5 Tips we Learned From the Premier League's Opening Weekend for This Week

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Everton are going to fight and Calvert-Lewin is at the front of it

Sunday proved that Dominic Calvert-Lewin could well continue to be Carlo Ancelotti’s talisman this season as the Englishman got off to a flyer with a perfect header resulting in an impressive opening day upset win they beat Spurs 1-0.

The Toffees are buoyant at the moment with a host of new signings at Goodison Park coupled with their first win at a 'big six' club since 2013, after an incredible run of 40 attempts without a win.

In contrast, their opponents at the weekend, West Bromwich Albion, started their return to the Premier League with a disappointing performance against Leicester City, where they mustered only one shot on target and had just 37% possession. Although it is worth noting that they may well have a new striker after strong links to Watford’s Troy Deeney and Huddersfield Town’s Karlan Grant over the past few days.

Calvert-Lewin also tends to score his goals in groups and goes through many hot and cold spells in front of goal. Ever since the striker scored on Ancelotti's debut, the Everton hotshot would slot home a further six in the next seven games, and although he never scored post-restart, Calvert-Lewin is the highest scorer during the Italian's reign thus far.

You can get odds of 14/5 for Calvert-Lewin to outscore West Brom, 6/5 to score anytime. Alternatively, there is value at backing Calvert-Lewin to score in each half at 11/1.

Everton v West Brom Betting Tips

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JAMES RODRIGUEZ TO SCORE AND WIN @ 12/5

Are Arsenal finally set for a Champions League battle?

Mikel Arteta’s new look Arsenal side will be eager to impress as they take on a wounded West Ham United. We fully expect Arsenal to dominate once more and win comfortably in a similar manner to how they beat Fulham - they are priced at 15/8 to score and keep a clean sheet.

The Gunners are playing their traditional, attractive football once again and the signing of Willian looks to be one of the best deals of the window as he excelled on his debut in Arteta’s system with all three assists. Arsenal will be confident of continuing their recent home form where they have won six of their last seven home Premier League games, whilst West Ham looked poor on the opening day against Newcastle United.

The Hammers looked uninspired against the Magpies and we expect them to continue their poor start to the season over the next few games with an incredibly difficult schedule ahead. Moyes’ side have also failed to win in nine of their last 10 Premier League away matches.

Odds for Arsenal -2 goal handicap is priced at 7/2 at Sky Bet or alternatively, you can get the Gunners to win to nil at 7/4.

Arsenal v West Ham Betting Tips

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WILLIAN TO SCORE AND WIN ODDS @ 14/5

Chelsea working up as Liverpool take a hit

Champions Liverpool travel to Stamford Bridge to take on high-spending Chelsea in a mouth-watering early season clash. With both teams winning their first games, they will both be looking to prove themselves as title challengers and build on their victories from last weekend.

Chelsea and their new signings seemed to gel together well against Brighton at the Amex last weekend even though none of them opened their goalscoring accounts for the Blues. Chelsea have also won their last six home matches in the Premier League and have scored at least two goals in the last 10 from 12 games at Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool, on the other hand, started with a thriller in their 4-3 victory over newly-promoted Leeds United and looked at sixes and sevens in their defence throughout. Indeed, the Reds may have won the game, but they looked sloppy at the back and their main man, Virgil van Dijk, made an individual error, resulting in Patrick Bamford’s goal.

With the added pressure that Liverpool have as champions, all eyes will be on them as they look to prove that they are capable of retaining the trophy at their first attempt. However, Chelsea are the team to back with generous odds of 4/1 Sky Bet for them to win and both teams to score.

The champions did, however, win at the Bridge last season with a 2-0 scoreline and Liverpool to win and BTTS is priced at 5/2.

Leeds v Fulham Betting Tips

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ALEKSANDAR MITROVIC AND PATRICK BAMFORD @ 15/2

Mourinho is running out of time

Both Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur lost their opening fixtures 1-0 and each will be looking to bounce back at St Mary's this Sunday. This has traditionally been a very close fixture with five of the last six games between the two sides being decided by a goal, with the other being a draw.

Whether or not the Saints can get a result will likely depend on whether or not Danny Ings is on form, as the Englishman netted 22 goals last season - Ings had 17 more goals than Southampton’s second top goalscorer, Stuart Armstrong. Couple this with a lack of new signings and the departure of club captain Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, it looks to be a dismal start to the season for Ralph Hassenhuttl’s side.

Jose Mourinho, on the other hand, is perhaps running out of time at Spurs as they came unstuck against Everton last weekend. Although, Heung-min Son has scored six goals in his last 10 games against the Saints and all eyes will be on the South Korean and Harry Kane for the goals once again.

Sky Bet have 4/1 odds for Tottenham to win and Son to score, 3/1 for Tottenham to win by 1 goal and odds of 12/5 for Kane to score and win.

Manchester United v Crystal Palace Betting Tips

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BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE IN BOTH HALVES ODDS @ 16/1

Are United ready for the season just yet?

Manchester United kick off their season at home to Crystal Palace as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men look to stamp their authority on the league and continue their stellar form shown in 2020.

The club's front three of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood is likely to cause trouble to an ageing Palace defence, as they did to many teams at the end of last season - United scored first half in five of their last six Premier League games.

The Eagles did manage to grind out a 1-0 win at home to Southampton last weekend and with a return of just 31 goals last season, not much is expected of Roy Hodgson's side in this one and for the season.

Sky Bet are offering favourable odds of 7/2 for BTTS in the first half, as there have been 18 goals in the past five meetings between the two. You can also get decent odds of 7/2 for both Bruno Fernandes and Martial to score for United.

By Tom Eaton


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