The English Premier League enters into the third week of action. This will be the last round before the transfer window closes on August 31. There could be some big new arrivals and earth-shaking departures in the next few days. How should you involve in online betting in the closing stages of the transfer window?
The transfer rumors can have a bearing on this weekend’s football. Take for instance, the biggest match of the weekend: Liverpool vs Arsenal. Both the teams have players who reportedly want to move away from the club, but are not allowed to leave: Alexis Sanchez for Arsenal and Philippe Coutinho for Liverpool. Sanchez is going to stay, and the same could happen to Coutinho too. Read on to find interesting pickings for online wagering on this weekend.
Bournemouth vs Manchester City
Crystal Palace vs Swansea City
Huddersfield Town vs Southampton
Newcastle United vs West Ham United
Watford vs Brighton and Hove Albion
Manchester United vs Leicester City
Chelsea vs Everton
West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City
Liverpool vs Arsenal
Tottenham Hotspur vs Burnley
Marquee Match of the Week
It has to be Liverpool vs Arsenal. Liverpool displaced Arsenal from their customary fourth place in the EPL points table last season. Neither of the teams has got the start they were looking for in this season either. Arsenal escaped with a 4-3 victory in the first match against Leicester after trailing 2-3, but lost to Stoke City 1-0 in the second match. Liverpool started with a draw against Watford in the first match, but scored a lacklustre 1-0 win over Crystal Palace in the second match. Liverpool did score a morale-boosting 4-2 win over Hoffeinham in the UEFA Champions League qualification last Wednesday at home. That will give them confidence.
Moreover, Liverpool have lost just one match against Arsenal in the last five meetings. It was in 2012 that Arsenal last won at Anfield. If Liverpool’s initial attacking burst brings them goals, it will be difficult for Arsenal this time too. Sanchez is almost sure to start for Arsenal. That will boost Arsenal’s attack. Coutinho has reportedly recovered from his injury. But he is not a confirmed starter.
Other Interesting Fixtures
Chelsea vs Everton is another important match-up on Sunday. While Chelsea have made a poor start to the season, Everton in fact have begun well. The Merseysiders scored an assured victory in their first match in Stoke, and they then held Manchester City away from home. They qualified for Europa League as well. They are on a positive roll. But their performance history at Stamford Bridge is not great, with the last win having come in the 1993-1994 season. Chelsea will be without the injured Eden Hazard, while Everton will miss Ross Barkley and Sandro Ramirez due to injury.
Another fixture that has got excellent odds is West Bromwich Albion vs Stoke City. West Brom won both their matches so far and occupy the top of the table, along with Manchester United and the newly promoted Huddersfield Town. They will be looking forward to extend their winning streak against Stoke, who has shown enough resilience in the opening two fixtures.