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Premier League round 4 preview: Manchester City picking up where they left off last season

14:11 IST 31/08/2018
Pep Guardiola Manchester City 2018-19
Defending champions have dropped two points so far this term and host Newcastle United this weekend

With the month of August coming to a close, the FA Premier League enters its fourth round of matches. And Manchester City are once again shaping up to be the team beat, having won two of their three of their matches and scored eight goals already – the Citizens welcome an out of sorts Newcastle United outfit to the Etihad Stadium this Saturday (1 September).

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Pep Guardiola will have been disappointed to have only managed a draw with Wolves last time out and will be looking to get back to winning ways against Newcastle this weekend. Having put six goals past Huddersfield in their last home game, City could well be in the mood for another rout against a Newcastle side which is struggling for form.

Newcastle have picked up just a single point so far in a goalless draw with Cardiff, and were defeated at home by both Tottenham and Chelsea. The team have struggled for goals, scoring just two in their opening three games, and things are unlikely to get any easier on Saturday afternoon.

City come into the game as overwhelming favourites to take all three points at a price of just 1.11. Visitors Newcastle are all the way out at 26.00 to get their first win of the season, while a 4-0 thrashing in City’s favour comes in at 8.50, according to Oddsshark.

Everton look to get back to winning ways on home soil

Everton fans will be kicking themselves after their side allowed a two goal lead to slip at Bournemouth last time out. The Toffees were forced to settle for a 2-2 draw and have now drawn two of their opening three matches, although they remain unbeaten in the league.

And Everton welcome an out of form Huddersfield Town to Goodison Park this Saturday, who are in desperate need of points. The Terriers have just one point from their three matches and have already conceded nine goals at an alarming rate of three goals per game.

However, Everton’s defence has looked none too sturdy as well and there could be goals in this one. And with Huddersfield losing 12 of 20 games on the road since the start of last season, the odds are very much in Everton’s favour for this one.

The Toffees are at just 1.53 to record their second league win of the season, while Huddersfield are at 7.50 to pick up their first. A 2-1 win for Everton is priced competitively at 9.50, offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment – you could also more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.07, while both teams to score is slightly higher at 2.10.

Arsenal look for three more points at Cardiff

Newly promoted Cardiff City, one of the favourites to be relegated back to the Championship, host Arsenal this Sunday afternoon still looking for their first league win of the new season. Cardiff are at just 1.44 to fall through the trapdoor and look to have a long, hard season ahead of them.

They are yet to score upon their return to the Premier League and face a huge test against a side who have aspirations of returning to the UEFA Champions League. Arsenal finally managed to get their first points on the board last week.

After defeats to Manchester City and Chelsea, the Gunners eased past West Ham 3-1 and are now looking for a second win on the bounce. And Arsenal are undefeated in their last six meetings with Cardiff, winning four and drawing the other two games.

It is therefore of little surprise that it is visitors Arsenal who come into this game as favourites to take all three points. You can back the Gunners to do just that at a price of 1.57, while Cardiff are at 6.00 to get their first points on the board.

A comfortable, 2-0 win for the Gunners is priced at 8.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$40 pay out. And Gabon forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang 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)