Through the first month of the English Premier League season, three teams have managed to get through their first four matches without a loss. It isn’t too surprising to see Manchester United or Manchester City in this group, but Watford has turned some heads with a 2-0-2 start.
Watford will get its toughest test of the season yet at home against Manchester City on Saturday.
Watford is a +800 underdog at home to upset Manchester City at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The club cashed in as a +450 underdog last Saturday with a 2-0 road win over Southampton. Obviously the level of competition goes up considerably this week against Manchester City (-300 to win, +425 to draw), who are tied for the lowest goals against in the EPL with two and second in scoring with 10 goals.
Manchester City has won each of its last six games against Watford, and sits as the +120 favorite on the odds to win the EPL championship this season.
In another intriguing matchup on Saturday, Liverpool is a -380 favorite hosting Burnley (+1100 to win, +475 to draw). At first glance this may look like an easy win for Liverpool, but Burnley has put together some impressive results this season with a road win over Chelsea and a 1-1 draw against Tottenham.
Both of these clubs are 2-1-1, but Burnley’s +1 goal differential is actually higher than Liverpool’s zero.
Sunday’s EPL card has a good pair of games as Chelsea (-135) hosts Arsenal (+345, draw +280) and Manchester United (-310) hosts Everton (+900, draw +400).
After cruising through the first three games on the schedule with a 3-0 record and 10 goals for to zero goals against, Manchester United finally had an off night on the road against Stoke City last week. Manchester allowed two goals to Maxim Choupo-Moting in a 2-2 draw, failing to get the job done as -210 road favorites.
The club will have a good opportunity to bounce back Saturday against an Everton team that has stumbled out of the gate to a 1-2-1 start.
While Arsenal has enjoyed some recent success against Chelsea in the FA Cup, Chelsea has dominated this series in league play in recent years. Chelsea is 14-5-7 in the last 26 English Premier League meetings between these two clubs.
English Premier League Betting Lines (Matchweek Five Picks)
Liverpool (-380) vs. Burnley FC (+1100), Draw (+475)
Manchester United (-310) vs. Everton (+900), Draw (+400)
Watford (+800) vs. Manchester City (-300), Draw (+425)
Chelsea (-135) vs. Arsenal (+345), Draw (+280)