EPL 2023 Gameweek 2 – Betting tips & Predictions

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EPL Matchweek 2
EPL 2023/24 Matchweek 2

The Premier League season roars to life with thrilling clashes in Gameweek 1. Noteworthy fixtures include Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United, Fulham vs Brentford's London derby, and a test of resilience in Liverpool vs Bournemouth. Wolves, Tottenham, and Manchester City seek victories, while Aston Villa meets Everton in a Lampard-Gerrard managerial clash. West Ham faces Chelsea in a spirited London derby, and Crystal Palace battles Arsenal. With high stakes and intense rivalries, Gameweek 1 promises captivating football action.

Matchweek 2 Fixtures

Nottingham Forest vs Sheffield United

19/08/23 – 04:45 – City Ground

Nottingham Forest and Sheffield United prepare to clash at the City Ground, both seeking redemption after opening weekend losses. Nottingham Forest's impressive home record and recent success could pave the way for victory. While they overcame Arsenal's onslaught, Sheffield United's injury-laden lineup and departures raise concerns about their ability to secure points. Nottingham Forest's brand value has surged during the 2023 World Cup, making them a formidable force. With tactical adjustments and key players returning, both teams strive to prove their mettle in this anticipated face-off.

Playup logo2nd Half Result – Nottingham Forest$2.25
TopSport logo Forest/Forest – HT/FT$2.63
Bet365 Logo Nottingham Forest ML$1.85

Predicted Lineups

Nottingham Forest - Turner; Aurier, Worrall, Niakhate, Aina; Mangala, Danilo; Johnson, Gibbs-White, Elanga; Awoniyi

Sheffield United - Foderingham; Ahmedhodzic, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Basham, Norwood, Lowe; Traore, Osula, Osborn

Fulham vs Brentford

20/08/23 – 00:00 – Craven Cottage

Fulham and Brentford face off at Craven Cottage following their opening-day performances. Fulham secured a 1-0 victory against Everton, while Brentford impressed with a 2-2 draw against Tottenham. The head-to-head record favours Brentford, winning four of the seven league meetings. Both teams are missing key players, but Brentford's strong away record against Fulham makes them favorable for victory. Brentford holds a +155 moneyline, with over 2.5 goals at -110. Expect a closely contested match, but Brentford's dominance in London derbies gives them the edge

Playup logoFulham or Draw$1.50
TopSport logo Over 2.5 Goals in Match$1.89
Bet365 LogoBTTS$1.70

Predicted Lineups

Fulham - (GK) Bernd Leno: (DEF) Kenny Tete, Tim Ream, Antonee Robinson, Issa Diop; (MID) Harrison Reed, Tom Cairney, Sasa Lukic, Harry Wilson; (ATC) Raul Jimenez, Willian.

Brentford - (GK) Mark Flekken; (DEF) Rico Henry, Kristoffer Ajer, Ethan Pinnock, Nathan Michael Collins, Aaron Hickey; (MID) Mathias Jensen, Christian Norgaard, Vitaly Janelt; (ATC) Yoane Wissa, Bryan Mbeumo.

Liverpool vs Bournemouth

20/08/23 – 00:00 – Anfield

AFC Bournemouth faces a challenging encounter as they travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool. Memories of their last trip to Anfield, a crushing 9-0 defeat, still linger, making their return a test of resilience. Despite the odds, Bournemouth managed to secure their Premier League status last season, a testament to Gary O'Neil's work after a turbulent start under Scott Parker.

The departure of O'Neil and the arrival of former Rayo Vallecano coach Andoni Iraola marked a significant change for Bournemouth. Their season kicked off with a respectable 1-1 draw against West Ham, suggesting Iraola's influence is taking hold.
Liverpool, on the other hand, began their campaign with a hard-fought 1-1 draw against Chelsea. While an early lead and VAR ruling out another goal left room for missed opportunities, Liverpool's depth in attack was evident, even though key midfielders have departed.

Liverpool is the clear favorite for this encounter, with AFC Bournemouth viewed as the underdogs. The recent head-to-head record between the two sides suggests a competitive clash, as Bournemouth managed to secure a 1-0 win in their last meeting, ending Liverpool's seven-game winning streak

Playup logo BTTS$1.72
TopSport logoO3.5 Goals$3.30
Bet365 LogoLiverpool ML$1.70

Predicted Lineups

Liverpool - Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Konate, Van Dijk, Robertson; Szoboszlai, Mac Alister; Gakpo, Salah, Jota; Diaz.

Bournemouth - Neto; Kerkez, Senesi, Zabarnyi, Aarons; Brooks, Rothwell, Christie; Billing, Anthony, Solanke

Wolves vs Brighton

20/08/23 – 00:00 – Molineaux

Wolves, led by Gary O’Neil, face Brighton after a contentious loss to Manchester United. Despite their previous struggles in scoring, Wolves displayed attacking potential against United. Jonny and Podence are returning, but Guedes is rehabilitating. Brighton seeks a second victory after beating Luton, having won both clashes with Wolves last season. While Brighton scores often away, their defensive gaps could favour Wolves. Changes in Brighton's lineup, including missing players, might hinder their performance. Wolves' recent home record supports their advantage, making a draw likely. Wolves' increased attacking intent and Brighton's defensive lapses suggest an opportunity for Wolves to secure a favourable outcome.

Playup logoBTTS$1.88
TopSport logo1-1 Draw$6.25
Bet365 LogoWolves or Draw$1.83

Predicted Lineups

Wolves - Sá (GK), Dawson, Semedo, Kilman, Aït-Nouri, Sarabia, Lemina, Nunes, Gomes, Neto & Cunha

Brighton - Vervruggen (GK), Dunk, Webster, Lamptey, Estupinan, Milner, March, Gross, Mitoma & Pedro

Tottenham vs Manchester United

20/08/23 – 02:30 – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The upcoming clash between Tottenham and Manchester United in the 2023-24 Premier League is generating considerable excitement. Tottenham, now in the post-Harry Kane era, started with a 2-2 draw against Brentford. The match is scheduled for August 19, 2023, at 12:30 PM ET at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, viewable on Peacock. Notably, Tottenham's offensive strategy has shifted after Kane's departure, with defenders like Emerson Royal and Cristian Romero scoring in their last match. Manchester United, having secured a 1-0 win against Wolves, seeks improved midfield and attacking performance. The prediction suggests a well-contested match with solid defensive play, potentially resulting in fewer goals, but Manchester United is expected to break through. It's worth noting that a goalless draw between these two teams hasn't occurred since 2014.

Playup logoMan United ML$1.33
TopSport logoMan United +0.5$1.41
Bet365 LogoU2.5 Goals in Match$2.37

Predicted Lineups

Tottenham - Vicario (GK), Sánchez, Royal, van de Ven, Udogie, Maddison, Bissouma, Skipp, Kulusevski, Son & Richarlison

Manchester United - Onana (GK), Shaw, Martinez, Varane, Wan-Bissaka, Casemiro, Mount, Fernandes, Sancho, Rashford, Antony

Manchester City vs Newcastle

20/08/23 – 05:00 – Etihad Stadium

Manchester City is set to face Newcastle in a top-tier clash following impressive wins by both teams last weekend. Manchester City secured a comfortable 3-0 victory against Burnley, with star striker Erling Haaland scoring two goals. This marks their first home match since winning the FA Cup and Champions League, creating an anticipated celebratory atmosphere at Etihad Stadium.

Newcastle, led by Eddie Howe, seeks to continue their momentum after a dominant 5-1 win against Aston Villa. Debutant Sandro Tonali, Alexander Isak (brace), Callum Wilson, and Harvey Barnes secured a convincing victory. However, history favors Manchester City, having won seven of their last eight encounters against Newcastle. The Magpies have not won an away league match against Man City since 2000. Guardiola's managerial record against Howe stands at 11 wins out of 12, with one draw. The clash promises an exciting contest as Newcastle aims to challenge the reigning champions on their home turf.

Playup logoBTTS$1.68
TopSport logoO2.5 Goals in Match$1.70
Bet365 LogoMan City ML$1.66

Predicted Lineups

Manchester City - Ederson (GK), Walker, Aké, Akanji, Lewis, Kovačić, Silva, Rodri, Foden, Haaland & Álvarez

Newcastle - Pope (GK), Trippier, Schär, Burn, Botman, Almirón, Guimarães, Tonali, Joelinton, Isak & Gordon

Aston Villa vs Everton

20/08/23 – 23:00 – Villa Park

Aston Villa is set to face Everton at Villa Park in their pursuit of a Premier League comeback following opening weekend setbacks. Villa suffered a surprising 2-0 defeat against Bournemouth, prompting manager Steven Gerrard to cite a lack of quality and spark. Everton, led by Frank Lampard, gave a credible performance against Chelsea but lost 1-0 in the absence of injured Dominic Calvert-Lewin. This encounter marks the first managerial clash between Lampard and Gerrard, who previously faced each other 34 times as players.

Aston Villa's Danny Ings might yield his starting spot to Ollie Watkins, while Emiliano Buendia could replace Leon Bailey on the right flank. Tyrone Mings and Douglas Luiz are also in contention. Everton will miss Calvert-Lewin for six weeks, possibly fielding Anthony Gordon. Conor Coady, a new signing from Wolverhampton Wanderers, is set for his debut. Injured Yerry Mina and Ben Godfrey will be absent. Amadou Onana, an exciting Lille signing, could feature in midfield, and Seamus Coleman might replace Nathan Patterson.

Playup logoO2.5 Goals in Match$1.87
TopSport logoEverton or Draw$2.14
Bet365 LogoBTTS$1.90

Predicted Lineups

Aston Villa - Martinez (GK), Cash, Carlos, Torres, Digne, Luiz, McGinn, Tielemans, Diaby, Bailey & Watkins

Everton - Pickford; Holgate, Coady, Tarkowski; Coleman, Doucoure, Onana, Mykolenko; Gordon, Iwobi, Gray

West Ham vs Chelsea

21/08/23 – 01:30 – Olympic Stadium

West Ham and Chelsea are on the cusp of a spirited London derby, both aiming to secure their first win this season. West Ham's hard-fought draw against Bournemouth showcased their resilience, while the addition of midfield talents James Ward-Prowse and Edson Alvarez hints at renewed strength. Chelsea, under the guidance of Mauricio Pochettino, displayed glimpses of promise against Liverpool, integrating new signings like Moises Caicedo to bolster their lineup.

Historically, Manager David Moyes has faced challenges when confronting Chelsea, which could add an intriguing dimension to the match. Chelsea's Nicolas Jackson, a dynamic forward, introduces an additional layer of firepower to their attack. Debutants Edson Alvarez and Moises Caicedo might inject intensity into the midfield contest, potentially leading to a card-heavy encounter.

Anticipate a clash of strategic approaches, with West Ham focusing on counterattacks and Chelsea aiming to showcase their attacking depth. This early-season duel not only promises excitement but also offers valuable insights into the trajectories of these two London clubs in the Premier League.

Playup logoChelsea ML $1.88
TopSport logoO2.5 Goals in Match$1.86
Bet365 LogoBTTS$1.80

Predicted Lineups

Chelsea - Sanchez; Disasi, Silva, Colwill; James, Enzo, Gallagher, Chilwell; Sterling, Jackson, Mudryk

West Ham - Areola; Emerson, Aguerd, Zouma, Coufal; Paqueta, Souček; Benrahm, Fornals, Bowen; Antonio

Crystal Palace vs Arsenal

22/08/23 – 05:00 – Selhurst Park

The Premier League clash between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge promises intense excitement. Chelsea, despite losing key players in the summer transfer window, welcomes new signings Christopher Nkunku, Nicolas Jackson, and Axel Disasi. Their weakened squad faces a formidable Liverpool side, strengthened by retaining key players and new signings Dominik Szoboszlai and Alexis Mac Allister. The Reds' recent 3-1 victory over Darmstadt boosts their confidence. With injuries sidelining Madueke, Nkunku, Fofana, and Badiashile for Chelsea, Klopp's troops have an edge. The anticipated duel unfolds at Stamford Bridge, and there aren’t too many fixtures in the Premier League that trump this one.

Playup logoBTTS $1.95
TopSport logoO2.5 Goals in Match$1.86
Bet365 LogoArsenal ML$1.57

Predicted Lineups

Crystal Palace - Johnstone (GK), Ward, Mitchell, Guehi, Andersen, Doucouré, Lerma, Eze, Ayew, Hughes & Edouard Madueke, Mudryk, Sterling; Nicolas Jackson.

Arsenal - Ramsdale (GK), Gabriel, White, Timber, Saliba, Partey, Ødegaard, Rice, Havertz, Saka & Martinelli 

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