WEEK five of the 2016-17 English Premier League season turned out be a weekend of stunners and stinkers.
Jordan Henderson’s incredible winner at Chelsea on Friday looked to have goal of the week sewn up until Arsenal new boy Granit Xhaka threw his hat in the right with a long-range thunderbolt at Hull.
Then there were Manchester City’s four goals against Bournemouth, each a thing of beauty in its own right.
Sunday, however, was a day of “how the hell did he miss that?” moments.
Southampton’s Nathan Redmond curled one over from about 12 yards with only the keeper to beat, only to be outdone by teammate Charlie Austin smashing the bar from even closer in.
The worst of the lot came from Watford striker Odion Ighalo, who somehow missed an open net after a near-catastrophic mixup in the Manchester United backline.
But that didn’t stop the Hornets from ruining our four-leg Premier League multi with an upset 3-1 victory.
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What’s in store for the weekend ahead, we wonder?
Here are all the best EPL odds and value bets for round six, with top prices courtesy of our approved soccer betting sites.
2016-17 Premier League odds – Matchweek 6
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Saturday, September 24
Man United $1.67 – Draw $3.75 – Leicester City $5.50
Bournemouth $3.40 – Draw $3.30 – Everton $2.20
Liverpool $1.22 – Draw $6 – Hull City $15
Middlesbrough $3.75 – Draw $3.50 – Tottenham $2
Stoke City $2.30 – Draw $3.30 – West Brom $3.20
Sunderland $3 – Draw $3.20 – Crystal Palace $2.50
Swansea City $7.50 – Draw $5 – Man City $1.40
Arsenal $2.37 – Draw $3.30 – Chelsea $3.10
Sunday, September 25
West Ham $2.70 – Draw $3.30 – Southampton $2.60
Monday, September 26
Burnley $2.80 – Draw $3.20 – Watford $2.62
Manchester United vs. Leicester City
12:30pm local (9:30pm AEST) on Saturday, September 24, 2016 at Old Trafford
- United to win/both teams to score – $3.40 at William Hill
- Jamie Vardy anytime goalscorer – $4 at Sportsbet
It’s all gone sour rather suddenly for Jose Mourinho and Man United, whose loss to Watford last week marked their third straight defeat in all competitions. Injuries to Luke Shaw and new boy Henrikh Mkhitaryan haven’t helped, although the latter could be available this weekend, while Anthony Martial’s concussion concerns could ease what is becoming a precarious selection dilemma up front. Leicester City found some sort of groove in their 3-0 win over Burnley, and they could have Kasper Schmeichel back in goal after a spell out due to a head knock. The United defence will want to keep a close eye on the promising strike pairing of Jamie Vardy and Islam Slimani, who bagged a brace on his EPL debut.
Liverpool vs. Hull City
3pm local on Saturday, September 24, 2016 (12am AEST Sunday) at Anfield
- Liverpool 3-1 correct score – $12 at Bet365
- Georginio Wijnaldum first goalscorer – $15 at Bet365
If it wasn’t for that hiccough at Burnley in week two, people might be talking up Liverpool as a Premier League 2016-17 title fancy. But this is the challenge for Jurgen Klopp’s Reds: as good as they have been against the Arsenals, Chelseas and Tottenhams, do they have the nous to break down a stubborn rearguard fighter like Hull? The Gunners did it last week, winning 4-1 at the KCOM, and the Tigers will miss Jake Livermore at the back after his controversial sending off. The likes of Robert Snodgrass and Abel Hernandez will keep Liverpool’s lapse-happy defence honest, but one suspects Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturridge and the much-improved Adam Lallana will pose a few problems too many on home turf.
Swansea City vs. Manchester City
3pm local on Saturday, September 24, 2016 (12am AEST Sunday) at Liberty Stadium
- Man City to win both halves – $3.30 at Sportsbet
- Raheem Sterling first goalscorer – $8 at Sportsbet
It’s shaping up as a difficult season for Swansea, whose third loss in five games also gave Southampton their first victory of EPL 2016-17. Francesco Guidolin’s relationship with the players and fans is at breaking point, so much so that Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has allegedly lined up Ryan Giggs to take over as manager. As if things weren’t bad enough already, now the Welsh battlers have to deal a Man City side that looks like it wants to wrap up the title by Christmas. The Citizens’ forward play against Bournemouth was nothing short of breathtaking, even without Sergio Aguero and David Silva, and it will take some sort of otherworldly force to stop them down at the Liberty.
Arsenal vs. Chelsea
5:30pm local on Saturday, September 24, 2016 (2:30am AEST Sunday) at Emirates Stadium
- Chelsea to win by one goal – $4.70 at CrownBet
- Diego Costa first goalscorer – $6.50 at Sportsbet
They may have benefitted from a few perplexing refereeing decisions, but Arsenal were pretty comfortable in their 4-1 victory over Hull. They could have Aaron Ramsey back this week, which would add an extra gear to the midfield, while Olivier Giroud may also be available after a minor toe injury. Chelsea were wholly outplayed last Friday by Liverpool, whose movement and pace raised serious concerns about the long-term viability of starting both Branislav Ivanovic and David Luiz at the back. But the Blues have Diego Costa – the EPL top scorer with five goals from as many games – and a big mental advantage over Arsene Wenger’s Gunners, who have not beaten their London rivals in league play since 2011.
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