Premier League Matchday 6: Preview & Predictions

Ollie Irish

23rd, October 2020

The Premier League season rumbles on this weekend with some eye-catching fixtures taking place across the country.

The standout match is undoubtedly the clash on Saturday evening between Manchester United and Chelsea at Old Trafford.

United have been beaten at home by Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur this term and will be eager to get off the mark against the Blues.

They got off to a bad start in their last league outing at Newcastle United, with Luke Shaw’s early own goal putting them on the back foot.

However, United left punters who backed the Magpies wishing they had used the early cashout for football bettors by roaring back to secure a 4-1 victory.

The Red Devils enjoyed another confidence booster in midweek as they secured a 2-1 victory at Paris Saint-Germain in their opening match in the Champions League.

United haven’t been beaten at home by Chelsea since 2013, and their array of attacking talent could have a field day against the Blues’ dodgy defence.

Frank Lampard’s team have also had a mixed start to the new season, winning just two of their first five matches in the league.

They comfortably disposed of Brighton & Hove Albion on the opening weekend, before being outclassed by Liverpool in their second outing.

The Blues sandwiched a 4-0 victory over Crystal Palace in between two 3-3 draws with West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, to highlight their inconsistent nature.

Chelsea improved defensively during Tuesday’s goalless draw with Sevilla in the Champions League, although they were fairly toothless in attack.

Elsewhere on Saturday, Manchester City are a banker bet to pick up three points when they face West Ham United at the London Stadium.

City have won nine and drawn one of their last ten meetings with the Hammers and should be far too classy for the home team.

Liverpool are also strongly fancied to record a victory as they go head-to-head with Sheffield United at Anfield.

The Reds started the season with three consecutive wins, before crashing to a humiliating 7-2 defeat at Aston Villa.

Jurgen Klopp’s side steadied the ship with a 2-2 draw at Everton last weekend, and it would be a major surprise if they failed to regain the winning thread against the Blades.

Chris Wilder’s side finally got off the mark for the season with a 1-1 draw against Fulham last Sunday, but they are expected to struggle against the reigning champions.

The remaining fixture on Saturday sees bottom-of-the-table Fulham host Palace, and this is a fixture that could reward punters searching for a draw.

The latest round of matches in the Premier League kick-off on Friday as Aston Villa put their 100 percent record on the line against Leeds United.

Villa started the campaign with victories over Sheffield United and Fulham, before producing a staggering performance to beat Liverpool.

They followed up with a gritty 1-0 victory at Leicester City and will move to the top of the table if they avoid defeat against Leeds.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side picked up seven points from their first four matches since returning to the top flight, but their defeat against Wolves in their last game was a bit of a reality check.

There are three fixtures scheduled for Sunday, with the final match between Arsenal and Leicester the pick of the bunch.

Both teams have collected nine points from their five games to date and will be eager to build on what represents a solid start to the campaign.

The Gunners have won both their home games to date, but defeats on the road against Liverpool and Man City showed that they still lag behind the league’s big clubs.

Leicester rattled off three straight wins at the start of the season, but successive home defeats against West Ham and Villa brought them crashing back down to earth.

The Foxes drew 1-1 on their last visit to the Emirates Stadium back in July and they look a good bet to pick up another point this weekend.

The opening game on Sunday sees Everton travel to face Southampton. The Toffees head into the weekend on top of the standings and they are strongly fancied to record a win in this one.

Wolves should also put another win on the board when they host Newcastle. Nuno’s side fully deserved their victory at Elland Road and are confidently expected to beat the Magpies.

The final fixtures from the latest round of games are on Monday evening, as Brighton face West Brom and Burnley host Spurs.

The Brighton versus West Brom game could be a dour affair, with a goal either way likely to decide this contest.

By contrast, Spurs are the division’s top scorers with 15 goals and should add a few more to their tally at Turf Moor.

Spurs blew a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with West Ham last weekend but should bounce back to winning ways without too many problems against the Clarets.

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