There was plenty of action and excitement on Saturday in the Premier League as Everton defeated Chelsea and Anthony Martial, the £36m teenager striker, bagged his first EPL goal for Manchester United as they defeated the old enemy in Liverpool. The Sunday and Monday football does not see the same level of high quality encounters, but with three of the six teams chasing their first wins of the season and a Midlands derby to keep us entertained there is plenty to keep our eyes peeled.
We preview all three matches and provide our top EPL picks on each game in conjunction with online bookmaker Unibet.com.
Sunderland v Tottenham: 4.33 – 3.65 – 1.90
Neither of the two sides clashing at the Stadium of Light this Sunday afternoon have had the best starts to the season as both teams are yet to claim their first victory of their campaigns as they sit bottom and 16th in the EPL table with two and three points respectively. However, with both teams in poor form right now they will both see this as a match that they can launch their season from by claiming this first win of the season.
The visiting side to the North-East will fancy their chances at being the side to secure all three points at the full time whistle having won three and drawn two of the last five away games on this ground and they will be hopeful that the England curse that has befallen Harry Kane will be lifted this weekend too. The young striker netted just two EPL goals after being called up for the national side and scoring on his debut against Lithuania in March. He has failed to score this season, but goals for his country against San Marino and Switzerland during last week’s international break could see his scoring form return and after scoring an own goal here last season to give Sunderland a vital point he’ll certainly be out to get off the mark this season.
He’s sure to get chances against a Sunderland side that is already into double digits of goals conceded this season and while he and Tottenham have not looked much like the side that have been in or around the top of six in recent seasons at the start of this campaign we feel that these international goals will give Kane the boost he needs to get going domestically and we’re backing Harry Kane to score anytime during the match at odds of 2.25 with Unibet.com.
Leicester v Aston Villa: 1.86 – 3.70 – 4.50
Leicester City, along with Crystal Palace, have been one of the revelations at the start of the 2015/16 EPL season as they have collected eight points from their opening games scoring eight goals to sit third in the league as they welcome Aston Villa to the King Power Stadium this Sunday afternoon. The three matches between these sides last season were all tightly contested derby matches between these two Midlands sides as Villa won 2-1 at home in the league and FA Cup while Leicester triumphed 1-0 on home soil too, but with The Foxes having started this season at a frantic pace will we see a more one sided game this time around?
The two home games for Leicester this season have yielded eight goals as they defeated Sunderland 4-2 on the opening day of the season before drawing 1-1 with Tottenham, as they came back from a goal down in less than a minute late in the match. Villa’s two away games have seen a narrow 1-0 win at Bournemouth and a 2-1 defeat at Crystal Palace, and with them welcoming back midfielder Jack Grealish and striker Gabby Agbonlahor from injury and illness plus adding defender Joleon Lescott in the transfer window they will believe that they can scrap and battle for victory in this match.
Unfortunately for Villa we feel that they are still lacking goals following the departure of Christian Benteke over the summer and with Leicester seemingly finding goals from all over the pitch we’re going with the Unibet odds and backing the home win @ 1.86.
West Ham v Newcastle: 2.20 – 3.50 – 3.45
The fifth round of EPL football concludes in West London at the Boleyn Ground as West Ham and Newcastle clash in this week’s Monday Night Football with the home side sitting in the top half of the table despite some hit and miss performances, while Newcastle will be desperate to pull themselves out of the bottom three with their first win of the season.
West Ham’s season has been hard to quantify so far with them having beaten Arsenal 2-0 at The Emirates on the opening day of the season and then beating Liverpool 3-0 at Anfield prior to the international break, but they have also lost both home games to Leicester and Bournemouth. They conceded six goals in these games and saw goalkeeper Adrian and defender Carl Jenkinson red-carded in the former and latter games respectively. The tactics used by new manager Slaven Bilic away from home appear to be working perfectly, but his choices on home soil are failing. Will he stick or change for this match?
The Croatian will hope so and with Newcastle struggling for goals this season as they come into this match without a goal in more than five hours of football as they were beaten 2-0 away at Swansea, drew 0-0 at Manchester United and lost 1-0 at home to Arsenal. As a result of this pattern we feel that a lack of goals is the way to bet on this game and with six of the last seven meetings between the sides failing to see both sides find the net, including both meetings last season, our money is on both teams not to score in this West Ham v Newcastle match at odds of 2.07 in the Unibet Sportsbook.