Saturday, July 21, 2018

Premier League Preview: Matchday Five

Deke Hardman in Editorial, English Premier League 15 Sep 2017

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Matchday five in the Premier League kicks off on Friday evening as Bournemouth try and get off the mark as they host Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Seagulls got their first win of the season last time out beating West Bromwich Albion by three goals to one and should they pick up another three points here they will move level on points with fifth place Tottenham Hotspur.

It’s their first ever meeting in the top flight and is the 1,420th different match to take place in the in the highest league in English football.

Hodgson in

Saturday’s action commences at Selhurst Park with Roy Hodgson taking charge of Crystal Palace for the first time and Southampton, fresh from their first defeat of the season are the opponents.

The Eagles sit rock bottom of the division with no points and no goals scored and will become the first side in top flight history to lose their first five games without scoring should the Saints win to nil.

Huddersfield Town lost for the first time this season as they were beaten by West Ham United on Monday evening and they will hope to bounce back as they take on a Leicester City side who sit above the drop zone by virtue of goal difference while the Hammers travel to West Bromwich Albion who themselves were beaten for the first time in matchday four.

Newcastle United face Stoke City looking for what would be a third straight victory while Liverpool, still licking their wounds from last weekend’s loss to Manchester City travel to Burnley.

Pep Guardiola’s men followed their 5-0 win over the Reds with another convincing triumph in Europe midweek and face a Watford side flying high in fourth place.

While a point would see the Citizens move into top spot, victory for Marco Silva’s side would put them at the summit of England’s top division for the first time since September 1982 and just one member of their current squad – Heurelho Gomes – was born before then.

Happy Hornets

Hornets’ boss Siva is rightly gaining many plaudits for the job he is doing at Vicarage Road and you can back him to take all three points this weekend at 15/2 with Bet Victor.

Saturday’s late kick-off sees Tottenham Hotspur play Swansea City with the home side looking to record their second Wembley win in four days after they beat Borussia Dortmund last time out.

Cloud nine

After a goalless August Harry Kane scored six goals in four for club and country so far in month number nine, while he also bagged a brace the last time the South Wales side travelled to face Maurico Pochettino’s side.

Sunday boasts two mouth-watering fixtures and its red versus blue as champions Chelsea take on Arsenal before the action concludes with Everton’s trip to top of the table Manchester United – with all four sides having been in European action midweek.


Deke Hardman

Freelance football writer with a love of the game that goes back to the mid nineties when both his beloved Nottingham Forest and England had genuine hope of acheiving some level of success. A regular contributor to both and, Deke also dabbles in music journalism with his heart and head still stuck in the latter years of the twentieth century.



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