Huddersfield continued its winning ways one week ago and both Tottenham and Arsenal were stopped in their tracks after Week 1 victories. But how will the third week of games play out?
Andrew Avery and Rob Trites have perused the week’s board and each picks one side, total and prop that you should consider for the Premier League betting fix this weekend.
Andrew: Watford (-110)
Brighton and Hove Albion has struggled out of the gate in the Premier League after losing 2-0 at home to Manchester City and 2-0 away to Leicester and is in fairly tough once again on the road at Watford.
The Hornets enter the weekend fourth in the table on four points after a 3-3 draw at home to Liverpool and an impressive 2-0 win at Bournemouth. They look like a much different side under Marco Silva and look equally impressive at this price at Vicarage Road.
Bear in mind they do have some injury and suspension concerns with Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra and Younes Kaboul likely out through injury and Jose Holebas out with suspension, but there should be enough in the side to trump a Brighton side that has managed just 5.5 shots per game and just under 42 percent of the ball in possession.
Rob: Huddersfield Town (+280)
Riding the wave of momentum that brought the club into England’s top flight for the first time since 1972, Huddersfield Town has yet to drop a point through its first two games in the Premier League and will host Southampton this Saturday.
I’m not nearly sold on this team’s chances to compete for hardware but it’s clear that manager David Wagner knows what he’s doing and I’ll be backing this team on home turf until it’s proven they can be beaten there.
The value alone makes this a good bet. Winning on hostile turf is never an easy feat in the Premiership and this will be the Saints’ first road battle of the season. I give the Terriers a 50/50 shot at taking three points in this fixture, making +280 an excellent little punt.
Andrew: Liverpool vS Arsenal OVER 3 (-105)
The marquee fixture of the weekend could be the marquee fixture for scoring as well as Liverpool entertains Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday.
Both of these sides can find the back of the net, but neither of them can defend particularly well. Both clubs have scored four while the Reds have conceded three and the Gunners have allowed four through their first two matches of the season.
Furthermore, the fans are normally provided plenty of entertainment in this fixture. The scorelines in the previous four Premier League meetings at Anfield read as follows: 5-1, 2-2, 3-3, 3-1.
There should be no shortage of goals with the firepower and lack of defending on display and at the -105 price, you should jump all over it.
Rob: Tottenham vS Burnley UNDER 3 (-120)
A rocky start at Wembley has Tottenham reeling a bit but a matchup with Burnley on Sunday offers Mauricio Pochettino a ripe opportunity to clear the lines and get the train back on the tracks for Spurs.
When Poch’s Spurs are at their best, they’re defending first and transitioning into the attacking third through gradual and precise buildup. Expect Tottenham to focus on the former after dropping all three points in their home opener last week a season after allowing just nine goals on their home pitch.
Burnley also struggled away from Turf Moor last year, managing to score only 13 times on the road. The Clarets’ first-week shocker against Chelsea was an anomaly and won’t be repeated against the best backline in English football.
Andrew: Alexandre Lacazette to score any time (+170)
Full disclosure: this is the third straight week I’ve made a player to score at any time pick and I’ve yet to hit. That said, if my above totals pick comes to fruition, there will be plenty of goals to go around.
Lacazette, Arsenal’s prized signing from Lyon, found the back of the net in his debut versus Leicester in an impressive 90-minute unveiling. Last week, however, he was borderline anonymous in the 1-0 loss away to Stoke.
I like the Gunners to come out hungry in an attempt to avenge an embarrassing banana skin at Stoke and try to pick on a Liverpool side that played midweek versus Hoffenheim. If that’s the case, Lacazette should be front and center in the attack.
Rob: Second Half to be the Highest Scoring Half in Man United/Leicester City
Heavily favored to earn another three points this weekend, Manchester United has come out of the gates like Secretariat. That said, they’ve been leaving it until late in matches to open up into true form, scoring six of their eight goals so far after the 52nd minute.
This is standard for a Jose Mourinho-managed side that’s expected to do its due diligence in the defending third before going after results. The Red Devils’ quality through two games has given them leads late in matches and their opponents have been forced to open up in search of goals. When that’s happened, United has been lethal on the counter-attack with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba relishing their opportunities.
I’m looking for more of the same on Saturday when United takes on a Leicester City side that’s extremely vulnerable to the counter.