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Premier League: Gameweek 4 Betting Preview and Picks

The English Premier League resumes after a weeklong international hiatus and your beloved OddsShark FC soccer experts Rob Trites and Andrew Avery have browsed the board to find their favorite wagers for Gameweek 4.

Sides

Rob: Burnley (+125)

A week off to think things over might have done Crystal Palace some good and it gave the board some time to cool off but with no goals or points through three matches, Frank de Boer’s job is on the line and I’m not positive he keeps it.

The Eagles have yet to play anything that resembles football and they’ve been run roughshod in their two away fixtures so far. They’ll travel to Turf Moor for a match with Burnley this weekend looking to buck that trend but things are not looking good.

As for Sean Dyche and the Clarets, they took all six points from their matchups with CP a season ago and are coming off a momentous draw against Tottenham at Wembley Stadium. Burnley claims its first three home points of the campaign on Sunday to give de Boer his marching orders.

This pick is more about Crystal Palace being awful than it is about Burnley being good but the Clarets’ 10 wins at home last year don’t hurt my argument at all.

Andrew: West Brom (+195)

Yes, it’s early days, but the Baggies sit fifth in the table after a pair of wins and a draw from three matches so far in the young season. Brighton, on the other hand, has not. The promoted club looks like just that – a promoted club. Two losses to open the campaign and a draw last time out have the club already in a hole.

Not only is it West Brom’s good form and the handsome moneyline value, but some savvy moves to bolster the squad in the summer window make the club an intriguing wager this season. Among others, Kieran Gibbs and Grzegorz Krychowiak were added and are very excellent pieces for Tony Pulis’ side.

The way the Baggies have played and some of the quality up and down the squad list really make them an interesting team this year. No, they won’t qualify for the European spots, but they look like a side that the bigger clubs should not overlook.

Totals

Rob: Everton vs Tottenham OVER 2.5 (EVEN)

The second-best match in a week that’s chock full of massively entertaining contests is one that I’m expecting to have a pile of goals.

While neither Tottenham nor Everton has exploded offensively, both are capable of doing so and Mauricio Pochettino’s side is busting at the seams. Spurs have averaged 21 shot attempts per game through three matches but they’ve scored just two goals from open play – that changes on Saturday vs a club Tottenham owns a nine-match unbeaten streak against.

Spurs win this 2-1.

Andrew: West Ham vs Huddersfield Under 2.5 (-120)

David Wagner’s Huddersfield side has been one of the brighter stories of the early season. Seven points from three matches and zero goals conceded have the Terriers in excellent form heading to London on Monday.

West Ham is just about in crisis mode and manager Slaven Bilic is walking on eggshells. If the results don’t start coming in, the Hammers will be looking for a new manager.

I expect this one to be a cagey affair from both sides and I expect Wagner’s side to play smart, cautious football in an effort to get a result here. The backline is a tough one to crack and with Marko Arnautovic out and Manuel Lanzini, Andre Ayew, Andy Carroll and Edimilson Fernandes doubtful, the Hammers could be devoid of any spark of creativity in attack.

On paper, this feels like a 0-0 or 1-0 scoreline.

Props

Rob: Harry Kane First Goal Scorer (+300)

August is over and that means Harry Kane is once again free to score. He’s going to do so on Saturday against the Toffees and he could bend the twine early after breaking the ice in the two clubs’ last Premier League meeting.

With eight shots on goal so far, it’s truly amazing to me that Kane has yet to wheel away from the penalty area in celebration but such is life when you cheer for a cursed club. The combination of he, Dele and Christian Eriksen has been dynamic so far but is still a gear away from overdrive.

If Tottenham is going to slip by Everton on the road and get this season back on the rails, the team needs Harry to pick up where he left off in May and there’s nothing stopping him from doing that this weekend after two productive performances for England.

Andrew: Manchester City vS Liverpool Both Teams to Score in First Half (+275)

What a matchup this could be as Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City hosts Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in what looks like the game of the weekend.

Liverpool was absolutely buzzing against Arsenal in their 4-0 win before the international break and Sadio Mane, Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino have been seemingly scoring at will.

The Reds backline, which has looked steady so far, will have its hands full against a loaded Man City attack. This is precisely why I love both sides to score in the first half. Great value and loaded attacks on both sides make this one of my favorite bets of the week.

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