Premier League Breakdown Of Week 2 Action

Stuart Woodrow

Thursday, August 17, 2017 3:43 PM UTC

Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 3:43 PM UTC

Round 2 of the Premier League gets under way after yet more transfer business has been done. Moves made now may not affect these games but they will have a say later in the season.

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Right now though, let’s concentrate on the games ahead of us and that’s the Premier Leagues 2nd round of matches.

There are no Friday night games this week so we’re straight into the lunch time kick off as Swansea welcome Manchester United to the Liberty Stadium. Manchester United had a big win last week and their side looks strong and solid for the Premier League season ahead. I’ll repeat my view that they don’t have the creativity to win the league but they will be up in the top spots and challenging. Swansea played out a 0-0 draw against Southampton and it could be a long hard season for them.

No bet for me in this one, mainly because I can’t bet on United at those odds.

A swathe of games kick off at 3pm (UK Time) but lets concentrate on Bournemouth v Watford first. Watford are under new management this season and we saw against Liverpool that they know the way to goal. That contrasts with my feeling that this will be a tight game against a Bournemouth side that looked at their best with Ake in the side last season. No bet.

Burnley v West Brom is up next and I do have a bet for this one. Both of these sides are going to be tough to beat this season but West Brom are the side I see taking all 3 points and at odds of +220 with Pinnacle there is some value in betting on that.

Leicester take on Brighton at the King Power Stadium and I can see a home win happening here. Odds aren’t fantastic at -133 with Pinnacle and if they were better I’d be betting on this one. Unfortunately, they’re not.

Low odds are the problem again for the Liverpool v Crystal Palace game. Liverpool showed the best and worst sides of their game in the draw against Watford last weekend. Great going forward, bad at the back. No bet for me but I’m keeping an eye on Both Team To Score (Yes).

West Ham looked thoroughly beatable in the opening match against Manchester united. They look beatable here too but I’m not betting on Southampton to win anything until I’ve seen how they settle down.

Stoke City welcome Arsenal to the Potteries for a game that often has a bit of aggression to it. These games have been difficult to call for me recently so I’m staying out of it. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Arsenal pick up all 3 points though.

Huddersfield face up against last seasons Championship winners Newcastle United but with two important defenders out injured and their captain suspended, Newcastle look weak for this one. Combine that with a Huddersfield side that started much better than I thought they would and this becomes an interesting game. I’m on a home win at +146 with Pinnacle.

Chelsea travel to Wembley in Tottenham's first “home” game of the season. There’s been a lot of discussion about Spurs’ chances at Wembley this season. The big pitch has hampered them in the past but they used the width quite well in their first game of the season nd look more prepared this season. Chelsea have a host of injuries but there is also some significant value on them to win this game. I’m taking the +270 offered by Pinnacle.

Everton travel to Manchester City at a point that is probably just a little too early for them as a side. If the Gylfi Siggurdsson move goes through then they could have done with this game two months further down the line. Manchester City snuffed out Brighton in their first game but they are still a player or two off their ideal first eleven. Both of these sides will improve as the season goes on but this game is just too risky for me to bet on.

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