England Premier League 2019/20 – Round 6 Betting Previews and Predictions
We are barely five rounds into the 2019/20 season of Premier League and the standings are starting to shape nicely, that is at least for Jurgen Klopp and his men, who are entering round six of EPL with five-point lead ahead of the competition. Boasting with a perfect 5-0-0 score, Liverpool will hope they can keep up the rhythm for the remaining 33 rounds, yet they are facing their toughest test yet this weekend when they travel to Stamford Bridge to face off against Chelsea.
That being said, all the eyes will be on Manchester City and how will they perform this weekend, following a painful 3:2 defeat last week against Norwich.
As it was the case last season Liverpool and Manchester City are leading the race for the title, whereas we have a six-way tie for the second place. Tottenham, Manchester United, Leicester, Chelsea, Arsenal and West Ham all accumulated eight points so far. All of those teams showed they have got what it takes to compete for top spots, yet we have to acknowledge the season is still very young, and a lot can change.
Chelsea v Liverpool (Sunday, September 22)
Arguably the most exciting fixture on EPL schedule this weekend, which will in one way serve as a proper “real test” for Liverpool this season. Klopp and his men are currently undefeated, with a perfect 5-0-0 record next to their name, yet they have only met with Norwich (4:1), Southampton (2:1), Burnley (3:0), Newcastle (3:1) and Arsenal (3:1) on the home ground. While it would be hard to say Chelsea have done anything noteworthy so far into the season, they are still a team not to be underestimated.
That being said, Chelsea’s defensive worries are the biggest factor that can and will work in Liverpool’s favour. The Blues failed to produce a single cheat sheet this season and we do not believe that will change this weekend. Liverpool have tremendous firepower at their disposal and if Chelsea don’t approach this fixture a bit more cautiously compared to their last five fixtures (11 goals conceded), they could be suffering a painful defeat. On the other side, Chelsea are the third most deadly team in the EPL with 11 goals scored so far. They surely won’t be able to repeat their goal scoring display from last week against Wolves (2:5), but should still have enough quality to produce a few chances.
Prediction: Over 2.50 Goals
Arsenal v Aston Villa (Sunday, September 22)
Arsenal started the season the best possible way, by winning both of their opening two fixtures against Newcastle (1:0) and Burnley (2:1). Filled with confidence and hope they could keep up the momentum, Emery’s men soon realised that won’t be the case as they got stopped in their tracks in round three by Liverpool at Anfield (1:3). Round four was not much more forgiving for Gunners, who had a home fixture against Tottenham on the schedule, which ended in an underwhelming 2:2 draw. Arsenal could have walked away with all three points on that day, but got denied the opportunity to do so, due to their poor start, which saw them concede a goal only 10 minutes in. Holding a 2-1-1 record, lot of expectations were put on Arsenal to deliver last week when they played against Watford, yet even the Hornets proved to be too tough of a nut to crack. There are some arguments to be made Watford were lucky to get a 81st-minute penalty, nonetheless, Arsenal should be able to perform much better on that day.
Aston Villa occupies 17th spot in the league with a 1-1-3 record to their name. Unlike Arsenal, Villa’s start of the seaosn was a complete contrast to that of Arsenal. A 1:3 defeat against Tottenham and 1:2 defeat against Bournemouth was all Aston Villa had to show for ahead of round three. Nonetheless, Deam Smith’s men produced a very solid 2:0 win over Everton on August 23rd to secure their first win of the season. Unfortunately, it remains the only win up to date. In last two rounds Villa lost to Crystal palace (0:1) and drew with West Ham (0:0) last week.
Arsenal enter their round six fixture as heavy favourites, which is fair, considering they have not lost against Aston Villa since 2013. Furthermore, Arsenal produces very solid results when they play at the Emirates Stadium. Out of the last 20 home fixtures, the Gunners lost only three and drew two, meaning they hold onto a 15-2-3 home record.
Aston Villa on the other side are 1-0-2 in the last three away fixtures, with their only win coming against League two team Crewe, who they defeated in EFL Cup (6:1). All things considered, this is a must-win fixture for Arsenal, who cannot afford to drop points this Sunday. While a single goal win would do the job of earning three points, we don’t believe Emery will be taking any chances here. Expect a dominant win from Arsenal, who desperately need to start winning games if they plan on finishing in the top five.
Prediction: Arsenal -1.50 Asian Handicap
Leicester v Tottenham (Saturday, September 21)
Leicester and Tottenham enter their round six fixture with the same 2-2-1 record next to their name. Tottenham produced what can only be described as a “mixed bag” of results so far into the 2019/20 season. A 3:1 win over Aston Villa in game one, followed by a draw against Manchester City (2:2), a loss against Newcastle (0:1), yet another draw against Arsenal (2:2) and most recently a solid 4:0 win against Crystal Palace.
As their results might suggest, Tottenham are all over the place with how they perform. A strong result one day get quickly overshadowed by an underwhelming result the next, indicating they might be a team that will produce some inconsistent results this season. Their so-called inconsistency can be attributed to uncertainty about the future of Eriksen, Vertonghen and Alderweireld, who were all strongly linked with a move. That being said, the summer transfer window is sealed shut by now, meaning they are not going anywhere and can start focusing on playing football. Will that be seen in the results, however, is yet to be seen.
Leicester on the other side enters round six after suffering their first defeat of the season last weekend, when the Foxes lost to Manchester United (1:0), who won due to a penalty in 8th minute. So far into the season, Leicester managed to produce two draws against Wolves (0:0) and Chelsea (1:1) as well as two wins against Sheffield Utd (1:2) and Bournemouth (3:1). All in all, Brendan Rodgers’ men are playing very solid football, which is especially true at King Power Stadium, where the Foxes have not yet lost a match this season. A 2:1 win against Atalanta in a friendly at the start of August, followed by 0:0 draw against Wolves in round one of EPL and 3:1 win against Bournemouth in R4.
As far as h2h fixtures between Leicester and Tottenham are concerned, it was Tottenham who came out ahead in four out if five meetings. Furthermore, Tottenham won three out of five fixtures against Leicester when the two teams meet at King Power Stadium. That being said, Tottenham do not look as strong as we had hoped they would. As a team who was expected to fight for top spots in the Premier League, the Spurs look like they will come up short.
All in all, we don’t trust Tottenham to have an easy time in this fixture, considering what they have shown so far into the season. The Spurs might look like a strong team on the paper, however, their results show otherwise. With only one win in their last four league games, it’s hard to see them as a real contender for top spots this season and even as a favourite to win here. All things considered, Foxers have the needed quality to derail Tottenham. With a fully fit squad (return of Chilwell), we believe Brendan Rodgers’s men can continue with a strong home record and prevent Tottenham from winning their third game of the season.
Prediction: Leicester +0.00 Asian Handicap
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