Premier League Round-Up: Sunday 19/08/18

Premier League Round-Up: Sunday 19/08/18

Manchester City v Huddersfield – 13:30

Manchester City look to continue their title defence with a victory over relegation tipped Huddersfield Town at the Etihad on Sunday. Pep Guardiola’s side come into this one on the back of an impressive 2-0 win over Arsenal at the Emirates in a game where they never looked troubled by Unai Emery’ side. Goals from Raheem Sterling and Bernardo Silva were enough to see off The Gunners in a game where City could have easily had more. They’ll now be looking to put the Terriers to the sword this weekend to send a message to their title rivals.

The Champions will be facing a much different test with the visit of Huddersfield on Sunday however. David Wagner’s side will set up much more defensively and organised against the Citizens so it could prove to be a really tricky tie. The loss of star man Kevin De Bruyne with a knee injury has already put a dent in City’s title hopes this term but the Belgians lengthy absence will allow for Bernardo Silva to get more game time in his newly acquired central role. The Portuguese international started and scored from midfield last weekend against Arsenal so will be looking to continue that form with another good performance here. Huddersfield were one of only three teams to take points off of City at the Etihad last season so the Champions will want to put in a good performance here to avenge last seasons draw.

David Wagner’s Huddersfield Town come into this one as massive underdogs but will be hopeful of causing an upset against a Manchester City side that they have caused a number of problems for in the past. The Terriers managed to get a point in this fixture last season with a 0-0 draw, and only lost the reverse fixture due to a 96th minute winner from Raheem Sterling so will be hoping that they can cause another unlikely upset here.

Huddersfield didn’t play as bad as the scoreline reflected in their 3-0 defeat to Chelsea last time out. The West Yorkshire side held their own against Maurizio Sarri’ side and were unlucky to be behind at half time after an N’Golo Kante’ volley on 34 minutes at the John Smith’ Stadium last weekend. Huddersfield will set up to frustrate Manchester City and they’ll be up for the fight after draws at both Stamford Bridge and the Etihad at the end of last season secured their Premier League survival. Under 3.5 goals has landed in 5 of Huddersfields 6 visits to the top 6 sides last season so backing that could be a smart bet here.

Recommended bet:

Man City to win and over 3.5 goals at 11/8 with Betway

 Burnley v Watford – 13:30

Sean Dyche’s Burnley side come into this one after reaching the Europa League play-offs with their slender 1-0 victory over Istanbul Basaksehir on Thursday. Jack Cork’s winner six minutes into extra-time was enough for the Clarets to put themselves just one step away from the Europa League group stages. There are a lot of concerns over the size of the Burnley squad due to their European exploits this term. Sean Dyche didn’t add too many numbers to his side in the window and many are worried the squad cannot deal with the demands of Europa League football and it could affect their Premier League campaign.

Despite that they managed to get off to a decent start in the Premier League last weekend with a 0-0 draw with Southampton just days after their goalless first leg tie with Istanbul Basaksehir. They were dominant for the opening 60 minutes of that game with Southampton too, so will be hoping that they can find a way past a Watford side that have beaten the Clarets just once in their last eight fixtures with the Lancashire side.

Javi Gracia brings his Watford side to to Turf Moor still looking for his first away win as Watford boss. Gracia has just one point out of a possible 36 in his 11 away matches as Watford manager which sums up Watford’s turbulent spell in the top flight. Since their promotion in 2014/15 the Hertfordshire side have had some spells of good form but their lack of consistency is what has led to Gracia being their eighth manager in the last 4 years and is why many predict their run in the top flight to end this term.

Those critics were silenced after their impressive 2-0 victory over Brighton last time out. Two goals from Argentinian attacking midfielder Roberto Perreyra were enough to see the Hornets run out victorious at Vicarage road, so they’ll be looking to continue that form this weekend. This away fixture will be much more difficult however, Burnley are never an easy side to play and they’ll limit the amount of chances here with their tight defensive line so it could be another tough day on the road for the Hornets. With the hosts Europa League exploits and Watford’s poor away record considered, a low scoring stalemate could be a good bet here.

Recommended bet:

Draw at 21/10 with Betfair

MNF

Brighton v Manchester united – 16:00

Chris Hughton’s Brighton side welcome Manchester United to the Amex Stadium in Sunday’s final fixture. Brighton will be looking to cause an upset against a United side which they managed to beat in this fixture last season thanks to a Pascal Gross goal, and Hughton could see it as the perfect time to pick up some vital points in a difficult early run for Brighton. After the visit of United, Brighton travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool next weekend so if they don’t get a result here the Seagulls could find themselves dropping away in the relegation zone by the end of August.

Brighton were poor in last weekends 2-0 defeat to Watford. They were let down defensively, partly due to an injury suffered to captain Bruno that forced him off in the first half against the Hornets. In reaction Hughton will look to shut up shop early on in this one but will look to come into the game later on if they can hold United off, just as they did in that 1-0 victory over Jose Mourinho’s side in May.

Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Leicester last Friday papered over the cracks surrounding the club this summer. The Red Devils slipped into their usual habits in the Premier League opener last Friday. Their still seemed to be a lack of tempo and ideas going forward and United simply didn’t create enough chances to put the game to bed and on another day it could’ve easily cost them. United’s defeat to Brighton back in May was just one of the results which derailed the second half of their season and giving them any chance of being anywhere near neighbours City, so they will be desperate to avoid another upset this time round.

A third minute penalty from Paul Pogba and a first ever career goal for Luke Shaw was enough to get past the Foxes at Old Trafford last time out and United will need to keep winning to avoid seeing the title slip away early in the season once again. United will welcome back a number of players ahead of this weekend’s trip to the Amex. Ashley Young and Romelu Lukaku are expected to start and Jesse Lingard’s return to the match day squad will be a boost to Jose Mourinho’s side.

Recommended bet:

Man Utd to win by 1 goal at 12/5 with Bet365