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Premier League round 2 preview: West Ham in need of three points at home

13:43 BST 15/08/2018
Manuel Pellegrini
Last year’s surprise package Burnley also play first home game, while Liverpool travel to Crystal Palace on Monday

There was certainly no shortage of action or drama on the opening weekend of the FA Premier League season, and the second week has also thrown up some enticing fixtures. New West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini takes charge of his first home game, while Liverpool look to continue their excellent start way to Crystal Palace.

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On Saturday afternoon (18 August) West Ham United welcome Bournemouth to the London Stadium. The Hammers are in need of a positive result after suffering a 4-0 thrashing at the hands of Liverpool this past Sunday.

Bournemouth, on the other hand, opened their account for the season with a comfortable 2-0 win over newly promoted Cardiff City. Bournemouth can also take heart in facing West Ham – they have not lost any of their last three games against the London club.

Nevertheless, it is home side West Ham who come into this game as the favourites. You could more than double your money by backing the Hammers to take the points at a price of 2.05, while Bournemouth are out at 3.60 to make it two wins from two in the new season – a narrow, 1-0 win for West Ham is priced at 9.00, offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment.

Burnley looking for first win of season

Sean Dyche’s side kicked off the new season with n impressive point away to Southampton, but will be expecting three points in their first home game of the season against Watford. The only concern for Dyche will be fatigue following a Europa League qualifying tie on the Thursday night, although given that we are still so early in the season that should not be too much of an issue.

Watford were largely expected to struggle this season following the loss of key forward Richarlison to Everton, but they started with an impressive 2-0 win over Brighton. There is little strength of depth in their squad, but Watford have already demonstrated that their first XI is more than capable of competing.

But with home advantage, it is Burnley who come into this game as the favourites to get their first win of the campaign. You can more than double your money by backing Burnley at 2.37, with Watford further out at 3.25 and a draw at the slightly lower price of 3.00.

Given Burnley’s Thursday-Sunday routine with Europa League ties, not to mention Watford’s impressive start to the season, this may well end in a draw. A 1-1 stalemate is priced t 6.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$30 pay out.

Liverpool look to win on the road

Monday Night Football will come from Selhurst Park as Crystal Palace welcome high flying Liverpool to their corner of London. Both these sides got off to winning starts, with Palace recording an impressive 2-0 win away to newly promoted Fulham.

Jurgen Klopp and his Liverpool side started the season with a bang, however, at Anfield. They thrashed West Ham 4-0 and early indications suggest they could be the main challengers to Manchester City’s crown.

Liverpool can come into this match full of confidence. Last season, they completed the league double over Palace, with 2-1 and 1-0 wins, and they are the overwhelming favourites to get another three points on the board this time around as well.

The Reds are at just 1.40 to pick up all three points while Palace, despite having home advantage, are at 7.00. And one thing you can expect when Klopp is in town is goals.

Over 2.5 goals in the match is priced at just 1.57, while you could more than double your money by backing under 2.5 goals at 2.35. A 2-1 win for Liverpool is priced at 8.00, and as ever, the more specific your bets, the higher the potential rewards.

Unsurprisingly, last season’s top scorer Mohamed Salah is the favourite to get his name on the score sheet. The Egyptian international striker is at just 1.57 to score during the game, and you can back him at 3.40 to open the scoring.

Premier League round 2 fixtures:

Saturday, 18 August

(3.00) Cardiff x Newcastle United (2.45); draw (3.10)

(1.95) Everton x Southampton (4.00); draw (3.10)

(2.00) Leicester City x Wolverhampton Wanderers (3.80); draw (3.40)

(1.25) Tottenham x Fulham (10.00); draw (6.00)

(2.05) West Ham United x Bournemouth (3.60); draw (3.30)

(1.80) Chelsea x Arsenal (4.00); draw (4.00)

Sunday, 19 August

(2.37) Burnley x Watford (3.25); draw (3.00)

(1.083) Manchester City x Huddersfield (21.00); draw (11.00)

(5.00) Brighton x Manchester United (1.72); draw (3.50)

Monday, 20 August

(7.00) Crystal Palace x Liverpool (1.40); draw (4.75)