Its round two of the English Premier League 2019/20 season and there’s lots for followers of the top-flight to get excited about. 10 games are spread across Saturday, Sunday and Monday with seven fixtures taking place on the highlight of the week. We’re delighted to say football is officially back.
Two of those seven games will be screened live on television and that’s great news for armchair fans and sports bettors. Arsenal host Burnley at the Emirates from 12.30pm on Saturday to get the weekend started, a game you can follow live on BT Sport. Defending champions Manchester City host fellow top-four side Tottenham at the Etihad from 5.30pm, live on Sky Sports.
Bookmakers Side with the Home Win
We focus our attentions on the latter and those tuning into the action are guaranteed a thrilling contest with both sets of players doing their bit to ensure this one lives up to the hype. Major bookmakers offer a lively betting market, meaning we can enjoy a financial interest on the outcome, ramping up the excitement.
The money men have come down in support of the locals as they aim to add another three points to their tally and continue along the road to an historic three Premier League titles on the bounce. There’s still plenty of football to be played, of course, with lots of twists and turns in the road, but the antepost betting has Man City priced like a three-in-a-row is just a matter of time.
It is, therefore, no surprise to see traders throw the weight of their support behind Man City to beat Tottenham on Saturday and backers will have to make do with the 4/11 offered by Betfair as there’s not too much better around at the time of writing. Unibet are market best price on the draw, offering a chunky 9/2.
Betfair have been quick to put a line through the chances of the away win. Get your cash down on Tottenham and you’ll benefit from a stunning 8/1, if things go according to plan. The market looks accurate but there’s sure to be more than a few happy to take the value offered on a very capable Spurs side gate-crashing the party.
A Sterling Start for Raheem
Manchester City got their title defence off to the best possible start with an opening round win over West Ham United at Upton Park. Pep’s boys made a mockery of what was expected to be a tough, hard-fought contest, scoring five goals in east London. The 5-0 win send Man City racing straight back to the top of the division and they’ll take some shifting this season.
Sterling scored a hat-trick that day, his treble added to by goals from Gabriel Jesus and Aguero, the latter rifling home from the penalty spot on 86 minutes, although he needed two attempts at it. Sterling was in sublime form on the back of a strong pre-season and after scoring 17 goals last time he’s a man who will surely go close to winning the golden boot, if he can stay injury free for much of the campaign.
Sterling is offered at 4/1 by bet365 to score the first goal against Tottenham and that’s market best price when playing at bet365. Another win to nil has been chalked up on the betting board at 6/4 by Bet Victor. Those with confidence in the locals can take them on the handicap for a chance at a higher return. Man City -1 goal is even money at Betfair, better than the 10/11 you’ll get elsewhere.
Kane at the Double to Rescue Spurs
Tottenham also go into this tie with a 100 per cent record following a win on matchday one. The Londoners splashed the cash in pre-season – much more than they did last year – as the board aim to fill the impressive new stadium with world class players. The team hit the ground running when beating newly promoted Aston Villa 3-1 last Saturday. Harry Kane is another player who picked up where he left off last term, helping himself to two goals and having opportunities to complete the hat-trick. Avoid injury and Kane will have a major say in who wins the title this year.
Both goals came late in the day – 86 and 90 minutes – after Ndombele had scored on 73 to equal an opener hit by Aston Villa’s McGinn inside 10 minutes. It looked like the game was heading for a dramatic draw, but Kane pulled his side out of a hole, once again. We’re certain it won’t be the last time he’s asked to do that this term. The match winner told members of the press his team know exactly what is expected of them this season.
The price on Tottenham winning is big enough but there’s more to be had if playing the specials. Both teams to score in a Tottenham win leaps off the page as a 13/1 play with Bet Victor, or you can back Harry Kane to score. The Englishman is 15/2 (bet365) to break the deadlock or 12/5 (Unibet) for a goal at any time during the match.