Liverpool and Man City are already sitting first and second in the table and the 2019/20 Premier League season could already be the two-horse race after both Manchester United and Tottenham lost at home last weekend.
The battle at the other end of the table could be much more interesting, with only Watford having failed to win a point so far, and an amazing 15 teams on three or four points after three games.
There are plenty more interesting matches this Saturday, so check out our stats, analysis, and free tips for Southampton vs Manchester United, Leicester vs Bournemouth, Manchester City vs Brighton, and Newcastle vs Watford.
Southampton vs Manchester United (12.30)
Southampton looked to be struggling after consecutive defeats against Burnley and Liverpool but, considering the performances of those two teams since, a win at Brighton last week wasn’t that much of a surprise.
By contrast, Manchester United filled the Old Trafford faithful with the hope of another Premier League Title after their opening day 4-0 defeat of Chelsea but have since missed penalties against Wolves and Crystal Palace to win just one point from their last two games.
Mixed form from both teams suggests neither can be relied upon for win purposes this week, but last year’s games between the two teams do offer punters a potential angle to exploit. Last year’s match at St Mary’s ended 2-2, whilst it was 3-2 to United at Old Trafford. That suggests that over 3.5 goals could be a value bet at around 13/5. The only negative is that Lukaku scored three of United’s goals in those matches and United need someone to step up into his shooting boots this time.
Leicester vs Bournemouth (3.00pm)
Leicester will be happy with their start to the season. Two opening draws at home to Wolves and away to Chelsea were perfectly respectable. Meanwhile, an away win against a Sheffield United side that started the season brightly highlights the Foxes have what it takes to take points of clubs that should finish in the bottom half of the table this season.
Bournemouth may have suffered their ninth consecutive defeat against Manchester City last week, but they’ve also won away against a newly promoted side in Aston Villa. However, it’s worth noting the Cherries could only draw with Sheffield United at home on the opening day of the season, a form-line that suggests Leicester are the better side.
Leicester and Bournemouth fought out three straight draws before last season, but Bournemouth broke the deadlock with a 4-2 home win in December. However, Leicester reversed that form with a 2-0 win at the King Power Stadium later in the season.
Leicester are fancied to confirm that form under the guidance of Brendan Rogers, but they don’t look any value at odds-on having beaten Bournemouth just once in their last five head-to-heads. A better bet at just a touch of odds-on looks to be Jamie Vardy to score at any time. The Leicester striker has scored in two of Leicester’s last three home games against Bournemouth and he looked to be near to full sharpness against Sheffield United last week. He also deserves to be a shorter price on his record since Brendan Rogers took over as manager.
Man City vs Brighton (3.00pm)
Brighton are on offer at an amazing 35/1 to beat Man City at The Etihad this Saturday but, whilst this does look a total mismatch on paper, there could be an angle worth exploring.
The first thing to consider is that two of the four previous Premier League encounters between Man City and Brighton have ended 3-1 and 4-1. Admittedly, the other two matches only finished 2-0 to City, but since then Brighton have exchanged defence-minded manager Chris Hughton for a more attack-minded model in Graham Potter.
Brighton may have failed to score against Southampton last week, but City will leave more room for the Brighton players to exploit. That means there has to be a good chance that Brighton could score against a City side that has conceded goals in three of its last four Premier League games and two of its last four matches against Brighton. That means there looks to be plenty of value in the 7/4 on offer about both teams to score.
Newcastle vs Watford (Saturday 3.00)
Newcastle had the stats boys pouring over the record books last week after they’d managed to beat a Tottenham side that enjoyed nearly 80% of the possession. But that didn’t tell the full story as Newcastle managed three shots on target whereas Tottenham only managed two.
That’s a testament to the Newcastle defence which was the reason why Newcastle climbed the table in the second half of last season. Joel Linton scored at the other end on Saturday and Newcastle look sure to rely heavily on their £40 million summer signing to score with Steve Bruce likely to put defence first.
That means Watford may get plenty of the ball this weekend, but only time will tell if they can breach a Newcastle rear-guard that held fast in the corresponding fixture last season that ended 1-0. That result and his year’s form, which includes a 1-0 defeat for Newcastle, suggests backing under 2.5 goals at a shade of odds-on is the way to go.