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Premier League round 3 preview: Liverpool look to maintain early momentum

14:21 BST 23/08/2018
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The Reds have won both league games convincingly and now welcome Brighton to Anfield in round 3

Manchester City may well be the team to beat right now in the Premier League, but Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side are doing their utmost to equal them. The reds have six points from a possible six and have scored that number of goals as well – next up for the title contenders is Brighton at Anfield.

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Brighton may have pulled off a surprise 3-2 win against Manchester United last week but will face an even tougher challenge when they travel north to take on Liverpool this coming Saturday afternoon (25 August).  Klopp and his side have started this season strongly and, at this early stage, would look to be the closest title contenders Manchester City will have over the coming months.

Liverpool are yet to concede a goal so far this season and it is difficult to look beyond them in this clash. The Reds are clear favourites to make it three league wins in a row at a price of just 1.16, while Brighton are all the way out at 15.00 to pull off a second successive shock win.

This is another game that Liverpool are likely to win to nil (without Brighton scoring a goal) – the third in a row – and they are priced at just 1.80 to do so. A comprehensive 3-0 win for the home side is priced at 7.50, according to Oddsshark.

Watford also look to continue strong start

Another side to have made a 100 per cent start to the season is Watford. They welcome Crystal Palace to their Vicarage Road home on Sunday afternoon looking to keep up with the early pace setters in the league.

However, Palace have been somewhat of a bogey team for Watford in recent years. The Eagles have lost just one of their last nine games across all competitions against Watford and, with three points already on the board this term, will be looking to make it six from nine this weekend.

Palace are unbeaten in their last seven visits to Vicarage Road, a run dating back almost a decade to 2009, while their recent away form has also been excellent. Roy Hodgson’s side have not lost any of their last five encounters on the road.

Nevertheless, it is Watford who come into this game as slight favourites to seal the points. The home side are at 2.50 to make it three wins on the bounce, with Palace only slightly further out t 2.87 – a draw would look to be the most unlikely result, with a stalemate priced t 3.20.

However, given their excellent recent away record, not to mention their streak against Watford, this may just be a win for Palace. You can back the Eagles to snatch a 1-0 win at 9.00, offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment.

United look to ease early pressure

Having been tipped as one of the front runners for the Premier League title this season, Jose Mourinho and his Manchester United side suffered an early set back when they lost 3-2 away to Brighton last time out. They will now look to bounce back on Monday evening when they welcome an in-form Tottenham Hotspur side to Old Trafford.

Spurs have started the new season well and have two wins from as many games. However, their recent form at Old Trafford has been poor, with the London club losing all four of their most recent visits there.

And while it is close, the odds remain slight in Manchester United’s favour for this one. The Red Devils are at 2.50 to win their second home game of the season, while Spurs are at 2.80 to maintain their 100 per cent start to the campaign.

However, with the two sides so evenly matched, a draw may be the most likely outcome here, with honours even giving you the chance to more than triple your investment at 3.25. A 1-1 draw is priced t 6.50, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$32.50 pay out, while you can back both teams to score at 1.80.

Premier League round 3 fixtures:

Saturday, 25 August

(10.00) Wolves x Manchester City (1.25); draw (6.00)

(1.33) Arsenal x West Ham (9.00); draw (5.00)

(2.60) Bournemouth x Everton (2.75); draw (3.20)

(2.25) Huddersfield x Cardiff (3.40); draw (3.10)

(2.30) Southampton x Leicester (3.20); draw (3.20)

(1.16) Liverpool x Brighton (15.00); draw (7.00)

Sunday, 26 August

(2.50) Watford x Crystal Palace (2.87); draw (3.20)

(2.00) Fulham x Burnley (4.00); draw (3.20)

(5.50) Newcastle x Chelsea (1.61); draw (3.80)

Monday, 27 August

(2.50) Manchester United x Tottenham (2.80); draw (3.25)