Two weeks have gone by in the top division footballing season in the UK, and we’ve had our fair share of entertainment throughout it. We head into another weekend that has some mouth-watering fixtures.
Let’s have a look at some of most talked about and exciting games of Match Week 3. We’ll analyze the betting odds and picks for these Premier League matches.
Premier League Week 3 Matches – Betting Odds And Predictions
Manchester City Vs Bournemouth Betting Preview
The first game on Sunday will be the defending champions’ trip to Vitality Stadium to lock horns with the Cherries.
Manchester City And The VAR Nightmare
Sitting anxiously in the 3rd place, Pep Guardiola’s men would surely be looking to fire on all the cylinders against Bournemouth. Stung with the Déjà Vu by the infamous new professor of the game, VAR, in their last meeting with the Spurs (yet again).
Imagine the horror of taking 30 shots and a mere 2 of them finding the end of the net; as the third goal goes in during injury time. Your celebrations are robbed midway, as the technology waves back at you on the mighty screen that adorns on one side of the stadium—football could be beautifully cruel sometimes.
What About AFC Bournemouth?
AFC Bournemouth, on the contrary, hasn’t had the start of the season they might have been aiming for. They haven’t lost a game since the start of the season nevertheless.
They’re coming off a 2-1 win against the newly promoted Aston Villa win which Harry Wilson and Joshua King registered their names on the scoresheet.
Recent Performance And Current Form
History doesn’t back the Cherries, not even a bit. There’s a significant difference in the quality of the squads and with the form. Manchester City has been great, and you can only see one winner in this contest.
Out of their last eight matches, Manchester has won all games.
Bournemouth Poor Performance Against Man City
Bournemouth has only scored three times in those eight meetings, and Manchester City has kept them from scoring in 5 games.
Bournemouth’s home run doesn’t help their frivolous chances of winning this tie either. They’ve won one out of their seven home games. The most recent one of those was the draw against Sheffield United — a game they wouldn’t have gone into to drop points.
Manchester City Vs Bournemouth Betting Odds And Predictions
Eddie Howe’s free-flowing attack got a fair amount of praise last season.
It’s safe to say this year’s Cherries’ side seems to have lost that character. They’ve struggled to do what they do the best, score goals with ease.
Manchester Big Favorites To Win Outright
Manchester has been ruthless to most of their opponents. They kicked-off their first game of the season with an astounding 5-goal win against the hammers.
Because of that, they’re priced at -555 with MyBoookie.ag.
Bournemouth on the other hand, sit with a skyrocketing +1144.
Possible High Number Of Goals Scored
The average number of goals involved when these sides have met is 3.5 goals per game.
Bournemouth averages a trifling 0.38 goals per game, while the Champions boast a 3.13 average goals per match.
City’s scintillating football coupled with Bournemouth’s lukewarm start of the season only points towards a goal-fest, which won’t be pleasing for the home crowd.
Predicted Score: Bournemouth 0-4 Manchester City
Chelsea Vs Norwich Betting Preview
This tie would have a lot of fireworks at its disposal on Chelsea’s trip to Carrow Road this Saturday. Both of these sides fancy playing on the front foot, which from a neutral point, makes it a highly entertaining game.
Lampard’s Underwhelming Start Of The Campaign
Lampard’s start of life as a Chelsea manager hasn’t been anywhere close to how the fans would have liked it. His inexperienced team was hammered 4-0 at Old Trafford in their first game and the second game couldn’t do much for Frank’s redemption either.
As majestic and exciting Chelsea looked in the first half, it appeared like they switched their personality with the opposition as soon as the second half began.
Mason Mount’s opening goal came off within 10 minutes from the kick-off. However, the goal’s significance and Chelsea’s hopes of a victory were put to bed by Wilfred Ndidi’s header in the second half.
Both teams shared one point after the final whistle, which was Chelsea’s only point from their first two games—surely not the result they would be proud of.
The Amazing Norwich City
Norwich looks like one of those promoted sides that instantly becomes the favorite of the neutral football fans. Their first game might not have been a true reflection of their campaign as their first hurdle was to get past the European Champions.
However, one thing was pretty clear from that game; this isn’t a side that fears goals coming in. Quite evidently, Teemu Pukki was still causing a problem in Liverpool’s half with his intelligent movement in the box and always looked like scoring in the game, he did find the end of the net once in the game.
Their performance last week was brimming brighter than anything, thanks to their frontman’s mesmerizing hattrick. They faced one of the weakest sides in the league at the moment,
Chelsea Vs Norwich Betting Odds And Predictions
Newcastle, who didn’t have much to stop the Canaries from causing havoc in the vicinity of their goal. Norwich’s spirits are sailing at the sky at the moment, and they’d be going into the game with a great degree of confidence.
However, despite the underwhelming start, bookies still fancy Chelsea’s chances of registering their first win this season as they’re priced at -126 with MyBookie.ag.
Although, don’t be surprised if Lampard goes emptyhanded from Carrow Road too because Norwich’s attacking knack could stun Chelsea’s fragile, defensive line.
Norwich is priced at +284. It’s interesting that odds for Norwich win and a draw are very close (+281 for a draw) and that’s probably going to be the result for the game, in my opinion.
Predicted Score: Norwich City 2-2 Chelsea
Manchester United Vs Crystal Palace Betting Preview
It’s been a strange start of the season for the Eagles. They’ve gone 180 minutes without scoring a single goal, and the count would probably go beyond 270 minutes (or even more) as per the look of this side so far.
The Toothless Eagles
There’s not much to say about this game. Eagles have been downright poor, yet have managed to get one point from their opening game against Everton.
They aren’t a side that would threaten the opposition with their attacking prowess, but they might make life difficult for their attackers nonetheless.
The club has only conceded one goal so far against the newly promoted Sheffield side and in all fairness, that’s the only positive about their season until now.
The Revitalized Manchester United
They might not be sitting at the top spot of the table, but they’ve been playing like a top-side right from the get-go of the season. They started their campaign by punishing the London Blues with no mercy and had the same attitude against Wolves.
Manchester United’s summer business has equipped them with a reliable backline, and it’s a cumbersome job to get past them. Even in their game against Wolves, they conceded a goal which was almost impossible for the keeper to save.
Wolves only had two shots on target in the entirety of the game, and it shows how easy this game (against the Eagles) would be for the Red Devils. In terms of attack, playing Anthony Martial at the #9 position and Marcus Rashford on the left-wing has done wonders for this team.
The pace of their front three, Dan James, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial can send shivers down the spine of any defense—Palace’s defense would need to push the envelope to stop Ole’s young and hungry team.
Manchester United Vs Crystal Palace Betting Odds And Predictions
Oddsmakers have Manchester United valued at -277 for the win.
Crystal Palace is priced at +682.
The stark contrast between the odds is the reflection of how predictable the game is going to be.
Predicted Score: Manchester United 3-0 Crystal Palace
Liverpool Vs Arsenal Betting Preview
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, this is the biggest game on the weekend as Liverpool take on Arsenal at Anfield. These are the only teams that have won all of their games, and that’s surely going to change now.
The Different-Looking Liverpool Side
If we speak about the Champions of Europe, they’ve tweaked their tactics a little this season. In the four matches played so far, they have been playing with a high-line of defense. This often looks less organized than what they had last year and seldom exposes them to some significant danger.
They’re yet to keep a clean sheet this year, and the injury to their first-choice keeper Allison is a primary reason behind it. They did look like they’ll end up having one in the last game, but Adrian’s error was punished like a moment in the microwave, the match ended 2-1.
On the brighter side, their squad depth has got a lot of boost with the return of Alex Oxlade Chamberlain and Joe Gomez from injuries.
Liverpool is yet a threating side and that’s why bookmakers fancy their chances better in this close tie, by pricing them at -208.
Another Challenge For The Undefeated Gunners
Arsenal might go in as an underdog in the game, as they’re priced at +437. Bookies might not be in the favor of the Gunners salvaging any point from the game but their victories from the first two games can’t be overlooked.
They’ve done a fantastic business over the summer and have improved some of the critical areas of their side. Dani Ceballos looked well-settled in their central midfield and orchestrated most of their attacks and provided two essential assists in their previous win over Burnley.
Pepe also looked sharp in his first game, but we’re yet to see him at his best. The inclusion of Luiz has improved Arsenal’s defense to some extent, but it still doesn’t look good enough to shut down the likes of Mo Salah and Sadio Mane.
So, the real question is, can they stop Liverpool from scoring? Liverpool’s chances of getting three points are very high because Anfield is one of the most challenging places to play in when you’re a visitor.
However, Arsenal’s fierce attacking trio of Pepe, Lacazette, and Aubameyang could exploit Liverpool’s defensive vulnerabilities.