English Premier League Preview: Gameweek 3

What is the Premier League without interest, intrigue, twist, and turn you say? Well, what is an English Premier League preview without humble pie, bullish behavior, and a completely unsolicited apology…

Yes! We have it all. Complete with a rather simple quad for your trouble. Here we go again!

Saturday 20 August 

Tottenham 7/20
Draw 4/1
Wolves 7/1

I must say, I was incredibly impressed with Spurs at the weekend. Yes, they were outplayed by Chelsea for large parts of that game but the will and desire to stay in the fight and come away with something is testament to the work of Antonio Conte. 

Wolves were a little rigid against Fulham, and whilst they managed to scrape a clean sheet out of the affair, I can’t see them standing up to Spurs here. Back the home side to maintain a clean sheet at 17/20.

Everton 19/20
Draw 51/20
Forest 29/10
What a famous win for Forest! New signing Taiwo Awoniyi scored the only goal and Dean Henderson secured the points on the other end. In fairness, the only other opportunities West Ham managed to register were via long range and that adds further impotence to the defensive effort managed by Nottingham Forest.has

Everton have been lacking a bit of luster and I can’t see why having a little gander on the away side would hurt. Get on the away win/draw double chance at 15/20.

Leicester 8/10 
Draw 29/10
Southampton 31/10
Leicester looked (uncharacteristically) out of their depth against Arsenal. Now, should Brendan Rodgers lose some key players who are linked with moves elsewhere I don’t think Leicester is able to complete without bringing in anyone new.

Southampton isn’t exactly sailing smoothly themselves, but they can ask questions of this Leicester outfit. 8/10 on the home win isn’t for me, I’m going to go both teams scoring at 6/10.

Fulham 14/10 
Draw 47/20
Brentford 39/20

This is an interesting affair indeed…Fulham have looked dangerous in their opening two engages but whilst they too are susceptible to missing chances, they give just as many away to opposing sides. 

Brentford will obviously be boosted by their thumping of Manchester United last weekend; I mean why wouldn’t they come into this game brimming with confidence? Both teams scoring and over 2.5 goals make enough appeal for me. Get on at 12/10.
Crystal Palace 15/10
Draw 23/10
Aston Villa 19/10

I must say I was highly impressed with Palace at Anfield. They knew they couldn’t impose their ideal game on their hosts and so opted to twist and give themselves a chance in the game. They will inevitably create chances in front of goal, and should they be more clinical – I think they could be a tough nut to crack at times this year.

Villa isn’t going to be a run around though; in fact, I think they square up quite nicely these two sides. Inevitably it will come down to who is able to take the game by the scruff of the neck and make it their own.

Fine margins might decide a winner – back the draw.

Bournemouth 6/1
Draw 37/10
Arsenal 9/20
Yeah, look…Arsenal should smack Bournemouth here. The North-London side has looked exceptional so far this season, I really can’t fault them at all. Gabriel Jesus has been incredible for his new side and seems to be lapping up the focus of being their main man in front of goal.

Bournemouth has struggled, but irrespective, this isn’t their fight. I would get silly with what I throw at the away win.

Sunday 21 August

West Ham 5/4
Draw 24/10
Brighton 43/20

West Ham would have had to face an awkward trip to the Nottingham Forest Football Club Stadium. The atmosphere would have always been electric and if they weren’t up for it and looked to quell that influence early…well they could always then go on to slip-up.

Brighton was frustrated by Newcastle but enjoyed the better opportunities for sure. The reality for Graham Potter is that his side was wasteful and paid the price. This is a tricky one to call and so I’ll tentatively call it a draw.

Leeds United 46/10
Draw 33/10
Chelsea 11/20

I would like to formally take this opportunity and apologize to all associated with Chelsea Football Club for my aggressive and ultimately incorrect assertion in my last preview. I got it wrong…

Ps. This was not a directive of the editor, but rather an indication of my accountability…

Now that that is over! Chelsea was fantastic against Spurs and in truth horribly unlucky not to come away with all three. I think they are miles ahead of Leeds and should encounter little resistance on Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle 6/1
Draw 4/1
Manchester City 4/10

On paper, this will be a minor test for Manchester City. I say that only because St. James’ Park will be bouncing ahead of kickoff, and those fans will simply not allow their team to lie down and accept defeat. The atmosphere will almost drag the Magpies into a contest should it require. 

Of course, City should ride that and slowly impose themselves onto the game before finally putting it to bed. This is probably the most well-narrated story to justify the acceptable odds of 4/10 available – back Pep and the lads.

Monday 15 August

Man United 42/10
Draw 7/2
Liverpool 6/10

See the featured game here.
QUAD @ 4/1

Arsenal Win 9/20
Chelsea Win 11/20
Man City Win 4/10
Liverpool Win 11/20
Written by Ryan Liberty