off at Goodison Park in Week 5 of the Premier League’s penultimate fixture.
The Toffees are yet to find their best, but they’ve been in the hunt in all four of their matches so far and are also yet to suffer defeat. Another draw with Huddersfield in Week 4 has seen them to seventh in overall standings, but with plenty of scope to improve.
West Ham have been truly terrible and are the only Premier League club to have suffered four defeats from as many matches in 2018/19. For a club that boasts so much proven talent, they have not looked capable of competing effectively in England’s top league.
Everton should be winning this match and winning comfortably, particularly in front of the Goodison faithful.
The Premier League week ends with what is set to be a terrific contest between the similarly-positioned Southampton and Brighton at St Marys. Both sides were decent in Week 4 and both will view this match as a terrific opportunity at more points.
The Saints have taken a few weeks to find form, but they were too good for Crystal Palace in London last week and should only improve at home. With that win, they jumped up the ladder and into twelfth and another could very well see them into the top ten.
Brighton have produced a number of tough performances, highlighted by their win over Manchester United and they enter this match off the back of a gritty 2-2 draw with Fulham. They are playing with plenty of confidence and are good enough to poke holes in the Southampton defence.
Brighton have been the better of these two clubs so far this season and while they do sit further down the table, I think they represent great value here.