English Premier League – Week 2

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Our new English Premier League blog got off to a flying start in its first week and the round up of action did not disappoint as a record forty-four goals were scored in the weeks fixtures. If you are one of our followers or new to the blog, then keep a keen eye at the preview section at the bottom of the article for some more potential bets on this week’s games. We will start by looking back at last weekends action where the biggest upset of the round came as Crystal Palace beat Manchester United away from home. Palace took the lead early in the seventh minute when Andros Townsend opened the scoring for the visitors. The game then took a few twists and turns as the away side was given the chance to double their lead from the penalty spot when they were given a controversial penalty as the ball hit Victor Linderlof’s hand from close range. Andrew Ayew’s penalty was saved, and justice was served…Well not quite. VAR stepped in once more and ordered the penalty to be retaken as David De Gea had moved off his line before the spot kick was taken. Palace then changed their penalty taker to Wilfred Zaha who this time managed to put the ball past the goalkeeper. The one positive for United was the debutant goal of new signing Donny van de Beek which clawed them back into the game. However, the points where wrapped up for Crystal Palace making it two wins from two when Wilfred Zaha doubled his goal tally for the afternoon making the final score line 3-1. There were two 5-2 wins for both Everton and Tottenham the weekend. We managed to tip up Everton’s win over a struggling West Brom side who have lost both of there opening fixtures. Everton on the other hand have won both of their games and manager Carlo Ancelotti will have been pleased to see new star signing James Rodrigues get on the scoresheet. Tottenham ran out comfortable winners over Southampton despite going behind in the thirty second minute to a Danny Ings goal but from then on in it was all about the Son show as he scored four times helping his side to the points. All of Sons goals were assisted by Harry Kane who set a new assist record for a English Premier League match. It was Leeds who won the battle of the newly promoted sides as they narrowly beat Fulham 4-3 as we predicted last week. We also managed to tip up Arsenal who fortunately beat West Ham in the London derby 2-1. Speaking of fortunes, they were certainly reversed for both Newcastle and Brighton as Newcastle failed to build on there opening day victory going down 3-0 to Brighton. Champions Liverpool sealed a comfortable 2-0 victory over Chelsea in the tie of the round with Sadio Mane picking up both goals. It was a disappointing afternoon for Chelsea as they had Christensen sent off and Jorginho miss a second half penalty. Leicester continued their winning start to the season with a 4-2 win over Burnley who was playing their opening game of the weekend. The last two fixtures of the round were won by sides playing their first games of the season as Aston Villa beat Sheffield United 1-0 and Manchester City looked impressive as they avenged last seasons double defeat to Wolves as they ran out 3-1 winners.

Let us have a look at this week’s fixtures and see if we can point you in the right direction with some more winners. The opening game of the round sees Brighton host Manchester United who are looking to avenge their opening day defeat but it won’t be easy against a Brighton side who bounced back from their opening day defeat to Chelsea with a fine win against Newcastle. Then we travel to south London to see Crystal Palace host Everton with both sides desperate to maintain there 100% winning record to the season. Everton have a decent recent record against Palace having not lost any of the last six matches played between the two. However, after Palace’s victory over Manchester United last week their confidence will be sky high. The woes for West Brom could continue as they host Chelsea who will be looking to return to winning ways following their defeat to champions Liverpool last time out. West Brom have shipped eight goals already in their opening two fixtures and it appears they could ship a lot more against a Chelsea (2/5) side that is still adapting with each other following all their new signings. For those of you who do not like to bet on short odds it could be worth taking Chelsea (23/20) to beat West Brom by two goals or more. Burnley host Southampton as both sides look for their first wins of the season. Burnley will be encouraged by the fact that they won both fixtures last season. Sheffield United and Leeds face each other in the Premier League for the first time since 1994. Sheffield have failed to build on last season’s successful ninth finish and are yet to score a goal in the league. Tottenham host Newcastle in what will be a home coming for new loan signing Gareth Bale. Tottenham will be hoping to get off to a quicker start in this one as they have failed to open the scoring in either of their fixtures to date. Manchester City will look to continue their winning start to the season as they welcome Leicester City who have also won both of their opening fixtures. West Ham are still in search of their first point to the campaign and they will be hoping they can achieve that against Wolves. Wolves have won the last four fixtures in a row against West Ham without conceding a goal and with West Hames poor start the odds (21/20) for Wolves look tempting. Speaking of sides looking for their first point’s of the season Fulham will need to stop shipping goals as they have let in three in both of their opening fixtures. Their opponents this week are Aston Villa who will be looking to build on their opening day win against Sheffield United. The last match of the round is the tie of the round as champions Liverpool host Arsenal in what is always an entertaining fixture. This is a repeat of the recent Community Shield match in which Arsenal some what shocked the Premier League champions by taking the victory on penalties.