Premier League Preview: United on a Recovery Mission, Unbeaten Pair Clash

Ollie Irish

24th, September 2020

The new Premier League season continues apace this weekend with some eye-catching fixtures scheduled to take place over the next few days.

Manchester United are on a recovery mission in the opening game on Saturday as they travel south to face Brighton & Hove Albion.

Most UK online betting sites rate United as odds-on favourites to pick up three points, but it would be a brave move to back them to achieve the feat.

The Red Devils produced a lacklustre display at Old Trafford last weekend as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat against Crystal Palace.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof were unconvincing in defence, while Paul Pogba was woeful in midfield.

United improved a little following the introduction of new signing Donny van de Beek after 67 minutes, but the visitors ran out deserving winners.

Brighton head into the game on the back of an excellent 3-0 victory at Newcastle United last Sunday and will be confident of following up at the Amex Stadium.

It was a superb all-round display from the Seagulls and the perfect way to bounce back from losing their opening game to home to Chelsea.

There are three other games on Saturday, with the clash between Palace and Everton at Selhurst Park likely to be the pick of the bunch.

Both teams have a 100 percent record after two matches and both will eager to continue in the same vein this weekend.

However, Everton have looked particularly impressive thus far, and they are fancied to edge what should be an entertaining encounter.

Chelsea look a banker bet to put last week’s defeat against Liverpool firmly behind them as they visit West Bromwich Albion.

The Baggies have conceded eight goals in two outings since returning to the top flight, and the London club are capable of adding to their woes at The Hawthorns.

The Burnley versus Southampton game is likely to be a dour affair and could reward punters who are looking for draw bets this weekend.

Fans are in for a treat on Sunday, with four excellent games lined-up starting with Sheffield United versus Leeds United at noon.

The Blades are yet to pick up a point this season and could have their work cut out against a Leeds side who have performed well following their promotion from the Championship.

Marcelo Bielsa’s side gave Liverpool a big fright on the opening weekend, before securing a 4-3 victory over Fulham in their second outing.

Leeds triumphed 1-0 on their last visit to Bramhall Lane back in 2018, and they are strongly fancied to record another victory on Sunday.

Tottenham Hotspur should have little trouble picking up another three points when they host Newcastle in the second game of the day.

Spurs ripped Southampton to shreds last weekend and should possess far too much firepower for the Magpies.

Manchester City are also expected to secure another win as they welcome Leicester City to the Etihad Stadium.

The Foxes have won their first two matches, but City looked superb in their victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers and can follow up here.

Wolves are a good bet to win at West Ham United, while Aston Villa should pick up at least a point when they visit Fulham on Monday.

The final game of matchday three should be a thriller, with Liverpool and Arsenal putting their unbeaten records on the line at Anfield.

The Gunners have continued to look much-improved under manager Mikel Arteta and will be keen to prove that they can match the reigning champions.

They beat Liverpool on penalties in the Community Shield and can frustrate Jurgen Klopp’s side again this weekend.

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