We are into Gameweek 3 of the Premier League season with Manchester United and Brighton kicking us off and Liverpool and Arsenal ending it on Monday.
Below, we go through each and every match of the Matchday 3 of the Premier League and provide betting tips.
Brighton v Manchester United (Saturday – 13:30)
Brighton’s 3-0 win over Newcastle United last week was their third consecutive league match to feature over 2.5 goals and equalled their biggest winning margin manager under Graham Potter. Generally well-disciplined, they have received more than two yellow cards only once in 11 league matches.
Four of Brighton’s last five home league matches have seen them concede 3+ goals, a sequence that includes their opening-day 3-1 defeat to Chelsea and last season’s 3-0 reverse against Manchester United. Six of the 14 goals conceded therein came inside the first 30 minutes.
No club has scored more goals between 16’-30’ minute period than Man United (17 goals) last season, but they enter this match after bookending a 14-game unbeaten run in the PL (W9, D5). Having scored in each of their last 14 league matches, they also lead the league head to head stakes (W4, L2), with the last four league meetings all producing over 2.5 goals.
Crystal Palace v Everton (Saturday – 16:00)
Crystal Palace have taken maximum points from their two opening league matches after beating Manchester United last week at Old Trafford. They managed just one goal in the 1’-15’ minute period last season, but already have two this season. Palace also scored over 2.5 goals for the first time in 40 PL matches last time out.
Also two from two, Everton head into the weekend second in the table, behind only Leicester City on goal difference. Last week’s 5-2 win over WBA was the first time they had netted over 2.5 league goals since February – a run of 14 PL matches. The last two head to heads at Selhurst Park ended 0-0.
West Brom v Chelsea (Saturday – 18:30)
It’s eight goals conceded in two for West Bromwich Albion, as they fell to a 5-2 defeat to Everton. They’ve now conceded three second-half goals in both matches this season. They were Championship’s second-highest home scorers last season (1.91 goals scored per match.
10-man Chelsea fell to a 2-0 loss to Liverpool last weekend, with that result, three of Chelsea’s last four matches have now featured over 1.5 second-half goals. Frank Lampard’s’ men have been goal-friendly on their travels, with the 81 match goals (4.05 on average) seen in their away matches since the beginning of 2019/20 season.
Sheffield United v Leeds (Sunday – 13:00)
Sheffield United have made a slow start to their second Premier League (PL) season since promotion, with two straight defeats ‘to-nil’. Neither match featured over 2.5 goals, as was the case with eight of their ten first PL matches last season. Their two most recent matches against Leeds in this White Rose derby have also been low on goals, both ending 1-0 (W1, L1).
After conceding the fewest goals (0.76 on average per match) in the Championship last season, Leeds have marked their return to top flight football with back to back 4-3 results (W1, L1). The goal-spree wasn’t totally unexpected though, as four of their last six Championship matches last season featured at least four total goals.
Southampton v Tottenham Hotspur (Sunday – 13:00)
A mixed start to Spurs after losing their opener before emphatically beating Southampton 5-2 last week. Often able to strike late in victory, Tottenham have scored exactly once beyond the 76th minute mark in three of their last four league wins.
Newcastle lost an alarming eight of nine away matches last season when conceding first (D1, L8). The Tyneside club also earned just one point (from a possible 24) from the eight occasions on which they trailed at HT in away league action last term. Newcastle did beat Spurs 1-0 in this fixture last season.