The fourth round of action in the FA Premier League is set to get underway this weekend, with Liverpool looking to continue their excellent start to the season. The Reds have won all three of their games, are yet to concede a goal and travel to take on Leicester City this coming Saturday (1 September).
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Leicester City have made a solid start to the season themselves and have collected six points from their opening three games. Having lost their curtain raiser to Manchester United, they have since beaten Wolves and Southampton, and will be looking to make it three wins in a row this weekend.
After thrashing West Ham 4-0 on the opening weekend, Liverpool have managed to grind out wins over Crystal Palace and Brighton. This trip to Leicester is likely to be their toughest test of the season so far.
Nevertheless, it is visitors Liverpool who come into this match as the favourites to make it four wins from four. The Reds are at 1.44 to take all three points, with Leicester out at 7.50 to win in front of their own fans – a comfortable 2-0 win for Liverpool, as they managed in their last away game against Palace, is priced competitively at 7.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$35 pay out, according to the Oddsshark site.
Chelsea also looking to maintain 100 per cent record
Chelsea host Bournemouth at Stamford Bridge on Saturday also looking to make it four wins in a row at the start of the season. However, they are up against a Bournemouth side who are also undefeated, having collected seven points from their opening three matches.
And the Blues will be looking for revenge against their next opponent. Back in January, Bournemouth recorded a shock 3-0 win in west London –a result that is priced at a whopping 151.00 this time, although Bournemouth will likely look to take the game to their more illustrious opponents once again.
But it is home side Chelsea who are the clear favourites to win their fourth successive match this term. The Blues are at just 1.30 to take the points, with Bournemouth out at 11.00 to repeat their success here last season, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment.
A comfortable, 3-1 win for Chelsea is priced at 11.00, and given the way these two teams play goals is a reasonable expectation. Over 2.5 goals in the game is at just 1.40, while both teams to score is slightly higher at 1.75.
Watford and Tottenham both have 100 per cent records – something has to give
And finally, Sunday afternoon will see two teams who have won all three of their league games so far meet t Vicarage Road, when Watford host Tottenham Hotspur. JaviGracia has replaced the departing Marco Silva at Watford and, given the summer to prepare his squad, has made an excellent start to the campaign.
The Hornets have beaten Brighton, Burnley and Crystal Palace so far, but there is no doubt Tottenham and Mauricio Pochettino will offer them their most stringent test to date. Spurs are another side with a 100 per cent record and something will simply have to give on Sunday afternoon.
Tottenham have beaten Newcastle, Fulham and then put in a hugely impressive performance to beat Manchester United 3-0 at Old Trafford. They can therefore come into this game at Watford absolutely brimming with confidence.
And it is visitors Tottenham who come into the game as favourites to keep their winning streak going. Spurs are at just 1.65 to record their fourth straight win, with Watford at 5.50 to do the same – a draw is priced in the middle at 4.20.
And there is no denying that the technical quality of this Tottenham squad is far greater than that of Watford. A narrow, 2-1 win for Spurs is priced at 9.00, coming close to a ten-fold return on any investment – and England forward Harry Kane is the favourite to get his name on the score sheet at just 1.66.
Premier League round 4 fixtures:
Saturday, 1 September
(7.50) Leicester City x Liverpool (1.44); draw (5.00)
(2.30) Brighton x Fulham (3.40); draw (3.40)
(1.30) Chelsea x Bournemouth (11.00); draw (6.00)
(2.00) Crystal Palace x Southampton (4.20); draw (3.50)
(1.53) Everton x Huddersfield Town (7.50); draw (4.20)
(2.60) West Ham x Wolves (2.87); draw (3.40)
(1.11) Manchester City x Newcastle United (26.00); draw (11.00)
Sunday, 2 September
(6.00) Cardiff City x Arsenal (1.57); draw (4.33)
(6.00) Burnley x Manchester United (1.70); draw (3.75)
(5.50) Watford x Tottenham (1.65); draw (4.20)