A disappointing start to the season for this column last weekend, so onto the second matchweek of the season


Crystal Palace to beat West Ham at 6/4 William Hill

Hull City to draw with Stoke City 9/4 Coral

Chelsea -2 on the SkyBet handicap versus Leicester City

Southampton to beat West Brom at 10/11 William Hill

Last week showed that early season betting is a tricky proposition! So onto week two and a look at the best value bets in the Premier League

Crystal Palace v West Ham

Considering betting on Palace without Tony Pulis is interesting, but there were encouraging signs at Arsenal last weekend that the spirit and organisation of his team can continue. A home game with West Ham offers them the opportunity, possibly with a new manager in place by then, to get off the mark for the season. West Ham also lost their first game, at home to Tottenham, and once more went into a game with Carlton Cole on his own up front. There is probably more to come when Enner Valencia is introduced but for the time being we are being offered 6/4 by William Hill and others on a home win here which at worst looks an interesting price for a winnable game

Hull City v Stoke City

One goal in each game for these two in the first weekend, with Hull winners at QPR and Stoke losing at home to Aston Villa. The signs were in each game, irrespective of the result, that each team will be difficult to break down, big at the back and organised in midfield and that each might struggle for goals. This sets up this game as draw-material and quotes of 9/4 at Coral look fair for this game

Chelsea v Leicester City

Chelsea looked ominously good in the first game, especially in the first half and face a Leicester City side that will clearly be up against it here. This is not just as a promoted side but because injuries have taken the two first choice defensive midfielders, Drinkwater and James, out of the side and the squad depth is not yet developed enough to withstand these losses. One of the key things for any opposition to do against Chelsea this season will be to stifle the midfield where combinations of Matic/Fabregas/Hazard/Oscar/Schurrle and others will over-run many opponents

With Chelsea 1/5 outright for the game, look at a handicap such as Chelsea -1 at 4/5 or Chelsea -2 at 2/1 both with Skybet.

Southampton v West Brom

There were enough encouraging signs in Southampton’s 2-1 defeat at Anfield to suggest that this season might not be as gloomy as many pundits were suggesting aftet the sale of so many players this summer. A home game with West Brom is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate that. West Brom drew 2-2 at home to Sunderland and in Berahino have one of the emerging players of the league but Southampton are the bet here at 10/11 with William Hill