The Premier League returned last week with its usual combination of thrills and spills and order was restored with last season’s champions Manchester City starting ominously with a comfortable victory at Arsenal. Elsewhere, fellow title contenders Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham and Chelsea all opened their account with wins whilst it looks as if it could be a long season for the likes of Huddersfield, Brighton and Cardiff who all suffered opening day defeats.
Here are our picks for the second round of fixtures in the Premier League:
12.30 Cardiff City vs Newcastle United – Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff City ($3.1)
Newcastle United ($2.5)
Premier League football returns to the Welsh capital as Neil Warnock’s robust Cardiff City side welcome Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United to South Wales. Cardiff upset the form book last season to secure promotion to the Premier League, despite their relative lack of wealth and resources and their physical approach is sure to be a big talking point in the top division this season. Newcastle under Benitez finished 14th in the league last season and were built from the back – as many of the Spaniard’s teams are. The recruitment of Salomon Rondon from West Bromwich Albion on deadline day could be the answer to their striking woes as they look to sit comfortably in mid table in May. Both sides suffered opening day defeats with Newcastle perhaps a little unlucky to go down 2-1 at home to Tottenham whilst Cardiff endured a Premier League awakening at the hands of Bournemouth – losing 2-0. Notorious for its atmosphere, the Cardiff City Stadium should be rocking at the prospect of at least a season in the Promised Land and this should be a very good game between two teams that are sure to feel they can win the game and it could well end up honours even in an attritional battle.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($4.75)
15.00 Everton vs Southampton – Goodison Park
The Marco Silva era gets underway at Goodison Park with a real sense of optimism engulfing the blue half of Merseyside currently with the blues looking to profit upon yet another big-spending transfer window. They welcome Mark Hughes’s Southampton to the North West who will be looking to put in a better showing than last season and they too have strengthened in key areas after having so many of their big name players poached over the past few seasons. The Toffees have splashed the cash this summer, bringing in Andre Gomes, Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina from Barcelona as well as £50 million pound man Richarlison – who looked to already pay off some of his transfer fee with his 2 goals in an entertaining 2-2 draw with Wolves on the opening day. Southampton meanwhile picked up a point last time out – drawing 0-0 at home to Burnley and they will be hoping the acquisition of Danny Ings from Liverpool on deadline day will be the answer to their striking woes. The Saints will arrive in Liverpool confident of getting a result but Everton seem to have a real buzz around them currently and should pick up the 3 points in what promises to be an entertaining clash.
Betting tip: Everton to win the match and both teams to score ($4.6)
Everton to win 2-1
15.00 Leicester City vs Wolves – King Power Stadium
Leicester City ($2.05)
The 2015-16 Premier League Champions Leicester City get their home campaign underway against newly promoted Wolves who stormed the Championship last term and have got pundits purring with their exciting style of play and foreign imports. Claude Puel is the man currently tasked with ensuring Leicester aren’t involved in a relegation scrap this year – like they have been for much of the last two seasons and with the quality of player at his disposal – he should be looking to surge up into the top half of the table. Summer recruitment for the Foxes consisted of the experience of Jonny Evans as well as the flair of Ricardo and James Maddison that Puel will be hoping will ease the pressure on talisman Jamie Vardy this term. Wolves meanwhile have been very busy in the transfer market, picking up Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho in a side littered with Portuguese talent and they are well fancied to steer well clear of the relegation picture this term under Nuno Esporito Santo. Leicester impressed against Manchester United last time out but went down 2-1 whilst Wolves showed real endeavour against Everton to come away with a 2-2 home draw. This could be an excellent match between two very good teams but Leicester’s Premier League knowhow could shine through and get them their first points of the season.
Betting tip: Leicester City to win the match and both teams to score ($4.5)
Leicester City to win 2-1
15.00 Tottenham vs Fulham – Wembley Stadium
With their new White Hart Lane home yet to completed, Tottenham return to Wembley as they take on London rivals Fulham who find themselves back in the Premier League for the first time since 2014. Spurs under Mauricio Pochettino have steadily improved season upon season but their failure to win a trophy is seen as a relative failure by some of their fans and they will be hoping this is the season they pick up some silverware. Fulham meanwhile have spent big in returning to the Premier League with the likes of Alfie Mawson and Andre Schurrle joining the West Londoners as they look to build an exciting team in the Premier League. Tottenham kicked off their campaign with a gritty 2-1 win at Newcastle on the opening day whilst Fulham had much of the play against Crystal Palace but ultimately lost 2-0 in a frustrating afternoon at Craven Cottage. This promises to be a very entertaining game between two sides that will look to get the ball on the floor and play football but Tottenham – with the likes of Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane should have too much quality here provided they play somewhere near their best.
Betting tip: Tottenham to win the match to nil ($2.1)
Tottenham to win 2-0
15.00 West Ham United vs Bournemouth – London Olympic Stadium
West Ham United ($2.2)
Manuel Pellegrini will take charge of his first competitive game at the London Olympic Stadium as his new-look West Ham side welcome Bournemouth to East London. The Hammers have entrusted the Chilean with overseeing a transformation in terms of results and quality of football this season and the club have invested heavily in the likes of Felipe Anderson, Jack Wilshere and Andrey Yarmalenko. Bournemouth meanwhile continue to punch above their weight under the stewardship of Eddie Howe and in summer acquisition David Brooks look to have one of the hottest properties in British football on their hands. The Hammers were thumped 4-0 at Liverpool last time out as they look to try and acclimatise to Pellegrini’s style of play whilst Bournemouth were impressive in their 2-0 home win against newly-promoted Cardiff City. This promises to be an excellent game between two managers with shared footballing philosophies and goals almost come as a guarantee. Despite West Ham’s big investment this summer, it still looks to be taking time for the players to get used to the new playing style meaning Bournemouth could catch them on the hop and pick up a valuable away point here.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.6)
17.30 Chelsea vs Arsenal – Stamford Bridge
The big games just keep on coming in the Premier League and few are bigger than this London Derby as Unai Emery’s Arsenal travel to Maurizio Sarri’s Chelsea with both sides coming to terms with new management and the lack of Champions League football this season. Chelsea endured a difficult summer, with Antonio Conte being replaced by Sarri and the Italian saw Thibaut Courtois leave the club for Real Madrid forcing the club’s hand to break the world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper – paying £71 million for Kepa Arrizabalaga. They disappointed in the Community Shield against Manchester City but recovered well to defeat Huddersfield 3-0 on the opening day to build some optimism around Stamford Bridge. Arsenal meanwhile have turned to Unai Emery in the post Arsene Wenger era and he too has recruited some big money players in an attempt to be dining at the top table of English football come the end of the season. They showed glimpses in their 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Manchester City on the opening day but it’s clear Emery still has work to do. This is the biggest game of the weekend and it’s one Chelsea should just have too much quality in – particularly in forward areas.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($3.4)
Chelsea to win 2-1
13.30 Burnley vs Watford – Turf Moor
Sean Dyche’s European dream continues to rumble on for the Clarets but they return to domestic action on Sunday in their first home game of the campaign against Javi Gracia’s Watford. Burnley impressed last season, finishing in 7th place and picking up points against the likes of Manchester City, Manchester United and Chelsea. Their organised playing style coupled with incredible team spirit appears to be the perfect formula for success currently at Turf Moor as they continue to get results in the Europa League too – drawing 0-0 with Istanbul Basaksehir in the first leg. Watford meanwhile haven’t recruited massively in the summer and are one of the early season favourites to be embroiled in a relegation scrap but their impressive 2-0 home win over Brighton last time out is sure to be a cause for optimism for the Hornets this term. This should be an excellent game between two organised sides and Burnley’s Europa League exploits could take their toll on their relatively small squad meaning Watford will fancy their chances of leaving Lancashire with a point.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.8)
13.30 Manchester City vs Huddersfield Town – Etihad Stadium
Manchester City ($1.09)
Huddersfield Town ($34)
The Premier League Champions get the defence of their campaign underway as they welcome Huddersfield Town across the Pennines in what is the classic David vs Goliath tie. City blew away all before them last term, picking up 100 points in a record breaking season under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola who has also recruited Riyad Mahrez from Leicester City in an attempt to strengthen his attacking options. The blues have started in much the same vein they finished the season too – picking up the Community Shield with a 2-0 win over Chelsea before heading to Arsenal on the opening day and brushing them aside by the same score line Huddersfield look to have their work cut out this year after David Wagner worked wonders last season to keep them in the division, their lack of creativity and attacking guile could be an issue this season and they won’t of course be judged on their results in matches like this. Manchester City are rightfully very heavy favourites to pick up all three points and should do with relative ease in front of their home fans.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match to nil ($1.5)
Manchester City to win 3-0
16.00 Brighton vs Manchester United – AMEX Stadium
Manchester United ($1.7)
Jose Mourinho will be looking to put the summer of speculation behind him as he takes his side to the South coast to take on a Brighton side that are amongst the early season favourites for the drop. Despite finishing 2nd last season and reaching the FA Cup Final – the feeling amongst Manchester United fans is that Mourinho isn’t the right man to fulfil their attacking football prophesies and he only managed to recruit Fred and Diogo Dalot in the summer transfer window. The much maligned Paul Pogba captained the side to a 2-1 win over Leicester City on Friday night and despite all the speculation, the reds are sure to be a force to be reckoned with this season. Brighton meanwhile, will have a clear objective of survival under Chris Hughton once again this term and will need to improve on the opening day showing at Vicarage Road where they went down 2-0 to Watford in an uninspiring performance. Despite all the media speculation surrounding United, they will be conifdent they can come through this one and continue their solid start.
Betting tip: Manchester United to win the match to nil ($2.7)
Manchester United to win 2-0
20.00 Crystal Palace vs Liverpool – Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace ($7)
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool travel to East London firmly in the belief that this indeed is their year to clinch their first Premier League trophy – as they face off against Crystal Palace. The reds impressed on the opening day – demolishing West Ham 4-0 and the sense of optimism around Anfield is palpable with the new recruits Alisson, Nabi Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri all seemingly fitting into Klopp’s famed high pressing system. Palace meanwhile rode their luck at times on the opening day but Roy Hodgson’s men dug in to come away from Fulham with a 2-0 win and start their season on the front foot. Selhurst Park is sure to be rocking on Monday night and Liverpool will have to be at their best to come away with the win but confidence is coursing through the veins of the reds players currently and they should have enough about them here.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match and both teams to score ($5)
Liverpool to win 2-1
Match Accumulator Bet
We’re backing four results this week as a four-fold with a betting stake of $50:-
Brighton vs Manchester United – Manchester United to win
Chelsea vs Arsenal – Chelsea to win
Crystal Palace vs Liverpool – Liverpool to win
Leicester City vs Wolves – Leicester City to win
Pays 9.86 if they all win
A $50 wager would pay out $493 if successful at the current odds.