Round three of the new Premier League season and things are already beginning to take shape in the top tier of English football. Saturday presents followers with no less than seven Premier League fixtures, five of those starting in the traditional 3.00pm slot. That’s great news for accumulator bettors and those chasing a big return on their investment.
A busy afternoon of action but there’s no doubting the main attraction as last season’s silver medallists, Liverpool, return to Anfield where they’ll take on Arsenal from 5.30pm in a match shown live on Sky Sports. We’re in for a treat as the reds look to maintain their 100 per cent start while their opponents also chase three wins on the bounce, targeting the chance to lay down an early marker and prove they are serious title contenders.
Make Your Opinions Count
Bookmakers have seized on the increased levels of interest in this one and you’ll find major firms are offering over 100 exciting betting markets on the outcome, covering everything from match winner and total goals to handicap and first goal scorer. Browse the options and you’re sure to find a bet and price that suits your needs.
Many of the best pre-match markets remain live throughout the course of the 90 minutes thanks to in play betting, meaning you can get involved at any stage of the contest. Prices and handicap lines are updated to keep pace with the play and a financial interest is now as exciting in the final few minutes as it was before the first whistle. Live Premier League football is something quite special, but it can’t quite compare to making a profit from the nation’s favourite sport through a winning bet. Ramp up your interest with a wager.
Bookmakers have had their say on this one and there’s no real surprise to see the money men side with home comforts. The reds have oozed class so far and the early exchanges of the campaign tell us Jurgen Klopp’s side will go very close to ending their wait for a top tier title. It has been too long since Liverpool won the Premier League, certainly in the opinion of fans, but to give themselves the best chance of finishing on the top step they must make Anfield a fortress again, beating Arsenal on Saturday night.
Those who expect that to happen can back the locals at a decent 8/15 with Betfair. That’s market best price at the time of writing and beats the 1/2 generally available. Arsenal have been chalked up as 11/2 shots by William Hill or you can sit on the fence and take the draw at 4/1 with bet365. Those quotes suggest the home win is nailed on, but we know anything can, and usually does, happen in the Premier League.
Reds Make a Fast Start
Liverpool opened the new season with a stunning 4-1 win over Norwich at this venue and that sent them racing to the top of the division. They remain in pole position heading into the weekend following a hard-fought win over Southampton at St Mary’s Stadium last time. That was less than convincing, and the game looked to be in danger of ending in a draw at stages, but Klopp’s troops held on for the result. They are now one of only two teams with six points on the board after two games, the other being Arsenal, just to make this one that little bit more exciting.
Mane scored the first goal of the game just before the stroke of half-time vs Southampton and that advantage was doubled when Firmino bulged the net with 71 minutes on the clock. Liverpool were in cruise control, but they were made to sweat down the home straight, The Saints pulling one back thanks to a delightful reply from Ings inside the last seven minutes of play. That set up a nervy finish, but Liverpool were able to hold on to their advantage and, at the final whistle, were good value for the win. A little too close for comfort in the opinion of some fans but it’s worth remembering Liverpool lost the title last season because of too many draws. They are now winning ugly and that will delight the support.
Gunners Firing on All Cylinders
Pundits weren’t quite sure what to make of Arsenal this season. Much was written of their supposed money worries but, when the transfer window slammed shut on the eve of the first game of the season, the final tally showed the Londoners were one of the division’s biggest spenders. The new recruits have hit the ground running and went into week three joint top of the division on a maximum six points with their hosts.
They started with a 1-0 away to Newcastle United on the opening weekend and followed that with a tense 2-1 at the Emirates Stadium against Burnley last time out. Lacazette continued his fine form with the first goal of the game inside 13 minutes but that was eventually cancelled out by Barnes before the interval. With the teams heading for a share of the spoils, Aubameyang got what proved to be the winner on 64, delighting the home support. Arsenal look like they mean business, but the pressure is now on them to prove it at Anfield.
- Sadio Mane has scored more goals than any other Liverpool player in this calendar year.
- Liverpool have won their first two league games in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1994.
- Arsenal have won their first two Premier League games of the season for the first time since 2009.