Welcome back to the Saturday 8/18/18 edition of LazyBets EPL Picks and Parlays. It’s week 2 and Premier League lineups are beginning to settle after a busy deadline day has come and gone. With week 1 in the books, new transfers have had at least a few training sessions to integrate with their new teams. We’re feeling comfortable enough to begin our weekly picks and parlays soccer section now that we have some idea of how each club will be playing this season.
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We’re salivating at the opportunity to get in a full year of Premier League action and we’re likely going to be wagering often with our favorite sportsbook. With Liverpool, Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester United all fielding competitive squads, every week will count in the sprint to secure points. Let’s take a look at our best bet and two other games to consider in Saturday’s Premier League Picks and Parlays.
Premier League Pick of the Day:
Is Callum Wilson a star or a flash in the pan after week 1's dominance?
Who really knows what to make of West Ham? Liverpool destroyed the Hammers with a 4-0 victory in the Premier League’s opening weekend that saw Mo Salah score and Sadio Mane’ net two. Even Daniel Sturridge got in on the action as West Ham were decimated at Anfield.
It’s hard to tell whether the performance of West Ham was on account of how good Liverpool were or just how poor the Hammers were. Perhaps it was a combination of both. Liverpool have showed signs of being unstoppable recently under Klopp’s reign, but West Ham haven’t been in the best of form either. They’ve won just three in their last 10 games dating back to February of last year.
On the other end of the pitch, Bournemouth are on the best run of their Premier League lives. Following their victory against Cardiff, Bournemouth will set a record if they are able to secure a win on Saturday while visiting London stadium.
Bournemouth looked sound in their win against Cardiff but it’s hard to say exactly what it means. Cardiff entered their first Premier League game in 4 years and looked like it. Callum Wilson looks like he could be a real player for the team this season after he signed a four year extension this summer. His low cross came in perfectly to setup Bournemouth for their first goal and he was huge in their other opportunities as he scored a goal himself off of a set piece in stoppage time.
In reality, Bournemouth should have won 3-0 after a missed penalty. The club maintained 63% possession and nearly 80% passing accuracy as they forced Cardiff into frequent mistakes.
From a set piece perspective, Bournemouth They also won the corner count game with 7 to Cardiff’s 4.
This game is at London Stadium and if it were the other way around, we’d be taking Bournemouth outright. The Hammers always seem to get a boost in front of their home fans, and that has to account for something. West Ham may not have the form, but they will have the support this weekend to at least get something out of this contest.
Bournemouth too will enter the game with high hopes. With Burnley, Swansea, and now Cardiff marked as wins on their last three fixtures, the men in black and red will be full of confidence having played a similar setup in all three contests.
The recent success of Bournemouth has to be tempered with reality. The club have won just two of their last 15 away trips, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t come away with points.
Both teams could win here, but we think it’s more likely they draw. Bournemouth haven’t lost When you look at the performances of these two heading into week two, you have to think that Bournemouth will walk away with something here. It may not be a win, but it should still be some success. These two have drawn their last two contests and that won’t change now.
The highlight game from a group of good contests Saturday, Chelsea and Arsenal take the field in their 2018 darby in unfamiliar confines. Both teams have new managers and are employing new systems.
Arsenal got stuck getting manhandled by the defending champions in week 1 and showed little resistance under new manager Unai Emery who is already seeing calls for his sacking. Chelsea found little resistance employing there system but throttled Huddersfield Town 3-0.
While both of these teams are employing new systems, Chelsea will be riding confidence and in-form performances from Eden Hazard. N’Golo Kante also seems to be great in any system he plays which is helping smooth out the Chelsea transition. They seem to be responding well under manager Maurizio Sarri.
New Manager Nuno Espírito Santo managed to recruit João Moutinho, Rui Patrício, Rúben Neves, Diogo Jota, and Hélder Costa to the team this season. You will recognize Patrício and Moutinho from this years World Cup. Both played prominent roles. Santo was also able to sign Adama and Raúl Jiménez. Adama (Spain) and Jiminez (Mexico) offer valuable attacking options on the wings that can be unlocked by a great passer like Moutinho. All of that spells goals and that’s why we saw 2 from Wolves last weekend.
Leicester City also offers a roster full of attackers. Jami Vardy is a common name that everyone knows from the Leicester title run and from the English World Cup roster. He join Kelechi Iheanacho on a front line that knows how to score goals. Vardy netted against Manchester United in the first fixture in a 2-1 road loss.