Premier League Betting Tips 21/22: Match Day 2
Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips 21/22: Matchday 2
Last weekend’s action didn’t disappoint with plenty of talking points from matchday 1. It’s likely to be a case of more of the same with some great fixtures to look forward to. Join us as we preview all of the weekend’s Premier League games.
Match of the Day
Sunday’s big game is the match up between Arsenal and Chelsea. Arsenal lost their first game of the season, Chelsea won theirs. However, Arsenal have a great recent record against their neighbours. Will London be red or blue?
- Venue: Emirates Stadium
- Sunday 22nd August
- Referee: Paul Tierney
- Quick Glance OddsH: 15/4 D:13/5 A: 3/4
About the Game:
The London Derby is upon us and will be the second top-six game after the exciting curtain-raising battle between Manchester City and Tottenham. The Gunners lost their opening game to newly promoted side Brentford 2 – 0 in a poor show that prompted them to improve their squad. Martin Odegaard joins the team to improve the attack to offer creative depth alongside Emile Smith Rowe, their best player in the opening game. Rowe scored the only goal in the last league game between the two teams that could be fired up to put another performance to make his mark as the new number ten.
After enjoying an exciting start to his spell at the Emirates, winning the FA Cup, Mikel Arteta has a lot to do to motivate the players and convince the Emirates faithful that he is the man for the job. The Premier League has been a tough proposition, finishing eighth in the last two consecutive seasons, a big drop in standards for a club used to Champions League football under the long reign of Arsène Wenger.
Despite signing Ben White for a fee in excess of £50m, Arsenal doesn’t seem to have improved anything in their defence as they were bullied and lacked organisation on set pieces. However, the Gunners have a good record against Chelsea, beating them home and away last season, and it would be the most Arsenal thing to do by pulling off a surprise win against their neighbours.
Alexandre Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are yet to feature for Arsenal to re-establish their attacking trio alongside Nicholas Pepe. The pair missed the Brentford game due to coronavirus, along with Willian and Alex Rúnarsson. Arsenal is low on numbers, with eight players either ruled out or rated doubtful for this clash.
Chelsea is unrecognisable since bringing in manager Thomas Tuchel, reaching the ultimate heights by winning the top prize in Europe, the Champions League and then following it up with the Super Cup. Chelsea will be keen to defend their European title but will also be eager to end their five-year domestic title drought. They have made subsequent investments to bolster their squad to marshal their campaign and look like a side that can end the recent Manchester City and Liverpool dominance.
Romelu Lukaku was instrumental in leading Inter Milan to end Juventus’ dominance in Serie A, scoring twenty-four goals and being rewarded as the player of the season. He is an improvement to the team whose top scorer last season was a midfielder, Jorginho, who managed just seven goals. The Belgian maestro could feature having started training on Tuesday, and he is likely to be a fascinating contender in the Golden Boot race. Chelsea have long searched for a striker that could become the new Drogba or Diego Costa; it wouldn’t be a huge shock if the 28-year-old hits the ground running.
Chelsea started the season comfortably, barely breaking a sweat with a routine 3-0 win over Crystal Palace. They beat Arsenal 2 – 1 in a pre-season friendly and will be the side with the momentum coming into the game. Timo Werner could partner with Lukaku, who is not selfish enough to hog the spotlight as we saw last season when he formed a formidable collaboration with Lautaro Martinez at Milan. Chelsea’s success was rooted in a solid defence playing with a back five and two defensive midfielders leaving three attacking players. The quality improvements in attack, coupled with their defensive prowess, make them a force to be reckoned with.
Prediction: Chelsea to win.
Rest of the Premier League Games
Coming up are our previews and Premier League betting tips for all the rest of the weekend’s action.
- Venue: Anfield
- Saturday 21st Aug, 12:30
- Referee: Mike Dean
- Quick Glance OddsH:1/5 D: 11/2 A: 14/1
About the Game:
Liverpool is the team on form with a current unbeaten run of eleven games in the Premier League. They have won the last six games and don’t seem to be slowing down with the return of some of their key players. In the opening game, Jürgen Klopp’s side thumped Norwich 3 – 0 and faces another pulsating encounter against Burnley to keep a perfect start in the league race. Roberto Firmino has been directly involved in six goals (five goals, one assist) in the last six-game games against their visitors. The Brazilian already has a flying start scoring in the opening game, while Mohamed Salah scored and provided two assists. The Egyptian made history scoring in the game, becoming the first player to score on the opening day in five successive years. A moment the Merseyside faithful will treasure is the return of their defence commander Virgil Van Djik at Anfield after missing ten months. His return gives them a credible shot at the title this season.
Burnley is the team that ended Liverpool’s sixty-eight-match unbeaten Premier League home run back in January. However, they are in bad form, losing eight of the last ten games, including the last four. Sean Dyche’s side had a perfect start to the Premier League scoring in the second minute when James Tarkowski powered through the defence to head the opening goal from a corner. They, however, conceded twice to lose the game 2 – 1. Moreover, the Clarets failed to manage a shot on target in the second half. They could, however, have their moments and spring another surprise against the Reds; they have managed to score on their past five visits at Anfield. Dale Stephens and Kevin Long are the only injury worries for Burnley; the pair are ruled out for this clash.
Prediction: Liverpool to win.
- Venue: Villa Park
- Sat 21st Aug, 15:00
- Referee: David Coote
- Quick Glance OddsH: 3/4 D: 11/4 A: 7/2
About the Game:
Aston Villa has won two and drawn four of the last six games against the Magpies. Dean Smith’s side won the last two home games and are favourites to complete the hat trick. However, Villa were the villains in a five-goal thriller at the Vicarage Road stadium, losing 3 – 2 to Watford. Adapting to life without Jack Grealish feels like it would take a long time despite Danny Ings, Grealish’s replacement scoring in his debut from the penalty spot. Leon Bailey provided an assist and looks like a promising talent who could make his mark in the league. Emiliano Martinez helped cement a solid backline with the third-best defence in the league, keeping fifteen clean sheets. Aston Villa will once again rely on solid defence as they build chemistry in their newly compiled attack.
Joe Willock can join a prestigious list of Premier League elites such as Ruud Van Nistelrooy (twice), Daniel Sturridge, and Jamie Vardy (twice), who scored in eight consecutive games. Callum Wilson’s has not scored against Villa in five games, the most number of games he has gone against a single team without finding the net. The England international was on target on the opening fixture where his side lost 4 – 2 against West Ham despite starting brightly, leading 2 – 1 in front of the home crowd. The Magpies have a bad record, having lost two and drawn three in the last five games against Villa. Allan Saint-Maximin was a constant spark in the side and could make a real difference in the game as one who can make things happen for his team when they give him the ball.
Prediction: Aston Villa to win.
- Venue: Selhurst Park
- Saturday 21st Aug, 15:00
- Referee: Martin Atkinson
- Quick Glance OddsH: 8/5 D: 11/5 A: 9/5
About the Game:
Wilfred Zaha is a big fish in a small pond in the Palace team and continued his impressive performances in their pre-season. The Ivorian maestro netted four goals in five season warmers impressing his new manager Patrick Viera. The Arsenal ‘invincible’, who never lost a game against Chelsea in his years, got a taste of managerial shock, seeing his side overpowered, losing 3 – 0 to the reigning European Champions. He now has a chance to win their first opening home game since Alan Pardew with a good chance against the newly-promoted side. However, the absence of Luka Milivojevic in the middle of the back made the team look disjointed. Roy Hodgson and nine first-team players leaving could take a toll on the team that seems to have much rebuilding to partake. In this encounter, they are narrow favourites, but Viera still has a lot of work to express himself and rediscover the players as he figures his best starting eleven.
Brentford has a chance to become the fourth promoted team to win the opening two games after their dream start against Arsenal. The Bees were impressive and more tactical against a ‘big-six’ team playing with a plan, squeezing out their midfield by marking Granit Xhaka. Thomas Frank could well be the new Marcelo Bielsa, who took the Premier League by storm last season, expressing his tactics to the league instead of shying off and defending. It was a bold and courageous antic that could work for them in the opening games. Brentford has a confident marksman in Ivan Toney, who scored thirty-one goals in the Championship and bullied the Arsenal defence last game. They will be the underdogs in every game they play but have the artillery to pull out surprises.
Prediction: Brentford to win.
- Venue: Elland Road
- Saturday 21st August, 15:00
- Referee: Darren England
- Quick Glance OddsH: 5/4 D: 13/5 A: 2/1
About the Game:
Leeds could win three consecutive Premier League home matches after winning the last two encounters at Elland Road last season. Marcelo Bielsa keeps playing beautiful attacking football with his team that works so well with his team. However, In the opening game against Manchester United, they conceded five goals in the 5-1 defeat to add to their six in the 6 – 2 defeat at the same venue. After his heroic endeavours with the Three Lions, Kalvin Philip was rested in the defeat and is likely to return to the side and will be an immediate upgrade on Robin Koch, who had a difficult time against their rivals. Their goal against their United namesake was a thunderbolt equaliser scored by Luke Ayling, who was one of their few standout performers. Patrick Bamford, who scored seventeen goals and created seven assists, is a dangerous prospect in front of a goal. Leeds could beat the Toffees with their energy and relentless attack in what could be a fantastic goal galore of the wonderful display of attacking football.
A superstitious record is that the away side in this fixture has been the victorious team in the last two games. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored twelve headers, the most in the League since the 2019-20 season. Rafael Benitez has a good record against their weekend hosts, winning all three trips to Elland Road with three different clubs; Liverpool, Chelsea, and Newcastle and could make this a fourth. He began life on the blue side of Merseyside, winning 3 – 1 against Wolves. Richarlison, an Olympic finalist doubling up as the tournament top scorer and a Copa America finalist, continued his excellence. Calvert-Lewin picked up from where he left last season as the top scorer with sixteen goals, a lethal presence in front of goal.
Prediction: Everton to win.
- Venue: Etihad Stadium
- Saturday 21st Aug, 15:00
- Referee: Graham Scott
- Quick Glance OddsH: 1/10 D: 9/1 A: 19/1
About the Game:
The Citizens had a poor start to the season as they lost by a solo goal to big six rivals Tottenham. The defeat comes just days after another defeat to Leicester City by the same scoreline in the Community Shield. Pep Guardiola is busy trying to lure Harry Kane to replace the club’s record goalscorer Sergio Aguero who departed for Barcelona. The Argentine, however, only feature for seven games last season with the team playing with Kevin De Bruyne as the false number nine, a system that worked well, winning the Premier League and reaching the finals of the Champions League. The Belgian maestro came off the bench despite not fully recovered from an ankle injury igniting the attack in their defeat against Spurs. Jack Grealish still adapting to the complicated Guardiola’s systems and tactics. There appear to be too many changes around the camp, and it could take time before they hit the ground running as they set themselves up to commence their title defence. They have to pick themselves up as they have Arsenal, Leicester, Chelsea, and Liverpool within the next five games. Ilkay Gundogan joins Phil Foden on the sidelines, and both will miss this game.
Norwich started their Premier League campaign against Liverpool in a game they conceded three times without reply and was the only promoted team not to win the first game. They now face the reigning champions in a tough schedule, with Leicester City and Arsenal knocking immediately after Man City. Daniel Farke has a side that has Premier League experience and a memorable 3 – 2 victory against their hosts. However, they lost 5 – 0 in the last encounter but could enjoy an unlikely comfort playing against a side that is not settled. Teemu Pukki, who had a lively start in their 3 – 0 defeat to Liverpool, is their most dangerous player in front of goal. The Canaries have to adapt quickly and deliver consistent performances as they work on coping to life in the top flight, especially after keeping the majority of the relegated players with the team. It depends which side of Man City they will be facing as this could easily be a damage limitation exercise. Norwich has five players ruled out of this clash. However, none of these players would have expected to start, so the manager will likely pick the same team that lost to Liverpool.
Prediction: Manchester City to win.
- Venue: AMEX Stadium
- Saturday 21st Aug, 17:30
- Referee: Anthony Taylor
- Quick Glance OddsH: 7/10 D: 13/5 A: 17/4
About the Game:
The Seagulls came from a goal down to win 2 – 1 against Burnley in their first game of the season, conceding a controversial goal when Tarkowski appeared to have fouled Neal Maupay. Maupay scored the equaliser, and Alexis Mac Allister came from off the bench to score the winning goal. Graham Potter’s side was among the best performers last season, with their main problem coming on the final third scoring goals. They enjoyed 65% possession and had eight of their fourteen shots on target, showing how dominant and good they are. If they can keep working on being lethal in front of goal, Brighton would reward the good football with precious wins to keep them afloat in the league. Brighton registered just four home wins last season and drew twice in the last two consecutive games against their visitors at the venue.
Ismail Sarr is establishing himself as a fantasy football favourite. He possesses lightning pace, dangerous finishing, and exciting dribbling talents. The maestro is famous, especially among Arsenal fans, for ending a possible ‘invincible’ season for Liverpool. He marked Watford’s return to the Premier League by scoring two goals and was involved in the opening goal of their 3 – 2 opening day winner against Aston Villa. Xisco Munoz plays the 4-3-3 formation springing their attacks down Sarr’s wing thus had the best tally of thirteen goals and four assists. They have a lot to work in their defence after storming three goals ahead in the opening seventy minutes; they conceded two in the last twenty minutes. However, the Hornets looks like a team with a working plan and have a target star man upfront who is free-scoring is a combination for a successful team at this stage.
Prediction: A draw.
- Venue: St Mary’s Stadium
- Sunday 22nd Aug, 14:00
- Referee: Craig Pawson
- Quick Glance OddsH: 19/4 D: 3/1 A: 4/7
About the Game:
Southampton lost by a landslide of nine goals, the last time these two sides met. However, it is worth noting they had scored in the last five games before that heavy defeat. It’s also worth saying that the heavy defeat was at Old Trafford; games between the two at St Mary’s tend to be much tighter affairs. Three of the last six have ended in draws; the other three have been won by United, but only by a single goal in each. The Saints have not won in the last ten home games, losing six and drawing four despite taking the lead in six games. Adam Armstrong, who replaced Danny Ings, could become just the third player to score in his first two Premier League games. The former Blackburn attacker linked up well with Che Adams, who scored seven goals in his final three appearances for the Rovers, which showed a lot of promise. Ralph Hasenhuttl, who enjoyed a stellar start of the season last campaign, watched his side lose 3 – 1 to Everton and has to motivate his side against a United side who impressed in their first game.
Ole Gunnar Solskjear side was thrilling in their opening game, thumping Leeds 5 – 1. A bold statement of intent by the Red Devils. If United avoid defeat, they match Arsenal’s record of twenty-seven successive unbeaten away games. Bruno Fernandes gave a magical performance storming forward every time he had a chance to continue his last season scoring form with a superb hat trick. Paul Pogba is a world-class player and a world cup winner with France and has not produced the quality performances consistently for his club as he did for his country. However, he produced four assists in one night and looked like the complete midfield player with such dominance in the centre of the park. Varane could make his debut in this game, although Solskjear may decide to keep him on the bench as Victor Lindelof played well against Leeds. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Jadon Sancho replace Daniel James in the starting line-up. James was largely ineffective against Leeds. Edinson Cavani is a doubt, but Mason Greenwood is in good form, and likely fulfils the striker’s role after his impressive display against Leeds.
Prediction: Manchester United to win.
- Venue: Molineux Stadium
- Sunday 22nd Aug, 14:00
- Referee: Stuart Attwell
- Quick Glance OddsH: 12/5 D: 9/4 A: 6/5
About the Game:
Nuno Espirito Santo heads back to the Molineux and will have to remember that this time he needs to head to the away team dressing room. Wolves have just won one of their seven home games against Spurs, losing four and drawing two. Adama Traore has completed 412 dribbles since the 2018-19 season, more than any other player in the competition. However, the Spaniard star was selfish, failing to pass the ball to Raul Jimenez on several occasions when he was open. Bruno Lage imposed himself as the boss with his team, responding well to the new guard after enjoying four successive seasons in the top-flight season with a great relationship between the manager, club, and players. This fixture has produced a healthy nineteen goals in the last six games, with both sides scoring in all but one of the previous contests.
Nuno had a dream start to his Spurs campaign beating the reigning Premier League champions 1 – 0. Tottenham looks like a stronger Wolves team, with the new man in charge having an easy time imposing his counter-attacking football to the team. Heung Min Son scored the only goal stepping up in the absence of Harry Kane, but the performances in the night were exciting, looking dangerous every time they went forward. The defence has improved with academy graduate Japhet Tanganga particularly impressive, keeping Jack Grealish and Raheem Sterling at bay. They look like a more improved and motivated side with impressive players such as Delle Alli and Steven Bergwijn. Pierre-Emile Hojberg shut down the talented Man City’s midfield in what looked like a promising start should have the Spurs faithful excited. If they keep Harry Kane, the Spurs could have an exciting campaign; that’s a very big if, though.
Prediction: Tottenham to win.
- Venue: London Stadium
- Monday 23rd Aug, 20:00
- Referee: Michael Oliver
- Quick Glance OddsH: 31/20 D: 12/5 A: 81/50
About the Game:
The Hammers have won four more games than the Foxes in this fixture and are favourites in this clash. Michail Antonio is proving himself as a Premier League great after drawing level with Paolo Di Canio record of forty-seven goals. The England international has netted in the last two starts against Leicester City. They could win a third consecutive game against Leicester. they displayed great fighting coming from behind twice before ultimately winning 4 – 2 away to Newcastle United. They finished last season sixth after an impressive second half of the season to qualify for European football. Tomas Soucek was the best scoring non-penalty midfielder with ten goals kick-started the campaign with a goal. Jarrod Bowen, who signed with Soucek, netted nine at the same time, was also on target on an opening day with the two proving worthy investments for David Moyes.
Leicester City loves playing on the road, with only Manchester United and Manchester City winning more Premier League away points (thirty-eight). A fearless attack lead by the free-scoring Jamie Vardy, who scored in the opening win against Wolves. The win followed the Community Shield win over Manchester City and looked all sharp with outstanding match fitness. Kelechi Iheanacho has been involved in four goals (three goals and one assist) in his last four league games against West Ham. However, the injury list in the defence is worrying. The Foxes may have to focus on outscoring opponents this season to cover up for their frailties in their defence. Nevertheless, this is a match with the prospect of delivering exciting attacking football with lots of goals.
Prediction: West Ham to win.
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|Liverpool v Burnley||Liverpool to win||1/5||1.20|
|Crystal Palace v Brentford||Brentford to win||9/5||3.36|
|Leeds United v Everton||Everton to win||2/1||10.08|
|Manchester City v Norwich City||Manchester City to win||1/10||11.08|
|Southampton v Manchester United||Manchester United to win||4/7||17.42|
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