Weekend Preview: Can United bounce back?

Weekend Preview: Can United bounce back?

Manchester United will be looking to get back to winning ways, Manchester City will be looking to maintain their 100% record and Arsenal host Chelsea in this weekend’s Premier League action.  Pep Guardiola’s side have a 100% record whilst the challengers really don’t want to be losing further ground on the leaders so early in the season.  Everton have made an impressive start to the season and could add a further three points again on Saturday, whilst Liverpool host Hull in a game the Reds are really expecting to get three points from that might be enough to see them finish the weekend in the top four.  Here is a closer look and our Premier League Tips for some of those matches:

Manchester United vs Leicester City

Jose Mourinho ended his side’s three-game losing streak with a 3-1 win at Northampton Town in the EFL Cup on Wednesday but there is still plenty of work to be done for the Special One.  Manchester United have lost their last two in the league and will be looking to turn it around against the champions in Saturday’s lunchtime kickoff.

Leicester themselves haven’t been too special to start the defence of their title but last weekend’s 3-0 thrashing of Burnley will have given them a big confidence boost, added by Islam Slimani’s brace on his debut.  Defensively they’ve not been at their best to start the new season but did keep a clean sheet over lowly Burnley last weekend before shipping four to Chelsea in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.

The Red Devils shipped three versus Watford last weekend and we can’t help but think an attack of Riyad Mahrez, Jamie Vardy and Slimani is going to cause Mourinho’s defence all sorts of problems once again this weekend.  This should be an exciting end-to-end game.

Best bet: Both teams to score is 1.96 with Betfair

Bournemouth vs Everton

Everton have made a very impressive start to life under Ronald Koeman as they head into matchday six sitting second in the table having won four of their first five.  Their midweek EFL Cup exit at the hands of Norwich City can be taken with a pinch of salt.

Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth are floating above relegation and their tactical set up really plays into the hands of Everton going into Saturday’s game.  The Cherries just love to play football so you can expect Koeman’s tactical plans to be to defend well and hit the hosts on the counter.

With the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie and Kevin Mirallas in good form going forward, expect Everton to really hurt Bournemouth on the counter in this one, and ultimately they should be aiming for three points here.  Bournemouth are an exciting team to watch so we should be in for an exciting and high-scoring game between these two.

Best bet: Everton to win is 2.20 with Betfair

Swansea City vs Manchester City

A repeat of Wednesday’s EFL third round fixture in which Manchester City won 2-1 at the Liberty Stadium.  This match is of more importance to both teams though and as a result you can expect City’s stars to be shining once again.

Pep Guardiola’s side already have a four-point lead over third place Tottenham Hotspur and a goal difference of a staggering +11 after only five games.  Sergio Aguero is available once again to add to a punishing attack that includes the in-form Kevin De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and David Silva.

Swansea have taken four points from their first five games and look like potential relegation candidates this season.  The sale of Ashley Williams in defence is a huge blow whilst they don’t have too many attacking threats in their starting lineup.  Anything but a comfortable away win would be a surprise.

Best bet: Manchester City to win -1.5 goals is 2.025 with Bet365