Looking ahead to Matchweek 3 of the 2023/24 EPL season, we break down the five best bets for the weekend of Premier League action.
1. Tottenham H2H vs Bournemouth @ $1.95
There’s an electricity around Tottenham at the moment that fans have been crying out for. Ange-ball has well and truly arrived, underpinned by the dynamic James Maddison and Yves Bissouma. Unsurprisingly to any world game fans in Australia, Postecoglou has got his side looking very fit, pressing high up the pitch and generally playing an aggressive style. With a big win over Manchester United under the belt, they can now really express themselves. Bournemouth away will be no easy kill, but Spurs should have too much class in this one.
— Premier League (@premierleague) August 22, 2023
2. Nottingham Forest +2.0 vs Manchester United @ $1.95
United have made a thoroughly unconvincing start to the 2023/24 EPL season. The scrappiest of wins to start against Wolves, which even the most ardent of United fans would admit should have been a draw, was followed by another poor outing against Tottenham in which Erik ten Hag’s men were shown up badly in the second half. They’ve been exposed on the counter, and been opened up through midfield. Forest on the other hand have been solid. An honourable loss to start against Arsenal was followed by a 2-1 win over Sheffield United. A two-goal head-start here could leave them well positioned.
🗣 "I think Man United are the new Spurs… DESPERATE" 😬
Roy Keane is NOT happy! 😡 pic.twitter.com/L0KjpkB7ht
— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) August 19, 2023
3. Phil Foden (Man City) to score vs Sheffield United @ $2.65
Foden has started the season in ominous touch. In and out of City’s starting XI last season —despite the fact he would waltz into every other EPL team — Foden looks like a man with a point to prove. And with Kevin de Bruyne out for some time, he appears more than ready to step up. “It’s one of the best I have ever seen,” manager Pep Guardiola said of his performance against Newcastle in Matchweek 2. “Every control, he knows exactly how to attack the goal. He doesn’t need two or three touches to be in the right position to attack the goal.” It’s a ringing endorsement. And there’s every chance he gets into a scoring position against the Blades.
Most chances created in the Premier League so far this season:
◉ 9 – Phil Foden
◉ 9 – Kaoru Mitoma
◎ 8 – Pascal Groß
◎ 8 – James Maddison
◎ 8 – Pervis Estupiñán
◎ 8 – Julián Álvarez
Maddison is the only one that doesn't play for Man City or Brighton. 😅 pic.twitter.com/Uray2b4fDE
— Squawka (@Squawka) August 21, 2023
4. Newcastle H2H vs Liverpool @ $2.15
While it was only a 1-0 defeat, something most clubs would take against champions Manchester City, Newcastle would have been stung by last week’s result. Not because they were thoroughly outclassed, but because they failed to really lay a glove on Pep Guardiola’s all-conquering side. Back on home soil this weekend, they’ll be desperate to claim their first big scalp for the season. St James’ Park will be rocking, and Eddie Howe’s high intensity style is sure to put the Reds —who themselves have failed to lay down an early marker — under significant pressure early. The match of the round for Matchweek 3.
🗣 "Guardiola's comments after the game spoke loud and clear. He is obviously very impressed with what Newcastle are doing"https://t.co/AA1zy80ETV
— FourFourTwo (@FourFourTwo) August 22, 2023
5. Yoane Wise (Brentford) to score vs Crystal Palace @ $2.85
There’s a new main man at Brentford. With Ivan Toney under a long-term suspension, Yoane Wise has more than taken up the mantle as the West London club’s key striker. Hitting the back of the net in the Bees’ opening two games of the EPL season, Wissa is a man on a mission. Not only that, he is getting in great positions with consistent service from his midfield. His 10 shots in the opening two matches is the second-most in the league. Back at home this week, he looms as a real chance to make it three from three.
🔥 Wissa getting things going pic.twitter.com/U5Fcw1KXCy
— Brentford FC (@BrentfordFC) August 19, 2023