FRIDAY night football is back this week in the English Premier League, and it promises to be an absolute belter.
Chelsea and Liverpool will kick off the round in a Stamford Bridge blockbuster where both will look to enhance their top-four credentials at the other’s expense.
The loser, if there is one, could find themselves back in the pack by Sunday evening, as Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur all have very winnable fixtures.
So too do Everton, who are currently sitting third and could theoretically go top if they extend their unbeaten start with another victory.
Here are our top value bets and soccer multi selection for week five of Premier League 2016-17, with best odds from Australia’s most trusted online bookmakers.
Matchweek 5 Premier League odds
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Friday, September 16
Chelsea $2.30 – Draw $3.60 – Liverpool $2.90
Saturday, September 17
Hull City $6.50 – Draw $4.20 – Arsenal $1.50
Leicester City $1.50 – Draw $4.20 – Burnley $6.50
Man City $1.28 – Draw $5.50 – Bournemouth $10
West Brom $2.50 – Draw $3.20 – West Ham $2.85
Everton $1.75 – Draw $3.60 – Middlesbrough $4.75
Sunday, September 18
Watford $6 – Draw $4 – Man United $1.75
Crystal Palace $1.95 – Draw $3.25 – Stoke City $4.20
Southampton $1.66 – Draw $3.60 – Swansea $5.50
Tottenham $1.30 – Draw $5.50 – Sunderland $11
Chelsea vs. Liverpool
8pm local on Friday, September 16, 2016 (5am AEST Saturday) at Stamford Bridge
- Liverpool draw no bet – $2.26 at Sportsbet
- Sadio Mane first goalscorer – $9 at CrownBet
Chelsea’s unbeaten record looked in serious jeopardy against Swansea last week, but once again Diego Costa came to the rescue with a late strike to snatch a point – the third time in four games the Brazilian has decided the outcome. Liverpool, despite conspiring to fashion what might be the worst goal ever conceded in the Premier League, were in stunning form against Leicester, pounding the reigning champions 4-1 as Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane and Daniel Sturridge ran rings around a heavy-footed Foxes back line. The Reds will need to sharpen up in defence if they hope to keep Costa shackled, but there is now doubt Jurgen Klopp’s men have the strike power required to what they did last season and win at the Bridge.
Hull City vs. Arsenal
3pm local on Saturday, September 17, 2016 (12am AEST Sunday) at KCOM Stadium
- Only Arsenal to score – $2.60 at William Hill
- Alexis Sanchez first goalscorer – $5.50 at Bet365
Fast-starting Hull have begun floating back down to earth after following their loss to Man United with a 1-1 draw against fellow promoted side Burnley. That point was something of a snatch and grab at that, coming courtesy of a last-gasp free kick from the excellent Robert Snodgrass. Arsenal had their own problems against winless Southampton, with Santi Cazorla sealing a 2-1 result from the spot after a controversial penalty decision deep into extra time. It might be time for Arsene Wenger to recall Olivier Giroud, whose balancing presence was notably absent during the first hour against a rampaging Paris Saint-Germain side that should have scored five or six.
Everton vs. Middlesbrough
5:30pm local on Saturday, September 17, 2016 (2:30am AEST Sunday) at Goodison Park
- Everton 2-0 correct score – $8 at Sportsbet
- Yannick Bolasie first goalscorer – $8 at Sportsbet
Romelu Lukaku broke his 13-match goal drought in some style on Monday night, scoring three times in 11 minutes as Everton ran out victorious at Sunderland. The Toffees are within touching distance of top spot, although it must be said that Ronald Koeman’s men have enjoyed a rather favourable draw thus far. Next up are promoted Middlesbrough, whose sweet start was soured by a home defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend. While the Boro have competed well to date, a back line that failed to contain Christian Benteke and Wilfried Zaha could have serious problems with the likes of Lukaku, Yannick Bolasie, Gerard Deulofeu and Kevin Mirallas.
Watford vs. Manchester United
12pm local (9pm AEST) on Sunday, September 18, 2016 at Vicarage Road
- Half-time draw/full-time Man Utd – $4.50 at William Hill
- Paul Pogba first goalscorer – $8.50 at Bet365
Watford are clubhouse leaders for the ‘Comeback of the Season’ trophy after rallying from two goals down to beat West Ham 4-2 in the first ever Premier League match at London Stadium. That charge was inspired by the in-form Etienne Capoue – a man who, having netted just once in 57 EPL appearances prior to this campaign, now has three goals in four games. The Hornets would love another worldy from their French midfielder when they play host to a Man United side eager to bounce back after a disappointing derby defeat. While Jose Mourinho ponders which of Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford to start, priority one for Watford boss Walter Mazzarri will be to prevent Zlatan Ibrahimovic from notching his fifth goal in as many games.
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Here’s our multi bet for round five:
- Liverpool to win
- Arsenal to win
- Everton to win
- Man United to win
If the Red Devils lose but Arsenal, Everton and Liverpool all salute, we’ll get our stake back up to a maximum of $50 in bonus bets.
Should all four get up, we’ll collect at very tidy $13.71 odds with Sportsbet – one of Australia’s best soccer betting sites.
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