The Premier League hierarchy looks to be taking shape once again in the 2018-19 season with Manchester City, Livepool, Chelsea and Tottenham maintaining their 100% starts with week 2 wins whilst Manchester United and Arsenal both suffered defeats. The newly promoted contingent Wolves, Cardiff and Fulham are all waiting for their first wins of the season whilst Leicester, Everton and Watford continued their solid starts to the campaign.
Here are our picks for the third round of fixtures in the Premier League:
12.30 Wolves vs Manchester City – Molineux Stadium
Manchester City ($1.22)
Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City travel to the West Midlands to take on newly promoted Wolves in what promises to be a fascinating encounter in the Black Country. City, have hit the ground running this season, picking up the Community Shield with ease against Chelsea and backing it up with resounding wins over Arsenal and Huddersfield to cement their status as favourites for the Premier League title once again this season. Injuries continue to besiege the City squad with Kevin de Bruyne and Claudio Bravo both facing lengthy periods on the treatment table but such is City’s squad, their absences shouldn’t be felt too strongly. Wolves, dominated the Championship last season under Nuno Esporito Santo and they have shown promise so far in the top-flight without perhaps getting the results their performances have deserved. A 2-2 draw with Everton was followed up with a disappointing 2-0 loss at the hands of Leicester City last Saturday. Wolves are sure to provide a stern test for City but the blues simply look too good and too motivated under Pep Guardiola currently.
Betting tip: Manchester City to win the match and both teams to score ($2.8)
Manchester City to win 3-1
15.00 Arsenal vs West Ham United – Emirates Stadium
West Ham United ($9)
It promises to be a real battle at the Emirates as two teams that are register a point in the Premier League face off in North London. Arsenal and their new manager Unai Emery have had to endure some tough fixtures so far, suffering defeats at the hands of Manchester City and Chelsea meaning the pressure is now at fever pitch for the new man to start picking up points quickly. Whilst it will inevitably take time for all of the new recruits to gel, Emery will be hoping his side can put in a consistent performance for 90 minutes after only showing glimpses in their previous two games. West Ham meanwhile are enduring a very similar situation under Manuel Pellegrini who as yet, has failed to get the best of his side and his 9 new recruits. A 4-0 thumping at Liverpool was followed by a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth where the same defensive problemsthat plagued the Hammers last season,reared their ugly heads once more.This will be a highly entertaining London Derby with both sides sure to be looking toget one over their local rivals and Arsenal, with all their attacking quality, should give Unai Emery his first league win here.
Betting tip: Arsenal to win the match and both teams to score ($2.6)
Arsenal to win 2-1
15.00 Bournemouth vs Everton – Vitality Stadium
Marco Silva takes his Everton side down to the South Coast in what promises to be a highly entertaining battle between two unbeaten teams – Bournemouth and Everton. The Cherries have enjoyed a perfect start to the season, beating Cardiff 2-0 at home on the opening day before backing that up with a highly impressive 2-1 win at West Ham United where they showed their trademark resilience to battle back from 1-0 down. Everton meanwhile appear to have hit the ground running at Goodison Park, bringing a much-needed attacking flair to the Toffee’s play under new boss Marco Silva. An opening day draw with Wolves was followed up by a solid 2-1 win over Southampton at home giving the blue half of Merseyside cause for optimism this season. This should be a fascinating game between two managers with shared footballing ideologies and with the quality of players on display on both side, it could be a high-scoring draw that both teams should be very pleased with.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.2)
15.00 Huddersfield Town vs Cardiff City – John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield Town ($2.38)
Cardiff City ($3.4)
Two of the early season relegation candidates face off at the John Smith’s Stadium as Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City travel to Huddersfield Town with both teams in search of their first win over what promises to be a very long campaign. The fixture list has not been too kind to David Wagner’s Terriers who have faced Chelsea and Manchester City in their opening two games – conceding 9 goals in the process. It is games like this they will be targeting in their survival bid and their home record was impressive last season – something they will need to build upon here. Neil Warnock has inspired the Bluebirds back into the Premier League and they picked up their first point of the season last time out against Newcastle at home. Their proficiency in front of goal looks to be the biggest issue for the South Walians this term – as they are yet to score yet this season. Theoretically this should be an extremely physical battle between two sides that a renowned for their combative approaches and both managers will be looking for their players to give their opponents absolutely nothing. This could be a fiery, attritional battle what could end honours even, with both sides prioritising avoiding defeat rather than winning.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw ($3.1)
15.00 Southampton vs Leicester City – St Mary’s Stadium
Leicester City ($3.3)
Two sides that will be targeting mid-table finishes come next May will face off on the South Coast with Southampton hosting Leicester City and their former manager Claude Puel. Saints have had a solid season without necessarily getting the points return their performances have deserved – drawing 0-0 with Burnley and losing 2-1 at Everton. Mark Hughes will be keen to kick on, having had his troops for a full pre-season and they will be looking to push towards the top half of the table this term. The Foxes picked up their first win of the season last time out – winning 2-0 at home to Wolves in a fiery clash. Despite his strong start, Claude Puel is one of the favourites to lose his job this season and he will be hoping he can elevate his side up the table quickly. With the added sub-plot of Claude Puel returning to his former employers, this should be a very good game between two strong sides that look very even on paper and they could well cancel each other out.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.5)
17.30 Liverpool vs Brighton – Anfield
Early season high flyers Liverpool will be looking to keep their 100% start intact as they welcome Brighton to Anfield – fresh off the back of the Seagulls incredible 3-2 victory over Manchester United. There is a real sense of optimism surrounding Liverpool currently who look to have acquired some much needed grit in midfield in the form of Naby Keita as well as security in goal through Alisson Becker – which coupled with the expertise of the inspirational Jurgen Klopp looks to be the perfect formula for a title push. The reds have enjoyed a prefect start to the campaign, beating West Ham 4-0 at home before negotiating a tricky tie at Crystal Palace 2-0 and currently sit 2nd. The Seagulls defied their relegation worries last time out with an impressive 3-2 victory over Jose Mourinho’s beleaguered Manchester United – bouncing back from their opening day defeat on the road at Watford in style. With 3 points from their opening 2 games, Chris Hughton will be hoping his men can kick on and achieve another mid-table finish this term – which would be remarkable feat for the club. Despite their impressive performance at home last time out, Brighton could struggle here and This should be a precession for Liverpool who have started the Premier League emphatically and Brighton will be looking to limit the damage as much as possible.
Betting tip: Liverpool to win the match to nil ($1.9)
Liverpool to win 3-0
13.30 Watford vs Crystal Palace – Vicarage Road
Crystal Palace ($3)
Super Sunday kicks off with an enticing London Derby between two sides that will be looking to climb the Premier League table this season as Crystal Palace travel to North London to face Watford. The Hornets have enjoyed a perfect start to the season and won away from home under Javi Gracia for the first time last time out whilst Palace, under the stewardship of Roy Hodgson look well placed to be in the mid-table mix at the end of the season. Watford, much like many of their previous seasons, have started in blistering fashion and have a maximum 6 points from their opening two games. The Hornets were many people’s tip for relegation this term but have started the season on fire, winning their opening 2 games against Brighton and Burnley. Manager, Javi Gracia hasn’t made many additions to his squad but his players appear to be buying into his ideologies and it is currently working for the Spaniard. The Eagles have enjoyed a much better this season than last, where they lost their first 7 matches – failing to score a goal in the process. As he approaches a year in the job, Roy Hodgson has overseen a dramatic transformation in terms of the confidence and expectation levels at the club and they won their first game 2-0 at Fulham before putting in an admirable performance against Liverpool in a 2-0 home defeat on Monday evening. This promises to be a fascinating game between two sides that have started the season well and could well cancel each other out.
Betting tip: The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score ($4.33)
16.00 Fulham vs Burnley – Craven Cottage
Two winless sides face off in West London as Burnley, in the midst of their European adventure, travel to Fulham who, despite a summer of spending, have failed to pick up a point as yet on their return to the Premier League. . Fulham have impressed at times in their opening 2 matches without registering any points whilst Burnley are yet to win in the league this season and questions are being asked of their suitability to competing on two fronts so early on in the season. Chastening defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham look to have been an eye-opener for the Cottagers and whilst manager Slaviša Jokanovic is in the process of developing a very exciting squad at Craven Cottage, blending youth and experience, he will be all too aware of the need for a win here. Sean Dyche’s Burnley are in the midst of their Europa League qualifying campaign and face off against Greek giants Olympiakos next. Domestically they have struggled to get going so far this season, losing 3-1 at home to Watford last week and drawing 0-0 with Southampton on the opening day – something they’ll be hoping to change here. Fulham are still adjusting to life in the top-flight and Burnley will be looking to give them a lesson in Premier League football here.
Betting tip: Burnley to win the match ($4.1)
Burnley to win 2-1
16.00 Newcastle United vs Chelsea – St James’s Park
Newcastle United ($5.5)
Chelsea take their perfect start under Maurizio Sarri to the North East as they face off against Newcastle United and their former manager Rafa Benitez in what promises to be a fascinating battle on Sunday. The Blues have had a strong start to the season and look to be adapting to life under new boss Maurizio Sarri – picking up maximum points whilst Newcastle are yet to register a win as yet this campaign – something Benitez will have extra motivation to achieve here against his former employers. The Toon have endured a tough start to the season – losing 2-1 at home to Tottenham on the opening day despite having most of the play then missing a last minute penalty against Cardiff last time out in a 0-0 draw. The Blues have got off to a solid start this season, backing up their opening day win at Huddersfield with a gutsy 3-2 win at home to Arsenal last weekend. Maurizio Sarri has been brought in to improve the football at Stamford Bridge and his players look to be adapting to the Italian. The atmosphere at St James’s Park is sure to be rocking but Chelsea are blessed with experience and quality and should get the win here.
Betting tip: Chelsea to win the match and both teams to score ($3.6)
Chelsea to win 2-1
20.00 Manchester United vs Tottenham – Old Trafford
Manchester United ($2.62)
The Premier League weekend draws to a close with a genuine heavyweight clash between two sides with outside title aspirations, who are both sure to be heavily involved in the race for Champions League football next season. Tottenham have picked up 6 points from their opening 2 games despite not necessarily being at their best whilst all the speculation and intrigue surrounding Jose Mourinho looks to be having an effect at Manchester United – who lost 3-2 at Brighton last time out. The media speculation surrounding Jose Mourinho reached fever pitch following United’s defeat to Brighton where key players didn’t perform and the reds’ decision not to make big signings in the summer was made to look questionable. Their opening day win over Leicester City will give the Red Devils confidence however and they do possess an expensively assembled squad, packed with big names. Despite many of his players returning late from the World Cup, Mauricio Pochettino will be delighted with the solid start his men have made to the league season. Wins over Newcastle and Fulham have at times been attritional and he’ll be aware that performance levels will have to improve for this crucial match. This is the biggest game of the weekend and it could well end as a draw between two well-organised sides.
Betting tip: The match to end as a draw and both teams to score ($4.33)
Match Accumulator Bet
We’re backing three results this week as a four-fold with a betting stake of $50:-
Fulham vs Burnley – Burnley to win
Newcastle United vs Chelsea – Chelsea to win
Arsenal vs West Ham United – Arsenal to win
Pays 9.81 if they all win
A $50 wager would pay out $490.5 if successful at the current odds.