Just before the first of the highly annoying International breaks for the year is the next wave of EPL fixtures, and as ever we have our EPL Matchday 3 Predictions.
Some surprises at the top of the table with new boys Huddersfield and the rare sight of West Brom at the top with Manchester United. The Red Devils look good so far, having beaten two sides 4-0, and will soon have added Zlatan.
Elsewhere the race for the first manager sacked/quit looks like it is going to be interesting early, and two of the key candidates meet as West Ham play Newcastle. A little wager on either of those two may get a nice collect.
The FTA TV game for Australians is Huddersfield v Southampton, where Aussie viewers get their first FTA sight of Aaron Mooy in the EPL for 2017-18.
Enough rubbish from us, onto our EPL Matchday 3 Predictions.
For those that are bored, we have our Half Assed EPL Season 2017-2018 Preview for anyone who wants a quick rundown of the EPL season ahead according to us.
GURGLER’S EPL TIPPING COMPETITION
Each week we will put our tips up against an opponent, just like Lawro’s tips on the BBC Football website. But instead of having famous comedian and musicians we’ve never heard of, we put our tips up against a different type of opponent.
We determine tips based on some ridiculous premise or statistic, and we then see if arse truly beat class.
This week’s opponents is one of our most popular from last year and features tips based on the Brexit voting. More on that later, onto our tips first.
OUR EPL MATCHDAY 3 PREDICTIONS
Onto our selections for the round ahead, with added scores to take on Lawro from the BBC. We’re operating at a solid just above 50% at the moment.
MANCHESTER CITY to beat Bournemouth (3-0)
CRYSTAL PALACE to beat Swansea (2-0)
HUDDERSFIELD to beat Southampton (1-0)
WEST HAM to beat Newcastle (1-0)
WATFORD to beat Brighton (2-0)
MANCHESTER UNITED to beat Leicester (3-1)
DRAW – West Brom v Stoke (0-0)
DRAW – Chelsea v Everton (1-1)
SPURS to beat Burnley (3-1)
DRAW – Liverpool v Arsenal (2-2)
EPL MATCHDAY 3 PREDICTIONS – BASED ON % FULL HOME CROWD FIGURES
They say a home crowd can lift a side when a team needs it the most, so why not based tips on which team has the highest % full figures for their home crowds in 2017/18.
There’s not much in it with a lot teams close to 100%, and many in the high 90%.
We have rounded up to allow for potential draws, and the higher the percentage gets the tips.
Home Crowd Full % in Brackets.
DRAW – Bournemouth (98%) v Manchester City (98%)
SWANSEA (99%) to beat Crystal Palace (96%)
SOUTHAMPTON (95%) to beat Huddersfield (83%)
NEWCASTLE (98%) to beat West Ham (95%)
WATFORD (93%) to beat Brighton (91%)
STOKE (99%) to beat West Brom (90%)
CHELSEA (99%) to beat Everton (98%)
SPURS (99%) to beat Burnley (91%)
ARSENAL (99%) to beat Liverpool (98%)
EPL TIPPING COMPETITION SEASON RESULTS
THE GURGLER – 55% – 11 / 20 (1 Correct Score)
LAST WEEK 5/10 – 1 Correct Score
ALL OPPONENTS – 50% – 10 / 20
MD1 v 2017-18 SEASON PREDICTIONS – 6/10
MD2 v BREXIT VOTING – 4 / 10