- Tottenham and Southampton still looking for first win
- Chelsea could be set for more disappointment against Crystal Palace
- Undefeated Watford next in line for rampant Manchester City
Newcastle United haven’t scored since their 2-2 draw with Southampton on opening day, resigning them to defeat against Swansea and a draw with Manchester United. Another stalemate against Arsenal could be the best they dare to hope for, having lost in their last seven meetings with the Gunners.
Betting: Newcastle v Arsenal
Chelsea finally got their first win as holding champions after beating West Brom 3-2, but they were hardly convincing against the Baggies. The Blues will need to rediscover last season’s form to get a result against Crystal Palace, who beat Norwich City and and Aston Villa either side of their 2-1 loss to Arsenal.
Betting: Chelsea v Crystal Palace
Manchester City have been by far the most impressive team early in the early weeks, and will be overwhelming favourites against newly-promoted Watford. City have three wins out of three, with eight goals scored and none conceded in a perfect start to the campaign. The Hornets remain undefeated, having drawn all three of their games so far, but that looks set to change at the Etihad Stadium.
Betting: Manchester City v Watford
With their first Premier League win in the bag, Bournemouth can now focus on their next match against the impressive-looking Leicester City. A 4-3 win over West Ham gave the Cherries their first points of the campaign after successive 1-0 defeats to Aston Villa and Liverpool, but they could be in for a shock against the Foxes. Leicester have looked sharp and stayed undefeated under Claudio Ranieri, scoring six goals in their first two matches to claim back-to-back wins, while their recent 1-1 draw with Spurs was nothing to be scoffed at either, and they will fancy their chances against the new boys.
Betting: Bournemouth v Leicester
Aston Villa won their opening fixture against Bournemouth, but couldn’t repeat the feat against Manchester United or Crystal Palace. Villa will expect Sunderland to be easier opposition, as the Black Cats conceded seven goals in their first two games before holding Swansea City to a 1-1 draw last weekend. Having got a point in the bag against the Swans, Dick Advocaat’s side will be desperate not to start leaking goals again like they did the last time they faced Villa: a 4-0 defeat.
Betting: Aston Villa v Sunderland
Stoke City and West Brom are both without a win so far. Having started with a defeat against Liverpool, the Potters were held by Spurs and Norwich, while West Brom were beaten by Manchester City and Chelsea either side of a goalless draw with Watford. But the Baggies gave the Blues a run for their money at the Hawthorns, and a similar performance could help them get something at the Britannia Stadium.
Betting: Stoke v West Brom
Slaven Bilic is already feeling the pressure at West Ham, with their opening-day win over Arsenal overshadowed by subsequent defeats at home to Leicester and Bournemouth. Liverpool won their opening two fixtures, albeit unconvincingly, thanks to 1-0 wins over Stoke and Bournemouth, and shouldn’t make Arsenal’s mistake of underestimating the Hammers.
Betting: Liverpool v West Ham
Tottenham round off Saturday’s action against Everton at White Hart Lane, where they will be looking for their first win of the new campaign. Spurs were held by Leicester and Stoke after opening-day defeat to Manchester United, and are set to come up against an unpredictable Everton side. The Toffees followed their opening-day draw with Watford by smashing Southampton 3-0 , before losing 2-0 to Manchester City. Both sides are struggling to find their rhythm at this stage in the season, so this one is tough to call, but should be a good game.
Betting: Spurs v Everton
Sunday’s fixtures start at St Mary’s, where Southampton come up against Norwich City looking for their first win. It’s been a tough start for the Saints, who have drawn with Newcastle and Watford either side of that 3-0 beating at the hands of Everton. The Canaries have had a slightly better time. After going down 3-1 to Crystal Palace they were on the winning side of the same scoreline against Sunderland before being held by Stoke last weekend. Southampton boss Ronald Koeman will be looking at this as a must-win fixture.
Betting: Southampton v Norwich
Manchester United head to Wales later on Sunday to take on Swansea City in the final game of the weekend. The Swans recorded a 2-0 win over Newcastle between their draws against Chelsea and Sunderland, but having done the double over United last season with 2-1 wins, they could fancy their chances again. United have hardly looked convincing despite getting seven points in the bag already. Their wins over Spurs and Villa were both 1-0, while they failed to score in their most recent game against Newcastle, meaning that the Red Devils shouldn’t necessarily be considered favourites against the Swans.
Betting: Swansea v Manchester United