It was an action packed opening weekend of the English Premier League season, with stadiums packed out across England for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic. Matchday Two will be set to provide just as much excitement, headlined by a huge clash between Arsenal and Chelsea! We’ve got you covered with our best picks for Matchday Two!
EPL Betting Picks 2021-22: Matchday 2
Leeds United vs Everton
Elland Road, Saturday 10:00am ET
Leeds were given a big lesson on the gap between themselves at the top four in their opening match of the season, as Manchester United dominated them in a 5-1 smashing. Bruno Fernandes netted a hat trick and Paul Pogba recorded an astounding four assists, as the Leeds midfield and defence were given a hiding at Old Trafford.
Rafa Benitez had the perfect start to his tenure at Everton, with a 3-1 win over Southampton. Benitez was praised for his positional changes in defence and attack, which saw the Toffees play an exciting brand in the second half after going down 1-0. After seeing Leeds’ high press get taken apart by United last week, Everton will be full of confidence that Richarlison, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Alex Iwobi will be able to create plenty of opportunities.
Whilst Leeds had an incredible campaign last season to finish in ninth place, everyone has now had twelve months to figure them out, and the surprise factor they had last year. Everton have the firepower in their front half, and the creativity in midfield to put Leeds under immense pressure. It could be a big day in front of goal for the Toffees.
Wolverhampton vs Tottenham
Molineux Stadium, Sunday 9:00am ET
Wolves host their former manager Nuno Espirito Santo at the Molineux Stadium on Sunday morning, fresh off the back of Tottenham’s inspired win over Manchester City. The defending champions dominated possession (66%) and had an abundance of shots on goal (18), however Spurs’ defence held firm after a tumultuous off season for Tottenham. Wolves in contrast had the majority of play in their opening match of the season against Leicester City.
Wolverhampton continued their scoring woes they had late in last season, with 17 shots on goal, only producing three shots on target. It’s the third time in their last four Premier League games they’ve gone goalless, and they’ve now lost four consecutive Premier League games. Spurs will be full of confidence after upsetting Manchester City, with Nuno giving a clear brand of football Spurs will play without Harry Kane. His side is well structured in defence and able to absorb pressure before launching on the counter, and with a star like Heung Min Son in attack, he only needs a slight chance to put the ball in the back of the net.
With the way Wolves have played over the last twelve months, this is a nightmare matchup for them. Tottenham will sit back and put plenty of numbers in defence, and it’s hard to see Wolves finding a way to penetrate through. Spurs have a solid recent record against Wolverhampton in the Premier League, with 4 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses in their last eight Premier League games against Wolves. Tottenham are riding high after last week, and they’ll carry that through for back to back wins to kick off their season.
Arsenal vs Chelsea
Emirates Stadium, Sunday 11:30am ET
There was optimism heading into this season for Arsenal after a positive end to season ‘20/’21, however that hope was dashed at an instant after an embarrassing loss to Brentford in their first game in the top flight of English football in 74 years. Chelsea had a much happier start to the season with a comprehensive 3-0 victory against Crystal Palace.
Arsenal’s defence was once again at the fore of their problems, as they conceded two goals despite Brentford only having 35% possession. Bernd Leno had a nightmare between the sticks, and with a struggling defence in front of him, it could get ugly this weekend against a quality outfit like Chelsea. With the way Arsenal played in attack, they’re going to struggle to move the ball against an outstanding Chelsea back five. Thomas Tuchel reinvented Chelsea’s defence after his arrival during last season, helping Chelsea become the second best defence in the Premier League last season, conceding just 36 goals. Arsenal were a mediocre side in attack last season, ranking ninth for goals last season. Given the struggles they’ve had over the last two seasons, it’s tough to see them finding a way to put goals past this outstanding Chelsea defence.
Chelsea have only conceded six goals from their last ten Premier League matches, and with the form of Mount and Pulisic, this Chelsea side is incredibly well rounded and will be pushing for the title late into the season. This game could get ugly for an Arsenal side that hasn’t improved for a long time, against an incredibly reliable and in form Chelsea.
Liverpool vs Burnley (Saturday 7:30am ET)
Liverpool -1 (-167 with Pointsbet)
Crystal Palace vs Brentford (Saturday 10am ET)
Crystal Palace H2H (+165 with Pointsbet)
Manchester City vs Norwich (Saturday 10am ET)
Manchester City -2 (-115 with Pointsbet)
Aston Villa vs Newcastle (Saturday 10am ET)
Total goals under 2.5 (+105 with Pointsbet)
Brighton vs Watford (Saturday 12:30pm ET)
Total goals over 2.5 (+120 with Pointsbet)
Southampton vs Manchester United (Sunday 9:00am ET)
Manchester United -2 (+450 with Pointsbet)
West Ham vs Leicester (Monday 3:00pm ET)
Leicester H2H (+165 with Pointsbet)