We hit on just one out of three bets in Week 2 of the EPL season to take our season tally to 3-3. A couple of unlucky losses as we tipped Chelsea and Arsenal to kick over 1.5 goals in the second half and after slotting four between them in the first, they only combined for one in the second.
We’ll look to bounce back and provide another winning week as we take a look at some of the key games in Week 3 of the EPL below!
Manchester City continued their dominant form on the weekend, downing Huddersfield 6-1 to take their season record to 2-0-0. They currently sit atop the EPL ladder having scored 8 goals and only conceded 1. Sergio Aguero was fantastic against Huddersfield, scoring a hattrick to level himself with Sadio Mane and Richarlison on top of the golden boot race.
After many tipped them to be the best of the promoted teams and potentially even make the top ten, Wolverhampton were disappointing against Leicester on the weekend, going down 2-0 to make their season record 0-1-1. It’s a tough run to start the season for the Wolves, who have Manchester City this week followed by West Ham, Burnley and Manchester United.
The two teams have only played once in the last five years, a meeting in last season’s EFL Cup which finished in a 0-0 draw and went to penalties. Manchester City took the penalty shootout comfortably but started arguably a second XI that night. Hard to deny the form of the Citizens at the moment, who have been basically perfect for over a full calendar year now. I like them to cover the 1.5 goal handicap here.
There was some hype surrounding West Ham to begin the season after making some big off-season moves, however, a loss to Bournemouth on the weekend after being 1-0 up means that they have lost their first two games of the season. They’ll get another tough test this weekend against Arsenal, who are too 0-0-2 on the season so far but have had a difficult start with games against Manchester City and Chelsea.
Arsenal were gallant against the Blues on the weekend, fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to level the scores before a 81st minute goal to Chelsea’s Marcus Alonso ultimately sank them. The run gets much easier from here on out for the Gunners, who don’t face another big six club for the next eight games, so they’ll look to get their season back on track under their new coach Unai Emery.
The two teams met three times last season, twice in the Premier League and once in the EFL Cup. The Gunners took their home leg in the Premier League 4-1 while West Ham held on for a 0-0 draw in their home Premier League game. The EFL Cup clash ended in a 1-0 win to Arsenal. Arsenal might have played the two best teams in the competition to start the season, but regardless, I don’t think they deserve to be $1.33 favourites here. I think they win but it should stay a close, low scoring game.
We have to wait until Tuesday morning to see this week’s game of the round as Manchester United host Tottenham at Old Trafford. Tottenham earned a good 3-1 win over Fulham in Week 2 to take their season tally to 2-0-0 but will get their first real test of the season this weekend. Harry Kane opened his account in the win, scoring a 77th minute goal while new recruit Lucas Moura also found the back of the net.
Manchester United were thoroughly disappointing on the weekend, going down 3-2 to Brighton & Hove Albion away from home. They Red Devils were down 2-0 in the 27th minute and while they did pin one back through Romelu Lukau, when Pascal Grob scored a third for the Seagulls in the 44th minute, it was all but over.
United will be desperate to avoid starting the season with two losses from their first three games and luckily for them, the big clash against Tottenham will be back at Old Trafford, where the Spurs haven’t produced a single point in their last four games. I think the Red Devils bounce back at home this weekend.
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