English Premier League comes back following an international break, and all those die-hard fans have a delight right away as two super-big derbies occur this weekend. The North London derby opens the round on Saturday afternoon, while Manchester Derby highlights Sunday.
Stay tuned to see the previews, odds and picks for the most interesting games in the EPL this weekend.
Arsenal VS Tottenham
The Gunners are topping the EPL standings, while the Spurs sit one point behind. So far, Arsenal won six games and lost one, while Tottenham has five triumphs with two draws. Both teams are legit title contenders, regardless of what the public believes, because they play very good football for the moment.
Arsenal was confident at home in the previous three games, winning all, while scoring at least two goals. Though, we need to say that they couldn’t keep a clean sheet in either of those events.
Tottenham’s attack is also very good, netting two goals in a vast majority of their contests. Antonio Conte’s unit is still much better at home than on the road, having two draws and a victory in the EPL, plus the loss in the UEFA Champions League on the road in Lisbon.
Both teams scoring is the best pick for us here. Our reason for this would be excellent offensive potential on both ends, which is much higher than the talent of the defensive crews.
Manchester City VS Manchester United
The Manchester Derby generates a lot of hype because everyone wants to see these two powerhouses. City is in perfect shape, occasionally having slight drops but looking confident in their quest towards another title. United, however, will be tested. The Red Devils significantly improved their form recently, winning against Liverpool and Arsenal. Yet, this will be a completely different situation for them.
Haaland has 11 EPL goals, while City scored 23, allowing six. They have the most dominant offense and defense in the league and are currently without a defeat. In three Premiership games at home, their goal difference is 14-2.
United is on the rise, coming off four consecutive victories in the EPL, the most recent over Arsenal, whom they beat 3-1 at Old Trafford. Anthony debuted with a goal, proving all the hype around him. Also, United didn’t concede in three of the previous four contests.
But regardless of all this, we expect City’s easy win, probably by a two-goal margin or higher. Guardiola’s crew is much better than United.
Bournemouth VS Brentford
The Cherries shouldn’t look for another manager, as Gary O’Neil seems solid for the moment. Bournemouth is without a loss for the past three games, recording a win and two draws while getting away from the bottom of the table.
Meanwhile, Brentford plays well throughout the entire year, and they have only two defeats so far. The Bees scored in each of their four away games during this campaign, and overall, this unit has an offensive-minded approach.
In our opinion, the best possible pick here would be both teams to score, because these two teams play such football, with action in front of both nets.
Liverpool VS Brighton
There is no need to explain the situation here, as the Reds crave for one high win that would bring back hope among the fans. We predict a big and routine triumph for Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
Southampton VS Everton
Both the Saints and the Toffees play inefficient games. Three of Southampton’s previous four were with one goal, and four of the past five with only one team delivering. Meanwhile, Everton had all of its five latest contests with under 2.5 goals, and three with both teams not scoring. Therefore, low efficiency is expected in this case.