Premier League Game Week 6 Betting Preview : Goals galore on Super Sunday
- 20-22 Sep
- Live on BT Sport and Sky Sports
This week saw the returns of European competitions but it is back to the grind of the Premier League this week and the sides that have been in action from Tuesday to Thursday will always have it tough with the quick turnaround back into domestic action.
There’s nothing between the Saints and Cherries
Before we deal with any of the European elite, we have a bit of Friday night action as Southampton host Bournemouth at St Mary’s. The two south coast sides have near identical records so far this season, both picking up seven points from their first five games and sitting on the same goal difference (-1). Bournemouth are one spot ahead of them in the division solely thanks to goals scored as the Saints do look quite light up top, scoring just five goals so far this campaign.
The point is, though, that there is almost nothing to choose between these two sides. Bournemouth are more of a threat going forward, but Southampton are probably a touch more reliable at the back. They are both occupying mid-table already and that appears to be where they will end the season. Neither should be troubled by a relegation scrap, especially not the Cherries, but nor will they have enough to push on further.
Just how evenly matched these teams are has been demonstrated in recent seasons with four of the last five games between them ending in draws. The only victory in that time came two years ago when the Saints grabbed a narrow 2-1 win. The draw looks easily the best value on Friday night given their recent history and current form.
Spurs to suffer Greek hangover
The early game on Saturday sees Leicester welcome Tottenham to the King Power Stadium and Spurs will not be thanking those in charge of the Premier League schedule this week. Mauricio Pochettino takes his team to Greece on Wednesday night for a potentially tricky test against Olympiakos. Even if Tottenham come away with a comfortable win from Greece, it is a lot of travel and energy spent on the trip.
In the same time the Foxes have had a week off since their narrow loss at Manchester United last Saturday and will be raring to go to put that defeat right. Brendan Rodgers’ men have had a very solid start to the season and will be disappointed to suffer their first loss of the campaign against the Red Devils.
With weary legs, Leicester are not the team you want to be facing. They move the ball around quickly with their creative players behind the rapid threat of Jamie Vardy up front. Spurs also do not look the solid prospect at the back that they have done in recent seasons, failing to keep clean sheets against the likes of Newcastle and Aston Villa already this season.
Tottenham have a good record against Leicester but there is plenty going for the Foxes ahead of their meeting this Saturday and the home side are worth backing.
Arsenal in for another entertaining clash for the neutrals
Super Sunday has not always lived up to its name in recent times, but this weekend should produce some cracking contests and plenty of goals in the process. There are two kick-offs at 4.30pm and they both look like they should be high-scoring affairs.
Firstly, Arsenal host Aston Villa as they look to banish the second half performance at Watford last weekend that has been much talked about. The Gunners tossed away a two-goal lead at Vicarage Road and looked shambolic, just about claiming a draw in the end. They face a difficult trip to Frankfurt in the Europa League on Thursday night, so this will not be easy for them mentally or physically.
Villa have made a steady start to life back in the top flight, only picking up four points from five games, but they certainly don’t look out of place and have shown encouraging signs. They have a threat about them going forward and the likes of Wesley and Anwar El Ghazi will certainly cause problems for Arsenal’s comedic centre backs.
Unfortunately for Villa, their defence will find it very difficult to deal with the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe and Mesut Ozil and Arsenal should have too much for the newly-promoted side. However, the Gunners have not kept a clean sheet since the opening game of the season at Newcastle and rarely look capable of keeping an opponent out. So, while we can expect a win for Unai Emery’s side, Villa can also expect to have some joy in attack.
Blues and Reds could put on a classic
There should also be plenty of goals in the meeting between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon. No team has seen more goals scored in their games so far this season than Chelsea with 22 scored in just five matches – scoring 11 and conceding 11. Liverpool are not far behind but like to keep things a bit more in their favour – scoring 15 and conceding just four.
The Blues are yet to keep a clean sheet this season and their defence looks a long way from the standard needed to challenge the top clubs. Even in their Premier League victories, against Norwich and Wolves, they conceded twice in each. Liverpool’s rampant attack may have been off their best form on Tuesday at Napoli, but they will have plenty of joy at Stamford Bridge.
Frank Lampard’s side cannot be totally dismissed, though, as they are dangerous going forward themselves, and Liverpool expended an awful lot of energy on that hot night in Naples in mid-week. While the Reds are clearly the superior team and should win this game, Chelsea are more than capable of scoring in front of their own fans. In the last 20 games between these sides, Chelsea have only failed to score once – they look a good bet to find the back of the net.
- Four of the last five games between Southampton and Bournemouth have been draws
- Bournemouth have only beaten Southampton once since 1987
- No side has conceded fewer goals than Leicester this season (4)
- Tottenham are third in the table with just two wins from five games
- Arsenal have not kept a clean sheet since David Luiz made his debut
- The Gunners have scored in every game this season
- Chelsea have only failed to score once in their last 20 games against Liverpool
- Liverpool are the only unbeaten side in the Premier League with five wins from five
- Liverpool and Norwich are the only sides not to draw so far this season
- Liverpool average three goals scored per game in the Premier League this season