The signs are already suggesting this is going to be an exciting Premier League season. Just Liverpool and Arsenal have won both their opening matches, whilst only four teams have failed to win a point. Tottenham stopped Man City’s winning streak on Saturday, whilst newly promoted Norwich and Sheffield United and have already turned the relegation market it on its head by winning their opening home games.
There are plenty of good-looking betting opportunities this Saturday, so check out our stats, analysis and Premier League free tips for Manchester United vs Crystal Palace, Watford vs West Ham, and Liverpool vs Arsenal.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace (3.00pm)
Some Manchester United fans will be disappointed by their team’s draw at Wolves on Monday night, but it was a point that Manchester United didn’t get from the corresponding fixture last season. That means they’ve already secured three points more from their opening two games, having also only drawn with Chelsea at Old Trafford last season.
It’s certainly a much better start than the one Crystal Palace have made. Their opening 0-0 draw with Everton was a repeat of last season’s performance but they won’t be happy to have been beaten by newly promoted Sheffield United last week.
That suggests Manchester United have made the most progress over the summer, and they’ll be looking to improve on last season’s fixtures even further with a win over a Crystal Palace side they only drew with at Old Trafford in November.
Under Ole Gunner Solskjaer, United turned that form around with a 3-1 win at Selhurst Park in February. That was United’s 16th win in their last 20 Premier League games against Crystal Palace and they have the look of acca bankers this weekend.
But at a best priced 3/8, United don’t offer much value for punters looking to have a bet in the game. The most interesting statistic is United have won this fixture to nil five times since 2013. That’s why Man United to win to nil at around 6/5 looks the value, especially with Palace struggling for goals.
Watford vs West Ham (Saturday 3.00)
It looks like both Watford and West Ham have made poor starts to the season, but a closer inspection suggests it’s Watford that have made the much poorer start. Two defeats and no goals in their opening two games is bad enough, but it’s even worse considering Watford didn’t lose to either Brighton or Everton last season.
That’s not the case for West Ham, whose point at Brighton means they’re one point better off compared to last season, when they lost away at Brighton and at home to Man City last. The fact they drew at Brighton whilst, Watford lost 3-0 at home to The Seagulls, suggests West Ham could be the better team. West Ham could hammer home that form advantage by picking up where they left off last season, when they beat Watford 4-1 at Vicarage Road to clinch a top-half of the table finish.
That makes West Ham look cracking value to notch their first win of the season on Saturday afternoon, and odds of 13/5 are very acceptable.
Liverpool vs Arsenal (Saturday 5.30)
Liverpool and Arsenal sit atop the Premier League as the only two teams to have won six points from their opening two games. Arsenal spent heavily during the summer transfer window but, whilst the likes of Ceballos and Pepe look sure to strengthen Arsenal’s chances of a top-4 finish, in beating Newcastle (14 from their last 15 matches) and Burnley (10 wins in 11 matches) they have only achieved what was expected of them.
Admittedly, Liverpool’s wins over Southampton and Norwich were also expected, so the big question is are Arsenal ready to bridge the chasm of class that was evident between the two sides last year?
The answer is Arsenal are probably ready to reduce the gap, but they still have a lot to prove that they’re as good as Liverpool. They have drawn their last two games at the Emirates against Jurgen Klopp’s team, but they’ve suffered carnage at Anfield with consecutive 3-1, 4-0, and 5-1 defeats.
Liverpool looks sure to be a popular acca pick at 8/15 but, with four of the last five Liverpool vs Arsenal head-to-heads producing more than 3.5 goals, the 6/5 for this match to be a high-scoring thriller of a similar nature looks the value bet.