Chelsea 1.19, the draw 7.00, Leicester City 17.00
Leicester showed plenty of battling qualities last weekend as they opened their account with a draw against a strong Everton team. Nigel Pearson’s men were patient as their opponents dominated possession but showed plenty of attacking intent needed to survive in the top tier.
The Foxes may not be the pushover that these odds suggest but there are already signs that Diego Costa will ‘complete’ a Chelsea team that, according to Jose Mourinho, were without a striker in 2013-14. Obviously I’m backing the home win with Costa to be the standout performer over 90 minutes.
Best Bet: Diego Costa to score at least twice at 4.25
Score Prediction: Chelsea 4-1 Leicester City at 17.00
Crystal Palace 2.44, the draw 3.20, West Ham 3.15
Palace and West Ham will both consider themselves unlucky not to have grabbed a point last weekend as they went down to late goals from Arsenal and Spurs respectively. However, the Eagles were more impressive away to a strong Gunners side and I expect home advantage to tip this one in their favour.
The Hammers were underwhelming against a Tottenham team struggling in their first match under Mauricio Pochettino and if form continues from the opening weekend, it’s another home win. Back Palace and add in both teams to score in what should be a tight afternoon.
Best Bet: Both teams to score at 2.02
Score Prediction: Crystal Palace 2-1 West Ham at 10.00
Southampton 1.83, the draw 3.65, West Brom 4.55
The Saints should have taken a draw from a Liverpool squad that contains three of their former players and an encouraging performance in defeat sets them up nicely for three points on Saturday. West Brom were held at home to Sunderland and while there were positives from that game, the stronger side should prevail in this fixture.
Saido Berahino scored twice in that opening match for the Baggies and is a good option here at 3.75 for an anytime goal but Southampton’s summer signing Shane Long should has a habit of starting strongly with a new club and I feel the former West Brom man will make the difference against his former side.
Best Bet: Shane Long to score anytime at 2.70
Score Prediction: Southampton 2-1 West Brom at 9.00
Swansea City 1.61, the draw 3.90, Burnley 6.10
Before a ball was kicked in this season’s Premier League, Burnley were favourites to go down at the end of the season and despite that early lead against Chelsea, the signs are that Sean Dyche’s team will struggle for this entire campaign.
Swansea began with that 2-1 win at Old Trafford but if Manchester United maintain last season’s form, that won’t be such a remarkable victory. Gylfi Sigurdsson, who scored the winner in that game, looks to be a shrewd signing but while the Swans are clear favourites, I just expect Burnley to grab their first point of what will be a difficult campaign.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals at 1.89
Score Prediction: Swansea City 1-1 Burnley at 7.50
And Sunday’s non-televised game…
Tottenham 1.49, the draw 4.40, QPR 7.00
Despite winning their opening games in the Premier League and Europa League, it’s been an uncertain start for Spurs who look a little too short at that win price of 1.49. QPR were undoubtedly poor however in their home defeat against Hull and Harry Redknapp’s men need to improve significantly to challenge here.
The key man for me is Erik Lamela who looks a different player from the one who struggled so badly in his first season at White Hart Lane. Expect the Argentine to be the difference between the two sides.
Best Bet: Erik Lamela to score anytime at 3.50
Score Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 QPR at 7.50