Week 2 of the new Premier League and Championship seasons is already upon us and the new set of fixtures has already thrown some interesting questions with regards to betting.
Saturday’s fun begins with Everton who are taking on newly promoted West Bromwich Albion. The Toffees, under the leadership of Carlo Ancelotti, put in a great opening day performance against a disappointing Spurs team.
After a summer of top notch recruitment, it is hard to see them slipping up back at home to a Baggies team fresh off the back of a 3-0 defeat.
By 1500, there are a further three games worth taking a look at too.
In the Premier League, Leeds, also newly promoted, are at home against Fulham. This is the first occasion in 16 years since Elland Road has hosted top flight football and its such a shame that the Leeds fans will not be in attendance.
Fulham are the third of the newly promoted teams and they, like Leeds and WBA, have also played one, lost one. Leeds however were playing the champions at Anfield last weekend where they hit thrice, pegging Liverpool back on three occasions.
To that end, Leeds possess the attacking power to hit at least three more tomorrow against a Fulham side that was shot down by three to none last weekend.
Down in the Championship another three o clock kick off sees Swansea host Birmingham. Both sides got off to a winning start last week. These two low scoring sides meet in a match where I’m not expecting a gluttony of goals.
Seven of Swansea’s 11 home league wins last season were achieved by a one goal margin, while Brum failed to score in five of their final six Championship away games last season. If not a low scoring win for the hosts, then a 0-0 draw beckons.
Much the same could be said for another Championship 1500 when Sheffield Wednesday take on Watford. Watford do have the firepower to open up the Owls though so a low scoring draw might be our best bet here.
Back in the Premier League, Saturday night concludes with London derby as West Ham travel to The Emirates. The Hammers opened up the new season last week in typically poor form, which was even more disappointing given their form at the back end of last season.
Arsenal, however, got off to a 3-0 win a week ago and, with Aubameyang signed down to a new long term deal, could enjoy a feast here. We’ll go with over 2.5 goals for the Gunners.
Finally, Sunday’s big match sees Chelsea welcome the champions Liverpool. Big spending Chelsea have a brand new line up which should, come May, pay dividends. Whether that is enough to overcome Liverpool so early in the new season, however, is another matter.
The Reds are also doing a bit of recruitment right now with Thiago Alcantara welcomed in from FC Bayern Munich and Wolves’ Diego Jota likely to follow.
Liverpool did blow their lead three times last week at home to Leeds, however, and away to Chelsea could well play their part in an entertaining affair. Both teams to score in this one.
- Saturday 12:30: Everton to Win vs West Bromwich Albion
- Saturday 15:00: Leeds to Win vs Fulham
- Saturday 15:00: Swansea to draw Vs Birmingham No Scorer
- Saturday 15:00: Sheffield Wednesday to draw 1-1 Vs Watford
- Saturday 20:00: Arsenal over 2.5 vs West Ham United
- Sunday 16:30: Chelsea vs Liverpool Both Teams To Score