- The second matchday of the Premier League kicks off on Saturday with a couple of brilliant matches lined up for the weekend slate
- Liverpool travels to Stamford Bridge where they take on Chelsea, while Tottenham try to bounce back against Southampton
- Sheffield United will also try to seek revenge against Aston Villa for last season’s controversial loss at the hands of Eagle Eye technology
This weekend’s Premier League action is set to take off Saturday morning as new-look Everton host newly-promoted West Brom at Goodison Park. However, it will be the other team on Merseyside that will get the attention this weekend. That is because Liverpool travels to London to face Frank Lampard and Chelsea is what could be a crucial fixture come May.
But, that is not the only key fixture of the second matchday. The St. Mary’s Stadium will be full of action on Sunday as well when Jose Mourinho tries to pull a win out of his struggling Spurs side. Additionally, Aston Villa gets their campaign off and running as Jack Grealish and company square off against Sheffield United in the West Midlands.
Premier League Matchday 2 Odds
|Everton||-1 (-115)||-195||O 2.5 (-132)|
|West Brom||+1 (-104)||+540||U 2.5 (+108)|
|Leeds United||-1 (+108)||-165||O 2.5 (-105)|
|Fulham||+1 (-130)||+480||U 2.5 (-115)|
|Manchester United||-1.5 (-105)||-335||O 3 (+107)|
|Crystal Palace||+1.5 (-115)||+850||U 3 (-129)|
|Arsenal||-1 (-115)||-190||O 3 (+104)|
|West Ham||+1 (-104)||+480||U 3 (-124)|
|Southampton||pk (+128)||+220||O 2.5 (-104)|
|Tottenham||pk (-155)||+132||U 2.5 (-117)|
|Newcastle||pk (-109)||+175||O 2.5 (+143)|
|Brighton||pk (-109)||+175||U 2.5 (-177)|
|Chelsea||+0.5 (-139)||+220||O 2.5 (-167)|
|Liverpool||-0.5 (+116)||+116||U 2.5 (+138)|
|Leicester City||-1 (+112)||-159||O 2.5 (-103)|
|Burnley||+1 (-136)||+460||U 2.5 (-120)|
|Aston Villa||pk (-110)||+175||O 2.5 (+120)|
|Sheffield United||pk (-109)||+175||U 2.5 (-148)|
|Wolves||+1 (+100)||+540||O 3.5 (+180)|
|Manchester City||-1 (-120)||-195||U 3.5 (-225)|
All odds taken Sept 17 at DraftKings
EPL Pick 1: Chelsea vs Liverpool
It would be naive to say this fixture is not the one everyone has their eyes on this weekend. A heavily improved Chelsea side against a Liverpool team coming off an exhilarating match against Leeds last week. There are so many storylines at play here, which makes this game all the more interesting. One being Lampard and Klopp’s heated battle on the sideline as Liverpool lifted the trophy only a couple of short months ago, fueling what could be a tactical battle come Sunday.
With that being said, Chelsea will be without star signings Hakim Ziyech, Thiago Silva, and Ben Chilwell most likely. Nonetheless, a selection of Pulisic, Mount, Werner and Havertz is still ridiculously good. Liverpool on the other hand are fully fit and Mo Salah is looking braced to have a wonderful season after scoring a hat-trick against Leeds. The last time Chelsea beat Liverpool in the Premier League was 2018, which is why I favor Liverpool in this one.
Pick: Liverpool moneyline (+116)
EPL Pick 2: Southampton vs Tottenham
Another interesting draw on the weekend is Southampton and Tottenham on Sunday. Spurs are coming off of a loss to Everton and narrowly escaped a Europa League qualifier to Locomotiv Plovdiv in Bulgaria Thursday night.
FULL-TIME: Second half goals from @HKane and Tanguy secure victory in Plovdiv.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 17, 2020
Singing Bale and Reguilon will be good for Jose and Spurs, but I expect the fatigue to get to them this weekend. Their defense is far too leaky and with Danny Ings on the other side of the pitch, it is hard to see Tottenham pulling off a win here. In fact, the last time Tottenham won at the St. Mary’s was 2016, which points to a stalemate for this edition.
Pick: Draw (+230)
EPL Pick 3: Aston Villa vs Sheffield United
Lastly, Aston Villa take on Sheffield in a game that fans should be overtly excited about. Sheffield won their first match-up last season 2-0 but were forced to accept a 0-0 draw three months ago due to a failure of Eagle Eye technology on the goal line, costing them three points.
Nonetheless, these two sides have both improved and with Ollie Watkins and Grealish on offense for Villa, they could be dangerous. Despite Sheffield’s stifling defense, I expect Grealish to bag a worldie and impress the fans from home with a great value bet.
Pick: Grealish to score (+335)
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