Premier League Match Week 4 Saturday picks: Manchester United, Brighton, Leeds, Chelsea all looking to build
What a week it was in European football.
It started with a stunning Manchester United victory over crisis club Liverpool, then saw the UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and Europa Conference League playoffs end and Group Stage draws set.
But you know soccer never ends: we are right back at it with an early Premier League Match Week 4 contest in Southampton Saturday, as Erik Ten Hag's Red Devils look to consolidate that win over Liverpool with another.
Five-time Champions League winner Casemiro might be in the lineup, which could help alleviate a MASSIVE problem for Manchester United.
"Brazilian midfielder Casemiro left Real Madrid after winning five Champions League medals and, although it may seem strange that he left the European Champions to sign for Manchester United, I understand his decision," former star Rivaldo said for Betfair. "He has won everything in Spain and surely at 30 years old this is an opportunity to get a good contract (he signed for four years with the option of one more) and have a new experience in another country at a top club. Moreover, if United improve in the near future he will be one of those responsible for their resurgence. He was not always valued enough at Real Madrid, because he did not score many goals."
That is the early match of Saturday, and one of many intriguing contests. The 10 a.m. EDT kickoffs see Brentford v Everton, Brighton v Leeds United, Chelsea v Leicester City, Liverpool v Bournemouth, and Manchester City v Crystal Palace.
All are interesting in their own ways. Everton is still winless, and need to get something going. But you talk about NEED: Liverpool is currently in crisis mode, winless through three, and anything less than a thumping win over newcomers AFC Bournemouth today would be a disaster.
Both Leeds and Brighton are off to great starts, and can consolidate those with a result today.
And Chelsea has taken ANOTHER Leicester City player, Wesley Fofana, with the Foxes left in the relegation zone just days before the window closes.
In the final match of the day, Arsenal has started 3-0 for only the third time in the Premier League era (2003-04 and 04-05, in the midst of a 49-match unbeaten run). Can the Gunners make it 4-0 against fellow unbeaten side Fulham?
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ENGLAND PREMIER LEAGUE
Southampton (+300) v Manchester United (-120), draw (+295), 7:30 a.m. EDT (USA and Fubo.tv)
Brentford (+105) v Everton (+270), draw (+240), 10 a.m EDT (Peacock)
Brighton (-134) v Leeds United (+360), draw (+280), 10 a.m. EDT (USA and Fubo.tv)
Chelsea (-245) v Leicester City (+600), draw (+390), 10 a.m. EDT (Peacock)
Liverpool (-1000) v Bournemouth (+2000), draw (+900), 10 a.m. EDT (Peacock)
Manchester City (-590) v Crystal Palace (+1500), draw (+650), 10 a.m. EDT (Peacock)
Arsenal (-295) v Fulham (+750), draw (+440), 12:30 p.m. EDT (NBC and Fubo.tv)
Manchester United ML (-120)
Everton double chance win or draw (-125)
Leeds double chance win or draw (+110)
Chelsea HT/FT (+110)
Liverpool -2.25 AH (-127)
Manchester City -2 AH (-105)
Arsenal -1.5 (+100)
Chelsea win to nil yes (+150)
Bournemouth double chance (+600)
Mo Salah (Liverpool) to score (-155)
Haland (Man City) to score 2+ goals (+280)
Gabriel Jesus (Arsenal) to score (-110)