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Reds to maintain flawless record? Get Premier League tips for this weekend

Leigh Copson 21 Sep 2019
Mohamed Salah of Liverpool (credit:Insidefoto/SIPA USA/PA Images)

Premier League predictions for the weekend of September 21/22. Bettingpro writers Ben Darvill and Leigh Copson have picked out their favourite bets from this weekend’s matches in England’s top flight? Read on to get our free Premier League predictions and betting tips.

Ben’s Bet: Crystal Palace vs Wolves (Sunday 14:00 BST)

It’s been a tough start to the Premier League season for both sides as Crystal Palace and Wolves have been struggling to pick up the points to help them to climb up the table towards a very early push for safety. Palace began fairly promisingly, with two wins in their opening three seeing them climb the table. However, they were completely outclassed last time out as their trip to take on Tottenham ended in a resounding 4-0 loss as Son Heung-Min starred with a brace. Defeat wipes away all of the good feeling their wins over Manchester United and Aston Villa would have brought, and they will now be looking to consolidate their position, with heads dropping quickly when defeats are not only consistent, but also heavy. Wolves have also found the start of the season difficult as they have had to juggle Europa League qualification and thriving in the Premier League this time out. Draws with Leicester, Manchester United and Burnley saw a solid if unspectacular start, but losses in high scoring games against Everton (3-2) and Chelsea (5-2) has seen their points grabbing grind to a halt, with the Wanderers suddenly sitting in the relegation zone, something that will give their fans very itchy feet as they desperately try to climb the table. 

The heavy recent losses for both sides means I am not overly confident either team will be looking to play particularly positive football, with both probably more inclined to nab a goal all the while staying defensively solid at the back, something that have both failed to do this season, conceding 16 goals between them already. A home tie for Palace will see their fans in expectant mood against a struggling Wolves outfit, but Roy Hodgson excels in adversity, often making a previously defensively poor team organised, at least making it a bit harder for the opposition to score. For Wolves, hosting Braga in the Europa League comes at an awful time, and they will not be in the best place physically to face Palace, even if they get three points on Thursday. The likelihood is both sides will set up to be hard to beat, focussing on trying to sneak a goal rather than playing expansive and exciting football. While this won’t win fans of either team over, if is necessary, with both in need of a lift and some defensive solidity following their last outings. With this in mind we are backing the draw, something Wolves have managed three times this season.

Leigh’s Bet: Chelsea v Liverpool (Sunday 16:30 BST)

Liverpool have enjoyed a flawless start to their Premier League campaign as they look to end an almost 30-year wait to be crowned kings of the English football. The Reds have not won the title since the top flight underwent its Premier League rebranding, but after going agonisingly close last time around there is a genuine belief that this could be the season in which they finally end their drought. That belief has only been strengthened by the flawless start they have made – five games, five wins. This perfect opening from Jurgen Klopp’s side has sent them top of the table and allowed them to take full advantage of a couple of early slip-ups by title rivals Manchester City, who have dropped two points at home to Tottenham Hotspur and crashed to a shock 3-2 defeat at newly-promoted Norwich City. This all means that Liverpool already have a healthy five-point cushion at the summit, but there is a long, long way  to go and every time they step out onto the field they will be under serious pressure to walk off it with something to show for their efforts – preferably three points. So can they make it six wins from six Premier League fixtures on Sunday? Next up for the Reds is a trip to the capital to take on a Chelsea side who are riding a rollercoaster of form under new boss Frank Lampard. The ex-midfielder took the job knowing that his hands were tied by a transfer embargo that prevented the club from replacing Eden Hazard and other departing players this summer, and if he did not know the size of the task at hand before he agreed his return to Stamford Bridge he does know it now. The Blues have enjoyed a couple of successful away days, including the superb 5-2 win at Wolves last weekend, but they are yet to win a competitive fixture at home this season, following up Premier League draws against Leicester City and Sheffield United with a Champions League defeat at the hands of Valencia in midweek. Chelsea desperately need to end their winless ways at Stamford Bridge as soon as possible, but can they really do that here?

While Chelsea were falling to defeat against the Spanish side, Liverpool were enduring an equally disappointing outing as they too began the Champions League group stage with a loss, conceding a couple of late goals to lose away to Napoli. It was an underwhelming display from the Reds that was the polar opposite to the ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ football that saw them overwhelm teams throughout the 2018/19 campaign, but it was not a performance that will suddenly have me doubting their chances of beating a Chelsea team that have not been doing well at home since the start of the campaign. Simply put, Liverpool are much stronger team and although they have not won a Premier League fixture at Stamford Bridge for three years, I am confident that they will maintain their 100% record in the top flight by ending that wait on Sunday afternoon. I do expect Chelsea to score in a losing effort though. They have not drawn a blank in the league since the opening day hammering at Manchester United and they have now netted at least twice in each of their last three top-flight outings, with Tammy Abraham leading the charge with seven goals in five appearances. They are coming up against a Liverpool defence who are weakened considerably by the ongoing absence of goalkeeper Alisson. The Brazilian stopped was forced off in the first half of the game on opening night and since then his replacement, Adrian, has managed just one clean sheet in six-and-a-half games – a sequence that includes the 2-2 UEFA Super Cup draw with Chelsea last month. So Chelsea can grab a goal here, but it will not be enough to prevent Liverpool from heading home with the spoils.

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