Premier League Fixture Preview #4

The Premier League returns after the international break with an entertaining batch of fixtures scheduled for matchday four. We preview the next round of games…

Manchester United vs Manchester City

KO: 12:30pm – Saturday 10th September
Odds: Home – 13/10, Draw – 23/10, Away – 21/10

The Manchester Derby is the headline fixture of match day four as Jose Mourinho meets Pep Guardiola yet again. This represents a new era of rivalry for both Manchester clubs and their respective bosses. Both sides bring a perfect record into the game and have players in top form. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been an instant hit whilst Raheem Sterling seems back to his best. City will be without Sergio Aguero due to suspension whilst Marcus Rashford could feature after netting a hat-trick for England’s U21s in midweek.

TBG predicts: Manchester United win

Arsenal vs Southampton

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 10th September
Odds: Home – 4/7, Draw – 3/1, Away – 19/4

Arsenal will look to build on their first win of the season against Watford with another result against Southampton. Arsene Wenger welcomes Claude Puel to the Emirates and both sides are looking to build on their slow starts to the season. Arsenal are boosted by the arrivals of Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez but Southampton have lost just one of their last six encounters on the road to North London. The Gunners will welcome back Aaron Ramsey following a hamstring injury whilst Southampton could be without Fraser Forster due to an arm injury.

TBG predicts: Arsenal win

Bournemouth vs West Brom

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 10th September
Odds: Home – 21/20, Draw – 11/5, Away – 14/5

Bournemouth will look for their first win of the season against West Brom at the Vitality Stadium with the pressure mounting on the Cherries to start picking up results. Eddie Howe is boosted by the arrival of Jack Wilshere on loan from Arsenal whilst Tony Pulis could hand a debut to Nacer Chadli. The West Brom boss was unhappy with the club’s business in the transfer window but now much turn his attention to picking up points.

TBG predicts: Draw

Burnley vs Hull City

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 10th September
Odds: Home – 13/10, Draw – 21/10, Away – 23/10

Newly-promoted sides, Burnley and Hull, meet on Saturday looking to collect all three points. Burnley were comfortably beaten by Chelsea after beating Liverpool at Turf Moor and welcome a Hull side yet to lose since their promotion to the Premier League. Mike Phelan has led the Tigers to victories over Swansea and Leicester but were narrowly beaten by Manchester United. The Clarets were victorious when the sides last met in February and it should be an intriguing weekend contest.

TBG predicts: Draw

Middlesbrough vs Crystal Palace

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 10th September
Odds: Home – 5/4, Draw – 21/10, Away – 23/10

After snatching a point late on at Bournemouth last week, Crystal Palace face a tough trip to the Riverside to face Middlesbrough. Aitor Karanka’s side are unbeaten following their promotion to the Premier League whilst Palace have won just two games in 2016. Boro could also welcome Calum Chambers into the first team following his loan move from Arsenal and Victor Valdes is expected to win a race for fitness. Meanwhile, Yohan Cabaye is struggling with injury and new signing Mathieu Flamini is not match fit. Boro were victorious last time the sides met in 2012 and will be hoping for more points on Saturday.

TBG predicts: Middlesbrough win

Stoke vs Tottenham

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 10th September
Odds: Home – 7/2, Draw – 13/5, Away – 4/5

Another unbeaten side, Tottenham, face a tricky away trip to Stoke, who currently sit bottom of the Premier League table. Mark Hughes’ side have had a poor start to the season but should welcome Wilfried Bony into the starting eleven to provide much-needed firepower to the Potters attack. Spurs have drawn two out of their three games and will have Hugo Lloris back in goal following injury. Moussa Sissoko could also debut but Danny Rose will miss out after picking up an injury on international duty.

TBG predicts: Draw

West Ham vs Watford

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 10th September
Odds: Home – 17/20, Draw – 5/2, Away – 10/3

West Ham host Watford on Saturday looking to bounce back after being comfortably beaten by Manchester City. The Hammers will be boosted by the return of Dimitri Payet, who is fit enough to start against the Hornets. Watford are searching for their first win of the season under Walter Mazzarri following a difficult set of fixtures. Mazzarri could hand Roberto Pereyra his first start at the club whilst his former teammate, Simone Zaza, could lead to the line for the Hammers following his loan move from Juventus.

TBG predicts: West Ham win

Liverpool vs Leicester

KO: 5:30pm – Saturday 10th September
Odds: Home – 8/13, Draw – 3/1, Away 17/4

Liverpool will finally play their first home game of the season as they welcome Leicester to the renovated Anfield in the late kick-off on Saturday. The Reds spent £115m to add 8,000 seats to their Main Stand and Jurgen Klopp is hoping for an electric atmosphere from the Reds faithful. Klopp managed to beat Leicester at home last season but were comfortably beaten in the reverse fixture at the King Power. Liverpool will be without Emre Can to injury but have Loris Karius fit again following hand surgery. Claudio Ranieri has Kasper Schmeichel available following a hernia operation and has hinted that record signing, Islam Slimani, could make his debut for the Foxes despite not yet training with his team-mates.

TBG predicts: Liverpool win

Swansea vs Chelsea

KO: 4:00pm – Sunday 11th September
Odds: Home – 9/2, Draw – 29/10, Away – 8/13

Swansea host Chelsea in Sunday’s Premier League fixture looking to get their season back on track. They face Antonio Conte’s side who are in fantastic form. The Blues have won every game in all competitions and welcome new signings David Luiz and Marcos Alonso to the squad. The signing of Luiz could see Conte try out a three defender formation against the Swans whilst Cesar Azpilicueta could move to right-back to accommodate Alonso. Swansea have no injury concerns after Borja Baston recovered from a knock. It will be a tough game for the Swans and Chelsea show no signs of slowing down.

TBG predicts: Chelsea win

Sunderland vs Everton

KO: 8:00pm – Monday 12th September
Odds: Home – 13/5, Draw – 12/5, Away – 21/20

David Moyes faces a trip to his former club Everton on Monday night looking for his first win since taking over Sunderland. The Black Cats will be in for a tough night against an Everton side who look much improved under Ronald Koeman. The Blues are unbeaten so far this season and could bring Enner Valencia into the side following his loan move from West Ham. Moyes could use Victor Anichebe against his former club following his move to the Stadium of Light. Two consecutive wins for the Toffees will see them labelled as favourites.

TBG predicts: Everton win.

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