EPL Betting Picks 2021-22: Matchday 4
After an extended break due to the World Cup Qualifiers, the Premier League is back with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United homecoming set to take the footballing world by storm. With plenty of the top teams taking on lower placed clubs this week, the pressure is on to maintain pace at the top of the table. As always, we’ve got you covered with our picks from the key fixtures this week!
Manchester United vs Newcastle
Old Trafford, Saturday 10:00am ET
Cristiano Ronaldo returns home to Manchester United twelve years after his last appearance for the Red Devils. His return comes against a struggling Newcastle outfit with just one point from their opening three games, sitting in seventeenth place on the Premier League table. For Manchester United, it’s been a good start to their campaign with seven points from a possible nine, to be in third place. New acquisition Raphael Varane was superb in his United debut in a 1-0 victory over Wolverhampton on Matchday Three.
With the signings of Ronaldo, Varane and Jadon Sancho, Man United have a squad capable of being a legitimate title contender alongside Chelsea and Man City. Newcastle have struggled in defence to start their season, conceding eight goals in their three games against mediocre opposition in West Ham, Aston Villa and Southampton. With the prospect of facing an attack with Bruno Fernandes (3 goals), Mason Greenwood (3 goals), Cristiano Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho, it’s difficult to see their defence being capable of stopping an attacking onslaught. The Magpies defence has failed to contain the Red Devils in recent clashes, coneding 11 goals in their last three Premier League matches against Manchester United.
Although their attackers receive the majority of the praise for their success, Manchester United’s defence has been excellent to begin the ‘21/’22 campaign, allowing only two goals from their opening three matches. The back four of Shaw, Maguire, Varane and Wan-Bissaka along with De Gea in goal is arguably the best defensive unit in the Premier League, and they’re playing like it. United have dominated Newcastle for quite some time, holding an 11-2-3 in their last sixteen Premier League matches against Newcastle. These two sides are in polar opposite patches of form and it’s set up for a big win for the Red Devils.
Southampton vs West Ham
St Mary’s Stadium, Saturday 10:00am ET
West Ham have burst out of the blocks to start the ‘21/’22 campaign, continuing the excellent form they carried through the back half of last season. The Hammers have begun their season with two victories and a tie, to be in second place on the Premier League table. David Moyes’ men have been the number one ranked attacking team in the Premier League, scoring a league high ten goals from their opening three games, as Michail Antonio leads the golden boot race with four goals.
Southampton come into this clash on the back of a thrilling draw against Newcastle, however it’s been an underwhelming start to the season, with just two points from their opening three games. Southampton have struggled against the Hammers, failing to beat West Ham since 2017, with a 0-1-6 record against West Ham since 2018. In the six wins for West Ham in that stretch, the Hammers have scored 15 goals.
With 10 goals from their first three matches this season, they’re well positioned to continue the trend of high scoring matches against Southampton. The Hammers are at incredibly good value against a Southampton side that has been struggling for quite some time, and with the attacking weapons at West Ham’s disposal with the likes of Antonio, Benrahma and Fornals, the Hammers just have too much quality in attack for the Saints to cope with.
Everton vs Burnley
Goodison Park, Monday 3:00pm ET
Matchday Four concludes at Goodison Park as Everton take on Burnley. The Toffees sit unbeaten in sixth place, while Burnley are winless in sixteenth place with just one point from their opening three games. Rafa Benitez has his side playing solid consistent football in midfield and defence, whilst allowing their quality in attack to flourish with Dominic Calvert-Lewin bagging three goals to jumpstart Everton’s campaign. Burnley have had a nightmare start to the season, ranking seventeenth for goals with just two goals from three games, nineteenth for possession, and are yet to record a clean sheet, despite being renowned as a quality defensive side under Sean Dyche.
Everton rank third in the Premier League for goals (7), with Demari Gray, Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin causing havoc for defences across the league. The Clarets have struggled to move the ball off the line, and have been easy to defend through midfield with their passing chains often occurring in straight lines, which has made life difficult for the likes of Chris Wood and Ashley Barnes to get opportunities in front of goal. If the Toffees can create an open, free flowing tempo, it’s going to be difficult for Burnley to find a way to create avenues to goal.
Burnley have struggled in away fixtures against Everton, having lost five of their seven Premier League matches at Goodison Park. Everton’s free flowing brand of football is going to be too tough for the Clarets to stop, and they will continue their unbeaten start to the season.
Crystal Palace vs Tottenham (Saturday 7:30am ET)
Total Goals Under 1.5 (+230 with Pointsbet)
Arsenal vs Norwich (Saturday 10am ET)
Arsenal -1 (+140 with Pointsbet)
Leicester vs Manchester City (Saturday 10am ET)
Manchester City -1 (+160 with Pointsbet)
Brentford vs Brighton (Saturday 10:00am ET)
Under 1.5 goals (+160 with Pointsbet)
Watford vs Wolves (Saturday 10:00am ET)
Wolves H2H (+125 with Pointsbet)
Chelsea vs Aston Villa (Saturday 12:30pm ET)
Chelsea -2 (+225 with Pointsbet)
Leeds United vs Liverpool (Sunday 11:30am ET)
Total Goals Over 2.5 (-185 with Pointsbet)