Week 2’s game of the round ended in VAR controversy as Man City’s Jesus had a winning-goal ruled out in the 92nd minute, the second time in a few months Spurs benefited from a marginal VAR call to survive against the odds. Elsewhere Liverpool and Arsenal kept their 100% winning records but do battle this weekend at Anfield. Newly promoted Sheffield United and Norwich welcomed back Premier League football with win.
Undoubtedly the big game this week is the battle of the top 2 at Anfield. Both teams are yet to drop points so far and it will be an interesting watch. Arsenal have won both of their games so far but haven’t looked entirely convincing as they gel their summer signings into the team. Liverpool have picked up where they left off last season with 2 solid wins but with number one goalie Allison out for an extended time, they may be in trouble with Arsenal’s new firepower. Last season, Liverpool embarrassed Arsenal 5-1 and the last 3 games these teams have played both teams have scored. The both teams to score @ $1.48 looks an attractive value option.
Chelsea travel to Norwich in the early kick off on Saturday afternoon. Two games into Frank Lampard’s Chelsea tenure and the Blues sit on 1 point, not how he would have envisioned his start. Norwich, coming off an impressive win at home last week against Newcastle, showed they would be no pushovers, with Teemu Pukki nabbing the first Hat Trick of the 2019/20 season. This should be a surprisingly tight match-up, with the Draw @ $4 looking a nice bit of value.
The champions, City, travel to an always competitive Bournemouth on Sunday night and after their controversial draw against Spurs they will be looking to get back to winning ways in their title defence. Bournemouth, who are yet to taste defeat this season, have not had a positive result against City since 1998 when they were playing in League One. They have lost all 8 games to City in the Premier League and the Citizens ($1.18) should carry on this run and continue their dominance over Bournemouth.
The first game of the week kicks off 5am Saturday morning, when free-spending Everton travel to Aston Villa. Villa have no points to show just yet, but they have put on spirited performances and I’m sure the cards will start falling for them. Everton have struggled going forward this year, with only 1 goal to show, even though they have dominated possession and chances in both games this season. This is shaping up as battle of 2 teams looking to get into some rhythm, I feel like this will be a nice open game with plenty of chances and like the over 2.5 goals @ $1.83.
Other games this week include Spurs welcoming a pointless Newcastle side. Losing their manager, Rafa Benitez, in the summer has had a negative effect on the Toon, and they have looked poor so far. Spurs should easily take care of business if they are looking to challenge for the title. Man United welcome Palace to Old Trafford, Ole’s boys have started the season well, and I think will continue against an unsettled Palace side. West Ham visit Watford in a London derby with both teams looking for their first wins. Sheffield United welcome Leicester to Bramall Lane, and Southampton travel to the AMEX to take on Brighton. Wolves, fresh off the Europa League qualifiers, host Burnley on Sunday.
Aston Villa Everton over 2.5 goals @$1.83
Both teams have been unlucky, both have been attempting to play attacking football, could be an open game of football with plenty of goal-mouth action
Liverpool Arsenal BTTS @ $1.48
The last 3 times they have played both teams have scored, both have firepower going forward.
Man United $1.33 to beat Palace.
Man United should be too strong, lets just hope Rashford take the penalty if they get one.
Spurs -1.5 Goals $1.75 vs Newcastle
Spurs should be full of confidence after grabbing a point last week and should blow Newcastle away.