Chelsea v Manchester City, Manchester United v Aston Villa and Arsenal v Spurs are the games in focus in the English Premier League Round 6 preview including goals markets and goalscorer betting tips courtesy of @Olimp_SA
English Premier League Round 6
Chelsea vs. Manchester City, Saturday 25 September 13:30
After a convincing 3-0 win away to Spurs last week the Blues now find themselves at the top of the table alongside Liverpool with 13 points. Goal scoring has not been a problem for Tuchel’s side so far this season and it’s quite evident when looking at their results. Before last week Chelsea beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Stamford Bridge, defeated Arsenal 2-0 at the Emirates and beat Crystal Palace 3-0 at home. Their attack has been potent and with a variety of goalscorers across all of their matches it’s clear that they possess many different attacking options. Their defense has also been nothing to be ashamed of and after another clean sheet last week the Blues have still only conceded one goal this season.
Manchester City currently find themselves in 5th spot on the table with 10 points. Prior to last week the Sky Blues were on a good run which included wins against Leicester, Arsenal and Norwich. However, this came to an end after they drew 0-0 at the Etihad against the Saints. Similarly to their opponents, the City defense has been watertight and the only goal let in was in their opening encounter of the season against Spurs. They have picked up 11 goals so far this season, but ten of these came in their two matches against Arsenal and Norwich and they have now only scored one goal in their last two matches.
It’s worth noting that Chelsea have defeated Manchester City in their last three meeting which includes one Champions League final, one FA Cup semi-final and one EPL match. In the last three meetings at Stamford Bridge Chelsea have won three, City one and there has been one draw. These statistics certainly favour the home side and current form suggests that we may be in for another Chelsea win on Saturday. While City and Chelsea both have very tight defenses at the moment I do feel that the Blues’ attack will have enough to sneak at least one goal past the Citizens. We may not see a high-scoring performance from the Blues as we have become accustomed to as of late but they should be able to seal the win at home.
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Manchester United vs. Aston Villa, Saturday 25 September 13:30
Manchester United managed to hold onto a 2-1 win last week against West Ham thanks to a dramatic penalty save from David Da Gea in the dying moments. The Red Devils now find themselves in third place behind Chelsea and Liverpool as a result of their goal difference. They may have scored the most goals in the league so far this season(13), but they have conceded in all but one of their games this season which is a bit of a letdown for United. Prior to last week United beat Newcastle at home 4-1, Wolves away 1-0, drew 1-1 away to Southampton and beat Leeds 5-1 at home. The Red Devils have now won three games on the trot and remain one of three unbeaten teams this season. Ronaldo remains red hot for United and he has now scored in both of his games since returning to Manchester.
Aston Villa will have their tales up going into this clash on Saturday after an unexpected 3-0 win against Everton at Villa Park last week. They have now moved up to tenth place on the table where they sit with seven points. The Villans strong home form continues where they remain unbeaten in six clashes. However, a trip to Old Trafford poses a much greater challenge for Dean Smith’s men and it will be interesting to see what they can do. Aston Villa did manage to take Chelsea to extra-time in the EFL Cup on Thursday which will give them a confidence boost. With Man United crashing out of the EFL Cup they may just be able to take advantage if the hosts let their midweek slip up affect their game on Saturday.
In their last four clashes in the EPL the best Aston Villa have managed was a draw, while the other three matches were all won by Man United. The Villans have not won at Old Trafford since rejoining the EPL in 2019 and you will have to go all the way back to 2009 to find the last time that they managed a win in Manchester. Despite the Red Devils’ midweek loss I cannot see any result other than Manchester United winning this one. The Villans had an impressive win last week and are showing some good form, but it’s going to be a different story this weekend at Old Trafford. I expect Man United to put their EFL Cup exit behind them and come out firing in this one. They will pick up maximum points and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them win by a margin of 2-3 goals.
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Arsenal vs. Tottenham, Sunday 26 September 17:30
The EPL weekend ends off with the North London Derby between Arsenal and Tottenham at the Emirates. The Gunners are in recovery mode and have managed to lift themselves to 13th place on the table after an horrific start to the season which saw them lose 5-0 away to Manchester City, lose 2-0 away to Chelsea and lost 2-0 away to Brentford. They have now managed to win back-to-back clashes albeit by just one goal and look to continue their recovery against a Spurs team that are in a bit of a slump. Goals have been hard to find for Arsenal so far this season, while their defense has let in a total of nine. A clash against Spurs who have let in six goals in their last two matches could be just what they need to get their attack in order.
Spurs had a great start to the season with a 1-0 victory at home against Manchester City, a 1-0 win away to Wolves and a 1-0 win at home to Watford. However the last two weeks have not been good for the men from London after they went down 3-0 away to Crystal Palace and 3-0 away to Chelsea. They have now slipped to 7th place on the table and have failed to score in their last two matches. Up until three weeks ago Spurs seemed to have their defense in order and had not conceded any goals. However, now things seem to be in disarray after letting in so many goals in their last two matches. Saturday is the perfect chance for them to get their affairs in order against an Arsenal team who have only found the net twice so far this season.
In their last four EPL clashes Spurs have won two, Arsenal one and one match ended in a draw. The Gunners seem to perform better at the Emirates when the two sides meet. They have won three out of their last four EPL clashes there and Spurs have only managed a draw. Despite the stats indicating Arsenal having the better record I am more inclined to side with Spurs in this clash. Arsenal may have won their last two but they were against easy opponents and I don’t feel they are fully back on track yet. Spurs lost last week but it was against the top team in the league and their loss to Palace was due to a meltdown after a red card. For me Spurs are still the better team and I feel they will easily breakthrough a poor Arsenal team and get their campaign back to where it should be.
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