By News Team
24th September 2020
The Premier League action continues thick and fast as we enter the third matchweek of the season.
With a few slow starts from some of the big teams and some potential surprise packages so far, we preview the best of week three’s Premier League games below.
De Bruyne to inspire Man City once again
Sunday’s clash between Manchester City and Leicester is a battle between two recent Premier League winners, with both sides unbeaten at this early stage of the season.
Manchester City will need to lay down a marker early on as they look to reclaim their crown from Liverpool, while Leicester will be looking to bounce back from their disappointing collapse into fifth at the end of last season – they have two wins from two so far to sit top of the table.
While full strength squads won’t be available to either side due to a number of injuries, the Sunday afternoon fixture should be a cracker, with City just 27/100 to win at home. Leicester are a big-priced 10/1 to claim a victory, with the draw 24/5.
If Kevin De Bruyne is at his imperious best, this could be a big win for the Citizens, and the talismanic Belgian is 17/10 to score anytime, having netted seven in his last 10 Premier League outings. While a City victory does look the most likely conclusion, the margin could be the play, with several handicaps offering value. The -2-handicap draw in favour of city is 16/5, while a 3-1 City win is 17/2.
Palace and Everton looking to extend perfect starts
Crystal Palace have made an excellent start to the Premier League season, edging an opening day win against Southampton before ruthlessly dismantling Manchester United. Their next opponents on Saturday are Everton, who are also unbeaten so far, having despatched both Spurs and West Brom in their first two fixtures.
This marks the first time Palace have started a top-flight campaign with back-to-back wins, while Everton will be looking to start with three wins from three for the first time since 1993.
Much emphasis will be on each teams’ playmakers on Saturday, Wilfried Zaha and James Rodriguez, but both clubs are also built off strong defensive structures which allows the frontmen to flourish.
The Eagles are 27/10 for the victory while the visiting Toffees are 11/10 for a win, with a draw priced at 23/10. With both teams looking more comfortable at the back than going forward, under 2.5 goals could be the way forward at 4/6.
Sheffield United and Leeds set for Yorkshire derby
A Yorkshire derby between Sheffield United and Leeds is always a tasty affair, but even more so now it is a Premier League fixture.
Sheffield United impressed plenty last year with their innovative system with overlapping centre-backs, while Leeds have taken no prisoners with their attacking intent since returning to the Premier League, scoring seven while also conceding the same amount.
It should be a fascinating tactical battle between Chris Wilder and Marcelo Bielsa on Sunday, and the home side should look to break their scoring duck against the leaky Leeds defence. Leeds are 13/8 to take all three points back to Elland Road, while Sheffield United are 17/10 for a home win, with the draw 23/10.
Judging by Leeds’ previous outings this season, both teams to score should be a formality, which is priced at 4/5.