Matchday 3 Preview

Brighton vs Manchester United

The third week of this Premier League season gets underway at The AMEX and with Brighton handing a heavy defeat to Newcastle last weekend, they will look to continue that momentum against a team that is yet to get off the mark.

They play host to Manchester United and after losing 3-1 at home to Crystal Palace last weekend, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be asking a lot more from his players this time around.

Prediction: Brighton 1-2 Manchester United

Crystal Palace vs Everton

It is a top of the table clash at Selhurst Park this Saturday, as Crystal Palace play host to Everton and with both clubs picking up maximum points from their first two outings, something will have to give in South London.

Palace are fresh off a fantastic performance at Old Trafford, while Everton put five past a hapless West Brom at Goodison Park last week and the focus will once again be their new midfielder James Rodriguez.

Prediction: Crystal Palace 1-2 Everton

West Brom vs Chelsea

It has been something of a rude awakening for West Brom and after conceding eight goals in their first two Premier League matches of the season, manager Slaven Bilic certainly has some issues to address going forward.

While looking forward to this weekend, life gets no easier for the Baggies, as they welcome a Chelsea side who will be looking to bounce back after defeat to Liverpool last weekend.

Prediction: West Brom 0-2 Chelsea

Burnley vs Southampton

Burnley got their season underway last weekend, as they made the trip to King Power Stadium to face Leicester and after conceding four goals in the East Midlands, Sean Dyche’s men were sent back to Lancashire empty handed.

They will look to get off the mark against a Southampton side who have lost both their first two league outings and conceded an embarrassing five goals to Tottenham last Sunday.

Prediction: Burnley 1-0 Southampton

Sheffield United vs Leeds

It is probably too early to mention the dreaded “Second Season Syndrome” but Sheffield United have lost both their opening matches of this Premier League season and defensively, Chris Wilder’s men are not looking as stable as they did 12 months ago.

This weekend they play host to a Leeds side who have quickly taken the mantle of entertainers and who knows what the score will be at Bramall Lane, as we are treated to a feisty Yorkshire derby.

Prediction: Sheffield United 1-3 Leeds

Tottenham vs Newcastle

Tottenham went into overdrive against Southampton last Sunday and with Heung min-Son scoring four of their five goals at St Mary’s, he has reminded everyone of just how important he is to the North Londoners’ attack line.

This Sunday they play host to Newcastle and after Steve Bruce masterminded a win here last season, he will be hoping for a similar outcome this time around. Then again, that might be wishful thinking.

Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle

Manchester City vs Leicester

Manchester City were afforded an additional week’s rest before the start of their Premier League endeavours and the extra period of relaxation certainly helped on Monday, as they brushed aside Wolves at Molineux.

Next up for Pep Guardiola’s men is the visit of Leicester and after back to back wins at the start of the season, Brendan Rodgers will be keen to see that momentum continue at the Etihad.

Prediction: Manchester City 2-1 Leicester

West Ham vs Wolves

It’s been an incredibly rough start for West Ham and even though there were signs of life at the Emirates last Saturday, David Moyes and his players still came away from the trip to Arsenal empty handed.

While it looks as if things may not get any easier this Sunday, as they play host to a Wolves side who look to quickly put Monday’s defeat to Manchester City behind them.

Prediction: West Ham 0-2 Wolves

Fulham vs Aston Villa

Just like two seasons ago, it seems as if the case for Fulham’s defence is looking rather weak and even though they scored three away at Elland Road last Saturday, they conceded four at the other end to Leeds.

This means they’ve conceded seven goals already and on Monday they welcome an Aston Villa side who will be delighted with the hard-earned win at home to Sheffield United at the start of the week.

Prediction: Fulham 2-2 Aston Villa

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Defending champions Liverpool cleared one potential early hurdle last weekend, as they made light work of Chelsea and this week, they face more top-level London opposition with Arsenal making the long trip to Anfield.

Arsenal got the better of Liverpool in the recent Community Shield and will be looking to build on their back to back league success against both Fulham and West Ham.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal

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