GamingZion presents the betting odds for the most exciting Premier League matches this weekend.
The lack of home victories made the 2015-16 Premier League season start a strange one. From the 30 fixtures that have been played so far, only six ended with a home win.
• Look for goals on Saturday
• Bournemouth v Leicester will be exciting
• Pedro a problem for Premier League sides
The teams occupying the top six places in the table, Manchester City, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester United, Crystal Palace and Swansea were able to produce home victories only. Looking at our selection of matches, the trend might continue this weekend. However it seems that the majority of those who bet on sports in the UK expect Chelsea to join the group mentioned above.
Newcastle vs Arsenal betting preview: Not another 0-0
Newcastle United played an encouraging goalless draw at Old Trafford in the previous round. However it is important to note that the result has a lot to do with the Red Devils’ lack of punch in the final third and Louis van Gaal’s overly cautious approach. But all this won’t affect the Magpies’ moral. Though they are still without a win this season, things might start to work under Steve McClaren’s management.
It seems though they will have to wait for their first win at least until mid-September, since Arsenal are travelling to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for a Saturday lunchtime outing. The Gunners played an entertaining goalless draw against Liverpool on Monday night. They could have won it, dominating the second half, but could have lost as well, since the Reds had the upper hand in the first act.
Arsenal are 1.57 (4/7) favourites according to Bet365 Sportsbook. Draw is priced at 4.00 (3/1) with a surprise Newcastle success being available at 5.50 (9/2). Newcastle expected to be tight at the back, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if they surrendered eventually to the Gunners’ free-flowing attacking football. It will be interesting to see what Arsenal can do against them right after Man United were unable to find Tim Krul’s goal. A two-goal Arsenal win goes for 4.50 (7/2) at Bet365.
Bournemouth vs Leicester City betting preview: The match of the weekend?
Relegation battle is pretty far from its climax. However the clash of two teams projected to be involved in the fight to avoid relegation could be the match of the weekend. Bournemouth has been playing some very impressive football so far, while Leicester is arguably the most entertaining side of the Premier League at the moment. The home team will apply their possession-based football, with the Foxes settling in for doing the damage on the break.
Claudio Ranieri designed an excellent counterattacking game for Leicester that earned them seven points from their first three games. Meanwhile the Cherries showed against Liverpool that they are able to compete against the best sides of the league. They were unlucky to depart from Anfield without a point. They did not even have to give up their playing style to make it hard for the Reds. Since the two sides have scored eleven goals together this term, conceding nine, a high-scoring game is expected on Saturday afternoon.
It is no surprise that both teams to score is priced only at 1.67 (4/6) by Bet365 Sportsbook. Over 2.5 goals in total is also a recommended option, available at 1.85 (17/20). Bournemouth are favourites to win the game with odds of 2.10 (11/10). Leicester City are 3.40 (12/5) underdogs, with a tempting draw being also priced at 3.40 (12/5) by Bet365. Look for goals and a tight affair. A 2-2 goes for 15.00 (14/1) and a 2-1 Leicester win is available with mobile betting odds of 13.00 (12/1). The latter one is really a considerable choice since the hosts’ playing style will fit Ranieri’s team, who might dispatch them through their reactive game-plan.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace betting preview: All eyes on Pedro
Chelsea could be able break the no-home-win pattern against Crystal Palace, but this might not come that easy. Alan Pardew’s team is in good form with two wins – one at home and one away – and one loss in three games. Moreover, Palace has a recent history of upsetting top teams in the league. However, the Blues were recently upgraded with the addition of Pedro Rodriguez from Barcelona.
The elite forward, who comes from an alien footballing culture – and from a team of aliens actually – will be hard to cope with for Premier League sides in his first weeks. He demonstrated his outstanding footballing intelligence against West Brom last week. He was his team’s best player at The Hawthorns, scoring the opener and indirectly setting up the second goal. Gambling news report that Pedro is 2.40 (7/5) to score against Palace on Saturday at Bet365 .
In the next piece, we will have a look at the remaining games of the fourth round of the 2015-16 Premier League season, including Liverpool vs West Ham, Tottenham vs Everton and Swansea vs Manchester United.