Matchweek three brings us some mouth-watering fixtures. My favorite of the weekend being Chelsea v Liverpool at Anfield. We always play Chelsea in week three and this game is always an absolute banger. Let's not get ahead of ourselves, though. This is going to be a comprehensive breakdown of my best bets for this weekend slate, and your guide to making enough money you quit your job at Applebees and move to Bora Bora.
Man City(h) v Arsenal(a):
Okay, the first game of the weekend is going to be absolutely hilarious to watch. If you want to see Man City play the equivalent to the Senagalise u14 girls Paralympics table tennis team. then turn on NBCSN at 7:30 am est and you will see an absolute ravaging. Pep is going to do unspeakable, potentially illegal, absolutely vile, things to Mikel Arteta's side. Who, at the moment, don't look like they even want to be playing. The process just isn't working. But you wanna know what is working, or what WILL work, rather. Taking Man City first-half spread at -3/4. Also, if you're feeling spicy you can sprinkle that first half over at 1 1/4.
West Ham(h) vs Crystal Palace(a):
West Ham is coming off a huge win, commanding win at that, over Leicester City. The Hammers looked really, really solid. And I know that Leicester was playing with ten men, but trust me, Ayoze Perez was not going to change that game. Leicester quite simply was not good enough. Jamie Vardy looked a little lost, and when Michael Antonio made it 3-1 to the Hammers, you could see the Leicester players lost all hope. When it comes to the game against Crystal Palace, they're trash. They are riddled with injuries and only have Wilfred Zaha to rely on. Take West Ham -1 and West ham have played two games and have scored 8 times so why not? Take the over at 2 1/2.
Leicester(a) v Norwich(h):
Yeah, Leicester looked bad against West Ham with ten men, but they can play 27x worse against Norwich and still win 4-0. This is one of the easier picks of the weekend and an absolute lock. Take Leicester two ways: Leicester -1/2 and Leicester first half -3/4.
Everton(a) v Brighton(h):
This game is so tough, man. Brighton have one of the more hyped young coaches in Europe with, Graham Potter. They play very pretty football and have a probable double-digit scorer in Neil Muapay. Everton, on the other hand, have multiple double-digit scorers and have a solid attack but defending is an issue. They should not have choked away that one-goal advantage against Leeds last weekend but that's the Micheal Keane difference, innit bruv? Brighton is home and the seagulls have not lost in five straight games while playing in the Amex Stadium. Take Brighton +123.
Brentford(h)v Aston Villa(a):
This is also a very tough game. Aston Villa, all though, they won 2-0 last week, they just weren't very convincing. They seemed a bit slow. Almost as if they're glitching a little bit. Emi Buendia was brought in to replace the massive creativity hole left by Jack Grealish. They also spent money on Leon Bailey who is a very promising winger, and to top that off they bought a proven prem goal scorer in Danny Ings. Who btw already has a goal of the season contender with that absolute nasty bicycle kick last week against Newcastle last weekend. But with all that new firepower, they just haven't seemed to put it together yet. YET. I have a feeling that this will be the game that they put it together and show Brentford what the prem is really about. Brentford embarrassed Arsenal in week one then traveled to Palace and struggled to find any real goal threat. I think Brentford will finish in the top 14 when it is all said and done, but this week they're gonna get exposed. Aston Villa have the ability, that when they figure it out, watch out. Villa can very easily be in that top 6 conversation. Villa are at home and they are going to want to put on a show for their fans this weekend. Villa - 1/2 I also like the double down here once again. Villa first half -3/4.
Liverpool(H) v Chelsea(A):
Okay. Holy shit. What a game this is going to be. Liverpool v Chelsea at Anfield. This game feels like there are already massive title implications and it is only match week three. That is how big this game is. There are so many matchups that I am looking forward to watching. Obviously Van Dijk and Big Rom, but also the midfield battle. Whoever has the more tenacious and more fluid midfield usually wins these big games. And That is exactly the biggest question mark for me when it comes to Liverpool. We have yet to see, what I think, is our best midfield three. Klopp loves Naby but he hasn't exactly been too dynamic in the first two games, and it is also just a matter of time before he gets injured and misses the rest of the season. I am obviously not hoping that happens because I, along with every other Liverpool fan, see the potential that he has. Personally, and I am probably not in the minority of Liverpool fans that think this, but Thiago, Fab, and Hendo are my starting midfield for this match. You need experience and work rate if you want to win this midfield battle. Chelsea don't have any holes in their team let alone starting 11. That is the only thing that stops me from going all-in on the reds. Because if this game is tied in the 60', which manager is going to be able to affect the game the most by using their bench? Tuchel has so much more quality depth to use and I think that makes a difference. Na, just kidding. Anfield magic is going to win this game for Liverpool. Liverpool +138.
Alrighty, folks. That's it. You're welcome and I will be expecting a postcard from Bora Bora.