The exciting new English Premier League season continues this weekend with Matchday 2 action. We’ve got a full 10 fixture round on our hands this time around, which includes plenty of intriguing matchups.
See our full preview and betting picks for the key games in Matchday 2 below.
EPL Matchday 2 Betting Picks
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace
Old Trafford, Saturday 12:30pm ET
Manchester United had to wait an extra week to get their new campaign underway due to Covid complications. There’s a lot more optimism surrounding the Red Devils this season on the back of their flying finish last campaign, so it’ll be interesting to see how they fare.
Crystal Palace were able to get their season off to a winning start with a gritty 1-0 victory at home over Southampton. Wilfried Zaha was the hero in the 13th minute, proving he is still an asset on the pitch even if he doesn’t necessarily want to be there.
While Palace were good enough to negotiate the win against Southampton, Manchester United are a completely different beast and will be desperate to get off to a winning start. The Red Devils defeated Palace to nil last time they met and we’re expecting more of the same this time around.
Newcastle United vs Brighton & Hove Albion
St. James’ Park, Sunday 9am ET
Newcastle made a couple of ket signings in the off-season, snatching up then Bournemouth duo Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson. The latter has already started to repay the faith, scoring the first of their two goals in their season-opening win.
Brighton & Hove Albion looked sharp early in their match against Chelsea last weekend, but weren’t able to capitalise on their first half chances. They eventually went on to lose the match 3-1 despite leading most important statistical categories.
Neither of these two sides are expected to finish in the top half of the table, but we believe the Magpies will have a genuine chance to get close. They’ve improved their deficiencies from a season ago and should be too good for Brighton this weekend.
Chelsea vs Liverpool
Stamford Bridge, Sunday 11:30am
As mentioned above, Chelsea were 3-1 winners against Brighton in their Matchday 1 fixture. The scoreline probably wasn’t a true representation of how the match played out, but sometimes winning dirty is what you need.
Liverpool also got off the mark with a win in their first match of the season, defeating Leeds United at Anfield in a seven goal thriller. Mo Salah was the hero with his winner in the 88th minute, which capped off his hat-trick.
This is a huge fixture this early on in the season and one that looms as must watch TV. 11 goals were scored in the two meetings between these clubs last season, so you can expect another attacking game this weekend. In terms of a result, we can’t go past backing the defending champs at a double-your-money quote. They’re the best in the business and winning these big games is a major reason why.