English Premier League – Week 3 – Betting Odds and Predictions
Bournemouth v Man City
Bournemouth haven’t had the best of starts to the new season with 2 defeats in a row. Unfortunately for them I can’t see this improving at the weekend. Rumors of an already unhappy Defoe won’t help matters although this is the perfect game for him to get his first start. Bournemouth will be living on scraps and no better man than Defoe to finish one of them.
Although City dropped points in the last game they dominated Everton playing much of the game a man down. In 2 games, they have averaged 73% possession. They have a squad full of talent and with the attacking threat they pose this game is only going one way.
Bournemouth (11.3) Draw (6.5) Man City (1.33)
Crystal Palace v Swansea
Palace are still getting to grips with a new style of play under new manager De Boer. Thy looked shaky at the back in the first game of the league but improved against Liverpool and but for an unlucky ricochet could have got something. I expect them to get up and running for the season in this one.
For me I think Swansea are in trouble this season. After selling Sigurdsson I can’t see them scoring enough goals this year. In this league that is crucial. Narrow defeat here for Swansea.
Crystal Palace (2.0) Draw (3.55) Swansea (4.5)
Huddersfield v Southampton
What a dream start for Huddersfield with 2 wins from 2. Confidence will be sky high for the Premier League newcomers. Expect this to be a real examination of their credentials though and I think they’ll lose their 100% start to the season.
Southampton will be disappointed with dropping points on the first day of the season but after not having scored at home for so long will be relieved to have got 3 goals and 3 points the next day. They’ll fancy their chances in this one.
Huddersfield (4.05) Draw (3.4) Southampton (2.15)
Newcastle v West Ham
Both teams have had poor starts to the season. The worrying thing for Newcastle is that their own manager has come out and said they are not ready for the Premier League. This may be true but it puts pressure on controversial owner Mike Ashley to provide funds before the close of the window. I think that was the main point of that comment. Newcastle will do well to get anything from this game.
West Ham looked slightly better in their last game but some stupid mistakes at the back from very experienced players let them down. If they can sort that out then they have a chance especially with Hernandez up front. This guy scores goals
Newcastle (2.4) Draw (3.5) West Ham (3.28)
Watford v Brighton
Watford have started the season well and will certainly fancy their chances of another win here. Although early days the spread of goals is a good sign, 5 goals so far from 5 different players.
On the other hand, Brighton have failed to score in their first 2 games of the season.
Watford (2.05) Draw (3.5) Brighton (4.5)
Man United v Leicester
Mourinho looks happy again. Mourinho wins the league in his second season in charge doesn’t he? United look clinical and powerful. 8 goals in 2 games, none conceded. Everything points to another win for United. Anything less than a serious title challenge this year will be deemed a failure.
This is the Premier League though and it won’t be all one way traffic. Leicester will sit deep and look to punish United on the counter. With players like Vardy and Mahrez (if he stays), Leicester will always have a chance.
Man United (1.33) Draw (5.8) Leicester (14)
Chelsea v Everton
Don’t believe Chelsea are in crisis. It’s been 2 games! Yes the first was a disastrous start to the season but they bounced back and showed why they are defending champions with that win against Tottenham. They will only get better with Hazard still to come back and one or two from injuries and suspensions.
Everton have captured the imagination of almost everyone with the players they have bought and the romance of Rooney coming back to Goodison. You have to admire the work they have done but I think they will find out here that there is still is still some distance between them and the big boys.
Chelsea (1.47) Draw (4.7) Everton (8.75)
West Brom v Stoke
West Brom will be looking for 3 wins in a row. Tony Pulis loves a 1-0 win with both his opening 2 wins coming from the same score line. Don’t back against the same again here. He has not lost to Stoke in any of his previous 5 matches either.
Stoke are one of those teams where we are still not sure what to make of them. If they can play like they did against Arsenal last time out they’ll get a result but usually they only up their game when they play the Gunners though. Maybe new boy Jese Rodriguez can inspire them.
West Brom (2.45) Draw (3.16) Stoke (3.5)
Liverpool v Arsenal
The game of the weekend. Going on recent meetings with these two teams I would expect to see goals. Liverpool are so good going forward, pace and creativity galore but on the back foot not so good. The defence and goalkeeper are liable to make mistakes. Fancy Arsenal to score a few.
Looks like same old Arsenal again this season. Sanchez is available for this one but where’s his head at, big risk to throw him in although he is world class. Can’t see this defence keeping out Liverpool’s attack and this could be a cracker of a game.
Liverpool (2.2) Draw (3.75) Arsenal (3.5)
Tottenham v Burnley
Tottenham at home against Burnley would normally be bread and butter. Tottenham in Wembley is not such a guarantee. It shouldn’t matter with the quality of player they have on the pitch so I’m going for a home win and also for Harry Kane to break his August goal draught in the Premier League.
Burnley shocked everyone with a sensational away win last time out in London against Chelsea. It won’t happen this time round. Last season their away form was awful but their home form was brilliant. They’ve started this season in the opposite way. Back to reality after this one with an away defeat.
Tottenham (1.33) Draw (7) Burnley (15.5)