Manchester City 1.17, the draw 7.75, Stoke City 18.00
A five-point gap between the two sides at this early stage of the season has led to a predictable set of odds ahead of Saturday’s game, but Stoke’s relatively mean defence suggests this won’t be quite as comfortable as the market suggests.
Manuel Pellegrini may have to decide whether to risk Sergio Aguero from the start in the probable absence of both Alvaro Negredo and Edin Dzeko and the possibility of Stevan Jovetic as a lone striker may also reduce Manchester City’s cutting edge. Expect a home win with Jovetic on the mark, but it may not be an emphatic one.
Best Bet: Stevan Jovetic to score anytime 2.16
Score Prediction: Manchester City 2-0 Stoke City 5.80
Newcastle United 1.70, the draw 3.66, Crystal Palace 5.40
After a difficult season trying to predict Palace last time out, Eagles fans were disappointed that I’d tipped them to beat West Ham but there’s no danger of me repeating that after they went down 3-1 at home.
Neil Warnock should galvanise the side over the course of the season and while it may be too early to expect three away points, there’s a good chance of a draw against a Newcastle squad who have failed to score in their opening two league matches. I’m therefore backing a share of the points in a game that should be comfortably hidden away at the end of Match of the Day.
Best Bet: Under 2.5 goals 1.67
Score Prediction: Newcastle United 1-1 Crystal Palace 7.00
Queens Park Rangers 2.40, the draw 3.20, Sunderland 3.20
Another team yet to find the net in 2014/15 are QPR, who looked incapable of testing a Spurs defence last Sunday. Sunderland have started more positively with two draws, including that 1-1 result against Manchester United and if this were to go to form, an away win would seem the more likely bet.
However, with Loic Remy given one last chance in the shop window I can see Rangers being more potent on Saturday and a high scoring draw with the Frenchman on target is a potentially lucrative outcome.
Best Bet: Loic Remy to score anytime 2.75
Score Prediction: Queens Park Rangers 2-2 Sunderland 17.00
Swansea City 1.83, the draw 3.50, West Brom 4.75
Swansea are one of four teams with maximum points from their opening games, while the much criticised Alan Irvine has started the season with creditable draws for West Brom against Sunderland and Southampton.
Another share of the points looks an option, particularly at those tempting odds of 3.50 but Swansea have been impressive and perhaps aren’t getting the credit they deserve under Garry Monk. The capture of Gylfi Sigurdsson from Spurs could prove to be the signing of the season and the Icelandic international should have a big say in this game, which I expect the Swans to edge.
Best Bet: Gylfi Sigurdsson to score anytime 3.60
Score Prediction: Swansea City 2-1 West Brom 8.50
West Ham 2.75, the draw 3.35, Southampton 2.65
West Ham were a little unlucky to have lost to Spurs in their opener before they handed out an emphatic 3-1 defeat to Crystal Palace last time out. Meanwhile, Southampton have battled well in their two fixtures against Liverpool and West Brom but it already seems as if the Saints will struggle, having lost so many key players in the summer.
This is one game that I expect to go with early season form: Back the home win in a match where both teams should find the net.
Best Bet: Both teams to score 1.73
Score Prediction: West Ham 2-1 Southampton 10.00