Everton and Swansea have been among the more impressive teams so far this English Premier League season, and they are favoured to continue on their merry ways
|By PAUL GOUGH
Early season surprise packets Swansea and Everton look more than capable of continuing their winning ways in the English Premier League on Saturday.
Both teams have maximum points after two matches and sit second and third on the table respectively with Chelsea the only other team with a perfect record. The Blues have won three successive matches with their fixture against Reading bought forward due to Chelsea's European Super Cup clash against Atletico Madrid on Friday.
Swansea, who many experts tipped to struggle in their second season in the top flight this season, particularly after manager Brendan Rodgers was poached by Liverpool, have been simply sensational so far under new manager Michael Laudrup.
After thrashing QPR 5-0 away from home on the opening day of the season, Swansea followed up with a 3-0 home win over newly-promoted West Ham last weekend.
And Swansea are the $2.12 favourites to win again on Saturday at home to Sunderland who are $3.35, with the draw at $3.25.
Swansea look good value for another home win with Sunderland having only played one EPL game so far - for a 0-0 draw away to Arsenal on the opening day of the season - after the Black Cats' home game against Reading was washed out last weekend.
Everton face a tougher task to maintain their perfect start to the season, away to West Brom on Saturday.
The Toffees beat Manchester United at home 1-0 on the opening day of the season and then backed that up with a terrific 3-1 win at Aston Villa, while they warmed up for this game in style midweek with a 5-0 mauling of lowly Leyton Orient in the League Cup.
But in what shapes as the best game of the day, the Baggies have also started the season well under new manager Steve Clarke and after beating Liverpool 3-0 at home on the opening day of the season showed great character to snare a point with an injury-time equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw at Tottenham last week.
And in what shapes as a great betting game both teams are value in head-to-head betting at Luxbet with Everton favourites at $2.40 while the Baggies are at $2.85 and the draw is at $3.25.
|Everton to win v West Brom at $2.40 at Luxbet
||West Ham and Fulham to draw at $3.25 at Luxbet|
Elsewhere, Wigan are deserved $2.20 favourites against a Stoke side ($3.25 at Luxbet) tipped to struggle this season, as emphasised by their shock home loss to lower division Swindon in the League Cup in midweek.
In contrast, Wigan, fresh from a 2-0 away win in the EPL over Southampton, went to one of the leading Championship sides in Nottingham Forest in the League Cup in midweek and strolled to a 4-1 victory.
Meanwhile, champions Manchester City and last season's fourth-placed finishers Tottenham Hotspur are at short odds, but both should comfortably win at home against QPR and Norwich respectively with City at $1.18 at Luxbet and Spurs at $1.36.
The early kick-off is looming as the toughest game to pick on Saturday, with West Ham hosting Fulham in a London Derby at Upton Park.
Both sides have a win and loss from their two games so far with the Hammers favourites at Luxbet at $2.50 compared to Fulham at $2.75, but the draw might be the safest way to go here at $3.25.
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