By Antony Jordan
The second round of Premier League football comes to a close with three matches being played this Sunday and Monday night around the UK and all three promise to be entertaining clashes with big and equally matched sides doing battle on the football fields of some of the most famous grounds in Wembley and The Etihad Stadium.
We preview all three clashes with online sportsbook Bet365.com to provide our EPL Super Picks for the final trio of games this weekend.
The champions did not have the best of starts to their Premier League campaign as they were beaten 3-2 on home soil by Burnley and saw both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas red carded in the match. Both of those players will miss this weekend’s clash against a Tottenham side that has won two and drawn two of the last four home matches against Antonio Conte’s men. On top of this, as White Hart Lane is being demolished this season the home side will play at Wembley and this means a return to the ground where they were beaten by Arsenal in the Community Shield just two weeks ago.
This match is certain to be tough for Chelsea with two of their key players unavailable for this clash, but there are some positives too. The second half of their match against Burnley saw them net two goals as new signing Alvaro Morata scored and created one after coming off the bench and with Tottenham having a tough time on this ground in Europe last season the away side will be hopeful of upsetting the odds. However, Tottenham were impressive last weekend as they saw off Newcastle 2-0 in the North East, although they did need Magpies captain Jonjo Shelvey to be red carded before a breakthrough was forthcoming.
Both of these sides have the capability to win this match, but if there is to be an upset Chelsea will need to perform at their best for the full match. We believe that there will be goals in this one, most likely from both teams, and our money is going on a thriller at the home of English football.
Both Manchester City and Everton kicked their campaigns with all three points as the home side this weekend triumphed at the Amex Stadium as two late goals saw them ease past Brighton, while Everton managed a single goal victory over Stoke as Wayne Rooney bagged the winner on his return to his boyhood club. The away side who visit the blue half of Manchester this weekend have also boosted their side during the week as they paid £45m to Swansea to secure the services of Gylfi Sigurdsson in one of the longest running transfer sagas of this window. Will the Icelandic midfielder be ready to start and can he help The Toffees to all three points?
Everton have a good record against Man City in recent times with two wins and two draws in their last five meetings in all competitions, including winning 4-0 at home last season after drawing 1-1 at The Etihad in October. With this history, a boosted squad and an excellent start to the season to their names we feel that the odds on Everton for this match are too long and offer us plenty of value. City did not impress despite dominating last weekend against newcomers Brighton and, as such, we’re backing Everton to cover the handicap in this week’s Monday Night Football.
Our best Man City v Everton bet is back Everton +2 (to win, draw or lose by one goal) at odds of 1.90 in the Bet365 Sportsbook!
There were seven goals and an away win apiece in the two clashes between Huddersfield and Newcastle in the Championship last season, but with the stakes much higher this time around as they meet in the top flight will this match be more cagey?
Huddersfield caused the second biggest shock of the opening week (after Burnley’s win at Chelsea) as they triumphed 3-0 away at Crystal Palace in their first ever EPL match to finish the weekend second in the standings. Now if they can match that performance in their first home clash in the Premier League then they stand a great chance at taking another three point haul.
Newcastle will have problems for this match as their captain was red carded and two defenders limped off before the 35th minute against Tottenham last weekend and will likely miss this match. With Huddersfield having their tails up from last weekend’s win and Newcastle lacking in players and confidence we can see the home side edging this match.