Aston Villa v Everton
Everton were very impressive on Monday night against Manchester United and are 6/4 to beat an Aston Villa, 2/1, who was extremely poor in their opening game away to West Ham which they lost 1-0.
Paul Lambert’s side could struggle this season as they seem to over rely on Darren Bent to score the goals. This game will tell us a lot as to what type of season the fans can expect at Villa Park.
A lot of punters will be backing Everton to win this one but xix of the last seven meetings between these two sides have ended in draws and Lambert should get a response from his players making them good enough to get a draw.
Man United v Fulham
United suffered an opening round defeat to a good Everton side and will be confident of taking the three points against Fulham in front of their home crowd. Sir Alex Ferguson’s side were poor and apart from Shinji Kawaga the team will all have something to prove. Robin Van Persie will be expected to start and that should see the start of a formidable partnership with Wayne Rooney.
Fulham had a good 5-0 home win to open their campaign but that was largely due to a poor Norwich side and the Cottagers will once again be without star midfielder Clint Dempsey. They have a terrible record at Old Trafford. United are too short in the betting at 3/10 so we will take them minus 1 goal at 10/11 in the handicap markets.
Norwich v QPR
Norwich look like a team in trouble as they were comprehensively outplayed last week against an average Fulham side. There will be immense pressure on manager Chris Hughton to get a result in his first game in charge in from of the home fans at Carrow Road.
QPR were reeling from their 5-0 home drubbing to Swansea. Manager Mark Hughes held an open training session on Tuesday as a way of an apology to the fans. A lot of new signings have arrived at Loftus Road and they had been expected to perform much better last Saturday. Expect a response from QPR and pile on the misery for Norwich. QPR to win at 11/5.
Southampton v Wigan
Both sides were beaten in their opening games but played well against top quality opposition. Southampton lost 3-2 away to Man City having led for a spell in the second half while Wigan lost 2-0 at home to Chelsea.
Despite playing top opposition both clubs looked to play football as opposed to setting up defensively and that should make for a good match at St Mary’s. There looks to be plenty of goals in the Saints at home and they will be keen to impress in the first home game of the seaon.
Victor Moses left Wigan during the week and his departure will add further to their struggle to score goals.
Southampton are 11/10 in the betting with Wigan available at 13/5. It looks like a home win here with a possible over 2.5 goals a good bet.
Sunderland v Reading
Reading are playing their third Premier League game in seven days having drew 1-1 with Villa last Saturday before losing 4-2 midweek in a cracker with Chelsea. Such a busy week is a tough ask this early in the season and it will be a hard ask for them to travel north to Sunderland and get a result.
Sunderland earned a surprise 0-0 draw away to Arsenal last weekend and during the week they’ve added Steven Fletcher from Wolves. Fletcher may not start but his fellow Sunderland strikers should be able to get the win against a Reading side that looks to give the opposition a lot of chances. Sunderland 19/20 looks a strong bet.
Tottenham v West Brom
Tottenham are 8/15 at home to West Brom, 6/1, and will be confident of getting the win. They were a bit unlucky last week away to Newcastle in their 2-1 loss after Jermain Defoe and Gareth Bale both hit the woodwork in their first half. Adebayor signing during the week will be major boost to the club.
West Brom won 3-0 at home to Liverpool but many feel they were lucky with the away side missing a host of chances and having a player harshly sent off. Luis Suarez created lots of opportunities and the West Brom defence looks like one that will concede a lot of goals. Tottenham minus 1 on the handicap at 13/10 looks the way to go.
Man United -1 @ 10/11, 2 points
QPR to win @ 11/5, 2 points
Sunderland to win @ 19/20, 3 points
Premier League Profit/Loss to date: -5 points