Premier League Week 3: Top Bets and Picks (Video)

Yet more gut-wrenching, fear-inducing, cheer-inciting football fun is coming up. Yes, another weekend of Premier League comes along, and we've got all the previews, tips and picks for the matches, right here. Be sure to scroll down to our video too, and tell us who you're putting your stake on, in the comments.

Manchester United vs. Newcastle United (Saturday)

Although those with long memories might remember when Kevin Keegan's Newcastle beat Manchester United 5-0 back in the nineties, that was a long time ago. These days, the Magpies are a side high on hope but low on delivery. Manchester United won both league encounters last season, and has a superior-looking side this time around, while Steve McClaren's rebuilding process at St. James's Park is still very much ongoing.

This will be a Manchester United win, possibly by two goals. Manchester United misses Marouane Fellaini and Phil Jones, while Newcastle has injuries to seven first-team players, including influential midfielders Siem de Jong and Moussa Sissoko.

Top Bet: 28/13 with Unibet for Juan Mata to score anytime

Norwich City vs. Stoke City (Saturday)

Norwich, buoyed by an excellent win over Sunderland last weekend, host a Stoke side that has won many friends, but no games so far this season. The Potters welcome Xherdan Shaqiri, although as he is not fully match-fit, do not expect him to complete 90 minutes. Stephen Ireland will hope for game-time after he made the difference against Spurs.

Norwich still looks like a team that could use a proven Premier League goalscorer up-front, although Cameron Jerome has done an admirable job. Goals are possible through the team, and at home Norwich is hard to beat. Stoke misses Bojan, Peter Odemwingie and Ryan Shawcross, while Youssuf Mulumbu and Martin Olsson miss out for Norwich.

Top Bet: 21/10 with Betfair for a draw

Leicester City vs. Tottenham Hotspur (Saturday)

Another Saturday game for Leicester, another chance for the Foxes to prove the pre-season doubters wrong. After two perfunctory opponents in West Ham and Sunderland, things start to get real for Claudio Ranieri's team against Spurs. Mauricio Pochettino will be well aware of the threat posed by Shinji Okazaki and Jamie Vardy, and will have to protect his back four well.

Although Spurs are narrow favourites, and won both encounters last season, Leicester is a tough team to beat at home. We predict a draw here. Spurs have no injuries, while Matty James is Leicester's only absence.

Top Bet: 27/11 for a draw with Unibet

Sunderland vs. Swansea City (Saturday)

With crisis talks already at the Stadium of Light, things are not going well for Dick Advocaat and Sunderland, and they could go a lot worse after the visit of Swansea, a team in great form, with Bafetimbi Gomis and Andre Ayew having struck up an instant understanding.

Jordi Gomez and Adam Johnson are injured for Sunderland, while Swansea may have a clean bill of health.

Top Bet: 17/2 with Bet365 for Gomis to score two or more goals

West Ham United vs. Bournemouth (Saturday)

After Bournemouth's Monday-night reality-check against Liverpool, the Cherries will be more optimistic about this game. West Ham has looked devoid of ideas at times since Slaven Bilic took over, and the influx of new players has not brought the flowing football expected by fans.

As crazy as it may sound, this could be Bournemouth's first win - West Ham is sure to allow its strikers a chance or two, and them it's down to how they are taken in the box. Only Harry Arter misses the game for Bournemouth, while Adrian is suspended for West Ham, and Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia injured.

Top Bet: 23/10 with Paddy Power for a Bournemouth win

Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa (Saturday)

Last season, Palace lost at home to Villa, but a lot has changed at both clubs since then. Villa, which began the season well with a win over Bournemouth, then lost to Manchester United, while Palace also has a win and a defeat from its first two matches.

Many home fans will hope that Alan Pardew gives more time to Patrick Bamford up-front, while Tim Sherwood may consider fielding Rudy Gestede after he proved effective against Bournemouth. We predict a Palace win, but this could go either way.

Gary Gardner, Jores Okore and Chris Herd miss out for Villa, while Palace has Fraizer Campbell, Marouane Chamakh and Julian Speroni out injured.

Top Bet: 5/2 with Bet365 for Palace to win by one goal

Everton vs. Manchester City (Sunday)

After Manchester City's expected 3-0 thrashing of no-hopers Chelsea (joke!), the Premier League runner-up side heads to Goodison Park to play against an Everton team showing style in spades, having beaten Southampton 3-0 away from home to demonstrate its improvement since last season.

Romelu Lukaku will again be Everton's principal dangerman, although its defence will need to contend with the ultimate challenfge of Sergio Aguero in full flight. We expect a City win, although Lukaku, perhaps co-incidentally, is in top form at the end of a transfer window, while City's defence is sometimes tested by pace on the flanks such as from Kevin Mirallas.

Everton is still without Leighton Baines, while City has everyone fit except Fabian Delph.

Top Bet: 21/5 with Unibet for a half-time/full-time result of Draw/Everton

West Bromwich Albion vs. Chelsea (Sunday)

West Brom boss Tony Pulis enjoys the big occasions, and he has beaten Jose Mourinho's Chelsea before now. The Hawthorns is a narrow pitch, which will not afford Eden Hazard or Willian the pace they usually like, and West Brom, with Saido Berahino in attack, will not lack pace on the counter. Fans will remember the Baggies' 3-0 home win over Chelsea last season, and look to repeat that against a sluggish champion side.

Ben Foster and Serge Gnabry are out for West Brom, while Oscar misses the game for Chelsea.

Top Bet: 11/2 with Bet365 for West Brom to win

Watford vs. Southampton (Sunday)

Watford has looked solid in defence but seems to find it difficult to get the ball to its strikers. However, against a Southampton side that conceded three goals last weekend against Everton, the Hornets may get their chance to score a first home league goal this season. The promoted side certainly has the goalscoring pedigree, while Southampton seems to be struggling for confidence at the moment.

Ryan Bertrand, Jordy Clasie and Fraser Forster are injured for Saints, while Watford is without Lloyd Doyley and Joel Ekstrand.

Top Bet: 17/10 with Paddy Power for a Watford win

Arsenal vs. Liverpool (Monday)

Under the Monday night lights, the Emirates can be a hard place from which to emerge with the three points for away teams, and Liverpool is considered outsider to win by most bookmakers. This is backed-up by a win and a draw for the Gunners in the home and away fixtures last season. Nonetheless, Liverpool has taken two 1-0 wins in its first two games, and looks a stronger side than last season's.

With Arsenal usually so strong at home, we predict an Arsenal win, particularly if Mesut Özil is given time and space to work his magic and supply killer balls to Olivier Giroud. Liverpool needs to prove it is stronger in the big games against supposed opposition at the top of the league than it was last season. Wins over Stoke and Bournemouth do not prove anything if a team assembled this expensively then fails against Arsenal.

Top Bet: 13/8 with Bet365 for Alexis Sanchez to score anytime

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