Aug 22, 2017
Risk to Reward: 1 to 1.97 or Bet $100 to win $197
Game 1: Manchester United vs Leicester – Manchester United (Odds: 6 to 19)
Manchester United have made an impressive start to the second season under Jose Mourinho. While one could argue that the score-lines in the two games played so far have been slightly flattering, there is no doubt that the defense has been rock solid. This weekend ManUtd play their second home game against Leicester side that also have made a decent start - although with only one win to show - to the first full season under Craig Shakespeare.
ManUtd remain unbeaten in the last 5 games in all competition against the Foxes. In the last 3 games played in Old Trafford, the Reds have won two and drawn the third. Astoundingly, they have also scored 7 goals and conceded just once in the last two games against Leicester, and we expect Mourinho’s red army to keep intact this impressive run against the Leicester team this weekend.
Game 2: West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City – West Bromwich Albion (Odds: 53 to 35)
Tony Pulis’s side are generally characterized by a mean defense and a decent start to the season, at least until they reach the 40-point landmark. Baggies only conceded 22 times at home during the entire season 2016/2017, and they have started this season in a similar fashion winning their two opening fixtures, one at Hawthorns and one away at Turf Moor both by a score-line of 1-0 in their favor.
On the other hand, Stoke although aren’t known to hit their strides until a few games into their season, things look slightly different this season with 1 loss and 1 win in the 2 games played so far. Notably, they have only conceded a solo goal against the likes of Arsenal and Everton, thanks to the shrewd signings of Kurt Zouma (loan) and Bruno Martins Indi.
WestBrom have an unbeaten run against Stoke City in the last 5 fixtures – they have won 4 and drawn 1. Add to that the fact that the WestBrom team have won all their last 3 home games against the Potters, and we expect this to continue during this game-week. We expect West Bromich to come out on top of this fixture, but just.
Game 3: Tottenham vs Burnley – Tottenham (Odds: 2 to 7)
Tottenham finished 2nd in the Premier League in 2016/2017 and just 7 points behind Chelsea, but the start of this new season has been anything but smooth. They lost their right-back Kyle Walker to the Blues from the north, Danny Rose criticized his club’s transfer and wage policies in an interview with SunSport, Daniel Levy is yet to bring in a new player, and above all, they have moved their base to Wembley where they have only won 2 out of 11 games. Mauricio Pochettino would certainly like to get that record improve very soon, and there can be no better opportunity to start than this weekend.
Although Burnley started the 2017/18 season with a win against the defending champions, to which Tottenham lost in the subsequent fixture, Tottenham haven’t lost to the Clarets in the last 5 games, winning 3 and drawing 2. Notably, the Spurs team have won all their previous 3 fixtures against the Clarets at home.
We predict Tottenham to steamroll their opponents and hit the ground running in their bid to improve the record at Wembley.
Game 4: Bournemouth vs Manchester City – ManCity (Odds: 10 to 29)
Guardiola’s expensively assembled team is still an experiment, and the results against Everton provided little evidence to suggest otherwise. While the City team were unlucky to get their new signing Kyle Walker sent-off, they did have moments when it looked like they might collect all 3 points. Bournemouth, however, have started the season poorly having lost to Watford at home and WestBrom away.
While we correctly predicted ManCity to drop points last week against Everton, we predict ManCity to score a lot of goals for a winning cause against the Cherries at the Dean Court this weekend. ManCity have defeated Bournemouth in all the past 4 meetings between these two scorring 15 and conceding just 1.
Aug 17, 2017
Risk to Reward: 1 to 4.625 or Bet $100 to win $460
Game 1: Bournemouth vs Watford – Draw (Odds: 27 to 10)
Between these teams, there have been 4 draws in the last 5 games. In Vitality stadium, there have been 2 draws in the last 3 games when these two have met.
This game should see atleast a few goals given Watford’s recent goal galore against Liverpool in the season premier, and Cherries' free-flowing nature of attacking football at Vitality.
Game 2: Liverpool vs Crystal Palace – Crystal Palace (Odds: 10 to 1)
The last 5 games played between these two teams had a result with the away team coming on top in each of these encounters.
With Coutinho still on the bench, and lack of summer signings mean Liverpool are no stronger than last season. The same old fragility in defending came to fore in the first game of the season against a merely-decent Watford side. On the other hand, the Eagles also haven't had the best of the start to the season, but this one should be a cracker of a game with tons of goals.
Game 3: Stoke vs Arsenal – Arsenal (Odds: 7 to 8)
Arsenal enjoy a decent record against Stoke city with a win record of 4-1 in the last 5 games, and the Potters record against Arsenal at Britannia stadium (1 win, 1 draw and 1 loss) in the last 3 games suggests that there is nothing such as home advantage. Moreover, Mark Hughes' side have been pretty slow starters in the recent years, so expect this to be a game that is fairly lopsided towards the Gunners.
Game 4: Mancity vs Everton – Draw (Odds: 5 to 1)
There have been 2 draws, and 3 results in the last 5 meeting between these two teams, with the Toffees leading with 2 victories to the Blue’s 1. Also, there have been 2 draws in the last 3 games played in the Etihad stadium between these two.
It is unlikely that Everton will win this game, especially given how expensively Pep Guardiola has spent his summer, but it is also equally unlikely that Everton will let the ManCity team walk over them. While Guardiola is likely to go on the front foot from the start with one world class striker leading the line with the upcoming superstar Gabriel Jesus, Everton’s new recruits Rooney and Sigurdsson, who more likely will start from the bench- are equally capable of producing moments of magic.