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English Premier League Betting Preview: Round 2

Each week, we will be previewing the upcoming Premier League fixtures and pick three fixtures that we will combine into a tasty treble.

Jack Hartman
August 20, 2021

Well, it seems that football is truly back.

The first round of Premier League games saw the return of fans, the return of amazing atmospheres and some truly fantastic football. Brentford kicked off the new season in style with a stunning Premier League debut victory over a much-maligned Arsenal, elsewhere, there were victories for Brighton, Chelsea, Everton, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester United, Tottenham, Watford, and West Ham.

Each week, we will be previewing the upcoming Premier League fixtures and pick three fixtures that we will combine into a tasty treble that we feel could offer some excellent value.

Ahead of this week’s picks, here is a quick reminder of who is playing who in the second round of games.

 

SATURDAY

Liverpool vs Burnley

Aston Villa vs Newcastle

Crystal Palace vs Brentford

Leeds vs Everton

Manchester City vs Norwich

Brighton vs Watford

 

SUNDAY

Southampton vs Manchester Utd

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal vs Chelsea

 

MONDAY

West Ham vs Leicester City

 

Pick 1: Aston Villa to beat Newcastle: 4/5

Our first bet in this week’s treble is backing Aston Villa to beat Newcastle. Both sides enter this week’s clash off the back of a disappointing opening weekend.

 

Villa, still potentially feeling the effects of losing star man Jack Grealish, put in a laboured display against Premier League new-boys Watford and swiftly found themselves 3-0 down. A better second half display saw the Villains pull two goals back, but it wasn’t enough as they would go onto lose 3-2.

Playing in front of a packed St James Park, Newcastle couldn’t have asked for a better start to their campaign with new number nine Callum Wilson scoring after just a couple of minutes to give Newcastle an early lead against a much-fancied West Ham side.

In a topsy-turvy affair, a devasting seven-minute spell saw West Ham pull away from the Toon Army eventually running out 4-2 victors inflicting another opening day defeat for Steve Bruce’s men.

Although the new season is in its infancy, this weekend’s fixture is an important one as both sides will be looking to get their first points on the board. We are backing Villa to come out on top as playing in front of a packed out and passionate Villa Park could give them a crucial edge. With the return of fans last week, it was interesting to note that seven out of the ten teams that played at home were able to earn a victory.

Villa will be looking to bounce back from such a disappointing start and with new players such as Danny Ings, Leon Bailey and Emi Buendia all looking to impress their new home fans, I think Villa will have enough and edge this fixture.

DID YOU KNOW? When these teams last played each other at Villa Park – Aston Villa emerged victorious 2-0 thanks to goals from Ollie Watkins and Bertrand Traore.

 

Pick 2: Tottenham to beat Wolves: 11/8

For the second week in a row, Tottenham are involved in a Premier League fixture that will have a lot of emotion attached to it. Firstly, Tottenham had to play the side embroiled in the Harry Kane transfer saga in Manchester City and this week they find themselves up against new boss Nuno Espirito Santo’s former club Wolves.

In an amazing turn of events, this will be Wolves first home game since the departure of Espirito Santo, so expect it to be an emotional afternoon when the two teams lock horns this Sunday.

Tottenham couldn’t have been handed a trickier opening fixture where they welcomed the reigning Premier League champions Manchester City. In a preseason that has been mired by the future of Harry Kane, many were expecting to see Tottenham get trounced and after a dodgy first fifteen minutes, it looked like it would be a long day for the Lilywhites. However, Nuno’s men grew into the game and managed to poke their noses in front and by the end were relatively comfortable in seeing out a memorable 1-0 victory.

Wolves, playing their first competitive game under new boss Bruno Lage can count themselves very unlucky to not emerge from their opening fixture with at least a point after a bright and vibrant display against Leicester City.

Losing 1-0, Wolves winger Adama Traore was guilty of missing a couple of guilt edge chances, but Wolves still managed to pepper the Leicester goal fairly frequently which will give them great cause for optimism as they head into this weekend fixture.

Tottenham’s away form last season was patchy with Spurs winning eight of their away games but Wolves are on a rocky run. Wolves have only managed to win five of their last fifteen Premier League games and have started with another defeat.

With the likely return of Harry Kane and the confidence that last week’s victory would have given Tottenham, we are backing them to edge what’s bound to be a tight affair.

DID YOU KNOW? Spurs and Wolves have faced off 38 times at Molineux with Tottenham winning on 24 occasions.

 

Pick 3: Chelsea to beat Arsenal: 3/4

Whisper it quietly but Chelsea are my tip to win the Premier League this season and after a dominant 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace, coupled with Man City’s surprising defeat, my bet has got off to a good start.

Under Thomas Tuchel Chelsea look a world class outfit, already crowned European Champions, Chelsea have a squad that is deep and absolutely loaded with talent. An area where I thought they lacked was upfront as both Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are yet to really convince. However, that narrative has completely changed with the arrival of Romelu Lukaku who I think is going to score stacks of goals and take this Chelsea team to a whole new level.

Arsenal on the other hand just look poor. It has been revealed over the past couple of days that the Gunners experienced a Covid 19 outbreak with Pierre Emerick Aubameyang, Alexander Lacazette and Willian all contracting the virus before their fixture last week against Brentford. Despite the losses of key personnel, Arsenal looked well off the pace and deservedly lost to a much hungrier and energetic Brentford team. Mikel Arteta who is yet to fully convince in his role as Arsenal manager is already under pressure to see Arsenal return to back to the top end of the table and the pressure is on for his side to get a result this week.

Football is a funny game but with Arsenal’s key strikers potentially not being able to play in this fixture and with the Arsenal back line looking so shaky – it is hard to see Chelsea and all their attacking talent not scoring goals. Add in the fact that this game will see Lukaku make his second Chelsea debut, I think all the signs point towards a comfortable Chelsea victory. Odds of a little under evens are just too good to ignore and I am backing Chelsea to continue their positive start to the season, whilst pouring on more misery for Mikel Arteta’s men.

DID YOU KNOW? In the overall head to head in the history of this fixture Arsenal lead Chelsea 90-88.

A treble consisting of Aston Villa, Tottenham, and Chelsea all to win will pay approx. 7/1


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