Manchester United look to bounce back at Brighton in one of four games in the Premier League on Saturday.
Brighton vs Manchester United – 1:30pm
Few sides have a decent record in the entirety of the Premier League like Brighton. Sure, that’s skewed because the hosts this weekend haven’t been around for very long at this level but still. Recent history is even with Brighton enjoying two wins at home and last season’s 3-0 loss. The Seagulls bounced back from their opening disappointment (a 1-3 result vs Chelsea) with a resounding 3-0 win over Newcastle.
The less written about United’s opening league fixture the better as they stumbled out of the blocks and were duly punished by Palace. The small glimmer of hope was the fast start made by their lone significant bit of transfer business – Donny van de Beek. The Red Devils got some good midweek preparation under their belt with Mason Greenwood and Marcus Rashford both on the sheet in their 3-0 win over lowly Luton Town. A bigger test awaits in Saturday’s early kick-off.
Suggested bet: Brighton or draw at 2.00
Crystal Palace vs Everton – 4pm
Two unbeaten sides face each other and both have been impressive in their own way. Palace edged past Southampton and then were emphatic in winning on the road at Manchester United. Arguably their first test is whether or not they can continue the streak against an in-form Everton. The Toffees have claimed a big scalp of their own – beating Spurs 1-0 on the opening day – and ran riot against West Brom. With Dominic Calvert-Lewin back on the score sheet and James Rodriguez already proving his class, manager Carlo Ancelotti will be aiming to make it three from three in a clash that has in the past favoured Everton.
Suggested bet: Everton to win 1-0 at 6.25
West Brom vs Chelsea – 6:30pm
If the Liverpool game came too soon for the Blues, then an away trip to face the Baggies could be labelled as a “gimmie” no matter what lineup Frank Lampard sends out. The early season signs are clear that the hosts are relegation bound after leaking eight goals in two matches. Chelsea must capitalise on this and getting their new signings into the starting XI and attack from the outset. Lampard will be hoping to see Timo Werner get his first Premier League goal and Kai Havertz find his feet. The Blues are 4 from 4 in their most recent outings and little suggests that it won’t be 5 in a row when the final whistle is blown.
Suggested bet: Over 2.5 match goals at 1.65
Burnley vs Southampton – 9pm
The toughest match to call from a neutral’s standpoint as two winless sides tackle each other in the late kick-off. The pair conceded nine between them in game week 2 and suffered one-goal margin defeats in week 1.
Looking to the history books, it is Burnley who hold the advantage after doing the double over the Saints last season. Those two wins made it two wins and three draws from their most recent outings.
Added to their woes, Southampton crashed out of the EFL Cup midweek and might be suffering from the quick turnaround between seasons. Their squad remains more than adequate fBor the Premier League on paper but how it plays out on the turf is turning into a problem.
Suggested bet: Burnley or draw at 1.6