After a break for the International week, the Premier League returns for the fifth Matchday of the season. After four weeks of games, there are just three teams remaining with a 100% winning record so far, while there is just one team yet to secure a point in the fledgling league table.
Over the last few weeks we have seen the standard bearers in the Premier League rise to the top of the table once again as Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham have all generally started well. Amongst that list you can add the more unusual name of Watford, who after a superb win over Tottenham last time out, are the third team alongside Liverpool and Chelsea with a 100% record after four games.
For some other teams it has been a tougher start. Both Arsenal and Manchester United have already suffered two defeats this season but both recorded much needed wins last time out. Here’s how the results went on Matchday Four.
Premier League Results – Matchday Four
- Leicester City 1-2 Liverpool
- Crystal Palace 0-2 Southampton
- Everton 1-1 Huddersfield Town
- Brighton 2-2 Fulham
- Chelsea 2-0 Bournemouth
- West Ham 0-1 Wolves
- Manchester City 2-1 Newcastle United
- Cardiff City 2-3 Arsenal
- Watford 2-1 Tottenham Hotspurs
- Burnley 0-2 Manchester United
Premier League Table (11th September 2018)
4 Goals – Aleksandar Mitrovic (Fulham), Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
3 Goals – Glenn Murray (Brighton), Lucas Moura (Tottenham), Pedro (Chelsea), Richarlison (Everton), Roberto Pereyra (Watford), Romelu Lukaku (Man Utd), Sergio Aguero (Man City)
Performance of the Week
Liverpool battled their way to a win at Leicester, while Southampton’s win at Crystal Palace also deserves a mention, as does Huddersfield Town draw with Everton. However for me, the outstanding performance on Week Four goes to Watford who came from a goal down to defeat Tottenham 2-1 at Vicarage Road thanks to two headed goals, one from Troy Deeney and the other just six minutes later, from defender Craig Cathcart. The Hornets now have another acid test for their 100% record this coming week as they take on Manchester United, once again at Vicarage Road.
Matchday Five Fixtures
Shown below are the latest odds on the Full Time Result market on matches for the fifth weekend of Premier League games as provided by bet365 Sport.
*Odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of 1pm on Tuesday 11th September 2018
Matchday Five Preview and Tips
- Tottenham v Liverpool – Draw – 12/5
Last season, Spurs beat Liverpool 4-1, thanks chiefly to some awful Liverpool defending. Then there was the late drama that unfolded in a 2-2 draw at Anfield. However, this is a new Liverpool side that looks much stronger and I don’t feel they will get beat here. However, I can’t see them coming back from Wembley with all three points either, especially with Harry Kane and Dele Alli rested for England in the week before. I’m backing this one to end all-square.
- Manchester City v Fulham – Home Win – 1/10
I think Fulham and Manchester City are two of the more attractive teams in the Premier League, but I also feel that City are at least one, if not two levels above Fulham at the moment. This is a huge ask for the newly promoted team and it is one that I think is well above them at the moment. City should be keen to push on this month and I can see them getting off to a solid start here with a confident and comfortable home win.
- Bournemouth v Leicester City – Draw – 11/5
Both these teams have started the season pretty well and while I think Bournemouth’s results have been better, I think Leicester’s performances have been stronger but not earned the same rewards. With Jamie Vardy back in the team from suspension, I think that gives Leicester an extra attacking edge which means they will get something from this game, but my feeling is that the most they will get will be a point.
- Newcastle United v Arsenal – Away Win – 5/6
Arsenal have bounced back well from defeats to Man City and Chelsea in their opening two games to beat West Ham and Cardiff in their last two, although they have looked susceptible to conceding goals in both those games. Newcastle are struggling and with just one win from four games, after an equally tough start, this looks like being another tough day for the Toon Army as I am backing the Gunners to nick this one by a single goal.
- Huddersfield Town v Crystal Palace – Away Win – 7/5
Huddersfield have bounced back from a very poor start to collect two points from their last two games, whereas Palace started well but have now lost three in a row. Both teams will view this game as an opportunity to collect three points and in truth, I think Palace are the best equipped to take the win. They are a better side than their form suggests and but for some woeful finishing, could have beaten Southampton last time out. I think they’ll put that right here with a win on the road.
- Chelsea v Cardiff City – Home Win – 1/6
The Bluebirds managed at least to find the net against Arsenal in their 3-2 defeat to the Gunners last time out, their first goals of the season, but this trip to Chelsea looks like being a fruitless one for Neil Warnock’s team. Maurizio Sarri has seen his team pick up four wins from four in some style thus far and they should make that five out of five here with what I am expecting to be a very comfortable win over Cardiff.
- Watford v Manchester United – Away Win – 10/11
Watford produced the performance of the last round of games in their 2-1 win over Tottenham and they’ll need to be as good again against Manchester United, even though Jose Mourinho’s men have lost two games already this season. This is a big test for both teams and in truth, a win for either could define their season. This will be close but I feel United’s physicality will stand them in good stead here and I am backing them to claim a narrow win.
- Wolves v Burnley – Home Win – 8/11
Burnley fans must wonder what has happened to their team that played so well and so tightly last season. That defensive sturdiness has disappeared this season in the Premier League and the Clarets are suffering. This is a therefore a huge game for them against a Wolves side that have drawn at home with Man City and Everton thus far this season and I am backing them to make it three points here against Sean Dyche’s team.
- Everton v West Ham United – Home Win – 17/20
Everton’s fans won’t have been too impressed with their teams 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town last time out and they will be demanding a win here against pointless West Ham. Mauricio Pellegrini’s team are still very much bedding in with so many new signings and they have shown flashes of what they could achieve, but I think their poor record at Goodison Park counts against them here and I’m backing Everton to pick up a narrow win.
- Southampton v Brighton – Draw – 11/5
This south coast derby pits two teams with very similar records against each other. Both have two defeats, a draw and a win on their resume this season but Southampton’s win came on the road at Crystal Palace last time out. Brighton’s away form isn’t great but then again, the Saints home form isn’t too strong either. Derby games are tough to predict, and I think this is one such game and given how similar both teams have started, I think the draw is the sensible option.