Premier League Betting Guide for Matchweek 3
Which Premier League matches offer betting value on FanDuel Sportsbook? Let's see where we can zero in.
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Everton vs. Crystal Palace
Everton to win +105
Palace and Everton are both off to incredible starts to the season, as each side is perfect two games in. Everton won 1-0 over Spurs in their first match and 5-2 against West Brom in the second weekend. The Toffees have a +4 goal differential and a +3.8 expected goal differential, per FBref, so their goal scoring is in line with the quality of chances they have been creating.
Crystal Palace are also 2W-0D-0L with a 1-0 win over Southampton and a 3-1 win over Manchester United. However, Palace were clearly much less dominant than Everton have been, as the Eagles had less than 30% possession in each game and were outshot in both. As a result, their expected goal difference is +0.3, which is almost 3 goals lower than their actual goal difference of +3.
Everton have been more impressive in their wins and should be expected to win this game on Saturday.
Sheffield United vs. Leeds
Sheffield to win +165
Sheffield United established themselves as a quality EPL side last season when they finished 9th in the table. Despite an 0-0-2 start to this campaign, there is still reason to believe the Blades will be a good team again this season.
Sheffield United lost their opening game 2-0 against Wolves, but they were outshot only 11-9. In Matchweek 2 they lost 1-0 to Aston Villa, but they played down a man most of the game due to a red card in the 12th minute. Despite playing almost half their season with 10 men, Sheffield still have just a -0.6 expected goal differential, which is actually 2.2 goals better than Leeds’ expected goal difference of -2.8.
Leeds have been on both ends of two wild 4-3 games, but according to expected goal difference, their offensive output has been overstated (2.3 expected goals compared to 7 actual goals). Leeds will need to play better if they want to keep winning, and they will be in for a tough test against Sheffield United this weekend.
Manchester City vs. Leicester
Leicester +2 (no push) -105
Leicester are being a bit disrespected with this betting line. The Foxes finished in fifth place last season, and they are off to a strong 2-0-0 start this campaign with convincing wins over West Brom and Burnley. It hasn't been the most challenging schedule thus far, but Leicester have a strong goal difference of +5 and a decent expected goal difference of +1.2.
Manchester City have played just one league game thus far, and while they played well at Wolves in a 3-1 win, they had expected goal difference of only 0.9 for the match.
Manchester City are a great team, but a one-goal Citizens victory is still a winning bet given the two-goal spread. Leicester are too good of a team to expect a blowout in this match.