Matchday 3 Preview
Aston Villa vs Everton
It’s been back to back defeats for big spending Aston Villa and Dean Smith will be hoping that his men can finally open their account for the season, as they play host to an Everton side who have made an unbeaten start to the campaign.
Everton got the better of Watford last Saturday, with Bernard getting the winner and Marco Silva will be hoping that the Toffees don’t become unstuck in the West Midlands this weekend.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1-2 Everton
Norwich vs Chelsea
After a miserable showing on the opening evening of the season, Norwich were firing on all cylinders last Saturday and after hat-trick hero Teemu Pukki took home the match ball against Newcastle, manager Daniel Farke will be hoping this goal scoring hot streak continues.
They play host to a Chelsea side, who have been on top for large spells of their first two league outings but only have a point to show for their efforts thus far, can this change on Saturday?
Prediction: Norwich 1-2 Chelsea
Sheffield United vs Leicester
Chris Wilder will have been delighted with the start that his Sheffield United side have served up, as the Blades picking up four points from the first two matches and with them at home at weekend, he and his players will be confident of on building on Sunday’s win over Crystal Palace.
While they go up against a Leicester outfit who have drawn their first two games of the season and were it not for some sharper shooting last Sunday, they would have beaten Chelsea on the road.
Prediction: Sheffield United 1-1 Leicester
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace
Manchester United were held to a draw by Wolves at Molineux on Monday night and had they a designated penalty taker strategy in place, then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men would have made it two wins from two.
They go up against a Crystal Palace side who are yet to find the net this season and have only picked up a solitary point for their efforts, something that will be of concern to Roy Hodgson.
Prediction: Manchester United 2-0 Crystal Palace
Brighton vs Southampton
Graham Potter has injected a new lease of life into Brighton with the Seagulls picking up four points from the first six that are available and this Saturday, they play host to fellow South Coast outfit Southampton.
The Saints are yet to open their account this season, although had Danny Ings buried what was a guilt edged chance last weekend, they would have earned an unlikely point at home to Liverpool.
Prediction: Brighton 2-0 Southampton
Watford vs West Ham
It seems as if Watford’s hangover from their F.A. Cup Final thumping is yet to clear and after suffering back to back Premier League defeats, Javi Gracia will be hoping that this is the weekend in which the Hornets get off the mark.
They play host to a West Ham side who put their opening weekend offering behind them with a spirited draw away at Brighton and they will hope for something similar this Saturday.
Prediction: Watford 1-1 West Ham
Liverpool vs Arsenal
The clash of the weekend sees Liverpool play host to Arsenal at Anfield and with Jurgen Klopp’s side already having a two point advantage of Manchester City, they will want to extend that gap to five come the end of Saturday evening.
While although the Gunners will be making the trip to Merseyside in a confident mood, their defence is undoubtedly going to be tested and they could be in for a long 90 minutes on Saturday.
Prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Arsenal
Bournemouth vs Manchester City
Bournemouth built on their opening weekend draw with an away win over Aston Villa and now they have their toughest test of the season so far, as they play host to defending Premier League champions Manchester City
City thought they made it maximum points on Saturday, but their ‘win’ was ruled out by VAR in the last minute and with a score to settle, you almost feel sorry for Bournemouth this weekend.
Prediction: Bournemouth 0-3 Manchester City
Wolves vs Burnley
It’s two draws from two for Wolves this season and on the basis of the performances from Nuno Espirito Santo’s players, you would have to say that it is just about a fair return for the team that finished seventh last season.
They play host to a Burnley side that were perhaps unfortunate to get anything from a trip to Emirates and they will hope that a trip to Molineux is more favourable on Sunday.
Prediction: Wolves 2-1 Burnley
Tottenham vs Newcastle
Tottenham may not have deserved a point after their trip to the Etihad last weekend but at the same time, they certainly earned it and they will look to make it seven points from nine this coming Sunday.
They play host to a Newcastle side who were incredibly poor away at Norwich last Saturday and Steve Bruce knows that if they don’t improve, it will be a stroll in the park for Harry Kane and company.
Prediction: Tottenham 2-0 Newcastle