Manchester United look imperious, Chelsea are sort of back to their best, Arsenal and Liverpool are awesome going forward but awful at the back and Manchester City….well, who knows what’s going on there.
It’s still a tough school for punters at this early stage, but we’ve got some cracking Premier League betting tips lined up nonetheless.
Crystal Palace vs Swansea (Saturday, 3:00pm)
Two sides that have made rather uninspiring starts to the campaign meet on Saturday at Selhurst Park.
Crystal Palace have been thumped 0-3 by Huddersfield in a game they deserved to lose but not by that margin, and in their second they were thoroughly outplayed by Liverpool but fought like dogs to restrict their opponents to a 1-0 win.
Swansea are struggling. Shorn of the talents of Gylfi Sigurdsson, who’s left the club, and the injured Fernando Llorente, their goal threat has fallen almost squarely on the shoulders of young Tammy Abraham; a player with a bright future no doubt, but one taking his first steps in the English top flight.
With Wilf Zaha missing for the Eagles, neither side possesses an attacking edge to speak of, and either one of them could win this by the odd goal.
Under 2.5 Goals (8/11 with Betfair)
Watford vs Brighton (Saturday, 3:00pm)
To see Watford at anything approaching even money for this one is surprising. Their injury list is lengthy, but Marco Silva has galvanised the troops with a 3-3 draw with Liverpool (they arguably deserved more) backed by a convincing 2-0 victory at Bournemouth.
The Hornets aren’t the most fashionable team in the world, but boy are they proving effective so far in 2017/18.
Brighton are doing what newly-promoted sides have a habit of doing: eschewing the fearlessness that got them up in the first place, and instead defending in numbers and opting for a more conservative approach.
Chris Hughton will eventually have the confidence to get the Seagulls playing on the front foot, but until he does his troops could be in for a rough introduction to top flight football.
Watford to Win (Evens with William Hill)
Manchester United vs Leicester City (Saturday, 5:30pm)
What a time to be a Manchester United fan. Two games, two wins, eight goals scored, none conceded. And now Zlatan has signed on the dotted line for another year – no wonder Jose Mourinho has had a spring in his step so far this term.
They have been outstanding in truth, winning the Expected Goals count by a comfortable margin in both outings, and while Leicester will provide a more aggressive and in-your-face opponent than Swansea and West Ham, the Red Devils will still be confident.
The recapture of Ibrahimović puts a certain amount of pressure on Romelu Lukaku’s shoulders. The Belgian has bagged goals in his opening pair of league starts for United, and as we know this is a striker who tends to score his goals in bunches. This column made plenty of money off that fact while he was wearing the blue of Everton last season.
Romelu Lukaku to Score Anytime (5/6 with Paddy Power)