Premier League Matchweek 2 Betting Preview
The Premier League returned with a stunning round of fixture last weekend, and the action will kick up a gear this weekend, with Manchester United and Manchester City returning to action. But, which teams should gamblers be putting on their accumulators this weekend?
Wolves vs Manchester City
Manchester City will begin their quest to win their title back with a tricky looking fixture on the road against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The team from the West Midlands completed the double over City last season, with Nuno Espirito Santos’ side claiming a 3-2 success at Molineux.
However, City will be keen to start the season strongly as they look to put pressure on Liverpool from the first week. Liverpool already have the advantage in the title race as they picked up three points before City even kicked a ball, and Pep Guardiola’s side could start this match six points behind the Reds. It has been a summer of change at the Etihad with David Silva and Leroy Sane leaving the club, while Nathaniel Ake and Ferran Torres have been brought in.
Under Pressure Ake
There are still questions surrounding City’s defensive ability, which means there will be pressure on Ake to hit the ground running. Phil Foden will have an increased role this season, and he will be looking to do his talking on the pitch.
Last season ultimately ended in disappointment for Wolves, as they crashed out of the Europa League at the quarterfinal stage and finished seventh in the league. However, they have already started this season strongly with a dominant 2-0 success against Sheffield United in their first game. Raul Jimenez was once again among the scorers, and the Mexican could be eyeing up a second goal in as many games against City.
This isn’t the fixture that City would have been hoping for to kick off the season, as Wolves will present a stern examination. It’s likely though, that Guardiola will take a point at least in city’s curtain-raiser.
Chelsea vs Liverpool
There is no doubting about the match of the weekend in the Premier League, as Frank Lampard’s big-spending Chelsea welcome Liverpool to Stamford Bridge. There will be pressure on Lampard to achieve something substantial this season after bringing in a number of international players this summer. This will present their first big test of the season, with a win for the Blues likely to put down a marker for their 2020/2021 aspirations.
Chelsea Show They Mean Business in 2020/2021
There was great excitement about Chelsea ahead of their trip to Brighton & Hove Albion on Monday Night Football, and Lampard wasn’t one to disappoint as he handed Timo Werner and Kai Havertz debuts. Werner was brilliant throughout and had his hand in the first goal as he was brought down to allow Jorginho to put the Blues ahead from the spot.
Havertz struggled throughout the match, but there is no doubting the ability of the German. Brighton were also excellent throughout that game and equalised through Leandro Trossard. However, there was more than a layer of blame placed at the door of Kepa Arrizabalaga. Blues refused to settle for the point though, and late goals from Reece James and Kurt Zouma wrapped up the points.
Liverpool Unconvincing at the Back
Liverpool were involved in a Premier League classic on the opening day, as they needed a late penalty to see off the resilient Leeds United. Mohamed Salah scored the winning penalty with ten minutes remaining to make sure that the Reds started with a big three points on the opening day. However, defensively, Liverpool were toothless at times at Anfield, with Virgil van Dijk making a mistake to allow Patrick Bamford to get off the mark for the season. Jurgen Klopp’s side will need to be more robust at the back at Stamford Bridge.
This will be the first huge game of the 2020-21 season, but neither side will want to lose the game. Both managers will take a point, and fans could be treated to an entertaining 2-2 draw.