Can Premier League Teams’ Winning Run Continue?
Two rounds of matches into the 2018/19 Premier League season and six teams have made a perfect start to the season by winning their opening two games. One hundred percent Premier League records for Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea, and Tottenham come as no great surprise, but not many punters would have predicted that Bournemouth and Watford would be bidding to win their first three matches of the season this weekend. Therefore, as none of the aforementioned six teams play each other this week, we thought we’d take a look whether they might be worth combining in a six-fold Premier League accumulator.
Manchester City travel to newly promoted Wolves for the lunchtime kick-off, whilst Bournemouth host Everton on Saturday afternoon, and Liverpool host Brighton in the Saturday teatime match. Watford then host Crystal Palace in the early Sunday afternoon TV match before Chelsea travel to Newcastle for the late Sunday afternoon game. Finally, you’ll have to wait until Monday night as Tottenham travel to Old Trafford to take on Manchester United.
Wolves vs Manchester City (Saturday 12.30)
A long-term injury to Kevin de Bruyne has to be a blow for Pep Guardiola’s champions, but he didn’t appear to be missed as Man City ripped Huddersfield mercilessly apart 6-1 last weekend. Meanwhile, City’s 2-0 away win at Arsenal the previous weekend looks more meritorious considering Arsenal squandered plenty of chances to beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday evening. Meanwhile, a home draw against Everton and a 2-0 away defeat against Leicester suggests Wolves will struggle to hold a Manchester City team, that is superior at every level, at bay. Therefore, even at a prohibitive price, it’s hard to see any reason not to include Man City in any Premier League accas this weekend.
Bournemouth vs Everton (Saturday 3.00)
Bournemouth have had an easy opening to this season’s Premier League, with newly promoted Cardiff and a new-look West Ham both probably needing time to adapt. However, Bournemouth showed great spirit to come from behind at West Ham and that should stand them in good stead against an Everton side that finished four places and five-points ahead of them last season. Everton will probably be equally as happy though having taken four-points from their opening two games, especially as striker Richarlison has made a good start with three goals. Interestingly, both games were won 2-1 by the home team last season, so there’s a good argument for including Bournemouth in this weekend’s acca at odds-against.
Liverpool vs Brighton (Saturday 5.30)
We made the point that Brighton had a decent home record in 2017/18, before last week’s home win against Manchester United, but the fact they had the worst away record in the Premier League last season doesn’t bode well for their chances against a Liverpool side that has a habit of scoring plenty of goals at home, such as when sticking four past West Ham in their opening match of the season, and it could have been lots more. Therefore, I expect this to be a goal-fest and an easy win for Liverpool, and I wouldn’t put anyone off backing Liverpool to score five or six goals. Liverpool are a best-priced 2/11 this weekend but look bankers for any acca.
Watford vs Crystal Palace (Sunday 1.30)
Watford started their campaign with a home win against Brighton but, whilst that was nothing to shout home about, a 2-0 away win at Burnley last weekend looks a real feather in their cap. However, though Crystal Palace succumbed to Liverpool last weekend, their previous away win against Fulham showed they could easily be in contention for a top-half finish this season under Roy Hodgson. Palace also took four points off Watford last season as they went on to finish three places and three points in front of them. That means it’s hard to make a case for putting Watford in your acca this weekend.
Newcastle vs Chelsea (Sunday 4.00)
Newcastle lost a tough opening match against Tottenham but will have been more disappointed by their inability to find the net against a Cardiff side that is fancied to make an immediate return to the Championship at the end of the season. However, it’s worth remembering that Newcastle started slowly last season before managing to finish tenth. The big question is whether they’ve got the firepower to match a Chelsea side that are looking to play attacking football and score plenty of goals under new manager Maurizio Sarri. The Blues have already scored three goals in each of their opening two wins of the season and they have the pace and power to cause Newcastle plenty of problems. However, St James’s Park hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Chelsea in recent seasons, having failed to take home all three points since they won 3-0 there in 2011. Therefore, the big question is, do you want to risk your acca on a team that is 0 from 5 in this fixture since?
Manchester United vs Tottenham (Monday 8.00)
Man United vs Tottenham is arguably the pick of this week’s action, as the teams that finished second and third in last season’s Premier League meet for the first time since Manchester United won their FA Cup semi-final at Wembley earlier this year. That was a bitter blow for Tottenham, especially after they had beaten Manchester United 2-0 at home earlier in the season, but it again highlighted that Tottenham have a habit of crumbling in pressurized situations. Of course, the third match of the season is hardly one of those situations, but it’s worth remembering that Manchester United also won this fixture 1-0 early on in the season last year. Also, as neither team has been busy in the transfer market this season, it’s easy to think that Manchester United could easily have the edge once again. United may have been dreadful against Brighton last week, but they did lose against the Seagulls the previous season. Meanwhile, whilst some United players struggled to get up for that low-key match, the likes of Paul Pogba should find more motivation against a team like Spurs that is full of seasoned internationals. All in all, that makes Tottenham a risky proposition for this week’s acca.
Who’s In, Who’s Not?
It’s hard to be confident that all six teams with hundred percent records will maintain those records this weekend and, instead of a six-fold acca, it could be worth just going for a treble containing Manchester City, Liverpool, and Bournemouth.