Premier League Picks, Predictions, Odds: Arsenal-Chelsea, Wolves-Spurs
The second weekend of the Premier League is here, and with a powerhouse matchup between two of the league’s “Big Five,” it’s time to take a look at the Premier League picks, predictions and odds for Arsenal-Chelsea, as well as two other intriguing matchups.
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The Premier League season got off to a rollicking start last weekend, kicking off with Arsenal losing to newly-promoted Brentford and ending with Tottenham picking off the defending champions, Manchester City, who have spent the summer trying to pluck Harry Kane off their roster.
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This weekend’s action heats up on Saturday morning through the biggest game of the weekend: Chelsea’s trip to North London to take on the Gunners.
Premier League Picks, Predictions, Odds
ARSENAL vs. CHELSEA, Sunday, 11:30 a.m.
Over 2.5: -129
Under 2.5: +108
Arsenal are a mess. The Gunners lost their first match of the season as they were forced to start 20-year-old Academy product Folarin Balogun at forward as they deal with positive COVID tests for Pierre-Emrick Aubamayeng and Alexandre Lacazette while Bukayo Saka is still recovering from a grueling summer at the Euros. New signing Ben White looked lost trying to martial their defense, and as good as new signing Martin Ødegaard has a chance to end up being, he is still a new addition to a roster that has not had any answers during Mikel Arteta’s tenure.
Things are a mess at the Emirates.
Meanwhile, Chelsea looks primed to make a run at this year’s Premier League title. I wrote about this last week. The Blues winning the league is my favorite bet in this year’s futures market, and that isn’t going to change with Romelo Lukaku getting brought into the mix. Even if Auba and Laca are deemed fit to play, I do not see how they will be able to impact a match against this Blues side, not when they’ve spent a couple weeks in isolation. Trust Tommy Tactics and back the Blues to end a nearly-two year run without a win against Arsenal.
WOLVES vs. SPURS, Sunday, 9:00 a.m.
Over 2.5: +125
Under 2.5: -152
This is a wonderful buy-low spot for Wolves.
They are coming off of a loss at Leicester on the opening weekend in which they out-created the Foxes, 1.1 xG to 0.8 xG. They will be coming back to the Molineaux in front of a packed crowd for the first time since the start of the pandemic, and it just so happens to come against their former manager, Nuno Esprito Santo. We saw this past weekend just how much a rowdy crowd can impact a Premier League match, and I fully expect something similar to happen on Sunday for Wolves.
And, at the same time, this is also a prime sell-high spot for Spurs. Tottenham was riding high after beating City on the opening weekend, but the luster of that win was dulled with Thursday’s loss to some team in Portugal I’m not even going to try to name. While their counter-attacking style was perfect against a side like City, that may not be the case against Wolves. All that comes before the fact that the two highest-earners on this Tottenham team, Harry Kane and Tanguy Ndmbele, are both trying to get transfers out of the club this summer.
I like everything on the Wolves side here, but my two favorite bets are probably taking the Wolves draw-no bet line at (+145) or Wolves +0.25 at -122.
BRIGHTON vs. WATFORD, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.
Over 2.5: +123
Under 2.5: -148
Both Brighton and Watford picked up wins on the first weekend of the season. Brighton’s was a come-from-behind victory to knock off Burnley after conceding in the first two minutes. Watford smacked around Aston Villa, who are incorporating a trio of big signings to offset the loss of Jack Grealish.
I think Watford is one of the worst teams in the league this year. I love this Brighton side, and I love them at (-136) on the money line. I’m willing to overlook the first weekend of the season to bet on one of the more underrated teams in the Prem while fading a fluky first-weekend win from my favorite relegation candidate.