Premier League Betting Picks – Week 2
The opening Premier League weekend is over and it certainly lived up to expectations with some shock results, great goals and fantastic individual performances. 26 goals were scored over the course of last weekend with six of those coming late on in games, it looks like we are in for another brilliant Premier League season. Lets hope we are in for another great week of Premier League football. Once again all 20 Premier League teams feature this week and with the transfer window drawing to a close we have a rough idea of what each sides squad will look like for the season. I’m sure each team would still like to improve their squad as transfer deadline day approaches, particularly Manchester United who I expect to be very busy in the closing days of the transfer window. The likes of Liverpool and Arsenal are supposedly looking to strengthen their squads further with Falcao and Cavani’s names being mentioned on numerous occasions.
Aston Villa v Newcastle
Aston Villa and Newcastle get the second weekend of Premier League football underway on Saturday at 12:45pm at Villa Park. Paul Lambert’s side started the season very well beating Stoke 1-0 at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke lost on just three occasions at home last season. Villa were very strong defensively with Ron Vlaar and new signings Philippe Senderos and Aly Cissokho proving tough to beat. Newcastle on the other hand faced a completely different opposition in Manchester City who beat Alan Pardew’s side 2-0 at St.James’ park. The scoreline may not suggest it but Newcastle played well however they were unable to create too many clear cut chances of their own, they also limited City’s chances to a minimum whose second goal came in added time courtesy of Sergio Aguero. Both Villa and Newcastle are relatively strong defensively but pretty poor going forward therefore I am not expecting a classic between these two on Saturday.
Chelsea v Leicester
After Chelsea’s 3-1 victory over Burnley at Turf Moor they have been tipped by many to win the Premier League title for the first time since 2010 and I have to agree. With the signings of Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa they look like the real deal this season under Jose Mourinho who has won the Premier League before as the manager of Chelsea. Leicester on the other hand will be more than happy with survival this season, they have started it well with a draw on the opening day against top four hopefuls Everton. Club captain Wes Morgan was particularly impressive at centre back, he kept Romelu Lukaku quiet all game. Leicester’s record signing Leonardo Ulloa who they signed from Brighton this summer scored on his debut against Everton and was a handful at times, the 6ft 3inch Argentine will be keen to give John Terry and Gary Cahill a tricky afternoon and i’m sure he will do. Ulloa scored 23 goals during his time at Brighton last season.
Tottenham v QPR
Last week Spurs were down to ten men after just 29 minutes when Kyle Naughton handled the ball and gave away a penalty, Mark Noble failed to convert from 12 yards. Tottenham remained attacking and they were rewarded when 20 year old centre back Eric Dier scored the only goal of the match in the third minute of added time. Mauricio Pochettino’s men also played in midweek against AEL Limassol of Cyrpus, they won the match two goals to one, Roberto Soldado and Harry Kane got the goals. QPR faced Hull City on the opening day of the season at Loftus Road and lost 1-0, its fair to say that they are disappointing however the £8million signing of Leroy Fer should certainly improve things. Despite this Tottenham should be too good for QPR at White Hart Lane which should be rocking on Sunday.