The football continues this week with Premier League matches and more.
So which team should you bet on and what are the big storylines? Our analysts are there to provide you with all the information you need.
Odds provided by Caesars Sportsbook.
Manchester United are now 0-2, being beaten 6-1. They get this week Liverpool, vice-champion of the 2022 League, and are a big outsider (Liverpool -180, Man U +460, Draw +340). Is it worth the price to pay or is there a different game for this game?
Dalen cuff: I did my United rant last week; they’re just not talented and overall a dumpster fire from top to bottom. My favorite game of the weekend was Brentford Draw No Bet at home +180 against the Red Devils… The Bees won 4-0. That said, Liverpool have started the season poorly and have looked lethargic in back-to-back draws. I think Jurgen Klopp will have no trouble motivating his side on the road in a massive Derby they need to win. I expect Liverpool to control this game. Their high pressure should affect United as they were terrible at the back last week, and I don’t see those issues going away. I like Liverpool to win at Nil +190 and can also play Reds -1.5 which has a price of +150.
Paul Carr: I love Liverpool in every way in this game. Liverpool beat United 9-0 in their two encounters last season, including a 5-0 thrashing at Old Trafford, the biggest away win in the legendary series’ history. As Dalen mentioned, United couldn’t handle the press from Brentford or Brighton, and Liverpool are perhaps the best pressing team in the league. The Reds won the ball with 45% pressure, the best in the league this season, and finished a fraction behind league leaders Man City last season on 32%. Even with Darwin Nunez’s injury issues and suspension, I’m going with Liverpool -1.5 to +150. Play the first half (+105) or Liverpool to win (-180) if you prefer.
Daniel Thomas: United hit rock bottom last week and come up against a Liverpool side still looking for a win this season. Liverpool don’t offer any value, but plenty of goals do. Over 3.5 (+125) looks like a decent bet.
On the top side, Manchester City and Arsenal are the only two teams to start 2-0 and grab all six points in 2 weeks. We talked about Man City (-275) in the last two columns as favorites to win the league. Arsenal are 20-1. What do you think of their quick start and their EPL title chances?
Cuff: I’m an Arsenal fan; nothing I would love more than to see them win or even compete for the title, but no, that’s not happening. As I’ve said before here, I loved them in pre-season (+165 to finish in the top four). That’s always their goal, and I think they’ll get there. But to have the consistency and depth in the squad to compete with City and Liverpool, I just don’t think they’re there…yet.
Carr: The fast start is good for our pre-season bets on Arsenal’s top four at +165, as it’s now a not-so-playable -150. Arsenal lack the depth or dominance to challenge for the title, and Mikel Arteta’s side are yet to replicate Man City, where Arteta previously coached. For example, in the lead this season, City had 67% possession and outscored their opponents 21-6. When Arsenal were top this season, the Gunners had 41 per cent possession and outscored their opponents 19-15. Arsenal should take care of business at Bournemouth this week, although I wouldn’t put the goal and a half.
Thomas: I backed Arsenal to finish in the top four at the start of the season, and they certainly look like contenders after their strong start to the season. They aren’t good enough to win the league, but fans will be encouraged by their obvious progress. Not much value this weekend; I will go for Zinchenko to have a shot on goal (+150)
Chelsea and Tottenham drew on Sunday with Harry Kane leveling the game in the 96th minute for Spurs. How will the two teams react this week? Chelsea are big favorites against Leeds, while Spurs are even bigger favorites against Wolves.
Cuff: Chelsea-Tottenham delivered a great game and phenomenal drama on the touchline. The Blues are going on the road to a Leeds team that I like. Not just the American flag waving here, Jesse Marsch’s system was well implemented. Trailing 2-0 on the road to Southampton, that pressing style faded in the English heat last weekend to end in a 2-2 draw. I still think that at home they will give Chelsea a hard time. No value in a game on Blues straight, but I like both teams to score – (120). Spurs showed great courage on the road last week at home against Wolves, who struggled to score. I like that Spurs won to zero +106… I can also play them -1.5 (-105).
Carr: Chelsea’s biggest problem last week wasn’t dropping points at home. It was the hamstring injury of midfield pivot N’Golo Kante, who is set to miss a month of games. Without Kante on the pitch for the past two Premier League seasons, Chelsea have allowed 20% more expected goals every 90 minutes. So I’ll take over 2.5 goals from Chelsea-Leeds (-130) as Marsch’s chaos will again result in scoring one way or the other, with at least three goals in total in 11 of his 16 Premier League matches. No game for me at Tottenham-Wolverhampton. Spurs should win easily, but Wolves showed me just enough defensively that I was wary of playing Tottenham to cover the goal and a half.
Thomas: Sometimes the best bets are the simplest. Parlay Spurs and Chelsea (+113), who should get the job done this weekend.
What are you looking for in the other European championships?
Cuff: In La Liga, there may be a battle over who is the third-best team in the league, as Villarreal move on to Atleti. Both picked up impressive 3-0 wins in their opening games. I don’t think either team will really push Barca or Madrid this year, but it’s a great early test. I think goals will be important, and I don’t like juice, but under 2.5 (-145) is good play. I think it could also be a draw (+255).
Thomas: Both Atleti and Villarreal have started the season strong with impressive wins in their opening games. The two will battle it out for third place at the end of the season, and I don’t think there’s anything separating them this weekend. Draw the bet.
What’s your best bet for this weekend?
Cuff: I touched on this game above. I think Chelsea-Leeds have goals. I kinda like the bet of the game, both teams to score and Chelsea win (+230).
Carr: My two favorite games were both mentioned above, Liverpool -1.5 (+150) and Chelsea-Leeds over 2.5 (-130). Apart from those, I also like Leicester City (-115) to beat Southampton. Saints have lost five of seven away games since March, drawing the other two, and Southampton have kept just one of those games close to expected goals. Despite four goals in two games, Leicester’s attack hasn’t been great so far, but the Foxes can handle Southampton’s press, and they have enough to claim victory at home.
Thomas: It’s impossible for Barca to be as bad as they were against Rayo. I take them to win the victory against Real Sociedad.