Round two of this season’s Premier League games continue on Sunday and Monday, with Chelsea taking on Leicester at Stamford Bridge and Manchester United travelling to Wolves.
Check out our stats, analysis and free tips for Chelsea vs Leicester and Wolves vs Manchester United.
Chelsea vs Leicester (Sunday 4.30)
The departure of talisman Eden Hazard’s and the appointment of new manager Frank Lampard made Chelsea a difficult team to predict pre-season. That was made even harder by Lampard’s willingness to offload players despite Chelsea’s buying ban still being in place.
Chelsea started brightly against Manchester United in their opening Premier League game and a 4-0 defeat was probably a bit of an injustice, despite United’s dominance in the second-half. What did look apparent in that first game is Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud are unlikely to score enough goals between them to make Chelsea into serious title challengers.
Giroud may have scored against Liverpool in the Super Cup (where was the marking), and Abraham may have won a penalty that never should have been, but it’s still hard to be convinced about them as a strike partnership.
The pair have a chance to disprove that theory on Sunday against Leicester, but it’s worth remembering that Chelsea failed to score against Leicester in both Premier League games last season. They drew the away game 0-0 and actually lost 1-0 at Stamford Bridge to a second-half goal from Jamie Vardy. The Leicester striker also got on the scoresheet when the pair were drawing after 90-minutes in the FA Cup in March 2018, meaning the last three encounters between the two sides have all produced less than 2.5 goals.
Leicester also looked happy to keep things tight in their opening match against Wolves, and the slight odds-on prices about they’re being less than 2.5 goals are much more appealing than odds of 3/4 about a Chelsea win.
Wolves vs Manchester United (Monday 8.00pm)
This week’s Monday evening fixture throws up an interesting early-season clash between the two teams that finished sixth and seventh in the Premier League last season, Manchester United and Wolves. Manchester United did finish eight points in front of Wolves but that superiority wasn’t mirrored in their head-to-head performances.
United took a first-half lead in their match at Old Trafford but Wolves went home with a point after a second-half comeback. Wolves also impressed during their FA Cup tie in March, scoring goals in the 70th and 76th minutes before United made the score more respectable with an injury time goal.
Just to prove that result wasn’t a fluke, Wolves also beat United 2-1 in the league in April. United again took the lead in the first-half but Wolves were level before the break. They then took advantage of Ashley Young being sent-off, forcing an own goal from Chris Smalling to bag all three points.
But it wasn’t just United of the big-six clubs that struggled at Wolves, with only Liverpool and Tottenham leaving with three points. Even Manchester City only managed a draw, whilst Chelsea and Arsenal both lost, and Liverpool lost there in the cup.
That suggests United, despite winning their opening fixture 4-0 against Chelsea, may struggle to maintain their 100% start to the season, and 12/5 about the draw looks the best value price.