The 2020-21 EPL season rolls into Week 2 – get your EPL tips for all 10 games, including a blockbuster between Chelsea and Liverpool.
History: Played 167: Everton 69 V West Brom 59 (39 Draws)
Last meeting: January 20, 2018 (EPL): 1-1 draw at Goodison Park
Final Thoughts: Disappointing at the end of last season, Everton got the new campaign off to an idea start courtesy of a 1-0 win at Tottenham. Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s 55th-minute goal secured the upset result. Meanwhile, Michael Keane notched a brace in a 3-0 rout of Salford City in midweek EFL Cup action.
West Bromwich Albion endured a rude reintroduction to the Premier League via a 3-0 home loss to Leicester. The Baggies kept a clean sheet until the 56th minute, however, while it was a pair of late penalties that caused the scoreline to blow out. They regained some pride with a 3-0 League Cup win over Harrogate Town.
West Brom have won just one of their last 11 against Everton, but the last two encounters finished in low-scoring draws.
These teams are on a short turnaround, which favours Everton at home – as does last week’s form.
History: Played 57: Leeds 23 V Fulham 19 (15 Draws)
Last meeting: June 27, 2020 (Championship): Leeds 3 d Fulham 0 at Elland Road
Final Thoughts: Leeds United made a rousing return to the EPL against defending champs Liverpool at Anfield. They fought back to draw level three times, only to lose 4-3 on the back of an 88th-minute penalty. Leeds look capable of following in Wolves’ and Sheffield’s footsteps of finishing inside the top half in their first season after promotion.
Less impressively, Leeds lost their EFL Cup tie to Hull City in a penalty shootout.
Fellow promoted club Fulham copped a 3-0 thrashing at home from Arsenal. But the Cottagers managed a 1-0 League Cup win at Ipswich Town midweek.
Leeds ended a seven-match winless run against Fulham in the teams’ most recent encounter. The Peacocks romped to a 3-0 result at home less than three months ago soon after the post-COVID-19 resumption.
Leeds United are short here but should get the result at home.
History: Played 57: Man United 38 V Crystal Palace 8 (11 Draws)
Last meeting: July 16, 2020 (EPL): Man United 2 d Crystal Palace 0 at Selhurst Park
Final Thoughts: Man United’s Week 1 match was postponed after their Europa League campaign ran into mid-August. They instead lost a friendly at Aston Villa 1-0. United fans will be looking forward to the injection of former Ajax midfielder Donny van de Beek at some point to make his club debut.
Crystal Palace grabbed a 1-0 season-opening win at home over Southampton via Wilfried Zaha’s 13th-minute goal. They dipped out of the EFL Cup after losing to Bournemouth on penalties.
Palace’s 2-1 upset of United at Old Trafford early last season ended a 13-match winless run in the rivalry. It was also just Palace’s eighth victory in 56 clashes with the traditional heavyweights. But United grabbed a 2-0 result on the road late in the 2019-20 campaign.
Desperate to avoid another slow start to the campaign after winning only two of their first nine last season, expect the Red Devils to come out firing.
History: Played 142: Arsenal 68 V West Ham 35 (39 Draws)
Last meeting: March 7, 2020 (EPL): Arsenal 1 d West Ham 0 at Emirates Stadium
Final Thoughts: Fresh from FA Cup and Community Shield success, Arsenal kicked off their EPL campaign with a 3-0 drubbing of Fulham in Week 1. Lacazette struck early, Gabriel doubled the lead just after halftime and Aubameyang sealed the deal in the 57th minute.
West Ham were disappointing in a 2-0 home loss to Newcastle last weekend – a far from ideal result after a summer of discontent for the club. But their 3-0 League Cup win over Charlton Athletic midweek, featuring two goals in the space of four minutes from Sebastien Haller, would have buoyed Hammers’ spirits.
West Ham have won just two of their last 26 against Arsenal. The Gunners prevailed in both encounters last season – 3-1 at London Stadium and 1-0 at home.
On the strength of last weeks’ respective performances, Hammers’ prospects of a rare victory in the rivalry appear remote.
History: Played 197: Tottenham 83 V Southampton 64 (50 Draws)
Last meeting: February 5, 2020 (FA Cup): Tottenham 3 d Southampton 2 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Final Thoughts: A pair of clubs that went down 1-0 in Week 1 square off – but it’s Tottenham that are undoubtedly under more pressure.
Southampton came away from their trip to Crystal Palace with a loss, which was compounded by a dismal 2-0 EFL Cup defeat to Brentford midweek. Spurs were upset at home by Everton, before forging a late comeback to beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv in a midweek Europa League qualifying trip to Bulgaria.
It’s a hectic start to the season for Tottenham, who are away to Leyton Orient in the EFL Cup only a couple of days after this match.
The Saints have managed two wins and two draws in their last seven clashes with Spurs. Both sides banked a home win over the other during the 2019-20 EPL season, while Tottenham emerged victorious in a hard-fought two-leg FA Cup tie earlier this year.
Despite their struggles, Tottenham have far too much strike to pass up at this price against a Southampton side that doesn’t appear to have a lot going for them.
History: Played 26: Brighton 10 V Newcastle 9 (7 Draws)
Last meeting: July 20, 2020 (EPL): 0-0 draw at Amex Stadium
Final Thoughts: Newcastle have their tails up after a 2-0 win at West Ham in Week 1. New signing Callum Wilson opened their account in the 56th minute and Jeff Hendrick scored the late sealer. The Magpies also put away Blackburn Rovers 1-0 in midweek EFL Cup action.
Brighton were looking good when Leandro Trossard’s 54th-minute goal cancelled out Chelsea’s first-half penalty. But the Seagulls found themselves 3-1 down within 12 minutes, which is where the scoreboard finished up. They went on a goalscoring spree in the second half in the League Cup, however, thrashing Portsmouth 4-0.
Newcastle are winless in their last six clashes with Brighton. None of those matches produced more than two goals, with five featuring a total of one or zero. Last season’s two encounters finished in scoreless draws.
Lean towards Newcastle at home, while the under also looks fairly safe.
History: Played 186: Liverpool 81 V Chelsea 64 (41 Draws)
Last meeting: July 22, 2020 (EPL): Liverpool 5 d Chelsea 3 at Anfield
Final Thoughts: The marquee match of Week 2 sees both clubs coming off high-scoring first-up wins.
Chelsea overcame Brighton 3-1 away after second-half goals to Reece James and Kurt Zouma. Liverpool had a much tougher time of it at home to promoted Leeds. After getting out to a lead and then reeled in on three occasions, an 88th-minute penalty converted by Mo Salah – his third goal of the match – snatched a 4-3 win.
Liverpool have won four of their last five against Chelsea. The Blues knocked the Reds out of the FA Cup in March, but Liverpool got up 2-1 at Stamford Bridge and 5-3 at home in the heavyweights’ two EPL showdowns last season.
With Liverpool exposed defensively last week, there’s a lot to like about the over and Chelsea as a home underdog this weekend.
History: Played 114: Leicester 46 V Burnley 37 (31 Draws)
Last meeting: January 19, 2020 (EPL): Burnley 2 d Leicester 1 at Turf Moor
Final Thoughts: Leicester took their time in putting West Brom away last weekend, but eventually powered to a 3-0 result with a 56th-minute opener from Timothy Castagne and two late Jamie Vardy penalties.
Scheduled to play Man City, Burnley’s Week 1 assignment was postponed. Instead the Clarets beat Maritimo 3-0 in a friendly before getting past Sheffield United in the EFL Cup in a penalty shootout.
The clubs have split their last seven games three apiece with one drawn. Both sides notched a 2-1 home win over the other last season. Chris Wood scored for Burnley in both matches.
New Zealand captain Wood is juicy value to get his name on the scoresheet, but Vardy is better goalscorer option as Leicester start warm favourites at home.
History: Played 136: Aston Villa 63 V Sheffield 40 (33 Draws)
Last meeting: June 17, 2020 (EPL): 0-0 draw at Villa Park
Final Thoughts: Aston Villa’s Week 1 clash with Man United was postponed, but they will nevertheless be buoyed by a 1-0 friendly win over the Red Devils. Oliver Watkins scored Villa’s goal in that match and also opened the scoring in a 3-1 EFL Cup win over Burton Albion midweek.
Sheffield United – the overachievers of last season’s premiership – are scrambling for a positive result, meanwhile, after losing 2-0 at home to Wolves in Week 1 and bombing out of the League Cup with a penalty shootout defeat to Burnley.
Sheffield are unbeaten in their last four against Villa. Last season the Blades prevailed 2-0 at Bramall Lane before the teams played out a scoreless draw at Villa Park.
Expect Sheffield to play it tight after having their pants pulled down early by Wolves. A tough match-up to get a read on, so a conservative unders play might be the way to go.
History: Played 122: Wolverhampton 49 V Man City 48 (25 Draws)
Last meeting: December 27, 2019 (EPL): Wolverhampton 3 d Man City 2 at Molineux Stadium
Final Thoughts: Man City’s late finish to their European commitments meant their Week 1 fixture was postponed. They instead get a tough road trip to open their campaign.
Wolverhampton made a blistering start against Sheffield, with Jimenez and Saiss scoring in the first six minutes. Wolves shut up shop to bank a handy 2-0 away victory. A 1-0 League Cup loss to Stoke City took the wind out of their sails somewhat.
Wolverhampton claimed a remarkable double against Man City last season, beating the defending champs 2-0 at Etihad Stadium and 3-2 at home. Wolves also won the teams’ PL Asia Trophy clash in July 2019 in a penalty shootout.
A fourth straight upset may be beyond Wolves, but they should provide City with a strenuous initial EPL test.