Premier League Matchweek 3 Betting Preview
All 20 teams have now played at least once match this season, so expect the action to ramp up over the coming weeks. The question is, which games should you be keeping an eye on for match week 3?
Brighton vs Manchester United
Defeated at Old Trafford by Crystal Palace for the second season running, Manchester United are not off to a great start this season. The United faithful are not happy after crying out for summer transfers. Two defeats on the bounce in the league could land the Red Devils in crisis.
A brace from Wilfried Zaha and early strike from Andros Townsend bagged Palace a well deserved three points. The only positive for United was a debut goal for Donny van de Beek.
Brighton Ready for the Challenge
Brighton earned their first Premier League win of the season last time out beating Newcastle United 3-0. Neal Maupay scored twice, while Aaron Connolly also scored his first of the season. The Seagulls will be without Yves Bissouma against United, with the midfielder being sent off in the final minute.
United can not afford to start the season with two consecutive defeats, but Brighton will not make it easy for them. If Brighton can play to the level that they have done in their opening two games, then the Double Chance bet for Brighton/Draw would be interesting.
Manchester City vs Leicester City
The league leaders head to the Etihad on Sunday afternoon to take on Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City. Leicester have started the season excellently, which could increase their chances of achieving a top-four finish this season.
The Foxes run of two wins in nine to end the 2019-20 campaign meant that they needed to settle for a fifth-place finish, as Manchester United overtook them on the final day. However, Brendan Rodgers’ side have returned to action this season looking re-focused on the task ahead of them.
Jamie Vardy started the season scoring a brace in a 3-0 win over West Bromwich Albion, before James Justin, Harvey Barnes and Dennis Praet were on the scoresheet in their recent 4-2 success against Burnley.
Manchester City Start Strong
City started a week later than the majority of the league due to their European commitments at the end of last season. However, they didn’t look like they had missed a step as they were impressive in the first-half against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday night.
Kevin De Bruyne and Phil Foden scored to put the Citizens in complete control at the break. Raul Jimenez pulled one back before Gabriel Jesus wrapped up the win in the final stages.
City looked like a team on a mission in their opening game, but the same defensive issues still look to be apparent. Regardless, their attacking third is so dangerous you expect them to grab three points to keep up with Liverpool.
Liverpool vs Arsenal
The final game from the third round of matches in the Premier League takes place on Monday night, as Arsenal travel to Anfield. They also met in the third game of last season, and the Reds ran out 3-1 winners.
Liverpool were more assured defensively in their last league game, holding off Chelsea comfortably to win 2-0. Fabinho was played in central defence by Jurgen Klopp in that fixture. It will be interesting to see whether he plays the Brazilian alongside Virgil van Dijk again for this game.
Thiago came on for his Liverpool debut at the break against Chelsea and immediately set the tone for what fans can expect to see from the talented midfielder. He ensured the Reds remained composed after Sadio Mane scored a brace to take the game away from Chelsea.
Have the Gunners Got What it Takes?
Arsenal started with two wins from their opening two games for the second season running. Mikel Arteta is doing a fantastic job, with the mentality introduced indicating they could be challenging to beat this season.
The Gunners hung on through parts of their game against West Ham United, but their resilience was rewarded. Arsenal patiently opened up the Hammers, which allowed Eddie Nketiah to give Arteta’s side all three points.
The Reds will be wary of the threat posed by the Gunners, but Liverpool have proven they can get the job done at home and we expect they will claim another three points.