Defending Champions Manchester City were held in controversial circumstances on game week 2 at home to Tottenham, giving the chasing pack hope of challenging Pep Guardiola’s men this term. Whilst VAR continues to be at the centre of most post-match debates, the initiative will be present at all league games this season. There were wins for Liverpool, Arsenal, Sheffield United and Norwich City in game week two, with the newly promoted sides in particular impressing. At the bottom of the pile the problems continue to mount for Newcastle and Steve Bruce whilst Chelsea remain winless under new manager Frank Lampard.
Here are our picks for the third round of fixtures in the Premier League:
Aston Villa vs Everton – Villa Park
Aston Villa ($3.3)
Aston Villa host in-form Everton host in the opening match of game week three with Marco Silva’s side looking to carry on their strong start. The Toffees are yet to concede a goal during this Premier League season and with plenty of new recruits starting to find their feet in attacking areas, they look well placed to climb the table as the season goes on. For Villa meanwhile, the Premier League has been a rude awakening – disastrous spells against Tottenham and Bournemouth have cost them vital points and Dean Smith will be eager to prove that his side have what it takes to compete in the top division. Villa will put pressure on Everton and always carry a goal threat but Everton should pick up all three points here.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match and both team to score ($3.85) – Bet Now
Everton to win 3-1
Norwich City vs Chelsea – Carrow Road
Norwich City ($4.45)
Newly promoted Norwich take on Chelsea at Carrow Road in what promises to be a fascinating battle on Saturday lunchtime, Daniel Farke’s side bossed the Championship last term and strengthened their squad throughout the summer and the manner of their 3-1 win over Newcastle last time out will be a real cause for optimism in East Anglia.Frank Lampard’s Chelsea meanwhile are winless in the top-flight this season having lost 4-0 to Manchester United and drawing 1-1 with Leicester City last weekend. The Blues still look to be searching for their best XI but should have too much quality in key areas for Norwich here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($2.6) – Bet Now
Chelsea to win 2-1
Brighton vs Southampton – Amex Stadium
Brighton will be looking to continue their great start to the season as they take on south coast rivals Southampton. The Seagulls have picked up 4 points from their first 2 games under Graham Potter and with and with 4 goals scored, they look to be carrying a real goal threat this term. Southampton meanwhile are yet to pick up a point this term having been thrashed by Burnley on the opening day and edged out by Liverpool last time out. This should be a very tight game between two well matched sides and it could well end up honours even on the South coast.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.65) – Bet Now
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($1.38)
Crystal Palace ($10.5)
Manchester United will be looking to maintain their unbeaten start to the Premier League season as they take on Crystal Palace at Old Trafford. With big-money new recruits Harry Maguire and Aaron wan Bissaka in their ranks, the Reds look to be a force to be reckoned with this term although they will be disappointed to have dropped two points at Wolves last time out. Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace look to have safety on their mind this season in the Premier League and their defeat to Sheffield United last Sunday has alarm bells ringing at Selhurst Park. They do notoriously start the season slowly however and should come good but United should have too much for them at home and continue their unbeaten start.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match and both teams to score ($2.35) – Bet Now
Manchester United to win 3-1
Sheffield United vs Leicester City – Bramall Lane
Sheffield United ($3.6)
Leicester City ($2.25)
Newly promoted Sheffield United will be looking to continue their unbeaten start in the Premier League as they host Brendan Rodgers’s Leicester City. The Blades were promoted automatically last season and look to have one of the hottest properties in English football in Chris Wilder in charge and they dominated Crystal Palace for long periods last weekend – picking up a famous 1-0 win. For Leicester, climbing the league is sure to be the priority this season and they matched Chelsea all the way last time out – picking up a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge to remain unbeaten themselves. Sheffield United will certainly trouble Leicester City here but the Foxes are a proven Premier League outfit and should pick up all three points here.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match ($2.25) – Bet Now
Leicester City to win 3-1
Watford vs West Ham United – Vicarage Road
West Ham United ($3.6)
Two sides seeking their first wins of the season face off in North London as Watford welcome West Ham to Vicarage Road. The Hornets have lost both of their two games played this season – losing 3-0 to Brighton and 1-0 to Everton in a disappointing start to the season for Javi Gracia’s men. The Hammers meanwhile bounced back well from their 5-0 thrashing by Manchester City on the opening day to pick up a well earnt point at Brighton last time out. Defending isn’t normally too high on the agenda for either side and this could be an open game that could well end up honours even.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.6) – Bet Now
Liverpool vs Arsenal – Anfield
The headline fixture of the weekend sees European Champions Liverpool take on high-flying Arsenal at Anfield. Jurgen Klopp’s Reds showed real resilience to pick up all three points at Southampton last time out and they will be hoping to take full advantage of Manchester City dropping points against Tottenham. Arsenal meanwhile have looked dangerous this season under Unai Emery and the manner of their 2-1 win over Burnley last time out is sure to fill the Gunners faithful with confidence. This should be a very tight game between two dangerous sides but Liverpool should just prevail in an entertaining encounter.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($2.55) – Bet Now
Liverpool to win 2-1
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Vitality Stadium
Manchester City ($1.23)
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will be looking to get back to winning ways as they travel to Bournemouth – who are unbeaten in the Premier League this season. The Cherries are part of the Premier League furniture under Eddie Howe and they showed real resilience to hang on for a crucial win at Aston Villa last time out to take their points tally to 4 for the season. City looked at their imperious best against West Ham and Tottenham but could only draw with Spurs last time out and felt aggrieved by VAR decisions going against them. They continue to carry an ominous goal threat however having scored 7 goals in their opening 2 games. Bournemouth have made it difficult for City historically and the Blues won’t find it easy but they should leave with all three points in the bag here.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.1) – Bet Now
Manchester City to win 3-1
Tottenham vs Newcastle United – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Newcastle United ($15)
Tottenham will be hoping to build on their famous draw at Manchester City last time out as they take on Newcastle at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Despite being under pressure for most of the game, Spurs picked up a point at the Etihad to remain unbeaten for the season. The problems are mounting for Newcastle meanwhile who went down 3-1 at newly promoted Norwich last time out and the pressure is already building on Steve Bruce with only two games played. Tottenham should have absolutely no problem seeing off Newcastle here in front of their home fans.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match to nil ($1.85) – Bet Now
Tottenham to win 3-0
Wolves vs Burnley – Molineux
Wolves host Burnley on Sunday afternoon in what promises to be a real battle in the Black Country. Wolves have picked up two points from their opening two games against Leicester and Manchester United and they have a Europa League qualification campaign they have had to fit into their schedule too. Burnley meanwhile have looked in good shape so far this term – thrashing Southampton 3-0 on the opening day before going down to Arsenal 2-1 in a very tight game last time out. Both of these sides will fancy their chances here but Wolves have plenty of attacking flair and should have too much about them for the Clarets here.
Betting tip: Wolves to win the match and both teams to score ($3.85) – Bet Now
Wolves 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:
Bournemouth vs Manchester City – Manchester City to win
Norwich City vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – Manchester United to win
Tottenham vs Newcastle United – Tottenham to win
A $50 wager would pay out $197.83 if successful at the current odds – Bet Now