Week 4: Premier League Betting Preview
Due to the international break it’s been two weeks since the last round of Premier League matches and during that time the transfer window slammed shut. So this round of matches will be the first opportunity for fans to see many deadline day purchases in their team’s colours for the first time.
The biggest signing of the transfer window came just hours before it closed as Mesut Ozil moved to Arsenal for a reported £42.5 million. It’s likely the little genius will play in the hole behind the sharp shooting Oliver Giroud, although he’ll also have licence to roam left to switch with Santi Cazorla and drift right when Theo Walcott bombs on. The German will make his debut at beleaguered Sunderland and Arsenal are a general 7/10 to heap more misery on Paulo Di Canio. If you fancy Ozil – who racked up 55 assists and 19 goals in 109 games for Real Madrid and has more assists than any other player in Europe’s top divisions over the past five seasons, – to mark his debut with a goal you can back that at 15/2 (first goalscorer) or 9/4 (anytime). Meanwhile if you expect another Arsenal blow up and Di Canio’s public criticism of his players to fire them up then you can back Sunderland at 5/1 to win. They’ve beaten Man City, Arsenal (FA Cup) and Liverpool on their own patch over the past two seasons.
Elsewhere one of the biggest mismatches of the season, at least on paper, takes place as Manchester United welcome Crystal Palace to Old Trafford. The Red Devils have just four points from their first three games and despite their Champions League campaign getting underway on Tuesday, expect Moyes to field a strong team. Star striker Robin Van Persie was on fire over the international break, scoring three times in two games and if you expect him to match that in just this one you can back him at 11/1 to score a hat-trick in Saturday’s early kick off. Whilst if you fancy Marouane Fellani to notch on his debut you can back the superbly coiffeured Belgian at 6/1 to score first or 11/5 anytime. He notched 11 times in the league last season for Everton.
The tea time kick off on Saturday sees Everton host Chelsea it what has the potential to be one of the most entertaining games of the weekend or equally the dullest. Despite everyone expecting Everton to play an attractive attacking style under new manager they’ve been involved in two 0-0 draws in the first three fixtures whilst Jose Mourinho has a penchant for solidity in away fixtures. Still the battle between Everton’s marauding full backs and Chelsea’s attacking triumvirate should be fascinating. If you fancy them to cancel each other out the draw is a general 12/5 shot, and Everton to be involved in their third 0-0 of the season is 9/1. If you expect Mourinho to roll out a strikerless formation with Andre Schurrle leading the line again he can be backed at 10/1 to score first.
The Premier League’s full fixture list for the next game week is as follows: Man Utd v Crystal Palace, Aston Villa v Newcastle, Fulham v West Brom, Hull v Cardiff, Stoke v Man City, Sunderland v Arsenal, Tottenham v Norwich, Everton v Chelsea, Southampton v West Ham and Swansea v Liverpool.