After an unpredictable opening weekend, what can we expect in Week 2?


It’s been a wild and unpredictable first weekend in the English Premier League.

Sure, teams like Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea had relatively easy Week 1 EPL victories against their underdog opponents in the first weekend of the season. But Manchester United lost at home to Brighton & Hove, newly promoted Bournemouth topped Aston Villa, Leeds beat Wolves and Liverpool only managed a draw with Fulham.

We have a feeling that weekend two could hold a few surprises as well, although one of those is unlikely to happen at the Etihad. Bournemouth need to follow that win with a trip to City, coming in as a 40-1 underdog to win straight away. Yes, Bournemouth is +4000 just to get a win. Are you brave enough to bet on it? We are not.

That’s how we like to go into the second game weekend. We hope to do much better than week 1. All odds are via BetMGM.

Harry Kane and Tottenham had the biggest win of EPL week one. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)

Aston Villa vs Everton (over/under 2.5 goals)

  • Villa (-120)

  • Everton (+350)

  • Tie (+250)

Both teams lost early in the season and Everton are struggling with some serious injuries. The team’s injury problems at the back are so bad that Wolves’ Conor Coady has recently been loaned out and may have to play on Saturday. We’re going with Aston Villa.

Arsenal v Leicester City (2.5)

  • Armory (-225)

  • Leicester (+550)

  • Tie (+360)

Leicester tied Brentford at home in Week 1 while Arsenal clinched a win over Crystal Palace. Arsenal looked strong in that win and we will push them to take six points in two games.

Brighton & Hove vs Newcastle (2.5)

  • Brighton (+135)

  • Newcastle (+210)

  • tie (+225)

Newcastle defeated Nottingham Forest in the season opener. A draw seems like the right move here, although Brighton could grab another win.

Wolves vs Fulham (2.5)

  • Wolves (+125)

  • Fulham (+220)

  • tie (+225)

Another draw for Fulham? It wouldn’t stun us if Wolves went on to a 1-0 win but we have a feeling Fulham will score a goal or two.

Manchester City vs Bournemouth (+3.5)

  • Manchester City (-1200)

  • Bournemouth (+4000)

  • Tie (+1100)

We can’t convince ourselves to bet anything other than a City win.

Southampton vs Leeds (2.5)

  • Southampton (+125)

  • Leeds (+210)

  • tie (+240)

Leeds beat Wolves to open the season and take the crucial three points. Southampton were demolished by Tottenham after an early 1-0 lead. This game looks very likely to be a draw too, but we’ll win with Southampton at home.

Brentford v Manchester United (2.5)

  • Brentford (+270)

  • Man U (+100)

  • Tie (+250)

We should have stuck to the lesson we learned at the end of last season and not bet on a Week 1 result for Manchester United. We will go with the under in week 2.

Nottingham Forest v West Ham (2.5) [Sunday]

  • Nottingham Forest (+310)

  • Westham (-115)

  • tie (+260)

Forest made the most acquisitions of any team prior to the season. Does that mean it will take some time for the team to grow together? We will go with West Ham to bounce back from City’s defeat.

Chelsea v Tottenham (2.5) [Sunday]

  • Chelsea (+125)

  • Tottenham (+210)

  • tie (+240)

This is by far the marquee game of the weekend. Tottenham are favorites to third behind City and Liverpool, while Chelsea are fourth favorites. We’re going to go with the tie here since we’re not leaning in any way.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace (3.5) [Monday]

  • Liverpool (-500)

  • palace (+1350)

  • tie (+575)

The Monday nightcap looks crooked on paper. It will be tough for Palace losing twice in their opening two games, but the squad are also having the toughest first fortnight of any team in the league.

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