Premier League Betting Tips – Week 5
We are approaching the fifth week of the Premier League season and its set to be a very important one with the Premier League favourites Chelsea facing last years Champions Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium in an early six pointer. At the other end of the table Crystal Palace, Burnley and West Brom have all made slows starts and look to be early relegation candidates.
Newcastle v Hull City The pressure is mounting on Alan Pardew as his side sits bottom of the Premier League table after just four matches, he is now as short as 8/13 to be the next Premier League manager to be sacked. Last week Newcastle were thrashed 4-0 at St.Mary’s after producing a very poor performance defensively, it is vital that they bounce back from this embarrassing defeat and get a result against Hull City on Saturday who have had a decent start to the season. Like Newcastle, Hull have also spent a fair amount of money during the transfer window despite the chairman announcing that the club is up for sale recently. Record signing Abel Hernandez scored on his debut on Monday evening against West Ham and the Uruguayans goals will be needed by Steve Bruce’s side this season who scored just 38 goals last campaign. Newcastle, like Hull are a side who generally don’t score a lot of goals, last season they scored 43 and have only managed to score three in their opening four games and lets not forget that they had Loic Remy to their disposal last season. Finally Newcastle lost 4-0 last weekend which will inevitably lead to Pardew naming a defensive line up against Hull on Saturday, this will decrease the chance of goals at both ends.
Everton v Crystal Palace It’s been a tough start to the season for Crystal Palace whose manager Tony Pulis left the club just before the start of the Premier League season, Tony guided them to an 11th place finish last campaign. The Palace board have replaced Pulis with Neil Warnock who was their manager from 2007-2010, its fair to say the appointment did not go down too well with the fans. Warnock’s first game in charge came on the weekend against the newly promoted Burnley, the match finished 0-0 thanks to Julien Speroni who saved a Scott Arfield penalty in the 85th minute. A result at Goodison Park on Sunday would be huge for Crystal Palace and give the players a much needed confidence boost after a slow start to their season. Everton have not had a brilliant start to their season either however they did record their first win of the campaign against West Brom at the Hawthorns on Saturday. Romelu Lukaku scored his first of the season in 2nd minute which brings me onto a BoyleSports special offer on first goalscorer bets. BoyleSports will double the odds of your first goalscorer bet if the player you back scores in the opening 20 minutes of the match. This is a brilliant offer in my opinion and I am choosing to place a bet on Lukaku this weekend who is 7/2 to score first which will be doubled to 7/1 if he does so. Crystal Palace are a very weak side in my opinion and there is every chance of Everton scoring a fair few and getting a goal early on in the match.
Manchester City v Chelsea
The game of the week is at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester City will be looking to bounce back from their Champions League disappointment as Jerome Boateng scored a late screamer to win the match for Bayern Munich. Chelsea also played Champions League football in the week and it was a disappointing result for Jose Mourinho’s men who drew 1-1 at home against Schalke.
Anyway back to the Premier League, Manuel Pellegrini’s side have some catching up to do already in the title race as they currently sit five points behind Chelsea, a win this week would close the gap to just two points. Chelsea have looked brilliant going forward so far this season however defensively they have been poor, they are yet to keep a clean sheet. Man City on the other hand are a team full of goals and attacking talent. Sergio Aguero was rested in mid week presumably in preparation for this six pointer, i’m expecting a top performance from the Argentine on Sunday against a weak Chelsea defence. Over 2.5 goals looks to be the best bet in this encounter with Mourinho’s side looking very good in front of goal.