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English Premier League Betting: Round 3

It was the dream start for our new weekly Premier League betting preview with our first treble coming in at 7/1. Looking ahead to week 3.

Jack Hartman
August 27, 2021

Betting summary: +70

It was the dream start for our new weekly Premier League betting preview with our first treble coming in at 7/1.

Aston Villa, Tottenham and Chelsea all did the job nicely to give our predictions the perfect start.

Elsewhere there was a coupon buster with Manchester United being held to a disappointing 1-1 draw away to Southampton, West Ham showing further signs that last season’s 6th place finish was no fluke after a commanding 4-1 victory over Leicester City. There were also successive victories for Liverpool and Brighton.

Leeds and Everton played out an entertaining 2-2 draw whereas somehow both Brentford and Crystal Palace failed to score in an entertaining London Derby that ended 0-0. Manchester City registered a first win of the season with a 5 star performance over a hapless Norwich side.

Looking ahead to week 3, and the undoubted headline is Chelsea's trip to Anfield with both sides looking to maintain their perfect starts. Brighton, Tottenham and West Ham will also be looking to make it 3 wins from 3 when they take on Everton, Watford and Crystal Palace respectively. At the bottom end of the table things don't get any easier for Norwich as they take on Leicester, and Arsenal, in desperate need of a win have the unenviable task of travelling to the Etihad to take on reigning champions Man City.

 

Week 3 Premier League fixtures:

SATURDAY

Man City vs Arsenal

Aston Villa vs Brentford

Brighton vs Everton

Newcastle vs Southampton

Norwich vs Leicester

West Ham vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool vs Chelsea

 

SUNDAY

Burnley vs Leeds

Tottenham vs Watford

Wolves vs Man Utd

 

Pick 1: Leicester to beat Norwich: 4/5

Leicester to beat Norwich at odds of 4/5 is my bet of the weekend and a bet that I had to include in this week’s selection.

Both teams enter this weekend’s set of fixtures looking to bounce-back from a poor set of results. Norwich couldn't have been given a tougher set of opening fixtures with the visit of Liverpool in week 1 and a daunting trip to Man City in week 2. Against such difficult opposition it is no surprise that the Canaries have shipped 8 goals without yet being able to find the net themselves. There must be a feeling for those inside Carrow Road that their season starts now.

However, I don't see there being any sort of reprieve with the arrival of Leicester City on Saturday afternoon.

Leicester will be licking their wounds following Mondays 4-1 defeat to West Ham. Despite Monday’s loss, they are a team loaded with attacking quality and I think they will score goals this weekend. Brendan Rodgers is a positive manager and there is no way he will allow his side to dwell on their previous defeat. Expect the foxes to bounce back with a bang here.

 

Pick 2: Newcastle to beat Southampton 6/4

With a bit of profit in the bank we are going to pick Newcastle to get a first win of the season against Southampton.

Newcastle have been a little unlucky in their first two matches this season. They were well in the game before being on the wrong side of a ridiculous penalty decision that saw their match against West Ham swing dramatically in the Irons favour, and they were proving a tough nut to crack away at Aston Villa, before succumbing to a Danny Ings wonder goal.

It could be argued that Newcastle could be better off without having fans back in the stadium, as there are already fans wanting Steve Bruce out! With the attacking talent at their disposal and being roared on by 50,000 screaming Geordies, I think Newcastle will have enough to beat Southampton.

The Saints fresh off an 8-0 Carabou Cup win over Newport and a well-deserved 1-1 draw with Manchester United, make the trip up north full of confidence, but there away form isn’t brilliant.

If last year’s table focused only on away form, Southampton would have been relegated as they only managed to secure 16 points on the road all season. They also shipped 43 goals which was by far the worst in the entire league.

 

Pick 3: Wolves and Manchester United, both teams to score - YES 4/5

Don’t let the table fool you, Wolves have been incredibly unlucky to emerge from their first two fixtures of the season with 0 points. Against both Leicester and Tottenham, Wolves have registered 42 attempts on goal whereas they have only faced 17. They have had golden chances galore but haven’t been able to hit the back of the net.

Sunday’s match against Tottenham showed how devastating Wolves can be, particular at home. At times Tottenham looked unable to match the intensity and pace of Wolves’ football and were merely passengers. The atmosphere generated by the Wolves faithful was amazing and I think they are going to give Utd a real test this weekend. United have yet to keep clean a sheet this season and despite Raphael Varane looking likely to make his debut, I’m backing Wolves to get on the scoresheet.

Manchester United are on an amazing away run. They became only the 4th team in top flight history to go unbeaten for the whole season away from home. Last season they were the third highest scorers away from home, scoring in 14 of their 19 away fixtures. With an array of attacking talent that includes Bruno Fernandes, Jadon Sancho, Mason Greenwood, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, Utd certainly have the firepower to score. Wolves are also yet to keep a clean sheet, so I think backing both teams to score could be the way to play.

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