Premier League Gameweek 2 Betting Tips

The following are betting tips for selected fixtures in Gameweek 2 of the 2020/21 English Premier League.

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Everton vs. West Brom


Back Everton in the head-to-head at 1.53 (bet365, Unibet)

I had high hopes for Everton heading into this season given Carlo Ancelotti’s acquisitions during the summer and James Rodriguez & Allan, both of whom played under Ancelotti previously, gave the side an immediate boost in their away win over Tottenham last week. The win broke an 11-game losing streak away against Tottenham, making it something they hadn’t achieved since 2008. West Brom, in contrast, suffered a demoralising 0-3 home defeat to Leicester in their first fixture since winning promotion. The Baggies only achieved one shot on target and this week doesn’t get any easier.

Leeds vs. Fulham


Back Leeds in the head-to-head at 1.62 (Unibet)

I had looked ahead and backed Leeds at 1.75 prior to the start of Round 1. At 1.62 they still represent good value. Leeds fell 3-4 in an entertaining clash against Liverpool at Anfield last week. A late penalty cost them a draw but already it appears that Marcelo Bielsa’s style of football will work in the Premier League. Leeds were incredibly positive in attack and while the hosts took advantage of their defensive frailties, Liverpool are a completely different kettle of fish to their next opponents, Fulham. The Cottagers started their campaign with a 0-3 home defeat to Arsenal. Their attack isn’t helped by the fact that Aleksandar Mitrovic isn’t up to full fitness and they made too many mistakes at the back. Fulham will have to decide quickly whether to continue with the style of football that won them promotion or change to a more defensive-minded, conservative style to increase their survival chances.

Arsenal vs. West Ham


Back Arsenal in the head-to-head at 1.55 (Unibet)

Arsenal have gone 8-0-1 at home over the last nine seasons against West Ham. They have won their last four straight at home against the Hammers. Arsenal ended last season on a high by winning the FA Cup. They followed that up by winning the Community Shield on penalties against Liverpool and that strong form has carried into this season with a convincing 3-0 away win over Fulham. Gabriel and Willian both impressed on debut for Arsenal as the Gunners have good cause to be optimistic this season. West Ham, meanwhile, started their campaign with a limp 0-2 home defeat to Newcastle. The defeat doesn’t help the sour mood in the club that started with the controversial decision to sell Grady Diangana.

Newcastle vs. Brighton


Back Newcastle +0.5 at 1.42 (bet365)

Newcastle started their campaign with an impressive away win over West Ham, with new signings Bruce, Wilson, Lewis and Hendrick all making positive contributions. Brighton started their campaign with a 1-3 home defeat to Chelsea. They have received a further blow, with headline signing Adam Lallana picking up what appeared to be a hamstring injury – the same injury that caused him to miss 31 games during his 2017-18 season with Liverpool. Newcastle have gone 3-5-0 as the home favourite over the last 12 months while Brighton have gone 2-6-6 as the away underdog.

Chelsea vs. Liverpool


Back both teams to score at 1.55 (BlueBet)

I’m expecting goals in this clash. Both sides have scored in 10 of the last 12 meetings between the two, as well as in 8 of the last 10 meetings between the two at Stamford Bridge. Chelsea come into this clash on the back of a 4-goal game while Liverpool saw seven goals scored in their opening match. The last time the two clubs met Liverpool won 5-3. I’ve opted for both teams to score instead of over 2.5 goals because five of the last twelve meetings between the two ended 1-1.


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