It was business as usual on the first weekend of the new Premier League season as Man City and Liverpool racked up impressive opening victories.
What will the second weekend of the season deliver?
Here are our predictions for Gameweek 2, plus our look at the Premier League odds…
Premier League Predictions – Betting Preview – Gameweek 2
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ARSENAL VS BURNLEY, 12:30
The lowdown Both sides started their seasons with wins last week, with the Clarets particularly impressive in clinically dispatching Southampton. Burnley haven’t tasted victory at Arsenal since 1974.
Verdict: Arsenal’s extra class in the final third to see them through. 3-1
Best Bet: Ashley Barnes to score the last goal at 32/5
ASTON VILLA VS BOURNEMOUTH
The lowdown Villa more than held their own before eventually being overpowered by Spurs last time out. Eddie Howe has some soul-searching to do after his Cherries side stumbled at home against newly-promoted Sheffield Utd. The away side have the upper hand in this fixture, with the visiting team taking all three points in their two Premier League meetings.
Verdict: Victory for Dean Smith as Premier League football returns to Villa Park. 2-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score in the first half at 57/20
BRIGHTON VS WEST HAM
The lowdown Graham Potter brushed off concerns he would struggle to instantly overhaul a defensively-minded Brighton side tactically as they overpowered a limp Watford on the opening day. They could find life harder against a West Ham side looking for an instant response from their heavy defeat to City – although the Seagulls have been a bogey team for the Hammers in recent times.
Verdict: An entertaining ding-dong battle at the Amex. 2-2
Best Bet: Shane Duffy to open the scoring at 11/1
EVERTON VS WATFORD
The lowdown There’s plenty of intrigue to look out for at Goodison Park this Saturday, with both teams involved in this ‘Marco Silva derby’ looking for their first win of the season. Javi Gracia’s side looked badly out-of-sorts against Brighton and the Toffees will look to prey on any signs of ongoing defensive fragility.
Verdict: Everton to get off the mark. 2-0
Best Bet: First goal to be a header at 19/5
NORWICH CITY VS NEWCASTLE
The lowdown Three points could be a massive in a game that already has the feel of an early season relegation six-pointer. For all their defensive mistakes, Norwich looked impressive as an attacking unit against Liverpool. Home form will surely be key to their survival hopes. Steve Bruce needs a quick win to quell the doubters.
Verdict: Canaries to chalk up the win at Carrow Road. 1-0
Best Bet: Under 1.5 goals at 58/25
SOUTHAMPTON VS LIVERPOOL
The lowdown The Saints will be hoping to exploit any signs of fatigue after Liverpool’s midweek Super Cup travels but will need a much-improved display defensively after a heavy opening day defeat against Burnley. The Saints have shipped 11 goals in their last four meetings with Liverpool.
Verdict: A leggy Reds side to grind out a narrow win. 0-1
Best Bet: A goal between 61 and 75 minutes at 67/50
MAN CITY VS TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR, 17:30
The lowdown The game of the weekend as the 2019/20 season serves up it’s first probable title clash. City already look to be fully up-and-running after comfortably outclassing West Ham at the London Stadium. Harry Kane’s traditional August goal drought looks to be consigned to history, however, after his quickfire brace last week – so the home side will need to be cautious.
Verdict: Pep’s charges to take the spoils. 2-1
Best Bet: Raheem Sterling to open the scoring at 33/10
SHEFFIELD UTD VS CRYSTAL PALACE, 14:00
The lowdown Billy Sharp provided the fairy-tale of Week 1 of the 2019/20 Premier League season with his late equaliser against Bournemouth his first at this level – at 33 years of age. Expect a party atmosphere at Bramall Lane as they face a Palace side still looking to get key man Wilfried Zaha in the right frame of mind to make the difference in their frontline.
Verdict: A morale-boosting win for the Blades. 2-1
Best Bet: Sheffield Utd to win from behind at 45/4
CHELSEA VS LEICESTER CITY, 16:30
The lowdown Frank Lampard needs to find a winning formula quickly after a frustrating first set of games as Chelsea manager. Brendan Rodger’s Foxes looked surprisingly blunt in front of goal against Wolves but could fancy their chances against a Blues side susceptible to collapse. Chelsea are looking for a first league win against their opponents on Saturday since September 2017.
Verdict: Honours even at the Bridge. 1-1
Best Bet: The 1-1 draw at 23/4
WOLVES VS MAN UTD, 20:00
The lowdown Wolves’ debut season was marked by several big scalps against ‘Big Six’ opposition. Strong home form at Molineux could be the key to reeling the Premier League big fish in even closer this season. Utd will be on a high after cruising to a 4-0 win over Chelsea without having to get out of second gear.
Verdict: Nuno to heap more misery on Man Utd. 2-1
Best Bet: Both teams to score in the second half at 63/25
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