With defending champions Manchester City being beaten on the first day of the Premier League season, there is a sense that the chasing pack could be in business this season. Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea all won well to put some early pressure on Pep Guardiola’s men, who will be looking to respond this weekend. Elsewhere, there were wins for Everton, West Ham and Watford, sides that will be looking to break the top 10 this year – whilst newly promoted Brentford picked up an impressive opening night win over Arsenal.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 2 Predictions
Liverpool vs Burnley – Anfield
Liverpool will be hoping to build on their opening day thumping of Norwich as they welcome Burnley to a packed out Anfield. The reds finished the season very strongly last year and will be hoping the return of a few key players could propel them into early title contention this season. They host a Burnley side that did manage to win at Anfield last season but will be reeling from suffering an opening day defeat to Brighton last weekend. This should be one way traffic on Merseyside and the reds should pick up another three points here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($1.24) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Liverpool to win 3-0
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($1.89)
Newcastle United ($4.5)
Hosts Aston Villa will be looking to bounce back from an opening day defeat at Watford as they host Newcastle United. Villa were all at sea at times last weekend and eventually succumbed to a 3-2 loss to the Hornets and they will need to respond here. Similarly, Newcastle blew a superb opportunity against West Ham at St James’s Park and Steve Bruce will be desperate to see his side put points on the board. This should be a tighter game than many expect but Aston Villa should prevail at home in this one.
Betting tip: Aston Villa to win the match ($1.89) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Aston Villa to win 2-1
Crystal Palace vs Brentford – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($2.7)
Crystal Palace will be looking to get their first win under Patrick Vieira in the tank as they host newly promoted Brentford. The Eagles are looking to rebuild after Roy Hodgson but their opening day defeat at Chelsea last time out was particularly chastening. Brentford meanwhile will arrive on a high, having been good value for a 2-0 win over Arsenal last weekend. The Bees look to be playing with no fear, but Palace should get their first points here.
Betting tip: Crystal Palace to win the match ($2.7) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Crystal Palace to win 2-1
Leeds United vs Everton – Elland Road
Leeds United ($2.43)
Leeds will be looking to bounce back from a chastening defeat to Manchester United as they welcome Everton. The whites were roundly trounced by United last time out and looked a little lost defensively, something Marcelo Bielsa will be looking to sort straight away here. They welcome an Everton side that came from behind to beat Southampton on the opening day and that are still adjusting to life under Rafael Benitez. This could be a tight one and a draw looks the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City vs Norwich City – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.13)
Norwich City ($29)
Champions Manchester City will be looking to get back on track after their defeat to Spurs on the opening day, as they take on Norwich City. The blues looked a little disjointed against Tottenham but having a packed crowd to play in front of could be the catalyst they need as the season progresses. They host a Norwich side that were well beaten by Liverpool on the opening day but have plenty of top flight experience and won’t roll over for City, but the blues should get back to winning ways here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match ($1.13) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City to win 3-0
Brighton vs Watford – AMEX Stadium
Two sides that have opening day wins to build upon face off as Brighton take on Watford. The Seagulls came from behind to beat Burnley last time out and confidence should be relatively high within the Brighton camp. They take on a Watford side that picked up a superb opening day win over Aston Villa and will be buoyant and confident of being able to stay up this term. Survival is at the top of the agenda for both sides and a draw could be the most likely result, in a cagey game.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.65) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Southampton vs Manchester United – St Mary’s Stadium
Manchester United ($1.66)
Southampton will be looking to bounce back from their opening day defeat as they take on high flying Manchester United. The Saints were in control against Everton last time out, before ultimately being undone and they will be looking to learn from that experience here. They take on a United side that showed real quality to thump Leeds at Old Trafford and there is a growing sense of optimism within the Red Devils camp that this could be their year. Southampton will make this tricky for United, but the reds should prevail here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match ($1.66) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester United to win 2-1
Wolves vs Tottenham – Molineux
Nuno Esporito Santo will be the talk of the town as he brings his new Tottenham side back to Wolves, the club at which he made his name in English football. Hosts Wolves were unlucky not to pick up a point against Leicester City last time out and they will be hoping to build on that under Bruno Lage. Spurs meanwhile beat Manchester City in impressive fashion on the opening day to record a famous win, but their subsequent Europa League loss will have damaged their spirits a little. This could be a very tight game with the draw looking the most likely outcome.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.2) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Arsenal vs Chelsea – Emirates Stadium
A London Derby is the headline act on Super Sunday as Arsenal take on Chelsea. The Gunners were thumped by Brentford on the opening night and with summer acquisition Ben White tasked with sorting out their defensive ranks, they could have an intriguing season ahead. Champions League holders Chelsea meanwhile thrashed Crystal Palace on the opening day and are now being tipped by many to be the front runners for the Premier League title. Games such as these will be their biggest tests, but the blues look full of confidence and should come through here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match ($1.82) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Chelsea to win 2-1
West Ham United vs Leicester City – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.63)
Leicester City ($2.79)
Two more sides looking to make their way into the top six in the table do battle as West Ham host Leicester. The Hammers came from behind to impressively beat Newcastle on the opening day and David Moyes looks to be instilling plenty of confidence within his squad. Leicester City meanwhile edged past Wolves on day one, but they know they will need to improve coming into this stern test in London. These sides are very well matched, and a draw looks the most plausible outcome here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
EPL Week 2 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Manchester City vs Norwich City – Manchester City to win
Southampton vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
Liverpool vs Burnley – Liverpool to win
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United – Aston Villa to win
A $50 wager would pay out $216.50 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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