We might only be three weeks into the new Premier League season, but the top of the table is already starting to take on a familiar shape, with five of the ‘Big Six’ fighting it out at the summit.
Will this be the weekend Frank Lampard finally gets off the mark to help Chelsea catch up with the pacesetters?
Here are our predictions for the latest round of fixtures, plus our look at the latest Premier League odds….
Premier League Predictions 2019/20 – Gameweek 3
ASTON VILLA VS EVERTON
The lowdown Villa suffered a rude awakening against Bournemouth last weekend as Eddie Howe’s Cherries popped the party atmosphere at Villa Park. With a favourable run of fixtures to come at home, Villa will be eyeing all three points here to avoid losing the momentum newly promoted teams often benefit from after promotion. The Toffees took the spoils in their last Premier League meeting in 2016.
Verdict: A hard-fought Friday night draw. 1-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score and draw at 16/5
Saturday, all 3pm unless stated
NORWICH CITY VS CHELSEA, 12:30
The lowdown Carrow Road will be bouncing after Norwich claimed their first Premier League win in style last week against Newcastle. With Teemu Pukki in predatory mood, Frank Lampard will need his Chelsea side to cut out the defensive errors that have proved so costly in his first few weeks in the job. Can he finally get a win at the fourth time of asking?
Verdict: Frank to finally get off the mark. 1-2
Best Bet: Chelsea to win by one goal at 13/5
BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION VS SOUTHAMPTON
The lowdown Brighton have yet to beat the Saints since promotion to the Premier League but will be hoping Graham Potter’s positive approach finally puts an end to that barren run. In the opposition dugout, Ralph Hasenhüttl will want his side to show more defensive resilience on the road after their disappointing surrender away at Burnley two weeks ago.
Verdict: The Seagulls to shade this South Coast rivalry. 2-1
Best Bet: Back a 0-0 draw in the first half at 81/50
MAN UTD VS CRYSTAL PALACE
The lowdown The Paul Pogba penalty debate has overshadowed what has been a broadly positive opening to Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s first full season in charge. That should continue against a Palace side making yet another sluggish start to a season. Roy Hodgson is fighting against the history books in this fixture. The Eagles have never beaten Man Utd in a Premier League game.
Verdict: Palace’s Utd curse to continue. 2-0
Best Bet: Back the second half to have the most goals at 117/100
SHEFFIELD UTD VS LEICESTER CITY
The lowdown Chris Wilder’s exceptionally well-drilled side showed the rest of the Premier League they are planning on going nowhere with a deserved 1-0 win over Crystal Palace last Sunday. They face a tougher test on Saturday afternoon as they play host to Leicester, although the Foxes are still looking for their first win of the 2019/20 campaign.
Verdict: The Blades to maintain their unbeaten start at home. 1-1
Best Bet: Back a draw and under 2.5 goals at 13/5
WATFORD VS WEST HAM UTD
The lowdown Every Premier League season seems to throw up a surprise struggler, and it’s currently Watford making the most convincing case to fulfil that role in 2019/20. The Hornets have now lost all five of their last Premier League games and badly need a win to stop a sense of drift creeping in at Vicarage Road. With West Ham uninspired themselves in their 1-1 draw at Brighton, this could be an open game.
Verdict: The Hammers to heap more pain on wobbling Watford. 1-2
Best Bet: Back West Ham to win from behind at 41/4
LIVERPOOL VS ARSENAL, 17:30
The lowdown These sides rarely disappoint with goals almost certainly guaranteed when they go head-to-head. Expect Unai Emery to be cautious after Arsenal’s 5-1 collapse in the corresponding fixture last season. Both sides are putting their 100% records on the line, but this could be a game too early for Arsenal’s new signings to make their mark in a ‘Big Six’ encounter.
Verdict: Another thriller at Anfield. 4-2
Best Bet: Over 5.0 goals at 21/5
BOURNEMOUTH VS MAN CITY, 14:00
The lowdown Eddie Howe’s side remain reassuringly unpredictable, faltering late in the day at home to draw against Sheffield Utd before racing into an early lead in their victory against Aston Villa. However, one constant of their top-flight record to date has been their inability to take points off Pep Guardiola’s side. Man City’s 100% record in eight games against Bournemouth is the best in the history of the Premier League. After last week’s VAR controversy, expect City to be fired up to continue that remarkable winning sequence.
Verdict: City to shine on the South Coast. 0-3
Best Bet: A goal in the first 15 minutes at 37/25
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR VS NEWCASTLE UTD, 16:30
The lowdown Tottenham surely lost one of their nine lives last week as they somehow escaped from the Etihad Stadium with a valuable point despite City’s overwhelming dominance. They should find life far easier against a Magpies side still struggling to move on from the Rafa Benitez era. Steve Bruce needs to find a way to tighten up Newcastle’s backline without isolating the attack after a disjointed performance at Norwich last time out. If he fails to find the right formula, this could be a long afternoon.
Verdict: Poch’s men to pile even more pressure on Steve Bruce. 3-1
Best Bet: Tottenham to win by two goals at 69/25
WOLVES VS BURNLEY, 16:30
The lowdown Despite a narrow defeat at Arsenal, Sean Dyche’s Burnley will fancy their chances of causing an upset at Molineux given Wolves’ current Europa League distractions. The hosts are still looking for their first three points of the season but will need to banish a persistent Achilles’ heel from last season – failing to win games at home against sides expected to struggle.
Verdict: Wolves to take time to break down a stubborn Burnley. 1-0
Best Bet: A draw at 75 minutes at 181/100
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