2017/2018 EPL Week 3 Preview

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It has been an exciting start to the 2017/2018 English Premier League season and there are a number of big games this weekend.

Manchester United have been nothing short of flawless in the opening two weeks of the season, but they face their toughest assignment of the season to date against Leicester City before Liverpool host Arsenal in the game of the weekend.

We have made a very strong start to the season and we are confident that the winners will continue to flow, so don’t miss our complete 2017/2018 English Premier League week three tips below.

Bournemouth Vs Manchester City

Saturday 26 August, 9:30pm, Goldsands Stadium

Manchester City are one of the shortest-priced favourites in the English Premier League this weekend.

Everton once again proved to be something of a bogey side for Manchester City and it is fair to say that they were lucky to come away with a point.

Manchester City have won 11 of their past 16 games as away favourites for a small loss, but when they did win it was generally fairly comfortable.

It has been a tough start to the season for Bournemouth and they are staring down the barrel of a third straight defeat.

Bournemouth did win two of their seven games as home underdogs last season for a profit, but they really did struggle against the best sides in the competition.

This is a game that Manchester City really should win comfortably and they look like a safe bet to cover the line.

Back Manchester City To Beat The Line (-1 Goal) @ $1.83

Chelsea Vs Everton

Sunday 27 August, 12:00am, Stamford Bridge

It has been a mixed start to the season for Chelsea, but they will still go into this clash with Everton as clear favourites.

Opening day was an absolute nightmare for Chelsea when they lost to Burnley, but they got their title defence back on track with an upset win over Tottenham.

Chelsea were nothing short of outstanding as home favourites last season and they have won 16 of their past 19 games in this scenario for a clear profit.

Everton played some excellent football against Manchester City last weekend and it will be interesting to see whether they can back that performance up against another top-six side.

Winning away from home has been an issue for Everton and they have won only one of their past ten games as away underdogs for a clear loss.

Chelsea should be able to control this game from the outset and the $2.25 for the Half Time/ Full Time double really does appeal.

Back Chelsea/Chelsea Half Time/Full Time Double @ $2.25

Crystal Palace Vs Swansea City

Sunday 27 August, 12:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace have lost both their games so far this season, but they still go into this clash with Swansea City as clear favourites.

It was an improved performance from Crystal Palace against Liverpool and they did have their chances, but were unable to come away with anything.

They were unable to turn Selhurst Park into a fortress last season and they have won only four of their past 11 games as home favourites for a clear loss.

Swansea City were no match for Manchester United last weekend, but they did not play as poorly as the scoreline suggests.

Their record away from home last season was poor and they have won only two of their past 18 games as away underdogs for a clear loss.

Neither of these teams have scored a goal this season to date, but that looks set to change this weekend and they played two fairly high-scoring games last season against each other.

Back Over 2.5 Goals @ $2.15

Huddersfield Town Vs Southampton

Sunday 27 August, 12:00am, John Smith’s Stadium

Huddersfield Town have made a perfect start to their time in the English Premier League, but it is Southampton that will start this clash as favourites.

Southampton claimed their first win of the season with a thrilling 3-2 victory over West Ham and they played some nice football in the process.

The Saints were able to win six of their 11 games as away favourites last season for a profit and they were a reliable betting play on the road.

Aaron Mooy and this Huddersfield Town have been a revelation in the early stages of the English Premier League season and a stunning goal from the Aussie saw them beat Newcastle United last weekend.

The question is whether they can maintain that sort of form and based on their inconsistency in the Championship last season the answer to that question is probably no, but it is tough to take them on.

This is a game that the market looks to have got just about right and I am more than happy to stay out from a betting perspective.

No Bet

Newcastle United Vs West Ham United

Sunday 27 August, 12:00am, St James’ Park

This is a big game for both these sides that have started the season with back-to-back defeats.

Newcastle United are yet to score a goal in their English Premier League return, but they will still go into this clash as favourites.

St James’ Park was not really a fortress for Newcastle United last season and their record at home was not much better than their record on the road.

West Ham were a touch unlucky not to take at least a point from their clash with Southampton last weekend and it was definitely an improvement on their first-up performance against Manchester United.

West Ham were able to win five of their 18 games as away underdogs for a profit last season and they really do appeal at their current price of $3.

Back West Ham To Win @ $3

Watford Vs Brighton And Hove Albion

Sunday 27 August, 12:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford have made a very promising start to the English Premier League season and they will start this clash with Brighton as clear favourites.

The Hornets were nothing short of dominant against Bournemouth and that performance came on the back of a strong effort against Liverpool.

Watford lost only one game as home favourites last season and they won six of their games in this scenario for a clear profit.

It has been a tricky start to the season for Brighton and they were outclassed by both Manchester City and Leicester City.

Watford are not on the same level, but they are still playing some excellent football and Brighton do look as though they will continue to struggle.

Back Watford To Win @ $1.87

Manchester United Vs Leicester City

Sunday 27 August, 2:30am, Old Trafford

Manchester United have been simply outstanding in the opening two weeks of the season, but they face their toughest test to date against Leicester City.

A pair of 4-0 wins have the fans very optimistic at Old Trafford and the fact that they beat Leicester City on two occasions last season mean that they will start this clash as dominant favourites.

Manchester United have obviously been impressive so far this season, but it is tough to forget how reliable they were as home favourites last season – they drew ten and won only seven of their 18 games in this scenario last season.

Leicester City produced a professional performance against Brighton to take the three points and they showed the week earlier against Arsenal that they are still capable of competing against the best sides in the competition.

One of the major problems for Leicester City last season was their extremely poor form away from home and they have won only one of their past 14 games as away underdogs.

Manchester United are the team to beat, but I can’t back them at their current price and this is a clash that I am keen to stay out of.

No Bet

West Bromwich Albion Vs Stoke City

Sunday 27 August, 10:30pm, The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion have made a strong start to the English Premier League season and they will start this clash with Stoke City as clear favourites.

West Bromwich have won four of their past five games against Stoke City and they have been one of the most reliable betting teams in the competition as home favourites – they have won eight of their past ten games in this scenario.

Stoke City produced a vintage performance to record an upset win over Arsenal last weekend and they have gone back to the defence toughness that they have prided themselves on in the modern era.

The big issue for Stoke City has been winning away from home and they have won only two of their past 17 games as away underdogs for a clear loss in this scenario.

Backing West Bromwich Albion to win at home has been a very profitable betting play and there is no reason to jump off this weekend.

Back West Bromwich Albion To Win @ $2.30

Liverpool Vs Arsenal

Monday 28 August, 1:00am, Anfield

This is the biggest game of the weekend and it is Liverpool that will start this clash as favourites.

Liverpool were far from convincing against Crystal Palace last weekend, but they were still able to come away with the three points and they thrived in these sort of games last season.

They beat Arsenal in two very high-scoring affairs last season and it has been a long time since Arsenal were able to win a game at Anfield.

Arsenal produced a truly uninspiring effort against Stoke City last weekend and it really is tough to back them with any confidence on the back of that performance.

The Gunners failed to win a single game as away underdogs last season and salvaged just the one draw in this scenario.

Scoring goals is generally not a problem for either of these sides and this looks set to be another goalfest, but Liverpool should still prove too strong.

Back Liverpool To Win And Both Teams To Score @ $3.50

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Burnley

Monday 28 August, 1:00am, Wembley

Tottenham Hotspur are the shortest-priced favourites in the English Premier League this weekend and may never have a better chance to put their Wembley hoodoo behind them.

Tottenham were disappointing against Chelsea last weekend – in a game that they were expected to win – but they are not a team that strings poor performances back-to-back.

They did not lose games like this one last season – they won 15 of their 17 games as home favourites for a big profit – but that was at White Hart Lane.

Burnley stunned Chelsea in their opening game of the English Premier League season, but they were fairly flat against West Bromwich Albion last weekend.

They have already equaled the number of games that they won away from home last season and they have now won two of their past 19 games as away underdogs.

This is a match that Tottenham really should win comfortably and the $1.85 for them to win to nil really does appeal.

Back Tottenham To Win To Nil @ $1.85


2016/2017

The three teams that have been promoted to the English Premier League for the 2016/2017 season face a very stiff challenge this weekend.

Hull City host Manchester United at KC Stadium and Burnley face the might of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, while Middlesbrough head to the Hawthorns for what is always a tricky clash with West Bromwich Albion.

Tottenham Hotspur host Liverpool in what is arguably the match of the round, while Leicester City are in action against Swansea.

Tottenham Hotspur Vs Liverpool

Saturday 27 August, 9:30pm, White Hart Lane

Tottenham 1 - Liverpool 1

This is arguably the biggest game of the weekend and it will be a good test of where both these teams stand at this stage of the season.

Tottenham scored their first win of their English Premier League campaign over Crystal Palace last weekend and they are set to start this game as narrow favourites.

Tottenham are 10-5-3 as home favourites over the past 12 months for a loss, but they have shown over this time period that they are able to string wins together and are 12-6-1 on the back of a victory.

Liverpool were outstanding in the opening week of the season against Arsenal, but they were unable to breakdown a very game Burnley last weekend and suffered a shock defeat.

The Reds played six game as away underdogs last season and finished with three victories and suffered just the one defeat for a very healthy profit.

There is not as much between these two teams as the current betting market suggests and I am happy to back Liverpool at their current quote of $3.

Back Liverpool To Win @ $3

Watford Vs Arsenal

Sunday 28 August, 12:00am, Vicarage Road

Watford 1 - Arsenal 3

Arsenal are still chasing their first win of the 2016/2017 English Premier League season, but they will start this game as clear favourites.

Arsenal played out a scoreless draw against Leicester City last weekend and they face a tricky away trip to Watford this weekend.

The Gunners were 7-5-3 as away favourites last season for a loss and the draw was generally the best betting play when they were on the road.

Watford conceded late to go down to Chelsea last weekend and they are another side still chasing their first victory of the season.

Last year they were absolutely no match for Arsenal and their record as home underdogs was very poor – they won just one of their nine games in this scenario.

Arsenal should really be able to score their first win of the season, but I can’t get them as short as their current price and I am happy to stay out of this game from a betting standpoint.

No Bet

Chelsea Vs Burnley

Sunday 28 August, 12:00am, Stamford Bridge

Chelsea 3 - Burnley 0

Chelsea failed to beat Burnley the last time that the two sides played at Stamford Bridge, but they have not lost to Burnley in front of their home fans since 1971.

Chelsea made it two late winners from as many games against Watford last weekend and they are clear favourites to make it three wins on the trot.

It should come as no surprise that I am unwilling to back Chelsea at this price – they won just six of their 19 games as home favourites last season for a very big loss.

Burnley managed to absorb a great deal of pressure to get the three points against Liverpool last weekend – even though they had just 19 percent of possession.

Whether Burnley will be able to replicate that effort in back-to-back weeks against Chelsea is a big question mark, but when there is $3.75 available for the Double Chance it is definitely worth a gamble.

Chelsea may have two victories, but they haven’t looked overly impressive and I am happy to take them on again.

Back Burnley And Draw Double Chance @ $3.75

Leicester City Vs Swansea City

Sunday 28 August, 12:00am, King Power Stadium

Leicester City 2 - Swansea City 1

It has not been a smooth start to Leicester City’s English Premier League title defence and they go into this clash with Swansea City without a win in the league.

Leicester City were good against Arsenal and a similar performance would likely be enough to see of Swansea City, with the Foxes set to start this clash as clear favourites.

Leicester City were simply outstanding as home favourites last season and they won nine of their 12 games in this scenario, while the other three games were draws.

Swansea City beat Burnley in their opening game of the season and – like Leicester City – went down to Hull City.

It is tough to know what to make of the Swansea City’s performance against Hull City and they are not the type of team that would generally trouble Leicester City – Leicester City won 3-0 and 4-0 last season.

This is an excellent opportunity for Leicester City to return to winning form and they are a good bet to get the job done.

Back Leicester City To Win @ $1.75

Crystal Palace Vs Bournemouth

Sunday 28 August, 12:00am, Selhurst Park

Crystal Palace 1 - Bournemouth 1

Bournemouth beat Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park last year and Crystal Palace have not beaten their rivals since 1988 in the old Division 2.

Crystal Palace are yet to score a goal in the EPL this season after suffering 1-0 defeats at the hands of both West Bromwich Albion and Tottenham, but they will still go into this clash as favourites.

Selhurst Park has not been a particularly happy hunting ground for Crystal Palace in the past 12 months and they have won just five of their past 12 games as home favourites.

Bournemouth are also chasing their first win of the season after going down to both Manchester United and West Ham.

The Cherries were actually a profitable betting proposition as away underdogs last season, but they only won three of these games and they have not been overly impressive in the first two weeks of the season.

This is another clash that the market looks to have gotten just about right and this is another game that I am happy to stay out of from a betting standpoint.

No Bet

Everton Vs Stoke City

Sunday 28 August, 12:00am, Goodison Park

Everton 1 - Stoke City 0

Everton and Stoke City played out a seven game thriller at Goodison Park last year with Stoke scoring an upset 4-3 victory, but it is Everton that will start this game as favourite.

Everton would be happy to have taken four games from their first two games of the season and they will fancy their chances in this clash.

The problem for Everton is that they have not been particularly impressive at Goodison Park in the past 12 months – they are 5-2-5 as home favourites over this period.

Stoke City were outclassed by Manchester City last weekend and Mark Hughes’ men definitely need to improve on both sides of the football.

Stoke have the reputation of saving their best football for Britannia Stadium, but they were nothing short of outstanding as home underdogs last season.

They won six games and drew four in this scenario and there is plenty of evidence to suggest that they will be able to come away with another upset victory this weekend.

Back Stoke City To Win @ $4.75

Southampton Vs Sunderland

Sunday 28 August, 12:00am, St Mary's Stadium

Southampton 1 - Sunderland 1

Southampton are another team searching for their maiden win of the campaign that will start this weekend’s clashes as clear favourites.

Southampton were outclassed by an on-point Manchester United outfit last weekend and they still look like a side that is adjusting to the style of new manger Claude Puel.

The Saints have proven tough to beat at St Mary’s Stadium over the past 12 months and they are 9-4-2 as home favourites for a healthy profit.

Sunderland have made a scratchy start to the David Moyes era – they have shown some promising signs, but they lack creativity up front and have conceded a couple of soft goals to Middlesbrough.

Sunderland generally struggled as away underdogs last season and they have won just three of their past 18 games in this situation.

Southampton are very well-pleased to score their first win of the season and they are well-placed to do just that.

Back Southampton To Win @ $1.57

Hull City Vs Manchester United

Sunday 28 August, 2:30am, KC Stadium

Hull City 0 - Manchester United 1

Hull City have made an outstanding start in their return to the English Premier League, but they face their toughest task to date against Manchester United.

Hull stunned Leicester City in the opening match of the season and they proved that was no fluke when they beat Swansea City.

They will go into this game as clear underdogs and this is a position in which they have thrived so far this season.

The Jose Mourinho era has got off to an excellent start at Manchester United and they have been a class above both Bournemouth and Southampton so far this season.

A repeat against Hull City looks likely, but it is tough to get them as short as their current quote of $1.42 – they won just five of their 14 games as away favourites last season.

In saying that, I would not be surprised if Manchester United put up a big score against Hull City this weekend and the $2 available for Over 2.5 goals is a good bet.

Back Over 2.5 Goals

West Bromwich Albion Vs Middlesbrough

Sunday 28 August, 10:30am, The Hawthorns

West Bromwich Albion 0 - Middlesbrough 0

This is set to be one of the most interesting clashes of the weekend.

Middlesbrough recruited strongly after being promoted to the English Premier League and they have been rewarded with a strong start to the season.

They showed composure to breakdown Sunderland last weekend and a similar performance would probably be good enough to get past West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

West Brom started their season with a 1-0 victory away from home against Crystal Palace and they suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of Everton last weekend.

They will start this game as narrow favourites and that is not a position in which they have thrived in the past 12 months – they have won just two of their past seven games in this scenario.

I have been very impressed with what I have seen from Middlesbrough so far this season and they are a great bet to beat West Bromwich Albion this weekend.

Back Middlesbrough To Win @ $3

Manchester City Vs West Ham

Monday 29 August, 1:00am, Etihad Stadium

Manchester City 3 - West Ham United 1

Manchester City are the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend and they are expected to have little problems upstaging West Ham this weekend.

Manchester City were excellent against Stoke City last weekend, but it is fair to say that they will face a tougher challenge this weekend.

They were one of a number of the leading teams in the English Premier League that struggled as home favourites last season, but they were still able to win 12 of their 19 games in this situation.

West Ham left it late against Bournemouth, but they were still able to find the goal that delivered them a win in their first game at the Olympic Stadium.

The Hammers were one of the best betting teams in the entire English Premier League last season and they finished the year with five wins and six draws from their 16 games in this situation.

Manchester City are criminally under the odds at their current quote of $1.29 and the $3.60 available for the West Ham and Draw double chance is simply outstanding value.

Back West Ham And Draw @ $3.60