A wonderful start to the Premier League season with goals, red cards and a couple of major shocks. Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shared his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on this weekend’s fixtures and, with £75,000 up for grabs with our new Golden Goal at Wembley on Sunday, has another prediction for our free-to-play competition.  

Swansea v Manchester United

I was impressed with United against West Ham on Sunday but they need to back it up against a Swansea side who didn’t have a shot on target at St Mary’s on Matchday One, and may have been a shade fortunate to come away with a point.

The Swans have never kept a clean sheet in their 12 previous PL games against the Red Devils and Jose Mourinho’s side were irresistible at times against the Hammers at Old Trafford. Swansea will take heart from the fact that they have lost just once in their last eight PL games at the Liberty Stadium, but I was not surprised to see BetVictor trim United from 7/2 to 11/4 for the title in the aftermath of the opening weekend of the campaign.

Results in the Spanish Super Cup over the last few days have put into some perspective United’s own 2-1 loss to Real Madrid in Skopje last week.

Michael’s recommendation: United to win to nil at 11/10

Bournemouth v Watford

All four games between the clubs in the PL have finished in a draw and it would be no surprise if the points were shared again at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday. Watford lost their last seven away games in the PL last season, but that wasn’t under new coach Marco Silva and I expect the Hornets to get something from their visit to the south coast.

Michael’s recommendation: Watford Double chance (draw or win) at 5/6

Burnley v West Brom

Excellent results for both sides last weekend and it must have been hard for the Clarets players to come down from what was an incredible high after their result at Stamford Bridge. West Brom have added the experience of Gareth Barry to their ranks this week and I think the Baggies, as they have done in their two previous PL visits to Turf Moor, will take a point.

Michael’s recommendation: Draw at 85/40

Leicester City v Brighton

Leicester won five of their seven home games under Craig Shakespeare last season and they are a confident selection to keep all three points against a Brighton side who were outclassed by Manchester City at the Amex last weekend.

The Foxes played their part in a terrific game at the Emirates, which got the season off to a flying start, but they know this is a game they cannot afford to drop points from.

Michael’s recommendation: Leicester to win at 3/4

Liverpool v Crystal Palace

The Eagles have won their last three at Anfield in the PL, but their confidence must have taken a knock following their loss to newly-promoted Huddersfield Town at Selhurst Park last Saturday. New Eagles Coach Frank De Boer must do without Wilfried Zaha through injury against the Reds and it could be a long afternoon for Palace at Anfield.

Both sides have found the back of the net in the last ten competitive games between the sides and I expect to see goals at Anfield this weekend – especially for the Reds.

Michael’s recommendation: Liverpool to lead halftime/fulltime at Evens

Southampton v West Ham

Southampton had 29 shots at goal in their goalless draw against Swansea last weekend and they will be looking for better luck in front of goal against the Hammers. This is the second of four successive home games Saints have to start the new campaign, and I think they will edge what should be an entertaining game.

Michael’s recommendation: Southampton to win and both teams to score at 5/2

Stoke City v Arsenal

Arsenal have won four of their last five PL games against the Potters and I think they can add to that tally in the late kick off on Saturday. Olivier Giroud’s excellent winning goal against Leicester was his 99th in an Arsenal shirt and I think the Gunners will have too much in the attacking third for Mark Hughes’s side who posed little as an attacking threat at Goodison Park on Saturday.

Michael’s recommendation: Arsenal to win at 17/20

Huddersfield Town v Newcastle United

Hard to know what to say about Jonjo Shelvey’s latest red card against Spurs last weekend other than he let himself and his teammates down. He needs to have a good hard look at himself before he puts on the famous black and white shirt again.

The Terriers could not have dreamt of a better start to their first PL season, but they may have to settle for a point against the Magpies who were well in the game against Spurs at St James’s Park until they went down to ten men.

Michael’s recommendation: Game to finish 1-1 at 11/2

Tottenham v Chelsea

The first-ever PL game played at Wembley Stadium and it will be impossible for Spurs to improve on their remarkable unbeaten home record last season at White Hart Lane. Indeed, Spurs have won 14 home PL games on the spin and will break their club record if they can beat the Champions on Sunday.

Antonio Conte will have to do without both Gary Cahill and Cesc Fabregas through suspension and, make no mistake, this is a huge game for both clubs even at this early stage of the season.

Spurs have only won one of their last nine games at Wembley – but I expect them to double that tally with Harry Kane to score his 100th goal for Spurs.

Michael’s recommendation: Spurs to win at 21/20

Michael’s Golden Goal prediction: remember £75,000 up for grabs.

Harry Kane, 19th minute and 2-1 to Spurs

Manchester City v Everton

Wayne Rooney’s last away game for Everton in the PL was a 5-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium but Wayne’s headed goal against Stoke last weekend was his 199th in the PL. His next goal will make him only the second player behind Alan Shearer to reach the 200 landmark and that puts into some perspective what a player he has been.

The Blues were in Europa League action on Thursday and must play their second leg in Croatia only 72 hours after their trip to a City side who were not at their brilliant best when making heavy weather of breaking down Brighton on Matchday One. I expect to see a number of goals in the final game of the weekend.

Michael’s recommendation: Over 3.5 goals 31/20

Michael’s weekend wager: Manchester United, Leicester and Arsenal to all win at 7/2

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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