Matchday 4 Preview

Chelsea vs Crystal Palace

This weekend’s Premier League action gets underway at Stamford Bridge, as Chelsea welcome fellow London opponents Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge and with the Blues having to make do with a 3-3 draw away at West Brom, they will look to land a first win since the opening week of the season

While Palace’s impressive start to the campaign was halted by Everton last Saturday and after a contentious penalty award went against them, the Eagles will hope for better luck this time.

Prediction: Chelsea 2-1 Crystal Palace

Everton vs Brighton

It may not be a surprise that one Merseyside team is currently unbeaten, but it might be a surprise regarding the other and with Everton having won all three of their early season matches, they will look to make it four out of four on Saturday.

To do so, they will need to get the better of a Brighton side that also fell foul of handball rules last weekend and will look for joy once more on the road, after beating Newcastle in week two.

Prediction: Everton 2-0 Brighton

Leeds vs Manchester City

Leeds’ last outing might have been a lot tamer compared their first two of the season and although it garnered far fewer goals, it did at least result in Marcelo Bielsa’s men earning maximum points at Sheffield United.

This Saturday sees them play host to a Manchester City side who shipped five to Leicester last weekend and the obvious plotline in this one will be Bielsa versus his disciple Pep Guardiola.

Prediction: Leeds 2-2 Manchester City

Newcastle vs Burnley

Even Newcastle manager Steve Bruce will be asking just how his side earned a point away at Tottenham on Sunday and even if they did get a massive slice of fortune with that penalty award, the Magpies will have little complaint with the end result.

This Saturday sees them play host to a Burnley side who have lost both their opening outings and manager Sean Dyche knows that his players must find a win sooner rather than later.

Prediction: Newcastle 1-0 Burnley

Southampton vs West Brom

After getting the better of Burnley last weekend, the Saints are off the mark for the season and now that is the case, they will look to make it back to back wins in the Premier League, as West Brom make the trip to the South Coast.

Baggies boss Slaven Bilic will be asking himself, just how his players threw away a three-goal lead at home to Chelsea and it is those defensive flaws, that could be an issue all season long.

Prediction: Southampton 2-0 West Brom

Leicester vs West Ham

If Leicester fluffed their Champions League lines last season, they certainly aren’t wallowing in self-pity at the start of this and after putting five past Manchester City on Sunday, Brendan Rodgers men still possess a perfect Premier League record thus far.

This Sunday sees them play host to a West Ham side who showed the benefits of working from home, as even though David Moyes was unwell and watching via Zoom, his side beat Wolves 4-0.

Prediction: Leicester 2-0 West Ham

Wolves vs Fulham

It is fair to say that Wolves have not had the start to the season that they would have wanted and after just three points from the first nine available, Nuno Espiritio Santo and his players already have some catching up to do.

Then again you could say the same about Fulham as they have once again tasted defeat and with them at the foot of the table, a harsh dose of Premier League reality is beginning to set in.

Prediction: Wolves 2-0 Fulham

Arsenal vs Sheffield United

Arsenal’s perfect start to the season came to an end on Monday, as they were beaten by Liverpool at Anfield and although that would have been a bitter pill to swallow, manager Mikel Arteta must remember that nobody gets out of Anfield alive.

This Sunday sees them play host to a Sheffield United who have lost their first three games of the season and Chris Wilder will be wondering just what has happened over the course of the summer.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 Sheffield United

Manchester United vs Tottenham

If you turned your television off at the final whistle, you may not have seen the drama unfold between Brighton and Manchester United, drama that saw the Red Devils eventually earn their first win of the season in the 100th minute of the game.

While Tottenham were also caught up in late drama last weekend, although it was a decision that went against them and this Sunday, Jose Mourinho will now look to get the better of his former club.

Prediction: Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith will be delighted with the start his side are having and after back to back wins, the West Midlands outfit find themselves starting the weekend in the lofty heights of fourth place.

One position behind opponents Liverpool and with the Reds undergoing a perfect start to the campaign, they are already beginning to lay down a title winning marker over their rivals.

Prediction: Aston Villa 0-2 Liverpool

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