EPL Week Three Bets to Take & Avoid
Season Record (5-1)
After two weeks of action-packed Premier League football, we are currently 5-1 in our predictions, after a terrible Man United performance last weekend let us down. However, we are back this week to get back on the sweep run and are hoping for a clean 3-0 weekend, on another highly anticipated weekend of football from the best league in the world.
2 Games To Bet On
1) West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea
Unfortunately, for the second week in a row, I have to select West Brom as the losing side. This fixture hasn’t been the kindest to the Baggies, with their last victory over Chelsea coming back in 2015. Their recent form isn’t currently doing them any favors either, as they currently sit rock bottom of the table, after two heavy defeats. The return to the top flight for West Brom couldn’t have started much worse, as last week they conceded 5 at Goodison Park, whilst also having fullback Kieran Gibbs and Manager Slaven Bilic, shown red cards in the first half. To top it all off, they lost on penalties to Championship side Brentford, this week in the Carabao Cup. The Hawthorns is not a pleasant place to be for West Brom fans, and I don’t see it getting much better this weekend.
Chelsea is coming into this game off the back of a 6-0 hammering of Barnsley in the Carabao Cup, with £71m German international Kai Havertz scoring his first senior club career hat-trick. The result is sure to bring a lot of added confidence to the Blues’ dressing room and they will look to back it up this weekend. Last time out in the league was a slightly different story, as they struggled against high flyers Liverpool, especially after Christensen’s red-card in first-half stoppage time. However, I don’t see this happening this time out, and see a rejuvenated and confident strike force putting the Baggies away comfortably. Don’t be surprised if you see Timo Werner with his debut Chelsea goal this weekend.
Prediction – Chelsea 3 - West Bromwich 1
2) Manchester City v Leicester City
Sunday afternoon sees the mouth-watering affair of two undefeated sides. Leicester is flying high in the top spot, after two convincing victories, but they know this weekend is going to be a different type of battle. There first two wins have come against injury-hit Burnley and struggling newcomers West Brom, scoring 7 over the two weeks. However last week, they still managed to concede two at home and have lost key defending midfielder Ndidi for up to three months with an adductor injury and sure to find the next 12 weeks a lot tougher, without the pivotal Nigerian.
Man City has also started strongly, with their opening league game finishing in a 3-1 victory, in a tough away trip to Molineux. Goals from Foden, Jesus, and PFA’s player of the Year, Kevin De Bruyne, took the spoils for the men in Sky Blue. I think the talent City has is going to be too much for Leicester to deal with, and although the Foxes might get on the scoresheet, I can’t see them keeping that quality frontline of Manchester City quiet for 90 minutes.
Prediction – Manchester City 3-1 Leicester City
1 Game To Avoid
1) Burnley v Southampton
Finally, we have the trip of Southampton to Turfmoor, where all three results are all perfectly capable of occurring. Burnley’s injuries in defense were brought to show last weekend, as they conceded 4 away at the King Power. Without stalwarts Mee and Tarkowski, as the ever-reliable center-back partnership, the men in Claret & Blue, look like they have a lot of answers to answer defensively. However, with the likes of McNeil, Wood, and Rodriguez, they will always cause a threat, and I’m sure the Saints will have to defend well this time out, to keep them out.
For Southampton, they have lost all three games in all competitions this season, and look a team slightly short of confidence. Much like Burnley, they have struggled defensively, as they shipped 5 goals into their own net last week, with manager Ralph Hasenhuttl describing their defensive performance as a ‘disaster’. However, again like Burnley, they have a huge threat with Danny Ings up front, and I think will pick up there the first point of the season this weekend. My prediction is a score draw, but as I said, I would stay away from placing any bets on this game.
Prediction – Burnley 1-1 Southampton
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