West Ham, Liverpool and Chelsea are the early season pace setters in the Premier League, with Tottenham and Brighton also boosting a 100% record alongside them. Defending champions Manchester City got their first win of the campaign last time out whilst Manchester United slipped into all too familiar bad habits with a painstaking draw at Southampton. Elsewhere, there was a first win of the season for Aston Villa, whilst it looks set to be a long season ahead for Arsenal, Burnley, and Norwich City – who are all yet to pick up a point.
Here are our picks for the next round of fixtures in the Premier League:
EPL Week 3 Tips
Manchester City vs Arsenal – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.27)
Champions Manchester City will be looking to build on their home win over Norwich last weekend as they welcome a struggling Arsenal side to the Etihad. Jack Grealish got on the score sheet for the blues last weekend and the City faithful will be hoping they can build on that over the coming weeks and months. They take on an Arsenal side that are languishing at the bottom of the table and look to be short of confidence. Chelsea had way too much for them last time out and they will know they have a similarly difficult test on the cards here. Arsenal won’t roll over here, but City should have too much fire power for them.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match ($1.27) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester City to win 2-1
Aston Villa vs Brentford – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($2.08)
Hosts Aston Villa will be looking to take confidence from their win over Newcastle last time out as they take on newly promoted Brentford. Villa have won one and lost one of their opening two games and Dean Smith will be hopeful his side can crack the top half once again this season. They take on a Brentford side that have picked up 4 points from their opening two games and look to be riding the crest of a wave in the Premier League. This should be a good game but with home fans behind them, Villa are difficult to stop.
Betting tip: Aston Villa to win the match ($2.08) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Aston Villa to win 2-1
Brighton vs Everton – AMEX Stadium
Brighton will be looking to maintain their 100% start to the season as they host Everton. With impressive wins over Burnley and Watford, confidence appears to be high in the Brighton camp and the Seagulls will be bang up for this one. They play an Everton side that are still finding their feet under Rafa Benitez but haven’t as yet lost a Premier League game this term and they look to have plenty of goals within their squad. This should be a good game between two confident sides and a draw could be the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.35) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Newcastle United vs Southampton – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($2.63)
Two sides still looking for their first wins of the Premier League season face off as Newcastle United take on Southampton. The Toon had their moments at Aston Villa last week, but decisions didn’t go their way and Steve Bruce continues to be a man under pressure in the Newcastle hotseat. Southampton meanwhile gave a good account of themselves in the defeat to Everton before taking a point off Manchester United and survival looks to be an attainable goal for them this term. This could be a very cagey game in the North East and the draw is the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Norwich City vs Leicester City – Carrow Road
Norwich City ($4.8)
Leicester City ($1.91)
Newly promoted Norwich City will be looking to get their first points of the season as they take on Leicester City. The Canaries have been thumped by Liverpool and Manchester United in their opening two games and this looks to be another stern test. Leicester City meanwhile were also trounced last time out by West Ham, and they will be eager to make a mends instantly in this one. This could be tighter than people think in East Anglia, but Leicester are a good side, and they should pick up all three points here.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($1.91) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Leicester City to win 2-0
West Ham United vs Crystal Palace – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($1.61)
Crystal Palace ($6.7)
Early season pace setters West Ham will be looking to maintain their 100% start as they take on Crystal Palace. The Hammers have scored 8 goals already this term in wins over Newcastle and Leicester and how they would love to make it 3 out of 3 in this one. They welcome a Palace side that are yet to win under Patrick Vieira and are starting to look a little disjointed. This will be a much closer game than the odds suggest but West Ham should prevail at home here, piling more pressure on Palace and Vieira.
Betting tip: West Ham United to win the match ($1.61) – Bet @ Sportsbet
West Ham United to win 2-1
Liverpool vs Chelsea – Anfield
The standout fixture of the Premier League weekend sees Liverpool host Chelsea at a packed out Anfield. The reds have won their opening two games and there is a growing sense of optimism that this could well be their year once more in the league. Similarly, Chelsea have started impressively and the introduction of Romelu Lukaku to the forward line has given them a fresh and exciting look. This should be a superb encounter, between two of the top teams in the league and a draw looks the most likely result.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.5) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Burnley vs Leeds United – Turf Moor
Leeds United ($2.32)
Two winless sides do battle in Lancashire as Burnley welcome Leeds to Turf Moor. The Clarets blew a lead at home to Brighton on the opening day before being well beaten by Liverpool last time out and once again Sean Dyche has a job on his hands to keep them in the Premier League. Leeds meanwhile have shipped 7 goals in two games but fought back well last weekend to earn a point against Everton. There is very little to split these two sides and this could be an entertaining draw at Turf Moor.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Tottenham vs Watford – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Tottenham will be hoping to maintain their unbeaten start to the season as they take on Watford. Two 1-0 wins over Manchester City and Wolves have given Spurs fans hope that they could break into the top 4 once again this term but there are still question marks over the future of Harry Kane. Watford meanwhile have a win and a loss on the board from their first two games and they will see this as a free hit on the road at Spurs. Watford could surprise Tottenham a bit here, but the hosts should win well in front of their home faithful.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match ($1.44) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Tottenham to win 3-1
Wolves vs Manchester United – Molineux
Manchester United ($1.87)
Wolves will be looking to get their first points of the season on the board as they welcome Manchester United. Bruno Lage has seen his side edged out by Leicester and Tottenham in the opening two games and goal scoring looks to be their principal problem currently. They welcome Manchester United who were disappointing on the road at Southampton last time out and look to be a side searching for consistency in the Premier League. Wolves will give this one a good go but United are a solid side and they should pick up all three points here.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match ($1.87) – Bet @ Sportsbet
Manchester United to win 2-1
EPL Week 3 multi bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-leg multi with a betting stake of $50:
Manchester City vs Arsenal – Manchester City to win
Wolves vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
Tottenham vs Watford – Tottenham to win
Norwich City vs Leicester City – Leicester City to win
A $50 wager would pay out $312.50 if successful at the current odds – Bet @ Sportsbet
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