It is the third week of Premier League action to enjoy, the final week before the first international break of the season, and for five teams, there is a chance to go into that break having won all three of their opening matches in the new season.
Some of the names in that list won’t surprise you, such as Chelsea, Liverpool and perhaps Tottenham, but West Ham and Brighton are also in with a chance of earning three wins from three to start their respective season’s off.
For other teams, it is a chance to claim their first points of the season after two defeats in two games with the likes of Wolves, Norwich City, Newcastle United, Burnley and perhaps most surprisingly, Arsenal, all without a point after two games.
So if you have got a few bet365 Credits going spare in your account and you would like to enjoy some fantastic football action this weekend, then check out our tips below, where we have used the latest odds from bet365 Sport to give you an idea of what returns you may get if you land a winner.
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Let’s now preview and give you are top tips for the Premier League games coming up this weekend.
Saturday 28th August
- Manchester City v Arsenal
Arsenal’s hopes of putting their dismal start to the season behind them now hinge on an unlikely win away to the Premier League Champions, who won their last home game 5-0. Mikel Arteta’s team have been struggling for form for a while now and I can’t see any way that they get something positive from this game. This should be a very comfortable win for Manchester City. Tip – Manchester City to win – 2/9.
- Newcastle United v Southampton
Newcastle United will already be feeling the pressure of two defeats in their opening two games and after another summer of discontent, the vultures are seemingly already flying over St James’ Park. Steve Bruce badly needs a win, but after a draw with Manchester United last weekend, Southampton should be confident of getting something from this trip and I think they will. I just don’t think it will be all three points. Tip – Draw – 23/10.
- Brighton v Everton
Both these teams will be very pleased with the starts that they have made to the season. Brighton have the maximum six points, while Everton have four under Rafa Benitez. The Toffees have a good record against Brighton in recent times and I think they should get something from this game, although Brighton’s good start means I feel that the most likely outcome here is probably going to be the draw. Tip – Draw – 11/5.
- West Ham v Crystal Palace
West Ham are leading the way in the Premier League at the moment after two stunning wins in which they scored four goals in each. David Moyes team have continued their excellent form of last season and are the clear favourites to make it three wins from three over a Crystal Palace side still searching for their first goal under Patrick Vieira in the EPL. Vieira will get this team better I believe, but I fear that won’t quite happen just yet. Tip – West Ham to win – 8/15.
- Norwich City v Leicester City
It hasn’t been the easiest start to the season for Norwich with Liverpool, Manchester City and now Leicester in their opening three games. The Foxes were well beaten last week at West Ham 4-1, though they did play most of that game with 10 men. I don’t think Leicester will make that same mistake here and I am backing them to pick up a win which should get them back on track and in that battle for top spot. Tip – Leicester City to win – 4/5.
- Aston Villa v Brentford
After a defeat in their opener, Villa bounced back to record a good win at home last time out. They face a Brentford side unbeaten and yet to concede a goal in their two games since promotion. However, I feel the Bees could find this talented Villa side a bit more of a difficult prospect than out of sorts Arsenal and Crystal Palace. I am backing Villa to land a narrow win here. Tip – Aston Villa to win – 10/11.
- Liverpool v Chelsea
The big game on Saturday night sees last season’s 3rd and 4th placed teams lock horns in what should be a hugely exciting battle at Anfield. Liverpool have returned to form well since the return of several key men from injury last season, while Champions League holders Chelsea have made an equally good start to the season under manager Thomas Tuchel. This should be a close game but I am going to go with a narrow win for the home side. Tip – Liverpool to win – 7/5.
Sunday 29th August
- Burnley v Leeds United
Both these teams are probably not too delighted with their starts to the season, but I think that neither has quite hit the heights they reached last season. Burnley’s home defeat to Brighton was a blow, but Leeds away loss to Man Utd was a big shock for Bielsa’s team once again after a similar heavy defeat their last season. At Turf Moor on Sunday, I think it will be a closely fought game between these two rivals and that a draw will be the final result. Tip – Draw – 5/2.
- Tottenham v Watford
A solid start and two victories was just what the doctor ordered for new Tottenham boss Nuno Santos and he has a chance to make it three from three against Watford on Sunday. The Hornets won their opener but were well beaten by Brighton last week and this looks like being another tough away assignment. Watford will try and keep it tight but I think Spurs will come away with another victory here. Tip – Tottenham to win- 2/5.
- Wolves v Manchester United
Wolves are yet to pick up a point this season in the EPL having suffered two defeats, while Manchester United sit on four points after their away draw with Southampton last week. I do feel United do have several more gears to go through as yet though and I feel Wolves could be on the end of that here. Wolves are generally tough to beat at home, but I think Manchester United will achieve that here. Tip – Manchester United to win – 3/4.
*All odds shown were correct with bet365 Sport as of Wednesday 26th August.