Premier League Round 2 Preview: Title Challengers Try To Keep Manchester City In Check

Premier League Round 2 Preview: Title Challengers Try To Keep Manchester City In Check

The likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Liverpool will all try and keep pace with record breaking champions

The second round of the new FA Premier League season is set to kick off this coming Saturday (18 August) with the chasing pack looking to stay on the coat tails of Manchester City. The likes of Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool all have games their fans would expect to win this weekend, and given City’s high standards, three points would look to be absolutely imperative.

First things first

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Tottenham play their first home game of the new season at Wembley in a London derby against Fulham. And Spurs made a winning start to the new campaign as they beat Newcastle 2-1 at St. James’ Park last weekend – they now need to follow that up with three more points in the capital.

Fulham invested heavily in their squad over the summer transfer window, but were given a jolting reality check last week as they lost 2-0 at home to Crystal Palace. And things are unlikely to get any easier against a side expected to challenge for the league title.

Tottenham are the clear favourites to make it two wins out of two at a price of just 1.25, while Fulham are all the way out at 10.00 to get their first three points on the board. A comfortable, 2-0 win for Spurs is priced at 7.00, according to Oddsshark.

Manchester United look to continue solid start

Jose Mourinho will want to make it two wins in as many games when his Manchester United side travel to take on Brighton this Sunday. The Red Devils kicked off the new season with a hard fought 2-1 win over Leicester City at Old Trafford last Friday night.

Chris Hughton and his Brighton team need some sort of result, however. They lost their season opener 2-0 away to Watford, but can take encouragement from the fact they took all three points against Manchester United on home soil last season in a 2-1 win of their own.

Nevertheless, it is United who are the red-hot favourites to continue their winning form. The visitors are at just 1.72 to take all three points, with Brighton out at 5.00 and a draw priced in the middle at 3.50.

A 2-1 win for United is priced competitively t 9.50, offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment. You could also more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.20, while both teams to score is at 2.00.

And if you fancy Romelu Lukaku to find the back of the net there is another chance to double your money. The Belgian is at 2.20 to net t any time, and 4.50 to score either the first or last goal of the game.

Liverpool also take to the road

And on the Monday evening, Liverpool look to maintain their 100 per cent start to the season as they travel to London to take on Crystal Palace. The Reds thrashed West Ham 4-0 on the opening day and now must build up a head of steam as they look to challenge for the title come the end of the campaign.

Palace, however, also made a winning start to the new season, recording a 2-0 win away to newly promoted Fulham. This will be a far more stringent test of the side’s abilities, however, as they look to steer clear of the relegation zone – Crystal Palace are at just 1.61 to finish in the bottom half of the table.

And perhaps unsurprisingly, it is Liverpool who come into the game as favourites to make it two wins from two. The Reds are at just 1.40 to take all three points, with Palace priced high at 7.00 and a draw at 4.75.

Liverpool will look to play on the front foot as always and a 3-1 win for the visitors is priced at 12.00, thereby offering more than a ten-fold return on any investment. You could also triple your money by backing Liverpool to win both halves at a price of 3.25.

Premier League round 2 fixtures:

Saturday, 18 August

(3.00) Cardiff x Newcastle United (2.45); draw (3.10)

(1.95) Everton x Southampton (4.00); draw (3.10)

(2.00) Leicester City x Wolverhampton Wanderers (3.80); draw (3.40)

(1.25) Tottenham x Fulham (10.00); draw (6.00)

(2.05) West Ham United x Bournemouth (3.60); draw (3.30)

(1.80) Chelsea x Arsenal (4.00); draw (4.00)

Sunday, 19 August

(2.37) Burnley x Watford (3.25); draw (3.00)

(1.083) Manchester City x Huddersfield (21.00); draw (11.00)

(5.00) Brighton x Manchester United (1.72); draw (3.50)

Monday, 20 August

(7.00) Crystal Palace x Liverpool (1.40); draw (4.75)

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