Free Bets Premier League Gameweek 2 PredictionsPublished August 19, 2016
Ahead of gameweek 2 of the new Premier League season, our panel of experts have made their predictions, with some rather controversial picks.
Man United v Southampton
Home win all over. Whilst the Saints will enjoy a successful season under Claude Puel, it’s Jose Mourinho’s first league game at Old Trafford, and there’s a certain Paul Pogba who could be in line for a debut.
Stoke v Man City
Pep’s first defeat. Whilst there were certainly signs of the Guardiola effect, City stumbled over the line against Sunderland. City look like a side still in transition under a new boss, whilst Stoke look like a settled side under Mark Hughes.
Burnley v Liverpool
This really depends on if Liverpool can sort themselves out defensvely. The Reds have an attacking line up capable of challenging for the title, but their defence is more mid-table standard. Turf Moor will be rocking, and Burnley may just get their first point of the season.
Swansea v Hull
High scoring draw. Hull performed a miracle against Leicester, whilst Swansea will continue to improve under Francesco Guidolin.
This could be the game of the weekend.
Tottenham v Crystal Palace
It was a game of two halves as far as Spurs were concerned against Everton last week. Palace boss Alan Pardew still seems to be distracted by the transfer window, but must focus if he wants to avoid his side being near the bottom of the table before the end of the month.
Watford v Chelsea
Chelsea got off to a good start last week, and there is a feeling that the good times could be returning to West London. Watford have the players to cause the Blues problems, but Chelsea should have too much.
West Brom v Everton
0-0 draw. Both manager’s are defensively minded, and whilst Everton do possess more attacking firepower than the hosts, Tony Pulis just knows how to keep clean sheets.
Leicester v Arsenal
This will be an absolute cracker. Both side’s seem to have lost the ability to defend, but with the likes of Vardy, Mahrez, and Sanchez on the pitch, expect goals goals goals.
This could be the highest scoring game of the weekend.
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
This will be a tasty encounter. Sunderland look good under David Moyes, whilst Boro could prove all the doubters wrong this season, and could end up higher in the table than many are predicting.
It’s certainly a tough one to call, but with Jermaine Defoe in your side you always have a chance.
West Ham v Bournemouth
The first Premier League game at West Ham’s new stadium will end all square. The Hammers may have been unfortunate during their defeat to Chelsea, but they are just lacking that extra bit of firepower upfront.
Bournemouth were comfortably beaten by United last week, but Eddie Howe is a very very good manager, and will have a game plan.