Premier League Gameweek 2 Previews and Predictions

Last week: 5/10 correct results, 1 correct score

Liverpool vs Burnley

Odds: Liverpool – 1/6  Draw – 13/2  Burnley – 16/1

What I think will happen:

Based on how these sides played last weekend, it’s really hard to see anything other than a very comfortable Liverpool win.

The only way I can see Burnley scoring is through a set piece or by exposing Tsimikas who looked shaky at times against Norwich but they just don’t have the firepower to score more than 1 here.

Meanwhile, Salah looks in imperious form already and having a rest period has helped the front 3 of Liverpool a lot, they will be bang up there this season unless they get major injuries and should win easily here.

Liverpool 3-0 Burnley

Aston Villa vs Newcastle United

Odds: Villa – 4/5  Draw – 11/4  Newcastle – 10/3

What I think will happen:

Villa really struggled against the counter last week and got going far too late. This could be a real achilles heel for them as lower teams will now just sit deep and play long balls on the counter knowing they can have some joy against the Villa defence.

Newcastle meanwhile had a good first half against West Ham but really struggled at the back in the second half. This game is likely to be a high scorer and I can see it going either way with Villa being far too short a price to back, I’m going to take a 2-2 draw here as I trust neither defence to hold out in a close game.

Aston Villa 2-2 Newcastle

Crystal Palace vs Brentford

Odds: Palace – 8/5  Draw – 11/5  Brentford – 9/5

What I think will happen:

It’s hard to get too much of a read on Palace from the Chelsea game as it was always going to be a tough one for them, but I was still slightly disappointed that they failed to put up much resistance. This is going to be a tough home game for them with Brentford looking really impressive against Arsenal and I can see Palace losing here.

Brentford seem to have more high quality attacking players at the moment and are solid enough at the back to keep Palace down to 1 goal and they’ll also have a good away support to bring a similar atmosphere to the home atmosphere that carried them in week 1.

Palace 1-2 Brentford

Leeds United vs Everton

Odds: Leeds – 11/8  Draw – 12/5  Everton – 2/1

What I think will happen:

Leeds feel like the same team as last year which is really disappointing considering they’ve had a full summer to bring in some higher quality players than what they currently have. Since they haven’t, the defence will remain a liability against teams with high quality attacking players with last week being a perfect example of that.

Meanwhile, Everton put in a good second half performance to get the win against Southampton though I was concerned about how many chances they gave away early on through defensive mistakes. With Richarlison and Calvert-Lewin getting on the scoresheet, Everton should have some good attacking momentum going into this one and I like them to get the win here.

Leeds 1-2 Everton

Manchester City vs Norwich City

Odds: Man City – 1/11  Draw – 10/1  Norwich  – 25/1

What I think will happen:

Norwich already look like a Championship team. The performance they put in last week was nowhere near good enough and they seem to lack the attacking firepower to make much of a splash early on.

Meanwhile, Man City seem to have reverted back to the 19/20 season level with the return of fans and are a team that will be hurt by fans coming back based on how things have gone so far. That being said, this will likely be a stroll in the park for them as the odds show and they’ll be angry having not scored in 2 games, it might take some time to score the 1st goal but after that, the floodgates will open for them.

Man City 4-0 Norwich

Brighton and Hove Albion vs Watford

Odds: Brighton – 8/11  Draw – 5/2  Watford – 17/4

What I think will happen:

Both teams surprised me in a good way in gameweek 1. Brighton, despite looking poor for a lot of the game, were far more clinical with their chances than last season and managed to win a game they may have previously lost against Burnley.

Watford were extremely clinical on the counter and scored some really high quality goals to put Villa to the sword.

In terms of this matchup, I’m leaning towards Brighton because they’re probably a slightly better team with home advantage though the odds are too short and they are likely to get caught on the counter at least once. But they should have some joy against this Watford defence and can get the win here.

Brighton 3-1 Watford

Southampton vs Manchester United

Odds: Southampton – 9/2  Draw – 10/3  Man Utd – 4/7

What I think will happen:

United were extremely impressive in gameweek 1 and should really have too much for Southampton here. I’m really worried for Southampton this year now they’ve sold Vestergaard, the defence looked woeful last week and they only have 2 weeks to buy someone to improve it or they’re going to leak 70 goals this season. With Pogba coming to life in the new system, United will fancy scoring 3 or 4 goals here and should win comfortably.

Southampton 0-3 Man United

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur

Odds: Wolves – 23/10  Draw – 11/5  Spurs – 13/10

What I think will happen:

This is a weird one. Spurs put in a really good week 1 performance while Wolves were a shade unlucky to lose against Leicester, they could’ve scored 2 or 3 goals with better finishing and put in a better performance than I expected.

The style of football Nuno plays has always been successful against Man City and this may weirdly be a tougher matchup for him with Wolves unlikely to play the same way City did. I’m tempted to pick the upset here given that Wolves should get more of a chance to play on the counter and Jimenez will only improve for getting the extra game time, if Wolves can stop Son from doing too much damage then a clean sheet isn’t out of the reckoning.

Wolves 1-0 Spurs

Arsenal vs Chelsea

Odds: Arsenal – 15/4  Draw – 11/4  Chelsea – 3/4

What I think will happen:

I feel Arsenal are the easiest team for pundits to take cheap shots at since they do have a sense of naivety about them but if they are the same team as last year then that may not be the worst thing in this matchup given that they did the double over Chelsea last year.

That being said, Chelsea are a stronger side than last season and with Lukaku coming into the fold, they’ll be confident they can win this one. I like Arsenal to score and keep this close, but the poor form of Leno may be the thing that lets them down in this game and Chelsea can edge a hard fought win.

Arsenal 1-2 Chelsea

West Ham United vs Leicester City

Odds: West Ham – 6/4  Draw – 5/2  Leicester – 7/4

What I think will happen:

Both sides got off to good starts with wins in week 1 but I was more impressed by West Ham than Leicester. Leicester were fortunate to win against Wolves while West Ham put in a devastating 2nd half performance to beat Newcastle and come into this game with more momentum behind them. They also did the double over Leicester last season so definitely know how to beat them and Antonio is a better forward than Adama Traore and would’ve scored the chances he missed last week. Both teams will probably score again in this one but West Ham will be able to create more chances here and get the win.

West Ham 3-1 Leicester

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