Everton vs Liverpool
Saturday, October 17th, 10.30 pm (ET)
What better way to mark its return back from the international break than to have one of the most fiercest rivalries in world sport taking center stage, to announce the league’s return.
League leaders Everton take on the champions Liverpool at Goodison Park, which is sure to live up to the expectation. Everton has been the surprise packet this season as Carlo Ancelotti’s men remain undefeated winning all four of their games to earn top spot.
Everton have spent huge during the summer window, in which they bought James Rodriguez from Real Madrid, Napoli’s midfielder Allan and Abdoulaye Doucouré from Watford who have all played an integral part.
In particular, it seems that striker Dominic Calvert- Lewin has reinvigorated his form under Ancellotti as he leads the most goals in the Premier League with six.
Meanwhile, it hasn’t gone all that smoothly for Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp’s men in red as they currently sit in fifth place due to a shock 7-2 loss to Aston Villa before the break.
Despite winning their first three matches, holes started to appear in their 7-2 defeat to Villa when midfielder Jack Grealish ran the show finding plenty of space in the midfield and in the attacking third.
Liverpool’s defense looked out of sorts in that game too, and even two goals to winger Mohamed Salah wasn’t enough to spark any sort of flame in the attacking end of the pitch.
Prediction: Everton win +280
Chelsea vs Southampton
Sunday, October 18th, 1.ooam (ET)
Chelsea faces Southampton at Stamford Bridge, in what is an interesting game mainly for the home side as they currently sit in seventh spot with two wins.
Despite bringing in fresh blood in the summer which saw Frank Lampard bring in striker Timo Werner, midfielders Hakim Ziyech and Kai Havertz, defenders Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell, and goalkeeper Edouard Mendy, they still look a bit shaky, particularly in defence.
Evidence was their 3-3 draw with West Bromwich Albion in game week three where they let in three goals before half time. However, they bounced back a week later to defeat Crystal Palace 4-0, however, it has still been inconsistent form for the London side. Havertz is still developing into his new club and league and Werner looks threatening without scoring a Premier League goal.
Meanwhile, Southampton started off poorly losing thier first two games of the season, but then bounced back in game week three when they claimed a win over Burnley, the backed it up in-game week four when they defeated West Bromwich Albion 2-0.
Prediction: Chelsea win -200
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Sunday, October 18th, 3.30 am (CT)
Manchester City host Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium with the clash of two heavyweights going at it.
Sure it may be different this time around for multiple reasons such as no fans being allowed in the stadiums but the main reason is that Manchester City sits 14th in the league, compared to Arsenal who is flying under manager Mikel Arteta.
Manchester City is looking for their first victory since game week one where they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-1. Since then they have suffered a shock 5-2 defeat to Leicester City in-game week two and then were held to a point by newly-promoted Leeds United which earned them a draw.
Meanwhile, it could be noted that Arsenal looks the best in form side out of the traditional big four clubs. The north London club spent big in the summer signing Thomas Partey (who is yet to make his debut), Willian, Cedric Soares and Gabriel Magalhaes just to name a few.
Willian seemed to add flair to the Gunners wings and could prove instrumental throughout the season. The Gunners have managed only one defeat so far and that was against Liverpool in game week three, however, they managed to respond with a win over Sheffield United the week later.
Prediction: Arsenal win +560
*Odds correct at time of publication.
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