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English Premier League Matchday 3: Preview and Best Bets

Thu, Aug 23, 9:32am by Staff Writer

Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham are four of the six teams that remain undefeated after two games this season.

Bournemouth versus Everton

Sunday, 26 August at 12am AEST at Goldsands Stadium

Bournemouth has started the season wonderfully, winning their first two games against Cardiff and West Ham.

It will be a step up for the Cherries this week though as they welcome Everton to the Goldsands Stadium.

The home side are $2.60 to win the match, as the visitors who defeated Southampton 2-1 last weekend.

New signing Richarlison has been prolific in front of goal in his two appearances for the Toffees, scoring three goals in two games.

Bournemouth have established themselves in the Premier League after gaining promotion three seasons ago. They play a free-flowing brand of football under coach Eddie Howe, who has been earmarked as a coach to watch going forward.

Everton put a disappointing last campaign behind them in hiring Marco Silva, although the Spaniard is largely unproven at this level.

The home team has won the past five fixtures between these clubs, with Bournemouth defeating Everton 2-1 in their most recent encounter in December 2017.

A Ryan Fraser brace was the difference between the two sides, with his second goal in the 88th minute proving decisive.

Everton drew again Wolves on the road on match day one and had to play with a man down for more than half the game in that one. Wolves and Bournemouth share a similar attacking philosophy, so we’re backing Everton to snatch a draw on the road and make it five points from three games.

Best bet- Bournemouth and Everton to draw at $3.40

Southampton versus Leicester

Sunday, 26 August 2018 at 12am AEST at St Mary’s

Southampton are in for a tough season if their opening two games are any indication. The Saints drew to a road-weary Burnley side fresh from a Europa League road fixture in Turkey and lost to Everton last weekend.

By contrast, Leicester were unlucky not to snatch a point at Old Trafford against Manchester United, before defeating Wolves 2-0.

Saints are $2.30 favourites to win the match, with Leicester $3 outsiders. The draw is paying $3.

Leicester will be without striker Jamie Vardy for the next three matches as he was suspended for a straight red card in his team’s 2-0 win against Wolves.

Southampton fell behind 2-0 against Everton midway through the first half, but managed more shots on goal (15) than their opponent (13), but were undisciplined in defence, giving away 20 free kicks.

Forwards Danny Ings and Charlie Austin have so far failed to inspire enough confidence that they will be able to unlock Southampton’s attacking potential, but it is still early in their partnership.

This is a perfect situational play to back Saints. Leicester will more than likely sit behind the ball and without Vardy, lose their most prolific attacking weapon. For Saints, it’s a must-win at home against a club missing its best player.

Best bet- Southampton to win at $2.30

Fulham versus Burnley

Monday, 27 August 2018 at 1am AEST at Craven Cottage

Newly promoted Fulham have found their return to the Premier League a challenge thus far, going winless in two matches.

They face a very winnable home game against Burnley on Monday morning to kick-start their campaign.

The Cottagers are $1.91 at Sportsbet to beat the Clarets who are paying $3.75 for the win. The draw is $3.10.

Burnley have played a number of fixtures this season as they have made it all the way to the playoff round of Europa League qualifying.

They played 120 minutes against Istanbul Basaksehir at Turf Moor last Thursday and in our EPL match day two preview, we highlighted that this could leave them open to a lethargic performance against Watford.

Burnley uncharacteristically conceded three goals to the Hornets, who had not won an away game since January.

This week they travel to Piraeus to face Greece’s Olympiacos in a daunting match in the Greek capital.

Qualifying for the Europa League would be a tremendous achievement for Burnley, but it may come at the expense of their Premier League performances.

Backing Fulham is a situational play based on their desperation to get off the mark this season and Burnley’s travel fatigue.

Best bet- Fulham to win at $1.91

Wolves ($11) will have their work cut out for them if they want to beat title favourites Manchester City ($1.22) in Saturday’s early match.

Arsenal ($1.33) should get off the mark against West Ham ($8.50) at the Emirates. Both sides enter this weekend winless.

Huddersfield ($2.25) and Cardiff ($3.25) are two teams battling to avoid relegation, making this week three match very important in the context of their survival.

Liverpool ($1.12) is the shortest-priced favourites of the weekend to beat Brighton ($18) who upset Manchester United last weekend.

Watford ($2.40) looks to continue its unbeaten start when it hosts Crystal Palace ($2.80).

Newcastle ($5) welcome Chelsea to St James’ Park ($1.62) on Monday morning, while Manchester United ($2.50) and Tottenham ($2.70) play on Tuesday morning.

EPL Matchday 3 Odds – Sportsbet

Wolves $11 Draw $6.50 Manchester City $1.22

Arsenal $1.33 Draw $5 West Ham $8.50

Southampton $2.30 Draw $3 Leicester $3

Bournemouth $2.50 Draw $3.40 Everton $2.63

Huddersfield $2.25 Draw $2.88 Cardiff $3.25

Liverpool $1.12 Draw $8 Brighton $18

Watford $2.40 Draw $3 Crystal Palace $2.80

Fulham $1.91 Draw $3.10 Burnley $3.75

Newcastle $5 Draw $3.60 Chelsea $1.62

Manchester United $2.50 Draw $3.10 Tottenham $2.70

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