Arsenal are having an excellent season so far and look undervalued in their EPL clash with Liverpool on Sunday.
Who do Bettors Favor?
Checking out the best-rated online sportsbooks it’s clear that bettors are reluctant to give up on Liverpool just yet. Jurgen Klopp’s side are only narrow second favorites at +161 ahead of their trip to face Arsenal on Sunday, while the home team are rated at +154 and the draw is available at +277.
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Chelsea v Wolves, 2022-10-08
Graham Potter has made a strong start as Chelsea manager and with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang set to make his home EPL debut in this game, Chelsea are big favorites here against struggling Wolves.
Since the early days of the Nuno Espirito Santo era at Wolves, their football has deteriorated from pleasing to watch to overly cautious and finally to sterility. Bruno Lage was not able to turn that around, in fact, he seemed to accentuate the problems, and the result is a team that has managed to score only three goals in eight EPL games this season.
The flip side of that awful attacking record is that Wolves remain one of the toughest teams in the EPL to break down. Only four teams in the division have a better defensive record and without a permanent manager, they are likely to stick to what they know here. Can they earn a point? Those who saw Brighton play under Potter will remember that team’s draw tendency and while he has better players at his disposal here, at the current odds, a draw looks worth a bet.
Arsenal v Liverpool, 2022-10-09
EPL bettors are still not ready to abandon Liverpool as the Reds are quoted at remarkably short odds for this clash with the Gunners, despite their patchy start to the season.
Liverpool has not come close to their usual high standards and has already recorded four draws and a defeat from seven league games. They scored nine in one game against Bournemouth, setting a new Premier League record, but while that has helped their goal difference, it hasn’t disguised the problems.
Even the manager is coming in for criticism from fans, being accused of stubbornness in persisting with his preferred 4-3-3 formation and being reluctant to use new signing Darwin Sanchez. The players, in particular the defensive trio of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson and Virgil van Dijk, have also been criticized, for some curiously muted performances so far this season.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have been in sparkling form and go into this game as legitimate challengers to Manchester City in the title race. I’m tempted to go for the draw here, but Liverpool tends to be an all or nothing team and this time I think they will be leaving London with nothing.
Everton v Manchester United, 2022-10-09
Manchester United’s Premier League resurgence came to an end at the hands of their city rivals last week and although they are strong favorites for this game, I don’t think they can be relied upon.
That 6-3 defeat was a thoroughly chastening experience for a United team that was starting to find some self-belief and there may well be a hangover from that game when Erik ten Hag’s team head to Everton this weekend. The fact that they have a trip to Cyprus for a Thursday game in the Europa League won’t help their preparations either.
European football is not something that Everton have to worry about this season, and they are fully focused on staying well clear of the relegation zone. They have tightened up considerably since starting the season with two defeats and I think they can match their visitors here.
Nottingham Forest v Aston Villa, 2022-10-09
Newly promoted Nottingham Forest have shown some ability this season, but they are simply conceding too many goals to be competitive. Conceding six against Manchester City can be forgiven, but they also shipped four goals against struggling Leicester and have conceded 21 in 8 games.
Their tendency to lose tight games is also a big problem, and raises questions about their resilience, underlined by their 3-2 loss to fellow promoted side Bournemouth, after leading 2-0 at halftime.
The club now has a new sporting director and although manager Steve Cooper seems safe for the moment, that may not last. The season was always going to be a battle for survival, but Forest fans want to see their team making a better go of it than they have so far.
Unfortunately, I don’t see things getting any easier this weekend. Aston Villa have not been that impressive this season, but they have shown the ability to dig in and get scrappy results, as demonstrated by their draw with Manchester City and their win over West Ham.