The narrative about the Premier League being “the deepest” of the European domestics divisions has existed for some time. More teams are making more money than ever before and investing in talent. A look at the table and you’ll see all but one team (Watford!) with at least three points.
The last time that this many teams had add least 3 points after Matchday 3 was 1981.
So yea, it’s a tightly bunched table. This week features three games in particular with major Top 4, Top 6, and relegation implications:
- Arsenal vs Tottenham: So any enthusiasm about either of these teams making a run at Liverpool and Manchester City went the way of the Dodo last weekend. Arsenal was run off the field at Anfield. Spurs lost to Newcastle. Still, these are three huge points for a top 4 finish this campaign.
- Everton vs Wolves: Both of these teams had UCL aspirations going into the season. Everton sits snugly in the middle of the table with a LWD. Wolves haven’t lost once this season domestically! Nor have they won. They’re DDD.
- Newcastle vs Watford: Everybody expected Newcastle would struggle with Steve Bruce at the helm. Then they go and basically play a 8-1 formation and beat Spurs. Watford wasn’t anyone’s relegation candidate. And they’re the only Premier League team without a point or a win. These points would mean a lot for Newcastle’s hopes of staying up. Watford just need to get on the board.
Premier League Matchday 4 Odds
|Southampton +295||Draw +225||Manchester United +105|
|Chelsea -305||Draw +400||Sheffield United +900|
|Crystal Palace +120||Draw +235||Aston Villa +240|
|Leicester City -155||Draw +320||Bournemouth +390|
|Manchester City -1250||Draw +1100||Brighton +2500|
|Newcastle +155||Draw +225||Watford +185|
|West Ham -109||Draw +280||Norwich City +275|
|Burnley +1000||Draw +425||Liverpool -335|
|Everton +120||Draw +220||Wolves +250|
|Arsenal +150||Draw +260||Tottenham +170|
Odds & Ends
- Something about that +225 draw price screams Southampton 1 – 1 Manchester United.
- Are we sure that West Ham should be odds on favorites (-109) vs Norwich? Team Pukki over here at HPS. Don’t be surprised if the Canaries sing at +275.
- Among the more interesting matches this week is Leicester vs Bournemouth. The Foxes are third in the table right now. If they’re really going to challenge for European soccer, taking care of business at home against a scrappy, talented Bournemouth squad is a must.
- Finally, watch the Christian Eriksen transfer news all week. If he remains at Spurs and makes the Starting XI, that +170 at Arsenal is worth a long look.