Premier League 2nd round

Premier League 2nd round

Written by Mr T. The authors predictions are his own and do not represent the views of Coolbet. Odds may change between the time of publishing and when bets are placed. 

Premier League – 2nd round

The opening round of the new Premier League season is behind us, and it was a good round for a lot of bettors. Before the games kicked off, we had five clear favourites in Manchester City, Arsenal, Brighton, Newcastle and Manchester United. All five won their games. A tenner on all 10 correct outcomes would have given 16 316 back:

Premier League 2nd round

This weekend we’re looking forward to a new Premier League round and in this preview, I have picked the two games I find most interesting. 

Liverpool – Bournemouth

Liverpool fans naturally want to forget the 2022/23 season as soon as possible. For a long time there has been talk of a need for a generational change, but not many people would have imagined that everything would happen within a few weeks this summer. In Roberto Firmino, Naby Keita,  

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and James Milner, four experienced pieces disappeared, but it was well planned for with the acquisition of Alexis MacAllister and Dominik Szoboszlai. The fact that both Fabinho and Jordan Henderson were to turn themselves into Arabs was probably not part of the plans and suddenly you are left with very little experience in the team. More purchases are expected, but impatient fans are increasingly frustrated by the owners’ unwillingness to open their wallets. There is also great uncertainty about how the experimentation with Trent Alexander-Arnold’s role will turn out. 

 Bournemouth was predicted down by everyone last season and Scott Parker was done after just three games after disagreements about strengthening the squad. Gary O’Neil was given the task of leading the team and it went very well as the place was already secured three league rounds before the end. However, owner Bill Foley has far greater ambitions than that with this club and this summer Andoni Iraola has been brought in as the new manager. It is the first time in history that Bournemouth is managed by a foreign coach, but we are talking about a man who impressed last season with his Rayo Vallecano team. The fact that Jefferson Lerma has gone to Crystal Palace is a clear weakness and you also have to sort out the defensive set-pieces that allowed far too many goals last season. An offensive Foley aims for Europe and the fans hope for the upper half of the table.  

Liverpool with 1-1 in the opening game against Chelsea, but also that match showed their clear weaknesses. The defence seems incapable of stopping any opponents and Bournemouth should also get their chances at Anfield Saturday. 1,25 on Liverpool is not interesting at all for me and I’m much more interesting in being at the draw at excellent 7,25 odds. 

Tottenham – Manchester United

Ange Postecoglou has been given the heavy task of getting a Tottenham team in order that chronically underperforms every time it matters most. 

The fact that they now don’t have to play in Europe gives them the necessary peace of mind on the training ground, but it must also be mentioned that this is a bigger job than Postecoglou has ever had before. Several fans were already sceptical about this project when he was hired. Bringing in Dejan Kulusevski on a permanent basis is important, but at the same time no direct reinforcement. James Maddison is solid reinforcement in the middle, but it is also a lot about getting more out of the players you have previously spent big money on. Richarlison cost £60 million a year ago and thus delivered one goal in 27 games. The sale of Harry Kane can of course not be underestimated.  

Manchester United fans feel that they have finally got the right man in place in Erik ten Hag after many difficult seasons. 3rd place and the league cup trophy last season was solid, especially considering that they only scored 58 goals in the league. However, the signing of Lisandro Martinez and Casemiro led to a tight defence. Neither Cristiano Ronaldo nor Wout Weghorst fit as the spearhead in United and Anthony Martial struggled as usual with injuries. Marcus Rashford did more than his job with 30 goals in all competitions, but at the same time clearly thrives best on the left wing. Forward acquisitions were therefore a necessity this summer and then we will see if young, but talented, Rasmus Højlund strikes from the first kick on the ball.  

 In this game I will try Coolbets Bet Builder. Tottenham without Kane showed they still can score goals against Brentford, but at the same time I have Manchester United as a clear favourite in this game. The guests did not impress anyway against Wolverhampton Monday, but should be better now. In my Bet Builder I’m doing Manchester United-win and over 2,5 total goals for a total odds of 3,25.  

 Good luck with your best this weekend and we’re back with our next Premier League-preview next week.

Mr T 

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