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EPL: United picked to retain lead, Terriers favoured to keep 2nd

Fri, Aug 18, 1:25pm by Staff Writer

Manchester United is tipped to retain the Premier League lead after this weekend’s second round, while Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield are a good bet to hold onto second place.

United trounced West Ham in last week’s opener and face a similarly lopsided clash at Swansea on Saturday.

The 4-0 thrashing of West Ham was United’s biggest victory under Jose Mourinho in the Premier League and the side now playing for its first EPL away win in five attempts.

Despite missing injured trio Luke Shaw, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo, United is paying just $1.33 for a win against $9 for a loss, with $4.50 for a draw.

Newly promoted Huddersfield defied expectations last week to down Crystal Palace 3-0 and trails United only on goal difference.

Socceroo Mooy had a hand in two of the Terriers’ goals and has a chance to help his side to another win over fellow newcomer Newcastle this week,

The teams shared a win each from their two matches in the English Championship last season, but Huddersfield is the favourite this week on $2.40 for the home win, $3 for a loss and $3 for a draw.

Defending champion Chelsea made an inauspicious start to its title defence, going down 3-2 to Burnley.

Chelsea will be looking to curb its disciple problems that saw it finish with just nine men as it travels to fellow London side Tottenham.

Tottenham will look to make a big impression in the first game its new home ground, and is the $2 favourite heading into the match. Chelsea is well worth a punt at $3.60, with $3.30 for a draw.

Third-placed Manchester City is tipped make short work of Everton at home, but there are opportunities for the bold punter.

Pepe Guardiola’s City were pre-season favourites after spending big on new talent and were untroubled in their 2-0 win over Brighton last week.

Everton has also splashed out in the transfer market, welcoming home England star Wayne Rooney, who started in its 1-0 opening win over Stoke.

City is on a measly $1.30 to take the points, but the $9 on offer for Everton will be very attractive this early in the season.

Last season’s big disappointment, Arsenal, finds itself in fifth spot after a 4-3 win over Leicester and can remain among the leaders with a victory at Stoke.

The Gunners have the unwanted luxury of being able to concentrate on the EPL after missing out on a Champions League spot, but will be desperate to return to Europe’s top flight this season.

Arsenal is paying $1.70 to claim the away win, with Stoke on $4.50 and $3.60 for a draw.

In other matches, Liverpool is the $1.33 favourite to beat Crystal Palace, Bournemouth is paying $1.95 to down Watford, Burnley is at $2.40 to edge West Ham and Leicester is on $1.70 for a win over Brighton.

Suggested Bet: Take Huddersfield to beat Newcastle: $2.40 


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