EPL Betting Picks 2021-22: Matchday 3
Fans are set for another massive weekend of Premier League action, with some of the biggest clubs in England going head to head in crucial matches on Matchday Three. Arsenal face an uphill battle to get their first win of the season when they take on Manchester City, while Liverpool hosts Chelsea in a mouth watering clash at Anfield. As always we’ve got you covered with our top picks for Matchday Three!
Manchester City vs Arsenal
Etihad Stadium, Saturday 7:30am ET
Manchester City got back on track with a 5-0 demolition against Norwich, with Jack Grealish opening his account for his new club. City were comprehensive in their performance last week, recording 16 shots to Norwich’s 1, in an outstanding showing of what their star studded side is capable of.
Arsenal head to The Etihad on Saturday with an awful start to the season, sitting in 19th after back to back losses to open their campaign. This matchup could be disastrous for the Gunners, with their struggling back four to be without Ben White again after he tested positive for covid. City have had their way against Arsenal in recent years, going unbeaten against the Gunners in their last eleven Premier League games, winning nine of them. In the eleven game unbeaten run, Manchester City have scored 25 goals against Arsenal, with the average winning margin in the nine wins being two goals.
City were the highest scoring team in the Premier League last season, and they showed their attacking firepower last weekend. The defending champs had four individual goal scorers last week, and it’s difficult to see the Gunners being able to hold up in defence. Arsenal are under a mountain of pressure and it’s going to be a scary day for them at The Etihad, Manchester City are going to produce another comprehensive performance.
West Ham vs Crystal Palace
London Stadium, Saturday 10:00am ET
It’s been a dream start for West Ham, with the Hammers leading the league after two impressive wins to kick off their campaign. Michail Antonio’s brace led the Hammers to a superb 4-1 victory over Leicester on Matchday Two.
They take on an out of form Crystal Palace that has just one point from their opening two games of the season, after their goalless draw against Brentford. The Hammers have netted eight goals from their first two games, with David Moyes continuing to implement his side with the attacking flair they showed last season where they secured a Europa League berth. Michail Antonio sits atop the Golden Boot race, while the Hammers have five individual goal scorers, the equal most of any team in the league. Crystal Palace have yet to score this season, and have allowed thirteen goals against themselves in their last six Premier League games.
New manager Patrick Viera has struggled to get his side going at either end of the pitch, and they’re an outfit that is lacking an identity. West Ham have got some serious momentum going, and they’re a tough side to defend against with the way they move the ball. Palace have conceded two or more goals in five of their last six games, and with the form West Ham’s attackers are in, they could pile on the goals on Saturday.
Liverpool vs Chelsea
Anfield, Saturday 12:30pm ET
Saturday afternoon brings an absolute blockbuster fixture with Liverpool hosting Chelsea at Anfield. Chelsea sit in second place on the Premier League table, with Liverpool in third, both sides have had 3-0 and 2-0 wins in perfect starts to their seasons. Chelsea have carried the form they’ve had since Thomas Tuchel arrived halfway through last season, and new signing Romelu Lukaku looks like the striker that Chelsea have been so desperate for.
Lukaku was at his absolute best against Arsenal with a goal, 95% pass accuracy, a game high 11 touches in the opposition box and a game high 8 shots. The midfield battle looms crucial in this matchup and it is Chelsea’s biggest advantage in this clash. Chelsea’s midfield has been a major reason for their excellent start, with 64% of possession across the opening two weeks of the season, ranked 2nd in the league. N’Golo Kante is set to come back into a midfield with Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Jorginho and Mateo kovacic. Tuchel has an abundance of weapons to pick from in midfield.
Liverpool’s stranglehold at Anfield dissolved last season as their 68 game unbeaten run at home was ended, with Chelsea giving Liverpool one of their seven defeats at Anfield last season. With the way Chelsea went to the Emirates Stadium last week and comprehensively dealt with Arsenal in a hostile environment, they’re set to produce another excellent performance. This is going to be a cracking encounter, with the way Chelsea are playing, they’re too hard to go past.
Newcastle vs Southampton (Saturday 10am ET)
Total Goals Under 1.5 (+270 with Pointsbet)
Aston Villa vs Brentford (Saturday 10am ET)
Aston Villa -1 (+275 with Pointsbet)
Norwich vs Leicester (Saturday 10am ET)
Leicester H2H (-121 with Pointsbet)
Brighton vs Everton (Saturday 10:00am ET)
Over 2.5 goals (+120 with Pointsbet)
Tottenham vs Watford (Sunday 9:00am ET)
Total goals under 1.5 (+270 with Pointsbet)
Burnley vs Leeds (Sunday 9:00am ET)
Leeds H2H (+125 with Pointsbet)
Manchester United vs Wolves (Sunday 11:30am ET)
Manchester United -1 (+225 with Pointsbet)