Can Chelsea recover from last week’s atrocity? Will Manchester United continue their fine form? Will Huddersfield impress once again? Find out in our Round 2 Preview…
Swansea v Manchester United
Following Swansea’s snore draw last weekend, and Manchester United’s thumping of West Ham, there’s really only one winner here. Mourinho teams typically get off to a fast start in the league, and we can see Lukaku getting his hands (or feet, if you will…) on at least one more goal in Round 2’s opening fixture.
Tip: Manchester United to win with a Lukaku goal (2.45)
Bournemouth v Watford
Bournemouth may have struggled against a resolute West Brom last week, but Watford have never been as resilient. Watford will want to make their mark as well, but Bournemouth should easily overpower them.
Tip: Bournemouth to win, but both teams to score (3.75)
Burnley v West Bromwich Albion
Turf Moor was a fortress for Burnley last year, and they excelled against a poor Chelsea side last week. However, West Brom are no pushovers as they showed last week against Bournemouth. Expect these two to cancel each other out and few goals.
Tip: Draw and two goals or less (4.65)
Leicester v Brighton and Hove Albion
Brighton didn’t offer much against Manchester City last weekend, while Leicester were unfortunate not to take anything away from Arsenal. What is clear is that neither side can defend. Expect Leicester to get a home win, and quite a few goals.
Tip: Leicester to win and three or more goals (3.29)
Liverpool v Crystal Palace
Liverpool still can’t defend (tell us something we didn’t know), but they’re guaranteed goals. Add in a Palace side that don’t really get why defending is so important, and you’ve got a thrilling win for Liverpool with lots of goals!
Tip: Liverpool to win and four or more goals (3.36)
Southampton v West Ham
Southampton and West Ham both surprised us in Round 1, failing to score despite having impressive squads. Expect this to change in Round 2, but the sides still to cancel each other out. Not the start either would have been hoping for this season.
Tip: Draw (3.75)
Stoke City v Arsenal
Stoke graciously parted the waters to allow Wayne Rooney to have a fabulous homecoming. Don’t expect Arsenal to help out Stoke this week though. Arsenal tore apart Leicester again and again last week, and Stoke aren’t nearly as offensive as Leicester. Expect Arsenal to win and keep a clean sheet.
Tip: Arsenal to win to nil (3.40)
Huddersfield v Newcastle
In the repeat of this fixture earlier in the year, Newcastle ran out 1-3 winners. Despite their contrasting opening round results, expect Newcastle to repeat the feat in Round 2, making up for the result against Spurs.
Tip: Newcastle to win and both teams to score (6.50)
Tottenham v Chelsea
This is a match where both teams seem to be trying to gift victory to the other. Chelsea have Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas suspended, while Spurs haven’t quite worked out how to play at Wembley. Add in a Conte special following last week’s reversal at home to Burnley and a draw seems the safest bet.
Tip: Draw (3.50)
Manchester City v Everton
Rooney’s scripted return complete, expect Everton not to put too much of a fight up against Pep’s increasingly oiled machine. They won comfortably against Newcastle last time out, with a few gears left to spare. Everton won’t push them all the way.
Tip: Manchester City to win to nil (2.10)
Round 2 Tips for Young Players
Want to make Round 2 interesting? Can you handle the stakes?
Champions League: Arsenal to win to nil and Chelsea and Spurs to draw (11.90)
Premier League: Manchester City to win to nil and Newcastle to win (6.72)
Sunday League: Burnley and West Brom draw (3.10)
Tips are only provided for entertainment purposes.
While you’re here, check out our review of the opening round of fixtures.