Premier League Round-Up: Sunday 16/09/18

Premier League Round-Up: Sunday 16/09/18

Wolves vs Burnley – 13:30

Wolves host Burnley in this Sunday’s early kick-off at Molineux. Nuno Espirito Santo’s men head into this match on the back of a last minute 1-0 win over West Ham before the international break, so will be looking to continue with their positive form by claiming back-to-back victory’s this weekend. The hosts will be firm favourites for this one considering the personnel they have available to this this term. Players like Ruben Neves and Joao Moutinho have already started to prove their ability in the top-flight with impressive displays in Wolves’ opening four league fixtures, so a home win looks an extremely strong possibility here.

With draws against both Everton and Manchester City, Wolves look a strong outfit this season. They’ll be aiming for a top half finish come the end of the campaign next May, making home wins against the likes of Burnley a necessity. A disappointing 2-0 defeat to Leicester last month did highlight some defensive frailties however, so they’ll have to cut that out of their game if they’re to fulfil their objectives this season. Just one of Wolves’ opening five games, including the 2-0 away win over Sheffield Wednesday in the EFL Cup have ended in an over 2.5 scoreline, which would suggest a low-scoring affair here. With this statistic considered, backing the hosts to win & under 2.5 goals could be a favourable selection for your accumulator this Sunday.

Friday Night DoubleBurnley are still searching for their first league win of the season having drawn one and lost three of their opening four games. The Claret’s opened their account with a goalless draw away at Southampton in early-August, but have since fallen to the likes of Watford, Fulham and most recently Manchester United before the international break. It’s clear to see that a large part of their performances have been effected by their involvement in the Europa League, however after bowing out of the competition last month they can now fully focus on their exploits in the Premier League.

The lack of goals Burnley have managed to score so far is cause for concern. The visitors for this tie have only managed to bag three goals this term – only West Ham, Huddersfield and Cardiff have managed less, so that’s going to have to change if they’re to avoid being dragged into a relegation scrap early doors. In their last two matches away from home against Fulham and Olympiacos, Burnley have conceded seven goals, so it’s clear to see why they currently sit 19th in the table ahead of this clash. Without the Europa League and having a week off due to the international break, Sean Dyche’s men should come back revitalised with a stronger defensive strategy. Wolves however look strong, and it’s hard to look past anything but a home victory in this one.

Recommended bet: Wolves to win & under 2.5 goals at 9/4 with SkyBet – BET HERE

Everton vs West Ham – 16:00

Everton’s season has started inconsistently, on one hand they’ve avoid defeat in their opening four league games, on the other, they have been held against sides they really should have been beating. A 2-1 victory against Southampton last month is Everton’s only win of the campaign to date, with three draws against Wolves, Bournemouth and most recently Huddersfield making up the rest of their results. On paper, no defeats is a promising start for Marco Silva, however if the Toffee’s are to achieve their goal of playing Europa League football next term, they’ll have to start beating those type of sides, starting with a win here over rock-bottom West Ham.

One massive blow for the hosts is the absence of £50million summer signing Richarlison, who will miss this game through suspension. The Brazilian wide man has bagged three goals this season and has looked Everton’s strongest player so far, so he’ll definitely be a big miss here. Theo Walcott’s form has also been promising thus far however; the former Arsenal man has bagged two goals in his previous three games for Everton so will be brimming with confidence heading into this fixture. Backing the 29-year-old to score anytime and a home win could be a decent bet for this one!

West Ham’s season couldn’t have started worse; the Hammers are yet to find a win in the Premier League, leaving them rock-bottom after four games. Manuel Pellegrini’s men were tipped to be challengers for the top seven this term after bringing in a host of big-money signings over the summer, however things just haven’t gone to plan for the London side and they now desperately need a change of fortunes to clamber out of the bottom three. There looks to be little to no connectivity on the pitch between the Hammer’s new players, with lazy defending and a lack of effort more than apparent throughout their recent defeat to Wolves a fortnight ago.

Confidence is low for the visitors at the moment, with ten goals conceded and only two goals scored in the league so far, it’s hard to see them turning things around anytime soon. They were minutes away from clinching their first point of the campaign against Wolves before the international break, before Adama Traore finished from close range in the dying stages to inflict their fourth consecutive defeat at the London Stadium. West Ham have also got a poor record at Goodison Park, losing their previous two games in Merseyside 2-0 and 4-0 respectively. It’s going to take something special to get past an Everton side who are yet to loose a match this term, and we can see West Ham’s misery continuing with a fifth defeat of the campaign here.

Recommended bet: Everton to win & Walcott to score anytime at 10/3 with Bet365