Premier League Betting Tips 21/22: Match Day 3

Premier League Match Previews and Betting Tips 21/22: Matchday 3

It is the last weekend of fixtures before the international break and there are some great games to watch in matchday 3.  Join us as we preview all of the weekend’s Premier League games.

Match of the Day

Saturday’s huge game is the match up between Liverpool and Chelsea. Both teams have won their opening two games and will be keen to keep their 100% run going. Will it be three points for Klopp or Tuchel?

Liverpool v Chelsea
Liverpool Form Guide DWDWD
Chelsea Form Guide DLWLW
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Saturday 28th August
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 7/5 D:12/5 A: 187/100

About the Game:

Liverpool is back at their best, registering back to back wins in the opening two games. Many of their best players had injury spells, notably Virgil Van Djik and captain Jordan Henderson. Van Dijk’s influence on the team has been instant; keeping two shutouts in their opening games with Henderson’s motivational influence will have a test to marshal his side against Chelsea.

Diogo Jota has scored in both games this season, providing an auxiliary aid to the Mohammed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino trio we have been accustomed to. The Egyptian king has three goal involvements (one goal, two assists) will be motivated to have a bright start after missing out on the golden boot by just a single goal last season.

A fully fit Liverpool side is a lethal side; improving their depth to cover up last season’s frailties makes them one of the Premier League favourites. However, they face a top-six opposition for the first time, not just any big six, the reigning European Champions. A classic game that could have implications of the title with both sides fiercely good sets up our game of the weekend that you should dare not miss.

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Chelsea brought in Romelu Lukaku, who couldn’t wait to return to his former club, and he scored on his debut against Arsenal. Thomas Tuchel has built a strong side that has earned the rights to break the two team dominance of Liverpool and Man City. The Blues even reached the heights of conquering the top prize in Europe; having bolstered their team, they have a very scary side to challenge the Premier League title.

A win against Liverpool at Anfield would be a massive statement to their campaign and firmly affirm their quest as title favourites. The squad depth can be great that 66% of the nominees for the UEFA Player of the year have come from Chelsea, including their coach.

The strength in the Chelsea side has been their defence, with the manager playing with a back five and with two defensive midfielders. The team has three attacking players, and the defensive unit is occasionally coming forward to aid the attack. If the three attackers can be clinical to get goals, the defence that has been performing could work wonders for the team. They finished in the top four with Jorginho as their top scorer with seven goals; thus, Lukaku has very low standards to beat this season at Stamford Bridge.

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.

Manchester City v Arsenal
Manchester City Form Guide LLDWL
Arsenal Form Guide WWLDD
  • Venue: Etihad
  • Saturday 28th Aug, 12:30
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance OddsH:11/50 D: 5/1 A: 11/1

About the Game:

Man City are back at their best, scoring for fun, bagging five goals against Norwich. Since Pep Guardiola joined the Etihad in the 2016-17 season, the Premier League has had forty-nine games that have been won by five goals or more, and his side has been responsible for twenty-three of them (47%). The reigning Champions are slow starters, losing the first game against Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 0 but have since gotten their mojo back. Gabriel Jesus stole the show down the right side creating three goals, while Jack Grealish scored his first goal for his new owners. It was a scrappy goal, but the £100m is unlikely to care. A tough schedule awaits with Arsenal, Leicester City, Chelsea, and Liverpool among the teams they face in the next five games. Harry Kane won’t be joining City this transfer window with the club turning their attention to former Manchester United favourite Christiano Ronaldo according to rumours. Although, as City showed last year, they don’t need an out-and-out striker to win the league.

Arsenal continues their downfall that could get even worse as Mikel Arteta faces his mentor Pep Guardiola. The Gunners lost to newly promoted and relegation favourites Brentford before losing to one of the Premier League favourites and bitter rivals Chelsea. Arteta was creative and tactical when he joined the Emirates side but didn’t do his side any favours playing with a back four instead of a back five to cub Chelsea’s wide threat. Incidentally, Reece James enjoyed an ocean of space on the right and punished them. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang featured and made the side play with more intent in their quest to score their first league goal this campaign. Martin Odegaard could make his second league debut as an Arsenal player after enjoying a stellar loan spell with Thomas Partey availability, still a doubt. Five goals conceded, and none scored is a poor start. Arteta lost his twentieth game as an Arsenal manager, while Arsene Wenger lost his after the 116th game. Despite their troubles in the league, Arsenal is through to the next round of the EFL Cup, winning 6-0 midweek at the Hawthorns against West Bromwich Albion.

Prediction: Manchester City to win.

Aston Villa v Brentford
Aston Villa Form Guide LLWDL
Brentford Form Guide DLLDW
  • Venue: Villa Park
  • Sat 28th Aug, 15:00
  • Referee: Peter Bankes
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 9/10 D: 11/4 A: 11/4

About the Game:

Danny Ings started life at Villa Park brightly, scoring in his debut despite his side losing 3 – 2 to Watford. The England international spiced up his tally with a magical acrobatic bicycle kick in their recent 2 – 0 win against Newcastle. Dean Smith’s side have been lethal on their attack has been flourishing, managing four goals so far and clinical with Ings scoring with his first shot on target. Tyrone Mings had a hand in both Villa goals and helped his side keep a clean sheet putting in a man of the match performance in the game. Villa has to keep playing at the same level defensively, and on the attack that has scored four goals from the four shots on target, they have managed this campaign.

Brentford is having a dream start to their Premier League adventure that started with a victory against Arsenal. They followed up with a goalless draw against Crystal Palace, where they were the best attacking side, managing fourteen shots, three on target. Thomas Frank’s side can equal a record for promoted sides to keep three consecutive clean sheets keeping a solid shape in their defence. The last six meetings are unbeaten against Villa (winning and drawing three in the Championship), but the host has a vast Premier League experience. Furthermore, the Bees have never won at Villa Park in all competitions (drawing five, losing two). They could be underdogs in all the games they play, but Brentford has the artillery to disappoint the big guns as they have done so far.

Prediction: Aston Villa to win.

Brighton v Everton
Brighton Form Guide LDWWD
Everton Form Guide LLLDD
  • Venue: AMEX Stadium
  • Saturday 28th Aug, 15:00
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 13/10 D: 11/5 A: 9/4

About the Game:

Brighton has never lost to the Toffees at the Amex Stadium, with the host enjoying six consecutive games without defeat at home. The Seagulls were one of the best sides in the entirety of last season, playing beautiful attacking football, although scoring goals their biggest area of weakness. However, they have started this campaign brightly in front of goals, scoring two goals in the two games they have played so far. Only Manchester City and Chelsea (thirteen each) have kept more Premier League clean sheets than Brighton (ten). Neal Maupay has scored in these games with clinical finishes to supplement the solid backline and comfort with the ball in the midfield. The defence has helped in the goal-scoring department, with Shane Duffy scoring the opener in the previous game. Watch out for the Seagulls, as they are underdog favourites in all games they play.

Everton failed to hold on to claim victory, losing the lead twice against Leeds United. In his debut, Rafael Benitez, who enjoyed a comfortable 3 – 1 win against Southampton, had to settle for a 2 – 2 draw in front of a noisy Elland Road. Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored in the two games they have played this season and was a bright spark for his side despite not being clinical enough to add to his side’s advantage. Nevertheless, Everton could return to winning ways at the Amex despite drawing at this stadium last season. The Toffees are almost at full strength, although James Rodriguez is still a doubt, as is Andre Gomes. Moise Kean is suspended for this game due to a red card he received.

Prediction: A draw.

Newcastle v Southampton
Newcastle United Form Guide DWDDL
Southampton Form Guide LDLDW
  • Venue: St James’ Park
  • Saturday 28th August, 15:00
  • Referee: Paul Tierney
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 29/20 D: 23/10 A: 9/5

About the Game:

Newcastle had a morale-sapping defeat that they seem not to have mentally moved from in the opening game, taking the lead twice in the game only to lose the game 4 – 2. However, they dominated the game against Aston Villa and looked like the side likely to score early. Callum Wilson is the Magpies biggest threat in front of the goal, and scored in the opening game will be the team’s lifeline as they long to record the first win of the season. Allan Saint-Maximin had a great show in the first game will need to replicate the performance and create chances. Steve Bruce side is one of five teams yet to collect a single point but has not been motivated to sign in the transfer window. The squad is strong, but their best players are prone to injury and thus work on their fitness. The Magpies are also struggling with injuries; Jonjo Shelvey, Paul Dummett, Isaac Hayden, Martin Dubravka, Karl Darlow and Elliott Anderson all either ruled out or doubtful.

Saints recovered from the 3 – 1 defeat in the opening game against Everton to draw 1 – 1 against Manchester United, a game they could have won had David de Gea not made a great save late in the game. They need to maintain their composure as they did, pouncing on every error the opposition did and work hard not to make errors themselves. Adam Armstrong has pace and attacking awareness to find himself in good attacking positions in matches. Che Adams, whose shot was deflected for the gaol with the Scottish international stepping up in Danny Ings shoes well. Ralph Hasenhuttl has built a working 4-4-2 system where every player knows what his task is. A great matchup between two equal sides promises to be a spectacle of attacking football; we predict many goals and beautiful football. The Saints are nearly at full strength, just missing Sam McQueen and William Smallbone.

Prediction: A draw.

 Norwich City v Leicester City
Norwich Form Guide WLWWD
Leicester Form Guide WDWLD
  • Venue: Carrow Road
  • Saturday 28th Aug, 15:00
  • Referee: Robert Jones
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 15/4 D: 13/5 A: 18/25

About the Game:

Norwich has had a rough start to the Premier League season scheduled against Liverpool in the opening game where they lost 3 – 0 and faced Manchester City next, losing 5 – 0. The games do not get any easier hosting the Foxes before travelling to the Emirates stadium, where they face Arsenal. They sit bottom of the table with a negative eight-goal difference and are yet to score. The Championship winners have failed to impose themselves in the Premier League, and it’s possible that history could repeat itself as they were the first team to be relegated in the 2019-20 season. Teemu Pukki needs to start scoring to give his team a chance in games, as well as Todd Cantwell, who has to fill Emiliano Buendia’s boots and create chances. Przemyslaw Placheta is out of the team due to the effects of contracting Covid-19, and Sam Byram is out with a thigh injury. Norwich did have a good win in midweek in the EFL Cup, beating Bournemouth 6-0 at Carrow Road.

In the last match, Leicester City had a bad day at the office, on the receiving end of a 4-1 hammering by West Ham. In that match, Ayoze Perez was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Fornals, but it didn’t seem intentional. They were a goal down and a man down, and it was a tough task to impose themselves. Youri Tielemans pulled one back to give them hope, but they conceded three more goals, with Brendan Rodgers having a rough start to the campaign. The Foxes have a detailed injury list with the defence most affected, including new signing Jannik Vestergaard. Jamie Vardy failed to express himself in the game but will still be full of confidence after scoring in a 1-0 win against Wolves in the opening game. The attack has to bail out the frailties in the defence as Rodgers has to set up his side to outscore opponents. They need to get to speed as they face Man City next; thus, three points here would be crucial to their progress.

Prediction: Leicester to win.

West Ham United v Crystal Palace
West Ham Form Guide LLLLL
Crystal Palace Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: London Stadium
  • Saturday 21th Aug, 15:00
  • Referee: Stuart Attwell
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 4/7 D: 3/1 A: 5/1

About the Game:

The Hammers are flying high under the wings of Michail Antonio, who, if he beats his injury trouble, could be a real contender for this season’s golden boot with three goals so far and two assists so far. West Ham has won the last four consecutive games and has scored four goals in both games this season. Antonio scored twice and provided an assist as they beat Leicester City 4 – 1 in a game where he became West Hams record goalscorer with forty-eight. David Moyes’s side tops the Premier League table and has another chance to continue their dominance and impressive goal-scoring spree against Crystal Palace. The mood in the camp feels right from the manager to the players with all this vibe revolving around Antonio, especially after the landmark gives them incredible momentum at home.

Crystal Palace is in a tough patch after the departure of long-serving Roy Hodgson as their manager. However, Patrick Viera’s side managed to bounce back from their opening day 3-0 defeat at the hands of Chelsea, drawing 0 – 0 with newly promoted side Brentford. Not a bad result, seeing as Brentford beat Arsenal in their first game. The Eagles are yet to score but gave a promising performance, with Conor Gallagher coming the closest. Wilfred Zaha has been their best player going forward to carry the team’s side and save Viera’s managerial tenure. They have a tough task against a motivated West Ham side with the momentum, but the visiting side has won two in the last five league games. Palace needs this win more with the bunch of players having a lot to show after the team let go nine of their regular players’ last campaign. Palace have four games out for this clash; Michael Olise, Eberechi Eze, Luka Milivojevic and Nathan Ferguson.

Prediction: West Ham to win.

Burnley v Leeds United
Burnley Form Guide WDLDD
Leeds United Form Guide WWWLW
  • Venue: Turf Moor
  • Sunday 29thAug, 14:00
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 21/10 D: 5/2 A: 6/5

About the Game:

Burnley have lost their two opening games, conceding two goals in each game. The Clarets failed to hold on to James Tarkowski’s early goal-scoring with just two minutes to their Premier League campaign kick-off, conceding twice in the second half to lose 2 – 1 against Brighton. Liverpool gave them a harsh lesson losing 2 – 0, probably revenging for ending their sixty-eight-game unbeaten home run. Sean Dyche has used the same strategy and tactic with Burnley throughout his Premier League journey, qualifying for Europe in previous seasons. The problem is Burnley don’t have a backup plan when plan A doesn’t work. They face another side that loves to keep the ball that would be daunting for the Clarets. They have to create more chances for Chris Wood, who scored twelve goals last season and work on their leaky defence. Ashley Westwood and Matej Vydra are rated as 50/50 for this clash, but Dale Stephens and Kevin Long are ruled out.

Leeds love to keep the ball and have continued to play football in their rhythm and style regardless of the opposition they face. This fact was evident in their last game, a thrilling 2-2 draw with Everton. The Toffees looked like they was heading for a 2-1 win before Raphinha scored a goal with a shot with a ferocious curve in the 72nd minute to level the scores in front of a noisy and enthusiastic Elland road crowd. Marcelo Bielsa will be impressed by his team’s composure and dominance even when they were a goal down. Patrick Bamford, who scored seventeen goals and produced seven assists, has had a slow start producing one assist this season. The Whites won both games against their hosts last campaign winning at this stadium 4 – 0, and they will expect a win this time out, which would be their first win of the season.

Prediction: Leeds United to win.

Tottenham v Watford
Tottenham Form Guide LDDDW
Watford Form Guide WWLWD
  • Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
  • Sunday 29th Aug, 14:00
  • Referee: Andre Marriner
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 2/5 D: 333/100 A: 13/2

About the Game:

The Nuno Espirito Santo effect is taking effect on the Tottenham Hotspur side. Dele Alli has been the first beneficiary of the warm Portuguese embrace that builds confidence in his players. The England international won and scored the penalty that was enough to earn them a 1 – 0 win against Wolves. Steven Bergwijn assisted Heung Min Son’s goal in the opening fixture against Man City, another 1-0 win. Daniel Levy seems to have played his cards right to make sure last season golden boot winner Harry Kane doesn’t leave the London outfit as he came in as a substitute in the last match. The England captain has since took to social media to confirm he is staying with the London club, dashing Manchester City’s attempts to sign him. Tottenham feels like a joyful camp with the new man in charge who builds his side defensively; they are yet to concede a goal this season and have pace to burn on the counter. With Kane back in the team, don’t be surprised if he scores a goal or two on his first start of the season.

Watford had a slow start in conceding two early goals in their 2 – 0 defeat to Brighton. However, they grew into the second half, with captain Troy Deeney and Tom Cleverley coming close to scoring. They won their opening game 3 – 2 against Aston Villa and beat Crystal Palace in the EFL Cup to be full of confidence going against Tottenham Hotspur. The Hornets have huge depth in their attack, with captain Deeney making spirited cameos. Joshua King has vast Premier League experience at Bournemouth, and Ismaila Sarr has magical feet and is a threat. However, Xisco Javier needs to work on defence that has conceded two goals in each of the last two games as their attack can produce magic to try to steal points against Spurs.

Prediction: Tottenham to win.

Wolves v Manchester United
Wolves Form Guide DDWLL
Manchester United Form Guide LWDLL
  • Venue: Molineux Stadium
  • Sunday 29th Aug, 16:30
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance OddsH: 4/1 D: 13/5 A: 7/10

About the Game:

Wolves didn’t take their chances against Tottenham, and you would feel they gave a lot of respect to their former manager, Nuno. Bruno Lage’s side was the better side, managing twenty-five shots against Spur’s just eight. They lost both games by a single goal margin 0 – 1 at Molineux against Spurs and 1 – 0 at the King Power Stadium against Leicester. They are on a poor run losing the first two games to make it five consecutive defeats in the league. The margins have always been narrow when these two sides meet, so we don’t anticipate a high scoring encounter, but the side that takes their chances. Adama Traore needs to find his shooting boots after spurning a host of clear cut chances that Raul Jimenez would have wished fell on his path. They haven’t kept a clean sheet and are yet to score shows a lot of work needs to be done in the training ground before facing Manchester United.

The Red Devils had a sparkling start with a 5 – 1 win against Leeds United but failed to make it two consecutive wins drawing 1 – 1 against Southampton. Bruno Fernandes scored a hat trick in the opening game but wasn’t as effective against the Saints, losing the ball in the build-up for the goal they conceded. The Portuguese man needs to be consistent as his performance on the pitch usually determines how the team performs. Paul Pogba has started the season with a bang producing four assists in the opening game, and once again found Mason Greenwood in the game against Southampton to make it five assists in the opening two games. Greenwood has scored in both games this season, and he could be joined in attack by Edinson Cavani, who could make his first appearance of the season.

Prediction: Manchester United to win.

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Manchester City v Arsenal Manchester City to win 2/9 1.22
Liverpool v Chelsea Chelsea to win 19/10 3.54
Brighton v Everton A draw 11/5 11.34
West Ham v Crystal Palace West Ham to win 11/20 17.58
Tottenham v Watford Tottenham to win 2/5 24.61

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* All our selections are provided for entertainment only and should only be used for informational purposes. Whilst we use our experience and knowledge to help inform you to make a considered bet, we are not responsible for any losses that may arise from actual results being different than predicted.

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