Spurs vs Wolves
Odds: Spurs – 2/5 Draw – 4/1 Wolves – 13/2
Spurs got a late equaliser against Chelsea last time out and while I feel they were very fortunate to draw that game, this looks like an easier assignment for them. Wolves haven’t exactly set the league alight in their first 2 games but I do really like Matheus Nunes as a signing for them, he’ll make their midfield a lot more solid and could be the difference between them being relatively safe and them being in the relegation scrap, unfortunately this is likely a game too early for him to start so I’d imagine Spurs can dominate this game and win 2-0.
Spurs 2-0 Wolves
Crystal Palace vs Aston Villa
Odds: Palace – 6/4 Draw – 9/4 Villa – 19/10
Palace should win this game, they look better than Villa at the moment but games like these are why I don’t think Palace will finish in the top half. They lack the attacking potency to fully take advantage of a porous Villa defence and Villa do have some decent players going forward with Buendia and Watkins looking in good touch last week, this feels like a 1-1 game where Palace will be more frustrated than Villa that they don’t end up winning.
Palace 1-1 Villa
Draw looks a good bet at 9/4
Everton vs Notts Forest
Odds: Everton – 10/11 Draw – 13/5 Forest – 3/1
This could potentially be a big game at the bottom of the table for the bigger picture and right now I believe Forest are the slightly more likely winners but I worry about their ability to finish off chances and similar to Palace, I can see them being held to a 1-1 draw in a game they feel like they should’ve won. Everton were fairly poor last week but looked far more lively when Onana came on for them and it will be interesting to see if he can kick on in this game and give Everton some more spark.
Everton 1-1 Forest
Forest Draw no bet at 7/4 looks a good bet
Fulham vs Brentford
Odds: Fulham – 29/20 Draw – 12/5 Brentford – 19/10
I like Brentford to win this one, they’re a very well drilled side and they should get the opportunity to play on the counter here. Ivan Toney has really improved over the off season and with him currently in top form, Brentford can get the results early on that give them a buffer over the relegation battle. Fulham may live to rue missing a penalty against Wolves in a game they probably feel they should’ve won and this will be a tougher test for them.
Fulham 1-2 Brentford
Leicester vs Southampton
Odds: Leicester – 5/6 Draw – 3/1 Southampton – 3/1
Leicester did their normal thing of scoring goals but looking woeful at the back against Arsenal while Southampton had a bad start against Leeds before a change of formation and some good substitutions helped them rescue a point against Leeds. Southampton will likely improve if they stick with their formation change but I expect them to be outgunned here by Leicester with James Maddison looking in good form at the moment. I wouldn’t be surprised if Southampton got a result but I’m sticking with Leicester to win here.
Leicester 3-1 Southampton
Bournemouth vs Arsenal
Odds: Bournemouth – 7/1 Draw – 15/4 Arsenal – 2/5
This could be a similar story to the first game of the season for Arsenal where they get a scrappy 2-0 win. They obviously looked very strong in front of goal last week but I expect them to be the sort of side that scores lots of goals at home but have a tougher time creating chances away from home. That being said, they defended well against a physical side in Palace the other week and with Bournemouth likely to pose a similar test here, they may be quite comfortable at the back and they can get 3 points.
Bournemouth 0-2 Arsenal
Leeds vs Chelsea
Odds: Leeds – 19/4 Draw – 10/3 Chelsea – 11/20
Leeds are definitely playing better football this season and it was a shame for them that they threw it away last week having played really well for 70 minutes against Southampton, but fatigue and some poor tracking back by their midfield as well as making substitutions too late cost them 3 points. I expect them to lose this one, Chelsea have had a strong record against Leeds since their return to the Premier League and they looked really good last week even if they do still have issues when it comes to converting chances. I can see them keeping a clean sheet here with Bamford likely to be on the bench and they can win 2-0.
Leeds 0-2 Chelsea
West Ham vs Brighton
Odds: West Ham – 13/10 Draw – 12/5 Brighton – 21/10
If I was going to pick an underdog this week to bet, then Brighton would be that team. They’ve put in 2 really solid performances to start the season against sides West Ham would expect to finish around in the table and West Ham look a bit off at the moment. They were rolled over fairly comfortably by City apart from a decent 10 minutes and against Forest they were shaky at the back and missed a penalty. Something feels wrong there and I can see Brighton taking advantage with a 2-1 win.
West Ham 1-2 Brighton
Brighton at 21/10 is a good bet
Newcastle vs Man City
Odds: Newcastle – 13/2 Draw – 4/1 City – 4/11
If City steamroll Newcastle here, then that will be a big step towards looking like winning the title comfortably. In theory this should be a really tough game for them, Newcastle have a tough atmosphere, a good team with skilled midfielders and a good manager and are definitely on the upwards trajectory. But I feel that while players like De Bruyne and Rodri stay fit, City can dominate any side in midfield and while I expect Newcastle to give them a test, City can still win this one comfortably enough.
Newcastle 0-2 Man City
Man United vs Liverpool
Odds: United – 17/4 Draw – 10/3 Liverpool – 3/5
Both sides are slumping at the moment though United’s slump is a bit more epic than Liverpool’s. United look a mess right now and there seems to still be huge unrest in the dressing room and until Ten Haag can make a huge turnover in players and build the team he wants, they will struggle. Liverpool meanwhile are badly missing Konate, Matip and Thiago. They look less solid at the back with Phillips playing and Van Dijk has seemed off touch early in the season, they also don’t have a good enough midfield to play through teams so opponents have stacked the midfield and forced them into playing long balls to smaller wingers and forwards. They will drop points to teams willing to sit deep and counter but I feel United may try to go at them a bit more than they should and they will leave themselves vulnerable to the counter, I also worry about United’s attacking players at the moment as outside of Ronaldo, they don’t seem to have a natural goalscorer and that will likely cost them here.
United 1-3 Liverpool
Results last week:
4/10 correct results 0 correct scores
2/3 bets won +2.5 pts
Results for the season:
9/20 Correct results
+3.5 pts betting