This is the high time to sum up the results of the first round of new English Premier League competition. In two out of ten last matches the teams have shared the points. These are Watford - Liverpool (3:3) and Southampton - Swansea (0:0). Correspondingly, eight other matches ended with victories of one of the rivals. Before we tell you about the favorites of the new English season, we should note rather high teams’ effectiveness.
In ten opening matches 31 goals have been scored - 3.1 balls on average for one game.
So, what clubs according to the results of the first round are heading the champions’ race? Three winning points at the beginning of a new season have gained Everton, Burnley, Huddersfield and West Bromwich which have won over, respectively, Stoke (1:0), Chelsea (3:2), Crystal Palace (3:0) and Bournemouth (1:0). Of course, now, at all respect for new leaders, it is clear that very soon these clubs will fade into the background.
At the same time the first victories were won by the quartet of favorites. And here further presence of the teams of Josep Guardiola, Arsène Wenger, Mauricio Pochettino and José Mourinho at the top of the tournament bracket can hardly raise any doubts.
Arsenal – Leicester – 4:3 (Lacazette, Welbeck, Ramsey, Giroud – Okazaki, Vardy 2);
Brighton – Manchester City – 0:2 (Agüero, Dank – own goal);
Newcastle – Tottenham – 0:2 (Alli, Davis);
Manchester United – West Ham – 4:0 (Lukaku 2, Martial, Pogba);
And now announcement of the second round (19-21st of August). Here the most interesting matches will be held in Swansea, Liverpool, Stoke-on-Trent, London and Manchester:
Saturday, the 19th of August
14:30. Swansea (8.50) – Manchester United (1.40);
17:00. Liverpool (1.30) - Crystal Palace (8.00);
19:30. Stoke (5.75) – Arsenal (1.65);
Sunday, 20th of August
18:00. Tottenham (1.95) – Chelsea (3.75);
Monday, 21st of August
22:00. Manchester City (1.30) – Everton (8.00);
The central meeting of the second round will be, of course, the London Derby Tottenham – Chelsea, which will be held this time on the main football arena of Great Britain – Wembley. And here the bookmakers have declared the team of Mauricio Pochettino to be the favorite of this match.
We wish you successful betting!
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