The Premier League may well boil down to the predicted battle between the two Manchester teams already occupying the top of the table, but I’m not sure Manchester City will have things all their own way against an unbeaten Watford side this weekend. We’ve a tip for Watford vs Manchester City, as well as Friday Night’s match between and Bournemouth and Brighton, and Saturday’s match between Liverpool and Burnley.
Bournemouth vs Brighton (Friday 8.00)
Brighton haven’t made an amazing start to life in the Premier League with 4 points from 4 games, but Bournemouth would kill for those points right now after losing their opening four games. On the back of that run, Bournemouth do look short at around 5/4, and results against Man City and Watford suggest there might be little between the pair at the moment. The pair haven’t played each other since the 2014/15 Championship Season, where Bournemouth did win both games on their way to promotion but, as 3 of their last 6 games have produced draws, the draw could prove a bit of value. For those wanting a bigger price, all those three draws ended 1-1.
Liverpool vs Burnley (Saturday 3.00)
Burnley have already sneaked 7 points into the bank from some tricky looking opening fixtures, which is the same as this weekend’s opponents Liverpool – who are a best-priced 3/10 to win this match. Burnley are also unbeaten in trips to Chelsea and Tottenham, scoring in both games, and they scored at Anfield last season. However, they have lost on both their recent visits to Anfield. Liverpool on the other hand are having a bit of a strange season, having kept clean sheets against both Arsenal and Crystal Palace, whilst conceding 5 against Man City and 3 against Watford. I think Liverpool will win, but value-seekers might want to up the odds with Liverpool to win and both teams to score.
Watford vs Man City (Saturday 3.00)
A quick look at the last four matches between the two teams and it’s easy to see why the bookies have Manchester City priced-up at long odds-on, as they’ve won all four games. Add in the fact that they dismantled 10-man Liverpool last weekend and many bookies seem to think this is cut and dried for the Premier League favourites. However, whilst Pep Guardiola will stick to the style of play that has brought him much success elsewhere, this time he will up against a Watford side marshalled by the tactically astute Marco Silva. It’s a so far undefeated Watford side that has kept 3 clean sheets out of four so far, with 2-0 wins away at both Bournemouth (City won 2-1 there) and Southampton – and, whilst the percentage play may be to lay City, the big-price for a Watford win is too tempting to resist.
Watford @ 17/2 Unibet