Premier League Match Day 3 Preview & Value Soccer Picks

Nikki Adams

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 3:05 PM UTC

Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2014 3:05 PM UTC

Tottenham Hotspur lead the Premier League table, but favourites Chelsea & Manchester City are nipping at their heels in 2nd & 3rd. How will EPL Match day 3 impact the table? Here are our soccer free picks for your consideration. 

Burnley +500 vs. Man U -182; Draw +310
Soccer Betting Verdict: The high hopes that followed the appointment of Louis Van Gaal have been stymied behind a slow start to life in Premier League. Man U opened the season on a shocking 2-1 defeat at the Old Trafford to Swansea City and followed with a 1-1 draw at Sunderland. Clearly, Van Gaal’s philosophy and style need time to take root. Or simply, he doesn’t have all the pieces he needs on the field. Does that mean Man United are worth opposing as the favourites at -182 when they travel to Burnley, a promoted side that is currently winless in two rounds after an opening 3-1 defeat to Chelsea and 1-0 defeat to Swansea City?

It’s a seductive thought with Man U already in trouble after failing to capitalise on two winnable games in a row, not to mention the attractive odds for yet another setback for Man U – Burnley to win at +500 and the draw at +310. The way things have been going, more than a few might have actually entertained such an outlandish soccer pick even; that is, until word got out that Angel Di Maria’s record-breaking signing this week from Real Madrid to Man U was a done deal. The Argentine striker is slated to make his debut in Man U colours at Turf Moor on Saturday. His addition should galvanise Man U’s frontline, add pace and pizzazz which has been sorely lacking. This could be a sign of better things to come.

Soccer Free Picks: Man U at -182 to secure first win of the season.


Man City -550 vs. Stoke +1200; +310
Soccer Betting Verdict: Last season, Man City were nigh indomitable at the Etihad en route to the Premier League title and many expect them to continue on that rich vein, hence their favourable soccer odds of -550 to win outright. Man City are third in the table following a perfect start with wins over Newcastle (2-0) and Liverpool (3-1).

It’s highly unlikely that Stoke City would beat Man City at the weekend. They are off to a poor start on the season with a 1-0 loss to Aston Villa at home and a 1-1 draw to Hull City on the road. However, soccer bettors looking to bank on Stoke City in a meaningful manner might consider the handicap. The Potters were the most successful side against the spread last season, beating the handicap over 60% of the time, marking the highest percentage in the league.

Soccer Free Picks: Stoke City +2.0 -110;


Newcastle United -138 vs. Crystal Palace +375; Draw +275
Soccer Betting Verdict: Both Newcastle United and Crystal Palace are searching for their first wins of the season. The former is 0-1-1 after two rounds, having lost to Man City in the opening week and drawing scoreless with Aston Villa in Week 2 EPL betting. Crystal Palace are in a whole slew of trouble, on and off the pitch. They’ve opened the season on a 2-1 defeat to Arsenal and then went on to a 3-1 defeat at home to West Ham. On paper, this match could swing either way, but Newcastle United have home advantage at St. James Park, which should be deciding. What’s more Crystal Palace only just picked up new manager Neil Warnock and with more questions than answers going into Week 3 EPL betting it’s hard to see how they would rebound so quickly.

Soccer Free Picks: Newcastle United -138 to win outright


QPR +140 vs. Sunderland +210; Draw +220
Soccer Betting Verdict: Sunderland have opened the season on back-to-back draws, most notably a 1-1 draw at home to Man United. If that doesn’t lift their spirits ahead of their clash with promoted side Queens Park Rangers, what will? QPR are propping up the league on the behind two straight defeats to open their top-flight season. Most conspicuously, they’ve conceded five goals and scored a big FAT ZERO. Given these opposing realities the Black Cats strike an attractive pose as the +210 soccer pick to heap more misery on QPR.

Soccer Free Picks: Sunderland at +210


Swansea -120 vs. West Bromwich +333; Draw +250
Soccer Betting Verdict: Swansea City are riding the momentum of a perfect start on the season, shocking Man United at the Old Trafford in their season opener and then beating Burnley 1-0. Next up is West Bromwich, a side that finished 17th last season and that is a popular soccer pick in the relegation betting markets to drop out of top flight by season end. West Brom are undefeated in two rounds, having settled on back-to-back draws. If Swansea City can ride the momentum and capitalise on another winnable game, they could be enjoying their best start to top flight ever.

Soccer Free Picks: Swansea -120 to win outright


Other Recommended Picks in Week 3 EPL Betting

West Ham +160 vs. Southampton +180; Draw +220
Soccer Free Picks: Draw +220

Everton +260 vs. Chelsea +100; Draw +260
Soccer Free Picks: Chelsea +100

Aston Villa +120 vs. Hull +240; Draw +225
Soccer Free Picks: Hull City +240

Tottenham +163 vs. Liverpool +155; Draw +240
Soccer Free Picks: Tottenham +163

Leicester +333 vs. Arsenal -133; Draw +280
Soccer Free Picks: Arsenal -133

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