The first of 38 matchweeks in the English Premier League is done and dusted with attention now turning to this weekend’s slate of action.
As is the case with the second round in every sport, you are left wondering if what you saw was a sign of things to come, or a red herring?
If you’re in the Chelsea camp you’re praying that the 4-0 loss to Manchester United was something you look back on in a few months and laugh about while City are thinking they could do with continuing the form shown in their 5-0 win over West Ham.
We have tried to decipher those headlines and turn them into some winning plays for this weekend right here.
Saturday 17 August, 9:30pm, Emirates Stadium
Arsenal 2 – Burnley 1
Two sides that got their seasons off to winning starts kick off Week 2 of the Premier League and if history is anything to go by, this match is probably only going one way.
The Gunners have a great recent record against Burnley winning the last 10 meetings between these sides keeping clean sheets in half of those matches.
There was a stretch where they needed a late goal to get by, but the last three games have an aggregate score of 11-2 Arsenal.
Chances are they will find a way to expand on that performance and manage to keep a clean sheet here.
Aubameyang loves scoring at the Emirates, he’s found the back of the net in four of his last five Premier League games at home so I’ll throw him in a same game multi to open the scoring.
SGM: Arsenal to Win to Nil, Aubameyang First Goalscorer @ $6.73
Sunday 18 August, 12:00am, Villa Park
Aston Villa 1 – Bournemouth 2
For 85 minutes it sure looked like Villa were going to get an unlikely outcome from their opening Premier League contest before they got Kane-d in the worst possible way.
Bournemouth on the other hand could only come away with a point against Sheffield and I would not be at all surprised to see them struggle again this weekend.
Even though the first game didn’t produce the result Villa wanted, their first home game should give them the boost they need to get over the disappointment of losing to Tottenham and come away with a win here.
Back Villa to Win @ $2.35
Brighton And Hove Albion
Sunday 18 August, 12:00am, Amex Stadium
Brighton 1 – West Ham 1
Best case scenario for West Ham: they were made to look a lot worse than they actually are by a really good Manchester City side.
Worst case scenario for Brighton: they were made to look a lot better than they actually are by a Watford team having a bad day.
This is the fun part of Week Two of the Premier League trying to work out which signs are real and which are red herrings.
This game has the potential to go either way because of those possible variables so the result might be worth steering clear of and instead look at the goals markets.
Two of the last three meetings have seen both teams score and four goals in both of those matches so that seems like a good starting point and for some added value, look for new signing Sebastien Haller to open his account with West Ham.
SGM: Both Teams to Score, Over 2.5 Goals, Sebastien Haller Anytime Goalscorer @ $4.78
Sunday 18 August, 12:00am, Goodison Park
Everton 1 – Watford 0
Both of these sides are still looking for their first goal and first point of the new campaign, although at least for Everton, they kept their first clean sheet in their draw with Palace despite going down to ten men with 15 minutes remaining.
We should see a few more goals in this game as Everton look to pile the pressure on a Watford side that could start slowly after the disappointment of last week.
The last two meetings at Goodison Park have featured a total of nine goals and with the strikers on hand that should continue here.
Everton haven’t lost a home match to Watford in their history winning 12 and drawing two and they should be able to extend that streak here.
Watford also gave up two goals from attacks down the wings and in Richarlison, Everton have a player who can change the game so I’ll back him to score here.
SGM: Everton to Win and Richarlison Anytime Goalscorer @ $3.61
Sunday 18 August, 12:00am, Carrow Road
Norwich 3 – Newcastle 1
Brace yourselves, this one could be a rough one to get through.
Norwich at least got a consolation goal from Teemu Pukki in their loss to Liverpool while Newcastle didn’t inspire a lot of confidence going down to a limited Arsenal team.
This has the makings of a game of few chances between both sides that could be decided by a solitary strike.
Back Under 1.5 Goals @ $3.40
Sunday 18 August, 12:00am, St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton 1 – Liverpool 2
Get ready for the “Liverpool prepares to take on its academy” jokes as the newly minted UEFA Super Cup winners travel to the South Coast.
Perhaps the only thing that could cause a Liverpool slip up here is the fact they’re travelling back from Istanbul after playing 120 minutes against Chelsea.
There may be a few big name players rested or at least sent to the bench for a clash that with all due respect to Southampton, could be won by a second string Liverpool line up.
The Saints weren’t exactly inspiring early on and they have been kept scoreless in four of their last five meetings with Liverpool.
It’s hard to see this being a huge win for Liverpool so it’s not worth backing the overs in the goals market instead just sticking with a simple Reds win with a clean sheet.
Back Liverpool to Win to Nil @ $2.55
Sunday 18 August, 2:30am, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 2 – Tottenham 2
There’s only a handful of teams that could win a game 5-0 & be left ruing a fair few missed chances but that’s the high bar City have set.
If Tottenham want to put down an early season statement, this is the game to win and spring a (according to the market anyway) massive upset.
At the Etihad though, that’s really unlikely to happen, while Spurs did win a memorable clash in the Champions League this one is probably going to be closer to the Premier League match that finished 1-0 to City.
Expect a low scoring clash with Raheem Sterling the difference maker for City, backing up from his hat-trick last week.
SGM: City to Win, Under 3.5 Goals, Raheem Sterling Anytime Goal Scorer @ $5.25
Sunday 18 August, 11:00pm, Bramall Lane
Sheffield United 1 – Crystal Palace 0
One of the more dragged out sagas of the offseason has a pin in it for the time being, but the big question is whether or not Wilfried Zaha will start for Palace in this one after playing just under half an hour against Everton.
Whether he likes it or not, Zaha is a Palace player for the time being and probably their best one at that.
If he starts he could easily swing this game in favour of the visitors but you can’t take away from the efforts of Sheffield in their Premier League return.
While their talent might not be there, they could be able to fight their way to a draw.
Either way there’s not a lot to like about this game both from a viewing and betting perspective so we’ll take our first no-bet of the season.
Monday 19 August, 1:30am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 1 – Leicester 1
It hasn’t been a great start to the Lampard era, which shouldn’t be that surprising but they have a tough task hosting Leicester this weekend.
Things won’t be made any easier with Thursday morning’s exertions in the UEFA Super Cup not helping this squad out.
At some point Lampard will get his first win as Chelsea boss and it could come this weekend but with the value on offer for Leicester it’s too hard to turn down.
SGM: Leicester to Win & Jamie Vardy Anytime Goalscorer @ $7.38
Tuesday 20 August, 5:00am, Molineux Stadium
Wolves 1 – Manchester United 1
Last season this game would have been screaming “back against United” over and over and over…
After their opening round demolition of Chelsea though, it’s almost impossible not to feel good about backing them at over even money.
With the likes of Marcus Rashford enjoying the new freedom now that Romelu Lukaku is gone, this young, pacey lineup should cause some problems for Wolves.
That being said, it’s hard to see Wolves being kept scoreless again so they should be able to score here (probably through Raul Jiminez) but it won’t be enough to beat United.
SGM: United to Win & Both Teams to Score @ $4.95
“It’s good to have the Premier League back” was the first thought that popped up during the earliest Saturday wake up call in… at least a few weeks since the World Cup.
The opening weekend of fixtures reminded us why we love this league with plenty of highlights and eight of the ten matches producing a winner.
There’s a lot to look forward to this weekend as well as teams look to establish their credentials early on and show that the early season results were not a fluke (or they were if things went badly).
Arsenal’s start to the season doesn’t get any easier with a trip to Chelsea while Tottenham are back at their temporary home of Wembley against Fulham.
Read on for our breakdowns, predictions and same game multis from every Premier League fixture this weekend.
Saturday 18 August, 9:30pm, Cardiff City Stadium
Cardiff 0 – Newcastle 0
Cardiff endured a rough start to Premier League life going down to Bournemouth 2-0 in their opening fixture.
Newcastle on the other hand held their own against Tottenham and perhaps felt aggrieved that they did not come away with at least a point.
These sides last met in the Championship in 2016/2017 when Newcastle were promoted to the Premier League and they beat the Blue Birds both times in that season.
Newcastle’s away form at the end of last season was not ideal, closing out with three straight losses at Tottenham, at Watford and at Everton.
This is a great opportunity for them to end that streak and are offering good value to pick up three points here.
Back Newcastle to Win @ $2.40
Same Game Multi: 1 Team to Score, Perez Anytime Goalscorer, Newcastle to Win the 2nd Half
Sunday 19 August, 12:00am, Goodison Park
Everton 2 – Southampton 1
Everton will feel like they let two points slip last week against Wolves, despite being reduced to ten men in the first half.
Richarlison lit up the Toffees with a brace on debut and won’t want to slow down against a side that only just avoided the drop last season.
Southampton didn’t score but didn’t concede either and if Everton get a couple of goals they are lacking the firepower to really keep up with their opponents.
Everton’s home form was strong last season winning 10 of 19 games and they will want to improve on that record starting with a win here.
Back Everton to Win @ $1.95
Same Game Multi: Richarlison Anytime Goal Scorer, Over 2.5 Goals, Both Teams to Score
Sunday 19 August, 12:00am, Emirates Stadium
Leicester City 2 – Wolverhampton 0
Leicester left their run a little bit late at Old Trafford and lost to Manchester United, while Wolves came from behind twice to take a point against Everton.
This looms as an interesting match as Wolves have the firepower to really get after Everton and this game has the look of a shootout.
Expect Leicester to opt for a slightly more attacking side here with a potential starting debut for new signing Rachid Ghezzal.
There is quality all over the pitch here and this looks like a very tough game to split.
Back the Draw @ $3.30
Same Game Multi: Over 3.5 Goals, BTTS, Jamie Vardy to Score
Sunday 19 August, 12:00am, Wembley Stadium
Tottenham 3 – Fulham 1
What was supposed to be Tottenham’s last league match at Wembley will now just be their home opener at a venue where, after a slow start last season, became a real fortress.
They will be happy to have opened up the season with a win against Newcastle but will know that there is plenty of room for improvement.
Fulham dropped their first game against Crystal Palace but do have the side to cause some trouble against teams like Tottenham.
It may take a while for Tottenham to get going in this game but a win here seems like the most likely outcome, unfortunately there is not a lot of value on offer for a straight win.
Same Game Multi: Tottenham to Win, Harry Kane First Goalscorer and Over 2.5 Goals
Sunday 19 August, 12:00am, London Stadium
West Ham 1 – Bournemouth 2
If you were judging every team’s fortunes based on their week one performances, you might think West Ham were in for a very rough season after being demolished by Liverpool.
There is a big gap between Liverpool and Bournemouth, not just geographically, and West Ham should be in a better position to tackle this contest with an eye on three points.
After their opening round win over Cardiff, Bournemouth will want to make it two from two in their first away game.
They took 18 points away from home last season picking up points in 10 of 19 matches including a draw at West Ham in January.
The Irons have improved their squad significantly since then and should be able to take their first points of the season with a win in front of their fans.
Back West Ham Half Time/Full Time @ $3.60
Same Game Multi: West Ham Win, Chicharito Anytime Goal Scorer & Under 3.5 Goals
Sunday 19 August, 2:30am, Stamford Bridge
Chelsea 3 – Arsenal 2
Unai Emery’s baptism of fire continues with a trip to Stamford Bridge in the late game Saturday.
Last season saw both league fixtures between the two end in draws, although Arsenal did win two of the three Cup meetings between the two.
One of the biggest challenges Unai Emery faces at Arsenal is turning around his side’s wretched away form last year where they won just four games, losing 11.
While Arsenal would love to shake the tag of strugglers against their fellow “Big 6” clubs it will take a while to truly evolve as a club and this will be a step too far for them.
Back Chelsea to Win @ $1.80
Same Game Multi: Over 2.5 Goals, Both Teams to Score, Olivier Giroud Anytime Goalscorer
Sunday 19 August, 10:30pm, Turf Moor
Burnley 1 – Watford 3
Burnley failed to score in their opening draw against Southampton, while Watford took care of business against Brighton.
This is a fixture Burnley should be relatively confident about having won three of the last four meetings between the two sides, however most of their recent meetings have been relatively low scoring.
It is too hard to try and split these teams so early so for this game take the draw.
The under 2.5 goals does not offer enough value for a solo play but should offer a good value booster in our same game multi when paired with another factor.
Watford have failed to score in their last three trips to Turf Moor dating back to the 2013/2014 Championship season.
Back the Draw @ 3.40
Same Game Multi: Under 2.5 Goals and Both Teams to Score (No)
Sunday 19 August, 10:30pm, Etihad Stadium
Manchester City 6 – Huddersfield 1
Not a bad way to open the season for Manchester City, cruising to a comfortable victory while still giving Pep Guardiola plenty of things to correct going forward.
City’s home form last year was almost impeccable, winning 16 of 19 games and there is no reason to think this season will produce any different results.
Huddersfield picked up just 14 points on the road, one of which came at the Etihad in a scoreless draw in May after City had already clinched the title.
With this match not having dead rubber status, expect City to give their opponents plenty of respect and put in a professional display.
Back Sergio Aguero to Outscore the Opposition @ $1.75
Same Game Multi: City to Win, Over 2.5 Goals, One team to Score, Aguero Anytime Goalscorer
Brighton And Hove Albion
Monday 20 August, 1:00am, Amex Stadium
Brighton 3 – Manchester United 2
Last season, one of Brighton’s shining moments was an upset win at home against Manchester United to help them stave of relegation.
After a first up loss at Watford, their task does not get any easier with Jose Mourinho’s side coming to the Amex Stadium.
Brighton only lost four times at home last season, but did struggle to score which means United should be able to shut them down with minimal fuss.
A straight win play on United offers decent value however it is worth backing them to get off to similar start to last week with an early goal before holding their lead through to 90 minutes.
Back Manchester United Halftime/Fulltime Winner @ $2.90
Same Game Multi: Under 2.5 Goals, United Win, Lukaku Anytime Goalscorer
Tuesday 21 August, 5:00am, Selhurst Park
Crystal Palace 0 – Liverpool 2
Selhurst Park will hold plenty of memories for Liverpool and its supporters, mostly not good ones including their capitulation when leading 3-0 in 2014.
They got off to the perfect start at home last weekend with a 4-0 demolition of West Ham and another big win would go a long way towards establishing themselves as legitimate title contenders.
Palace will not want to take a backwards step after winning first up either, taking all three points at Fulham.
Going back to 2013/2014, Palace have a decent competitive record against Liverpool, winning four and drawing one while losing six, so they have been able to take points off Liverpool at times.
Even so, Liverpool’s form last week was just too good to ignore and they should be able to take care of business here.
Back Liverpool to Win to Nil @ $2.65
Same Game Multi: Liverpool Halftime/Fulltime Winner, Mo Salah and Saido Mane Anytime Goal Scorer
The opening weekend of the 2017/2018 English Premier League season was an absolute cracker and to say that there was plenty of action would be an understatement.
A couple of big clubs – Chelsea and Liverpool – faltered in their opening fixtures, but the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham were very impressive.
We got off to a flying start with our English Premier League best bets and our 2017/2018 EPL Week 2 tips can be found below.
Saturday 19 August, 9:30pm, Liberty Stadium
Manchester United were arguably the most impressive side in the opening weekend of the 2017/2018 English Premier League season and they will go into this clash with Swansea City as clear favourites.
Romelu Lukaku has made an immediate impact for Manchester United and it was in these games against the smaller sides in the competition that he thrived during his time with Everton.
Winning games away from home was not a problem for the Red Devils last season and they won nine of their 12 games as away favourites for a clear profit.
Swansea City took a well-earned point from their clash with Southampton last weekend, but this is obviously a much tougher challenge for the Welsh side.
They won only one of their seven games as home underdogs last season and their record against top six sides was particularly poor.
This is a game that Manchester United should be able to win comfortably.
Back Manchester United To Beat The Line (-1 Goal) @ $2.10
Sunday 20 August, 12:00am, Goldsands Stadium
Watford impressed against Liverpool last weekend, but it is Bournemouth that will start this clash as clear favourites.
Bournemouth were never really able to get into their opening clash with West Bromwich Albion, but there is no doubt that they are a better side in front of their home fans.
The Cherries won seven of their 11 games as home favourites last season, but their past four games against Watford have ended as draws.
Watford showed plenty of character to take a point from their entertaining clash with Liverpool and they are a side that could surprise this season.
They won only three of their 17 games as away underdogs last season, but that was enough to come away with a profit and they took a point from their clash with Bournemouth at Goldsands Stadium last season.
Bournemouth were a reliable betting play as home favourites last season and there is no reason to jump off this campaign.
Back Bournemouth To Win @ $1.95
West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 20 August, 12:00am, Turf Moor
This is set to be one of the most competitive games in the English Premier League this weekend and there is very little between these two sides in betting.
Burnley started their English Premier League campaign with a stunning upset win over Chelsea and they head to Turf Moor – a venue where they dominated last season – with plenty of confidence.
While Burnley were a highly profitable betting play as home underdogs, they did only win two of their five games as home favourites last season.
West Bromwich Albion started their season with a professional win over Bournemouth, but they have struggled to produce away from home in recent seasons.
The Baggies have won only two of their 17 games as away underdogs last season, but they were able to take a point from six of these games.
This game looks set to be a fairly dull, low-scoring affair and the $2.30 available for neither side to score in the first half does stand out as a value betting play.
Back Under 0.5 Goals In the First Half @ $2.30
Brighton And Hove Albion
Sunday 20 August, 12:00am, King Power Stadium
Brighton And Hove Albion have been handed a tough draw to start their English Premier League campaign and a road-trip to King Power Stadium is always a difficult proposition.
Leicester City were a touch unlucky not to take anything from their opening day fixture with Arsenal and they really did play some stellar football.
King Power Stadium was a happy hunting ground for Leicester City again last season and they won eight of their 13 games as home favourites for a profit.
Brighton And Hove Albion were not disgraced in their defeat at the hands of Manchester City and it will be interesting to see how they fare against Leicester City.
It is still too early to have any firm grasp on this Brighton side, but they do look to be well-organised defensively and Leicester City might have some problems breaking them down.
This is a match that Leicester City really should win, but they won’t have it all their own way and the $4.33 for the Draw/Leicester City Half Time/Full Time double does appeal.
Back Draw/Leicester City Half Time/Full Time @ $4.33
Sunday 20 August, 12:00am, Anfield
Crystal Palace have been a bogey team for Liverpool in recent seasons and this will be one of the most interesting games of the weekend.
Liverpool conceded a late goal to drop points against Watford last weekend and they go into this clash off the back of a trip to Hoffenheim for their Champions League qualifying fixture.
They will still start this clash as clear favourites, but this was not a position in which they thrived last season – they won only 12 of their 19 games as home favourites for a small loss.
Crystal Palace started their English Premier League campaign with a very poor effort against Huddersfield Town and it is tough to know what to make of that performance.
They generally did produce their best form away from home last season and they won six of their 17 games as away underdogs for a very big profit, while backing Crystal Palace in any fixture against Liverpool in recent seasons has been a highly profitable betting play.
Crystal Palace are capable of taking something from this clash and the $3.10 for the Double Chance is well and truly over the odds.
Back Crystal Palace Or Draw Double Chance @ $3.10
West Ham United
Sunday 20 August, 12:00am, St Mary’s Stadium
Southampton were fairly flat in their opening day fixture against Swansea City, but they will still start this clash as clear favourites.
Southampton were unable to turn St Mary’s Stadium into a fortress last season and they won only six of their 14 games as home favourites, with five of those fixtures finishing as stalemates.
West Ham were demolished by a rampant Manchester United in their opening fixture and that is certainly not an ideal way to start the season.
They were able to win five of their 17 games as away underdogs last season for a profit and a further four of these games finished as a stalemate.
There really is not as much between these two teams as the current betting market suggests and the $3.70 on offer for the draw is well and truly over the odds.
Back The Draw @ $3.70
Sunday 20 August, 2:30am, Britannia Stadium
There is no love lost between these two clubs and the meetings between them are generally spicy affairs.
They didn’t make it look easy, but Arsenal scored a couple of late goals to start their season with a win over Leicester City and they will go into this clash with Stoke City as clear favourites.
Arsenal have historically struggled against Stoke City, but they did beat them comfortably in both their meetings last season and they were 9-2-3 as away favourites last year.
Stoke City were gallant in defeat against Everton last weekend and they have been handed one of the toughest draws to start the season.
They failed to win a single game as home underdogs last season, but they were able to take a point from four of their eight games in this scenario.
I doubt that they will be able to achieve that result against Arsenal and the Gunners really do look like stellar value at the current price of $1.80.
Back Arsenal To Win @ $1.80
Sunday 20 August, 12:00am, John Smith’s Stadium
Huddersfield Town could not have made a better start to their life in the English Premier League and they will start this clash with Newcastle United as favourites.
Aaron Mooy was one of a number of players that were excellent for Huddersfield Town against Crystal Palace and they played some truly impressive football.
Whether they will be able to remain at that level is obviously a big question and it is tough to get Huddersfield Town as short as their current quote.
Newcastle United were brave in their opening English Premier League fixture against Tottenham and they will appreciate this drop in opposition quality.
Off-field controversy has dominated talk about Newcastle United this season – Rafa Benitez is not a happy man – and there is no doubt that this is a squad that lacks a fair amount of depth.
This is a game that really could go either way, but what I do expect to see is goals and the $1.91 available for both teams to score is definitely over the odds.
Back Both Teams To Score @ $1.91
Monday 21 August, 1:00am, Wembley
There is no doubt that this is the biggest game in the English Premier League this season and it could prove vital at the business end of the season.
Tottenham struggled at Wembley during the Champions League last season, but they will still start this clash with their rivals as clear favourites.
They started the season with a professional performance against Newcastle United and getting the job done against smaller clubs has been their strength in recent years, while their record at home has been nothing short of outstanding.
The opening day of the season was nothing short of a disaster for Chelsea and they had two players sent off as they slumped to a truly humiliating loss at the hands of Burnley.
Chelsea only won one of their four games as away underdogs last season and they have not beaten Tottenham at home for a number of seasons.
All signs point towards a Tottenham win in this clash and Chelsea could find themselves six points off the pace after only two weeks.
Back Tottenham To Win @ $2.05
Tuesday 22 August, 5:00am, Etihad Stadium
It is something of a surprise that Manchester City are such dominant favourites to account for Everton this weekend.
Everton recorded a dominant 4-0 win over Manchester City the last time that these teams did battle and Manchester City have not beaten their rivals at Etihad Stadium since 2014.
Winning at home was something of an issue for Manchester City last season and they won only ten of their 18 games as home favourites for a clear loss, while they did draw seven games in this scenario.
Everton did enough to beat Stoke City in their opening game of the English Premier League season, but there is no doubt this is a much sterner test and the fact they are on the road does not help.
Their record away from home last season was very poor and they won only one of nine games as away underdogs for a clear loss.
Both these teams are tough to trust from a betting perspective and this is a clash that I am keen to stay out of.
History will be made in the second week of the 2016/2017 English Premier League season as West Ham will host their very first game at their new home ground – the 2012 London Olympics Stadium!
Defending champions Leicester City face an early season test when they take on Arsenal at King Power Stadium, while Zlatan Ibrahimović will pull on the red of Manchester United at Old Trafford for the very first time.
There is plenty of interest in every single game this weekend and you can find our preview for each clash below.
Saturday 20 August, 5:00am, Old Trafford
Manchester United 2 - Southampton 0
Manchester United started the Jose Mourinho era with a comfortable victory over Bournemouth last weekend and they are clear favourites to make it two wins on the trot against Southampton.
Zlatan Ibrahimović was the star attraction for Manchester United last weekend and he will be joined by the returning Paul Pogba – both of whom are sure to be lauded by the Red Devils faithful.
Manchester United were not particularly convincing at Old Trafford last season and they finished the year with 10 wins as well as five draws from their 17 games in front of their home fans.
Southampton played out a 1-1 all draw with Watford in their opening English Premier League fixture and they look like a side that is still getting used to the managerial style of Claude Puel.
The Saints were a strong betting play as away underdogs last season and they managed to take at least a point from seven of their ten matches in this scenario.
Manchester United are deserving favourites, but they are definitely under the odds at their current quote and the $4.20 available for the draw is worth a bet.
Recommended Bet: Back The Draw @ $4.20
Sunday 20 August, 9:30am, Britannia Stadium
Stoke City 1 - Manchester City 4
Manchester City started their own new era with a victory over Sunderland and they face a tricky away trip against Stoke in week two.
Manchester City have a surprisingly poor record against Stoke in recent years and their record as home favourites last season was far from convincing – they won just five of their 14 games in this scenario.
Stoke City started their season with a 1-1 dour with Middlesbrough and will welcome the return to Britannia Stadium.
Britannia Stadium is something of a fortress for Stoke and they won four of their nine games at the venue last season for a very healthy profit.
I never like to take on Stoke City at Britannia Stadium and Manchester City are definitely under the odds at their current quote, with the $2.10 on offer for the Stoke and Draw Double Chance the value betting play.
Recommended Bet: Back Stoke And The Draw @ $2.10
Sunday 21 August, 12:00am, Liberty Stadium
Swansea City 0 - Hull City 2
Hull City started the English Premier League with an upset victory over Leicester City, but it is Swansea City that will start this game as clear favourites.
Swansea City started their season with a narrow victory over Burnley and two wins from as many games would put them in an excellent position going forward.
Liberty Stadium was far from a fortress for Swansea City last season and they won just four of their 12 games at the venue last season for a loss.
Hull City were expected to struggle in the English Premier League after the off-season from hell, but they were very good in week 1.
Whether they can replicate that performance going forward is a big question, but they are facing a Swansea City side that has struggled against teams that they can beat.
I can’t get Swansea City anywhere near as short as their current quote of $1.80 and the $3.40 available for the draw stands out as good value.
Recommended Bet: Back Swansea City To Win @ $3.40
Sunday 21 August, 12:00am, Turf Moor
Burnley 2 - Liverpool 0
Liverpool were one of the most impressive teams in the opening round of the English Premier League season and they are clear favourites to account for Burnley this weekend.
Liverpool looked brilliant going forward against Arsenal and you can already see the effects of what manager Jurgen Klopp has been able to do with his side in the off-season.
The issue for the Reds in this clash is the trip to Turf Moor – they won just five of their 12 games as home favourites last season for a loss.
Not much is expected from Burnley in the English Premier League season and they produced a fairly uninspiring performance against Swansea City.
I can’t get Liverpool as short as their current quote, but both these teams were able to score plenty of goals last season and the over 2.5 goals looks like a solid bet.
Recommended Bet: Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.83
Sunday 21 August, 12:00am, White Hart Lane
Tottenham Hotspur 1 - Crystal Palace 0
Tottenham were unable to account for Everton in the opening round of the English Premier League season, but they are still clear favourites to beat Crystal Palace this weekend.
Tottenham were able to win the majority of their game as home favourites last season, but they were still not a profitable betting play in this metric and this is what ended up costing them the title.
Crystal Palace were one of the most disappointing teams in the first week of the season and they went down to West Bromwich Albion in front of their home fans at Selhurst Park.
This is obviously a tougher assignment for Crystal Palace and they will need to produce an improved performance to have any chance of upstaging Tottentham this weekend.
Crystal Palace did often produce their best efforts of the season against Tottenham and they came away with at least a point from ten of their 16 games in this situation.
The $1.44 available for a Tottenham victory is definitely under the odds and I am happy to take them on with the $2.75 available for the Crystal Palace and draw double chance.
Recommended Bet: Back Crystal Palace To Win And Draw Double Chance @ $2.75
Sunday 21 August, 12:00am, Vicarage Road
Watford 1 - Chelsea 2
Chelsea left it late against West Ham, but a late goal from Diego Costa got them the three points and winning start to the season.
It was still not the most convincing performance from Chelsea and there are genuine question marks over their record as home favourites – last season they lost six games in this scenario.
Watford were very good in the opening English Premier League fixture against Southampton and this will be an interesting test of just where they stand in 2016/2017.
The Hornets did not have the best record as home underdogs last season and they won just one of their eight games in this situation, while they generally struggled against the very best teams in the competition.
Chelsea should be able to win this game, but the market looks to have got it just about right and I am happy to stay out from a betting perspective.
Recommended Bet: No Bet
West Bromwich Albion
Sunday 21 August, 12:00am, The Hawthorns
West Bromwich Albion 1 - Everton 2
West Bromwich Albion and Everton both made promising starts to the English Premier League season and this shapes as a very interesting clash.
West Brom did not have the majority of the football in their clash against Crystal Palace, but they were still able to come away with the three points.
They will start this clash as outsiders and this was a position in which they had an excellent record last season – winning four of their 11 games in this scenario for a healthy profit.
Everton scored early and then were able to hang on to take a point from their opening weekend clash with Tottenham, a performance that was good enough to see them go into this game as favourites.
Everton won four of their six games as home favourites last season and they were actually undefeated in this situation.
This is a very interesting clash and will put the winner in a strong position going forward, but this is another game the market looks to have just about right and I am happy to stay out.
Recommended Bet: No Bet
Sunday 21 August, 2:30am, King Power Stadium
Leicester City 0 - Arsenal 0
Arsenal were the only team in the English Premier League that were able to beat Leicester City on multiple occasions last season and this will be a very interesting clash.
It was always going to be tougher for Leicester City during the 2016/2017 English Premier League season, but they were still expected to get the job done against Hull City in week one.
Leicester City will go into this game as home favourites and this is a position in which they thrived last season – losing just one of their five games in this scenario.
It was very clear to most Arsenal fans in the off-season that they required a new centre-back and that was made even cleared with their opening weekend performance against Liverpool.
Arsenal were good with the football going forward, but their were gaping holes in their defence that Liverpool were easily able to take advantage of.
Arsenal did not have a bad record away from home last season, but they were still not a profitable betting play as home favourites and based on their effort in week one their is every reason to take them on this weekend.
Recommended Bet: Back Leicester City To Win @ $2.70
Sunday 21 August, 10:30pm, Stadium Of Light
Sunderland 1 - Middlesbrough 2
This is another very interesting clash with a very competitive betting market.
Sunderland lost their opening game of the season, but they were still not disgraced against Manchester City.
This will be a more genuine test of where they stand in the early stages of the season and they will start this game as favourites.
Sunderland only played five games as home favourites last season and they won three of them for a nice profit, while there other two results were draws.
Middlesbrough returned to the English Premier League with a 1-1 draw against Stoke and this will be another tough test for this outfit.
I think that Middlesbrough will end up being a solid English Premier League side this season, but a slow start is probable and I am happy to take them on again this weekend.
Recommended Bet: Back Sunderland To Win @ $2.40
West Ham United
Monday 22 August, 1:00am, Olympic Stadium
West Ham United 1 - Bournemouth 0
This is the only game in the second week of the 2016/2017 English Premier League season that includes two teams that lost in the opening weekend.
The pressure is on West Ham in their first ever game at their new home ground – the Olympic Stadium – and they will start as clear favourites.
This was a position in which they struggled somewhat last season – they won just four of their 11 games as home favourites although they only lost the two fixtures.
Bournemouth were outclassed by Manchester United in the opening game of the season and this is a another tricky assignment for them.
Bournemouth were actually not that bad away from home last season and they won four of their 15 games as away favourites for a tidy profit.
West Ham really should win this clash, but I can’t get them as short as their current price of $1.85 and it is the total goals betting market that I am keen to bet into.
The over went 12-6 in Bournemouth games last season and I am happy to take the $1.83 on offer.
Recommended Bet: Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $1.83