Thu, Aug 30, 10:47am by Staff Writer
Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea and Watford are all undefeated after three games in the 2018-19 English Premier League season.
West Ham is the only team yet to pick up a point this campaign, losing all three of its matches.
West Ham United versus Wolverhampton Wolves
Sunday, 2 September at 12am at Olympic Stadium, London
It has been a horrible start to the new campaign for the Hammers and they are winless after three matches.
They welcome the promoted Wolverhampton Wolves to the Olympic Stadium on Sunday morning (AEST).
Wolves are $2.75 outsiders at Sportsbet to win the match, with West Ham slight favourites at $2.50. The draw is paying $3.25.
After being tipped for big things this season, Wolves’ first two matches were certainly eye opening for the ambitious club.
Their draw against title favourites Manchester City last weekend looks to have lit the spark for the club and they will go into this week’s match full of confidence.
The same can’t be said for West Ham. They were hammered on the opening day at Anfield 4-0 and lost to Arsenal 3-1 at the Emirates last weekend.
A 2-1 loss at home to Bournemouth a fortnight ago from a goal up, are the sort of matches West Ham must win if they are to stay in the Premier League this season.
Wolves are yet to prove themselves on the road yet, while this is a must-win for West Ham. Back to home side to snatch a much-needed three points.
Best bet- West Ham United to win at $2.50
Crystal Palace versus Southampton
Sunday, 2 September at 12am at Selhurst Park, London
The 2018-19 season looks to be a challenging one yet again for Southampton. They narrowly avoided relegation last season, but have only one point from its first three games this season.
The Saints are big underdogs at $4 for their trip to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace. Palace is priced at $1.91 to win the match, with the draw paying $3.30.
Crystal Palace lost its only game this season, a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool. They have beaten Fulham and lost 2-1 to Watford last weekend, a match they should have at least drawn.
Saints’ only points for the season came via a 1-1 draw with Burnley on the opening weekend.
They grabbed their first win in all competitions this season in Wednesday morning’s Carabao Cup tie against Brighton & Hove Albion. A Charlie Austin goal in the 88th minute proved to be decisive.
Wilfred Zaha is one of the rising stars of the Premier League and the fact that Palace have secured his signature for a number of seasons should ensure they aren’t in the relegation scrap year in, year out.
Palace has a tremendous stretch of games with fixtures to follow against Huddersfield, Newcastle, Bournemouth, Wolves and Everton after Sunday’s match.
They should take care of business at home against an out of form Southampton side.
Best bet- Crystal Palace to win at $1.91
Burnley versus Manchester United
Monday, 3 September at 1am at Turf Moor
Manchester United has had a miserable start to the new season and suffered a humiliating 3-0 loss at home to Tottenham on Tuesday morning.
The pressure is on coach Jose Mourinho to deliver silverware this season, after a lean few years by United’s standards.
His side is priced at $1.57 to beat Burnley at Turf Moor on Monday morning. The Clarets are $5.50, with the draw paying $3.60.
It’s been a tough start to the season for Burnley, who has had to juggle Europa League qualifiers on Thursday nights with their league commitments.
That schedule looks to be finally catching up with them, as they have lost their past two league games by a 3-1 and 4-2 scoreline.
Friday morning’s match against Olympiacos at Turf Moor is the second leg of the final qualifying stage, with the Clarets down 3-1 on aggregate.
They are sure to give their all in that one, with the Greek side winless in European competition in England. How much Burnley will have left in the tank following that and United’s desperation makes this a good spot to back the visitors.
United has won three of its past six games against Burnley, with the other three matches all draws.
United’s last visit to Turf Moor yielded a 1-0 victory for the visitors thanks to an Anthony Martial goal.
The hosts have been leaking goals uncharacteristically this season and United will be desperate to flex their muscles.
Best bet- Burnley and Manchester United over 2.5 goals at $2.17
Liverpool ($1.40) should continue its winning ways against Leicester ($7) at the King Power Stadium in Saturday’s early game.
Chelsea ($1.25) is likely to join them as remaining undefeated when they welcome Bournemouth ($10) to Stamford Bridge.
Everton ($1.45) take on one of the relegation favourites in Huddersfield ($7) at Goodison Park.
Brighton ($2.25) entertains Fulham ($3.20) after a midweek loss to Southampton in the Carabao Cup.
Manchester City ($1.10) should claim all three points against a defensively minded Newcastle ($23) team at the Etihad.
Arsenal ($1.45) will hope to make it two wins in a row when they visit Cardiff ($6.50).
Watford ($5) and Tottenham ($1.53) meet on Monday morning at Vicarage Road.
EPL Matchday 4 Odds – Sportsbet
Leicester $7 Draw $4.50 Liverpool $1.40
Crystal Palace $1.91 Draw $3.30 Southampton $4
Chelsea $1.25 Draw $5.50 Bournemouth $10
West Ham $2.50 Draw $3.25 Wolves $2.75
Everton $1.45 Draw $4 Huddersfield $7
Brighton $2.25 Draw $3.30 Fulham $3.20
Manchester City $1.10 Draw $10 Newcastle $23
Cardiff $6.50 Draw $3.75 Arsenal $1.45
Watford $5 Draw $4 Tottenham $1.53
Burnley $1.53 Draw $3.60 Manchester United $1.57
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