- The 2020-21 EPL is on Matchday 3 with games taking place this Saturday, Sunday and Monday
- Reigning champions Liverpool, currently with a 100-percent record, entertain Arsenal on Monday night
- We list the odds for all ten games and preview three, offering our best picks below
Matchday 3 of the new EPL season is incoming, with five teams currently with 100-percent records after two games plus Man City who won their opener at Wolves on Monday night. The early weeks of the season are often rife with anomalous results, so there’s invariably some value to be had for the bettors if you can pick them. We’ll give it a go.
We list the odds for all ten games, preview three, and offer a pick for each.
English Premier League Matchday 3 Odds
|Brighton||+1 (+105)||+380||Ov 2.5 (-112)|
|Manchester United||-1 (+210)||-130||Un 2.5 (-108)|
|Crystal Palace||+1 (-140)||+270||Ov 2.5 (+128)|
|Everton||-1 (+340)||+110||Un 2.5 (-156)|
|West Brom||+1 (+210)||+700||Ov 2.5 (-150)|
|Chelsea||-1 (+115)||-270||Un 2.5 (+124)|
|Burnley||+1 (-160)||+230||Ov 2.5 (+120)|
|Southampton||-1 (+380)||+130||Un 2.5 (-146)|
|Sheffield United||+1 (-210)||+170||Ov 2.5 (+106)|
|Leeds||-1 (+480)||+160||Un 2.5 (-128)|
|Tottenham||-1 (+130)||-230||Ov 2.5 (-132)|
|Newcastle||+1 (+180)||+600||Un 2.5 (+108)|
|Manchester City||-2 (+220)||-340||Ov 3.5 (-106)|
|Leicester||+2 (-105)||+850||Un 3.5 (-116)|
|West Ham||+1 (-160)||+230||Ov 2.5 (+125)|
|Wolves||-1 (+380)||+125||Un 2.5 (-152)|
|Fulham||+1 (-195)||+185||Ov 2.5 (+108)|
|Aston Villa||-1 (+460)||+155||Un 2.5 (-132)|
|Liverpool||-1 (+130)||-220||Ov 2.5 (-190)|
|Arsenal||+1 (+175)||+550||Un 2.5 (+154)|
All odds taken Sept 22 at FanDuel
Pick 1: Crystal Palace vs Everton
This is one that whets the appetite, with Palace coming into the game off the back of their thrilling 3-1 win at Old Trafford at the weekend, and Everton having a 100-percent record after their first two games. For Roy Hodgson’s Palace, the win over Manchester United sent out an important signal: that the Eagles are looking to improve this season and will not be content to just survive in the EPL.
A narrow home win on opening day for Palace over Southampton hinted at a steady, if unspectacular, start to the campaign, but they were sensational at Old Trafford and could have scored more than the three. United were well beaten and knew it.
🗣 @andros_townsend: "We’ve had a good start, but it doesn’t get easier next week – Everton, who are flying high. We know we need to keep our heads in the game."#CPFC | https://t.co/utMcYSlISB pic.twitter.com/Botam76Rer
— Crystal Palace F.C. (@CPFC) September 22, 2020
For Everton, the summer arrivals of James Rodriguez, Allan, and Abdoulaye Doucouré were a massive signal of intent and they’ve backed this promise up with two excellent performances – away at Tottenham (1-0) and then at home against West Brom (5-2). Manager Carlo Ancelotti has been backed handsomely by his board and the early signs of Everton being able to gatecrash the big six are good.
So, two in-form teams and therefore a tricky one to call. Someone’s 100-percent record has to go and, in fact, I have a feeling both may lose it. For me, there’s value here in the draw.
Pick: Crystal and Everton to draw (+230)
Pick 2: Brighton vs Manchester United
Brighton are +380 for the win here but have a much better chance of victory than those odds suggest. All is not well at Manchester United, and their weekend home defeat by Crystal Palace was the culmination of a summer of off-the-pitch turmoil, with captain Harry Maguire being arrested and found guilty of bodily harm and attempted bribery while on holiday in Mykonos, and Mason Greenwood being sent home from England international duty for off-field misdemeanors.
There’s also United’s summer pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, which has so far been fruitless, and the only real name to arrive at Old Trafford over the break was Dutch international Donny van de Beek from Ajax. With other targets having been highlighted and missed, there is considerable disquiet among the United fanbase who were hoping this would be the season they rejoined the title race.
Brighton, whose opening day 3-1 defeat by Chelsea was disappointing but not unexpected, were outstanding at the weekend when they won 3-0 in Newcastle; a win that was every bit as comfortable and accomplished as the scoreline suggests. The Seagulls are looking confident and well-organized under Graham Potter and will consider this an ideal time to play United.
Pick: Brighton to win (+380)
Pick 3: Sheffield United vs Leeds
Leeds’s opening day defeat at Anfield may have ended in a 4-3 defeat but still earned them plaudits aplenty for their positive, attacking and free-flowing soccer. Under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa, the Yorkshire team have finally managed to return to the Premier League after a 17-year absence, and the early signs suggest they will give a good account of themselves. They followed the defeat by Liverpool with a first win of the season – 4-3 again – at home to fellow promotees Fulham, and while they are yet to find a settled defense, they look full of goals.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, are now into their second season back in the top flight after defying expectations last season, only just missing out on a place in the Europa League. Many have predicted that this campaign, with EPL teams having had a season to understand the unique way in which manager Chris Wilder sets his team up, will be a tricky one for the Blades, and the early signs indicate this may well be the case. Two defeats for United in two games have not reflected the quality of two decent performances but it’s made for a tough start. Leeds will fancy this and with good reason.
Pick: Leeds to win (+160)
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