Premier League Round-Up: Sunday 26/08/18

Premier League Round-Up: Sunday 26/08/18

Watford vs Crystal Palace – 13:30

Watford welcome Crystal Palace to Vicarage Road in Sunday’s early kick-off, looking to continue with their impressive form this time out. The Hornets have taken maximum points from their opening two league games against Brighton and Burnley, so will make it three wins from three with another victory against Roy Hodgson’s men. Last time out, Javi Gracia’s beat Burnley 3-1 in their own backyard. After taking a third minute lead through former Clarets front man Andre Gray, the Hertfordshire club were pegged back just three minutes later as defender James Tarkowski levelled things for the hosts. However, a spirited performance in the second half which saw Troy Deeney and Will Hughes both find the net in the space of five minutes ensured all three points travelled back to North London. Will the hosts protect their 100% record here against Palace, or will they suffer their first defeat of the campaign on home soil?

Crystal Palace go into this match-up having won one and lost one of their opening two fixtures. They opened their account in the best possible way when they travelled to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham, beating the West Londoner’s 2-0 thanks to goals from Jeffry Schlupp and Wilfried Zaha. Their most recent encounter against Liverpool ended with the same scoreline, however fortune was on the other foot as they were defeated by the Reds courtesy of goals from James Milner and Sadio Mane. Palace’s performance against Liverpool was still promising though, as they looked to attack them from the outset and were positive in possession. We’re expecting a close affair in this one, with both teams scoring a hugely likely outcome.

Recommended bet:

Both teams to score at 10/11 with Betfair

Fulham vs Burnley – 16:00

Slaviša Jokanović’s Fulham welcome Burnley to Craven Cottage, as they look to get their first points of the season on the board having lost their opening two fixtures. A 2-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace was followed by a comfortable 3-1 loss away at Tottenham last Saturday, which sees the Cottagers head into this clash severely low on confidence. A reaction has to be imminent here for the hosts, or they could face falling behind so early into the new campaign. They’ve got some fantastic attacking talent in their squad, with the likes of Andre Schurrle, Ryan Sessegnon and Aleksander Mitrovic all likely to start this match, so we feel as though they could be on for their first win of the season in this one. Burnley looked shaky in their last match and were in Europa League action on Thursday night so will be much more fatigued here. Mitrovic to bag his second of the season and Fulham to win this clash would be our pick!

Burnley are also searching for their first win of the campaign having drawn their opener to Southampton and losing their following match to Watford 3-1 last Sunday. The Clarets will head into this fixture as underdogs considering they were in Europa League action on Thursday; they’ll certainly carry a hangover with them in this game, which Fulham could well take advantage of on home soil. Defensively Burnley looked poor against Watford last weekend, they allowed the Hornets in behind far too easily at Turf Moor and when you think about the threat Fulham pose to them in the final third, they could find themselves undone with ease should they put in another similar performance at Craven Cottage.

Recommended bet:

Mitrovic to score & Fulham win at 11/4 with SkyBet

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Newcastle United vs Chelsea – 16:00

Newcastle passed up the perfect opportunity to register their first win of the season last weekend. The Magpies missed a last minute penalty to ensure their game against new boys Cardiff ended goalless, which means they head into this fixture with the in-form Blues with little momentum. The hosts were unlucky not to get anything out of their curtain raiser with Tottenham a fortnight ago, however on Saturday they were poor from the outset, squandering chances and sloppy in possession. They also had to play the last half an hour with 10 men after substitute Isaac Hayden was dismissed following a rash tackle on Bluebirds winger Josh Murphy, before Chelsea loanee Kenedy saw his lethargic penalty saved by Neil Etheridge in the very last minute. They’ll do well to get anything out of this game considering the form Chelsea find themselves in at the moment, and we’d be very surprised if they offered much in the way of a fightback against Sarri’s dominant outfit come full-time.

Chelsea will be looking to maintain their 100% record this Sunday when they travel to St James’ Park. The Blues brushed aside Huddersfield 3-0 on the opening day of the campaign two weeks ago, and on Saturday came away with all three points against Arsenal in a 3-2 thriller at Stamford Bridge. Maurizio Sarri looks to have transformed Chelsea back into a dominant, attack-minded team who can cause real problems this term. On Saturday they moved the ball round so well and completely outplayed Arsenal before perhaps letting complacency getting the better of them, allowing the Gunners a route back into the game late on in the first half. However, if they learn from their mistakes this weekend and demonstrate the same performance against Newcastle then there can only be one outcome to this encounter. Alvaro Morata bagged his first goal of the season on Saturday, so will head into this match full of confidence and with the support of players like Pedro, Eden Hazard, new signing Jorginho and Willian around him we feel another goal for the Spanish front man could be on the cards here.

Recommended bet:

Alvaro Morata to score first at 9/2 with Bet365