Premier League Matchday 4 Preview & Picks

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Laura Paterson Sep 09, 2021, 11:01 AM

The English Premier League returns this week after a brief hiatus for the international break. We’re going into Matchday 4 in the EPL and most of the talk will undoubtedly center around Cristiano Ronaldo making his second Manchester United debut.

Let’s jump right into the Matchday 4 preview and have a look at all of the best Premier League odds and picks for this weekend’s matches.

Crystal Palace vs. Tottenham Hotspur

The weekend kicks off at Selhurst Park when Crystal Palace welcome high-flying Tottenham. Spurs are sitting top of the table and they will be looking to make it five wins on the trot this season and it’s likely that they will do just that. 

The Eagles haven’t taken a single win from their last 12 league meetings against Tottenham, and if Harry Kane has the right mentality after his move to Man City failed to materialize, then you can expect Spurs to leave Selhurst with all three points in the bag. 

Betting odds: Crystal Palace: +333 Tie: +250 Tottenham: -115

Pick: Spurs to win.

Watford vs. Wolves

Bruno Lage’s team is yet to pick up a point this season, but they have played exciting soccer in every game. They didn’t deserve to lose against Manchester United and if they can start to score some of the huge numbers of shots that they take every game, then I have no doubt they will come right.

Watford have an impressive home record, however, and are currently at ten consecutive home wins – a club record. I suspect there could be quite a few goals in this game, with Adama Traoré and Raúl Jiménez attacking for Wolves and Ismaïla Sarr alongside Cucho Hernández starring upfront for Watford. Over 2.5 could be a solid choice for this game.

Betting odds: Watford: +230 Tie: +225 Wolves: +130

Pick: Over 2.5 goals: +120

Brentford vs. Brighton

Brighton and Brentford will meet up for the first time this weekend in the English top flight. The Seagulls aren’t having a great away streak at the moment, winning just one of their last nine away games. Brentford is having a great start to their first season in the Premier League with two draws and a win under their belt. They have won five of the last nine home games against Brighton and I think they will do it again this weekend, even if the odds don’t suggest it. 

Betting odds: Brentford: +180 Tie: +220 Brighton: +165

Pick: Brentford to win.

Arsenal vs. Norwich

It’s a miserable time to be an Arsenal fan, and this is an absolutely crucial game for the team and their manager Mikel Arteta. Arsenal could equal a club record by going five games without a win at the start of the season for the first time since 1923-24. Luckily, the Gunners are coming up against the only team in the league that looks worse than they do.

Norwich are in the same boat without a goal or a win to their name, and they shipped ten goals in their first three games. Arteta simply cannot afford to lose and that’s why I’m going with Arsenal here. It’s not going to be pretty, but Arsenal should take all three points in a scrappy affair at the Emirates.

Betting odds: Arsenal: -200 Tie: +350 Norwich: +525

Pick: Arsenal to win.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle

Cristiano Ronaldo makes his return to Old Trafford this weekend and those that believe in fate will be looking forward to this game, as his only hat-trick ever scored for the Red Devils was against Saturday’s opponents in 2008. Man United have had a relatively strong season so far, but they need to build on their performances to achieve consistency.

Newcastle, on the other hand, have had a poor season so far – picking up just one point. Steve Bruce will hope his players can take something from his old team, but I think that’s a very unlikely scenario, as the Magpies have only won once at Old Trafford in 36 visits.

Betting odds: Man United: -500 Tie: +600 Newcastle: +1300

Pick: Ronaldo to score 2 goals or more: +225

Southampton vs. West Ham

West Ham have scored 10 goals in three games and have set the bar very high for their first campaign in a European competition. They have a great record on the road and have had particularly good success against Southampton, having won 19 games against the Saints in the League.

Southampton can be tricky, but have only managed to keep one clean sheet in 24 League games. I see Michail Antonio running riot for West Ham and causing all sorts of problems for Ralph Hasenhüttl’s defense.

Betting odds: Southampton: +195 Tie: +250 West Ham: +135

Pick: West Ham to win and both teams to score: +300

Leicester vs. Manchester City

Leicester City took the bragging rights the last time these two met, as the Foxes came out victorious in the Community Shield. Manchester City, however, will be looking for revenge at the King Power Stadium this weekend. They recovered from their opening 1-0 loss to Tottenham and scored five goals in each of their last two matches.

Leicester City have also picked up two wins and a loss so far this season, and this looks set to be a tantalizing match between the two. This is a fixture that rarely sees a draw, with no spoils shared over the last 11 games. Although they are playing away, I don’t see Manchester City dropping any points here.

Betting odds: Leicester: +450 Tie: +325 Man City: -175

Pick: Man City to win.

Chelsea vs. Aston Villa

Chelsea were held to a draw against Liverpool in their last game, despite the fact that they were down to 10 men for over 45 minutes. Thomas Tuchel’s team will look to bounce back from this and it’s a good fixture for them to do just that. They have won 11 of their last 16 games against the Villains and with Romelu Lukaku flying at the moment, it’s hard to see any other result at Stamford Bridge.

Betting odds: Chelsea: -350 Tie: +450 Aston Villa: +950

Pick: Lukaku to get 2 or more goals: +333

Leeds vs. Liverpool

Whenever Leeds plays, you know it’s going to be a cracker. Their style of soccer might not do them any favors in defense, but it always means that there’s plenty of goals to be had. Liverpool travel to Elland Road with two wins and a draw so far, while Leeds are yet to win. With an average of 4.25 goals per game in the last four games between these two sides, we should be in for an interesting one and there is great value in selecting over 2.5 goals for this one.

Betting odds: Leeds: +340 Tie: +300 Liverpool: -135

Pick: Liverpool to win with a combined score of over 2.5: +125

Everton vs. Burnley

Everton host Burnley at Goodison Park in the last game of Matchday 4 on Monday night. The Clarets are yet to win this season, while Everton have won two and drawn one. Burnley have won two of their last four games on the Toffees’ home ground, but I don’t really see them doing it again this week. This is a game that isn’t going to have many goals in it and under 2.5 is likely a safe bet to make.

Betting odds: Everton: -135 Tie: +270 Burnley: +375

Pick: Everton to win with a combined score of under 2.5: +290

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Laura Paterson

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Laura is a dedicated in-house writer for The Media Image. An avid sports fan and field hockey player, she gets her fix through writing on a variety of sports for BetMGM.

Laura is a dedicated in-house writer for The Media Image. An avid sports fan and field hockey player, she gets her fix through writing on a variety of sports for BetMGM.