MatchDay 2 – Saturday

Published by on August 19, 2017

Saturday’s Premier League preview

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Frank de Boer endured a nightmare start against Huddersfield last week and they must now face a Liverpool attack who have scored five goals in two games. The only real plus for the Eagles is that the hosts will be without Philippe Coutinho, as the wantaway playmaker is still suffering from a back injury. Even if the outlook is bleak for Palace, we're backing a home win with both teams to score due to Liverpool's continued problems with set pieces - that's at 7/4.

Swansea vs Manchester United

Although West Ham didn't put up much of a fight at Old Trafford, Manchester United deserve to be top after their opening day 4-0 win. It's difficult to see Swansea avoiding a similar fate, especially now they've lost Gylfi Sigurdsson. In the post-Fergie era, Paul Clement's side have won three out, drawn one, and lost four of their eight games against the Red Devils. Sky Bet's most enticing special is 8/1 for Romelu Lukaku to score, United to win, and Swansea to receive 30+ booking points.

Southampton vs West Ham

Southampton are just not scoring goals, a problem that stretches back to the end of last season. This is the perfect time for them to welcome West Ham, who don't look to have overcome last term's shortcomings either. In their last 10 meetings, the Saints have lost four, won three, and drawn three, so it's a fixture which has a pretty mixed history. A draw looks the best price at 14/5.

Burnley vs West Brom

A West Brom win is at 2/1, probably on account of Burnley's impressive home form last season. The Clarets will go into the game buoyed by their shock victory against champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. They do have problems, however, as the departures of Michael Keane and Andre Gray may well start to take their toll.

Leicester vs Brighton

Brighton are at 4/1 to win at the King Power, which is just testament to how hard things are going to be for them. Perhaps that's a little unfair, as they gave a good account of themselves against Manchester City. A home win is still the most likely outcome, however, with Jamie Vardy at 13/8 to score and win.

Bournemouth vs Watford

Watford hit three past Liverpool in their season opener and they will look to employ the same tactics against Bournemouth, who regularly conceded that number last season. There are plenty of decent picks for first goalscorer too, with Jermain Defoe the favourite at 4/1. Andre Gray is at 7/1, while Josh King is at 9/2.

Stoke vs Arsenal

Arsenal did not make light work of beating Leicester. However, it looks like it's going to be another tough start to the season for the Potters. Alexandre Lacazette is at 4/1 to score first again, while more optimistic Stoke fans might want to back new boy and Champions League winner Jese Rodriguez at 9/1.