The weekend is on the way and that only means one thing! Football’s coming…Ok never mind. Here it is, my preview for Gameweek 3 in the most loved League in the world!
Wolves v Man City
Great things were expected of this Wolves team, especially after their title winning Championship season, unfortunately things haven’t quite gone as planned at Molineaux. They play reigning Champions Man City and have absolutely no pressure, in my opinion this is when a team are most dangerous but it is Manchester City!
Pep Guardiola’s men opened their account at the Etihad last week with a demolition job against Huddersfield. The only negative was a needless goal conceded from a lapse in pressure on the part of John Stones.
Of course City win this game, but given the fact that Wolves has scored in nine of their last ten league games, City to win + Both teams to score @ 31/20 offers heaps of value.
Southampton v Leicester
Eight months ago Claude Puel was sacked as the manager of Southampton, after not only leading them to a League Cup Final but also 8thplace in the league. Needless to say, the Saints finished the season three points above the relegation zone.
Neither of these sides has started the season with a bang and I don’t expect a particularly exciting affair at St. Mary’s. Given both sides’ lack of goal scoring threat, coupled with Southampton’s typically defensive approach, I’m going to back under 2.5 goals @ 6/10
Huddersfield v Cardiff
The terriers are desperate need of a confidence boost after losing (comprehensively) to both Chelsea and Man City. They will hope to change things against a Cardiff side that in 180 minutes of topflight football have managed just two shots on target.
I’m going to go with Huddersfield to edge this one @ 13/10
Arsenal v West Ham
It’s been a tough start to life in the Premier League for Unai Emery. He’s lost two from two competitive games, although in fairness he could not have had a more difficult start to the campaign. The Gunners showed their attacking threat at the Bridge and the signs are somewhat positive going forward.
West Ham has done a great deal of business in the window but still look atrocious. Life at the London Stadium has been precariously balanced on the edge of anarchy, none of which I attribute to Manuel Pellegrini.
This has all the makings of another miserable afternoon for fans of West Ham, back Arsenal to pick up their first win of the season @ 7/20
Bournemouth v Everton
Bournemouth are becoming Premier League regulars under Eddie Howe and if their opening games are anything to go by, a top-half finish may not be too far fetched.
This will be a tougher test however, Everton look brilliant going forward. Their marquee signing of Richarlison has already started paying dividends – what a signing he could turn out to be!
I think goals will be the order of the day here, 11 of Bournemouth’s last 15 home Premier League games have seen at least 3 goals, as have Everton’s league games under Marco Silva. Furthermore, the previous six games between these sides have yielded an average of 4.16 goals per game!
Get on both teams to score and over 2.5 goals @ 17/20.
Liverpool v Brighton
Liverpool has been earmarked as the only viable challengers to Man City this season, and in the opening stages of the league they have definitely made themselves heard.
Questions relating to Liverpool’s defence swirled around last season, but with the acquisition of Naby Keita bolstering the midfield, Virgil Van Dyk in the back and the continued improvement of the likes of Andrew Robertson, Joe Gomez and Trent Alexander-Arnold, you have to say (like it or not) the future looks bright.
Liverpool are the only side not to concede a goal so far this season, but more importantly their defence stability hasn’t impacted their formidable attack.
Brighton managed a spectacular defeat over Man United last week at the Amex Stadium, and in all honestly they deserved the win. Their form, however, is very different away from home. Last season the Seagulls had the worst record on the road, losing 12 of their 19 games scoring just 10 goals.
Liverpool (-1) @ 4/10 is something you can put your Grandmother’s pension on.
Watford v C Palace
Sundays clash pits together Watford and Palace at Vicarage Road, the Hornets aim to keep a 100% record in the League but beating Palace is easier said than done.
Both of these sides are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach so once again I expect goals a plenty.
Palace/Draw and both teams to score @ 16/10 offers plenty of value, get on!
Fulham v Burnley
I feel for Fulham, their performances have been undoubtedly better than their results. I fancy them to get a result here! Burnley seems to blow hot and cold but I think its time for Fulham to get some points on the board. Back the hosts @ 21/20.
Newcastle v Chelsea
Rafa Benitez’s men will be eyeing their first win of the season when they host Chelsea at St. James’ Park. Newcastle are another team who have been unlucky in recent weeks, the Magpies shared the spoils with Cardiff – albeit missing a penalty in the dying embers of the game – but seemed to dictate the play.
Chelsea are flying at the moment, after beating Huddersfield 3-0 they followed it up with a good victory against London rivals Arsenal. They will be full of confidence and I can’t see past a Chelsea win here. Alvaro Morata will also feel a little less under pressure after finding the net last time out – which only adds to the Blues’ threat.
Get on a Chelsea win @ 13/20.
Man United v Tottenham
All eyes will be on the theatre of dreams when Manchester united and Tottenham face off on Monday evening. The Red Devils have been playing below expectations so far this campaign, with rumours of unrest swirling around the football world.
They were totally outplayed by Brighton last time out, and never looked like they could win it.
Spurs have enjoyed their start to the season, Harry Kane was able to find the net in August and break his duck and you just get the feel Spurs will go about their business this season.
I think United fight tooth and nail on Monday evening though, the atmosphere will be a pressure pot and it is definitely a chance for Jose Mourinho and his troops to turn things around.
Mourinho will know that if United play like they have been it could be embarrassing and its for that reason he will want to sit in and make life difficult for Spurs. Like him or not Jose knows how to get results in the big games, its for that reason I’ll back a draw @ 23/10 (and for the brave among us, a 1-1 correct score @ 9/2).