October 17, 2018

Premier League Match Previews – 20th October Saturday

Chelsea v Manchester United

Manchester United returns to Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho’s side is set to halt Chelsea’s undefeated start to the season. Manchester United is attempting to build a momentum after their retaliation against Newcastle United. Furthermore, Chelsea remains unbeaten throughout their first nine Premier League matches. Furthermore, United has not yet won at Stamford Bridge in their previous eight attempts.

Chelsea’s Eden Hazard is Premier League’s top scorer with seven strikes while also contributing three assists, becoming the first player to record a total of 10 goals this season. Chelsea’s only concern is Antonio Rudiger’s injury, who withdrew from the German squad during the international break after suffering a groin injury. For Man Utd, Luke Shaw and Nemanja Matic withdrew from the England and Serbia squads respectively; however, the two will be evaluated in the coming week.

Chelsea has a record of 20 points from a possible 24 under manager Maurizio Sarri in the Premier League. On the other hand, Manchester United is in quite a mess at the moment, struggling at eighth place with eight matches played so far in this season. However, the club might have a chance to secure their first win at Stamford Bridge in all competitions since then manager Alex Ferguson retired at the end of the 2012-13 season. In their last ouster, Man Utd came from two goals down to secure a dramatic win against Newcastle United. In this match though, Jose Mourinho will be hopeful the players can take some heart from that stunning display of performance and use it for the rest of the season.

Two of the best teams in the Premier League. Who will come out victorious? Catch one of the most anticipated matches between these two title holders on Saturday, October 20, 2018, 12:30 (UTC/GMT).

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.900

Manchester City v Burnley

Manchester City sits at the top of the Premier League table as of the moment, but only on the matter of goal difference. In this match, expect Manchester City to return its winning-form after their stalemate match against main title rivals Liverpool just before the international break started. Meanwhile, Burnley is seeking to keep up their reputation for upsetting defending champions after a poor start to the season. Liverpool and Chelsea are tied and right behind them, waiting for the other team to commit a mistake and drop some points. However, it doesn’t look likely in this match, with a home match against the struggling Burnley, Manchester looks like they would win this match at ease.

Manchester City remains undefeated in their last 33 Premier League fixtures, winning 29 and drawing at four. The club is currently on top of the table on 20 points along with Liverpool and Chelsea. Burnley has overpowered the reigning champions in each of their previous four Premier League campaigns, having beaten Manchester United in the 2009-10 season, Manchester City in 2014-15, Leicester City in 2016-17, and Chelsea in 2017-18. With these recorded number of victories and in four out of eight matches, no team has a better chance at winning against the current title-holders.

Raheem Sterling is currently one of the key players for Manchester City, having been involved in 14 goals in his last 12 Premier League matches at the Etihad Stadium. He scored in all three of his home Premier League fixtures this season. Kevin De Bruyne is also expected to make his comeback after recovering from a knee injury.

Sean Dyche’s Burnley is hopeful in bagging this game’s victory. They should expect an extremely challenging task ahead of them though.  Don’t miss the game between Manchester City and Burnley on Saturday, October 20, 2018, 15:00 (UTC/GMT).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 3.25 goals at 1.543

Cardiff v Fulham

Cardiff City is looking to move off the bottom of the Premier League table when they host promoted side Fulham on Saturday when the league resumes after the international break. Fulham has struggled to make a difference in this year’s campaign and earned only one point in four fixtures so far. The only bright spot in their recent records was their League Cup victory against Millwall. Cardiff won both of their Premier League matches against Fulham in 2013-14 season, with Fulham being the only team that Cardiff has defeated more than once in the competition. Considering this, Fulham might experience trouble and should expect a very rough challenge on Saturday.

Fulham is aiming for their first ever clean sheet in 23 Premier League away matches. The last team to concede in 23 consecutive fixtures was Queens Park Rangers during the 2011-12 season. Fulham has netted eight goals in their last two matches, however, they are still two points off the bottom three on the Premier League table.

Ryan Sessegnon netted a goal in each of his four games with Fulham against Cardiff City throughout the competition. Aaron Gunnarsson is in dispute to make a comeback for this fixture following his knee injury, but Cardiff will be without the suspended Joe Ralls after his red card during the match against Tottenham. Nathaniel Mendez- Laing will remain on the sideline for this match due to his posterior cruciate ligament injury. Joe Bryan and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are also out due to their respective thigh and shoulder injuries.

Who among these two teams will rise to the top? Tune in to the match between Cardiff and Fulham on Saturday, October 20, at the Cardiff City Stadium, 03:00 (UTC/GMT).

Asian Total Goals Betting Recommendation: Over 2.50 goals at 1.880

*Prices are correct at the time of writing.

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