Following a first week packed with drama, the Premier League is officially back, and a full set of fixtures kicks off game week 2. Champions Liverpool edged past Leeds on a chaotic opening day at Anfield whilst Manchester City and Manchester United get their campaigns up and running against Wolves and Crystal Palace, respectively. Arsenal and Chelsea won impressively on the opening weekend whilst Everton picked up a fantastic win on the road at Tottenham. Leicester look well placed to be a force again this term whilst the likes of West Ham, Fulham and West Brom could already be looking over their shoulders at the drop zone this season.
Here are our picks for the second round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 2 Tips
Everton vs West Bromwich Albion – Goodison Park
West Bromwich Albion ($6.5)
Following an opening day win over Tottenham, there appears to be a real sense of optimism surrounding Everton as they host West Bromwich Albion. With the likes of James Rodriguez in their side, the Toffees look to be blessed with flair options in key areas and a top 6 push could finally be on the cards for Carlo Ancelotti’s side this term. The Baggies meanwhile were impressive throughout the Championship last season but looked a little out of their depth in defeat to Leicester City on the opening day. Slavan Bilic is the man in charge and the Croat will be hoping to use all of his Premier League experience – having played for Everton in the past. Confidence is high around Everton currently and the Toffees should grab a home win here.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match ($1.57) – Bet Now
Everton to win 2-0
Leeds vs Fulham – Elland Road
Two promoted sides face off at Elland Road as Leeds take on Fulham. Marco Bielsa’s Leeds impressed in a 7-goal opening day thriller at Liverpool but ultimately came up short against the Champions. With attacking options all over the field, they look to be a threat this year, but survival will surely be top of their priority list. The Cottagers returned to the top flight at the first time of asking but came up well short in their opening day defeat to Arsenal. With Scott Parker at the helm, they look to have a better balance to their squad this season, but big improvements will need to be made if they are to stay up. Leeds had the better of Fulham in the Championship last season and should have too much for them again here.
Betting tip: Leeds to win the match and both teams to score ($2.6) – Bet Now
Leeds to win 3-1
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.33)
Crystal Palace ($11)
Manchester United get their Premier League campaign under way against Crystal Palace. Despite not acquiring too many transfer targets in the summer, United look well placed to make an assault on the top 2 in the league this season. The Eagles meanwhile endured a mixed campaign last term but their home win over Southampton last time out could be good omen for the season ahead. Roy Hodgson is still the man at the helm at Palace and he will be all too aware of the pressure he could come under if results don’t improve. Palace won’t roll over at Old Trafford but Manchester United should get off to a winning start here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match and both teams to score ($2) – Bet Now
Manchester United to win 3-1
Arsenal vs West Ham United – Emirates Stadium
West Ham United ($6.5)
Arsenal will be looking to continue their impressive start as they take on London rivals West Ham United. The Gunners put three past Fulham in their first fixture and Mikel Arteta looks to be putting his stamp on his side. They will be hoping to puncture the top 4 this year and continue to fight for European honours too. The Hammers were embroiled in a relegation scrap for most of last season and only pulled away from bother in the last few games of the campaign. David Moyes is the man at the helm, and judging by their opening day defeat to Newcastle, he looks to have a big job on his hands this season. Arsenal should have no issues seeing off West Ham at home here.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match ($1.59) – Bet Now
Arsenal to win 3-0
Southampton vs Tottenham – St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton take on Tottenham in what promises to be an intriguing clash on the South Coast. The Saints had a fantastic end to the season last term but missed chances in defeat to Crystal Palace on the opening day of the season. Similarly, Spurs looked abject in losing to an inspired Everton side on the opening day and they too will be looking for a response. Jose Mourinho is a man under pressure and results need to improve if they are to finish in the top 4 this term. This should be a really good game with the draw looking the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.4) – Bet Now
Newcastle United vs Brighton – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.67)
Two sides with survival at the top of their priority list face off as Newcastle take on Brighton. The Toon won well on the road at West Ham on the opening day with new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick hitting the ground running. Steve Bruce will be hoping his side can build on that result here and kick on up the table. Brighton meanwhile put up a good fight against Chelsea but ultimately came up short when it mattered. Graham Potter looks to have the makings of a good side and they will be targeting games like this as they look to pull away from relegation trouble. Both sides are well versed in Premier League clashes such as this and a draw looks the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.2) – Bet Now
Chelsea vs Liverpool – Stamford Bridge
The box office clash of the weekend sees Champions Liverpool travel to London to take on Chelsea. The Blues started well against Brighton and morale looks to be higher than ever in the camp with new signings galore giving Frank Lampard’s side a very fresh look. They will be hoping to test themselves against Liverpool who weren’t at their best against Leeds but got the job done on the opening day. The reds haven’t invested significantly in the summer and they will be hoping they have enough resources to get the job done again this term. Chelsea will put up a strong fight, but Liverpool tend to win when it matters most, and the reds should prevail here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match ($2.2) – Bet Now
Liverpool to win 2-1
Leicester City vs Burnley – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($1.67)
Leicester City will be looking to keep the pressure on the sides above them as they welcome Burnley to the King Power Stadium. The Foxes won well on the opening day at West Bromwich Albion, but they will be all too aware of the bigger challenge they face here. Burnley meanwhile sat out the opening round of fixtures, but they will be looking to make a statement from the off in a fixture they have enjoyed a decent record in historically. This could be a lot tighter fixture than many anticipate but Leicester should just about have enough to prevail at home here.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.45) – Bet Now
Leicester City to win 2-1
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($2.75)
Sheffield United ($2.8)
Survival will once again be top of the agenda for Aston Villa as they host Sheffield United at Villa Park. The Villains stayed up on the last day of the season last year but with Jack Grealish’s services secured for another season at least – they look ready to battle to stay in the division again. They take on a Sheffield United side that have been in freefall since returning after lockdown and they will be looking to start getting points on the board as soon as possible. They were well beaten by Wolves on the opening day but should put up more of a fight against Aston Villa. Both sides will be eager not to lose this one and a draw could well be on the cards.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.3) – Bet Now
Wolves vs Manchester City – Molyneux
Manchester City ($1.57)
Manchester City will be looking to get off to a winning start as they take on Wolves at Molyneux. The hosts were mightily impressive in an opening day win over Sheffield United and look to have the hallmarks of a side capable of challenging to finish inside the top 6 this season. For Manchester City meanwhile, this game is a potential banana skin – with the blues having not played since their Champions League defeat to Lyon last month. Pep Guardiola is still the man at the helm and the blues will be eager to close the gap on Liverpool at the top of the tree this season. This should be a fantastic encounter which City should just about prevail from.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.65) – Bet Now
Manchester City to win 3-1
EPL Week 2 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Chelsea vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – Manchester United to win
Leicester City vs Burnley – Leicester City to win
Arsenal vs West Ham United – Arsenal to win
A $50 wager would pay out $755 if successful at the current odds – Bet Now