Bournemouth vs. Manchester City
Manchester City should overpower Bournemouth at home. The Cherries have lost their opening two games, and unfortunately for Eddie Howe’s men, they are staring a hat trick of defeats in the face against a City squad hungry to bounce back following their draw at home to Everton.
Crystal Palace vs. Swansea City
Crystal Palace is a pretty decent side with a coach that wants to play a more attractive brand of football. They have invested in quality young loanees from top clubs to add quality into their ranks. They should be able to put one over on Swansea at home to kick start their season.
Huddersfield Town vs. Southampton
Due to their great start, Huddersfield must be thinking this league is easy. A quality team like Southampton on their day can beat anyone in the league. Huddersfield could taste their first defeat of the season in this fixture.
Newcastle United vs. West Ham United
Both teams are expected to stay up, but got off to poor starts this season. West Ham has made some good acquisitions, but Newcastle is struggling to add quality before the window closes. Expect the Tyneside fans to be 12th man in this fixture and help push their team to an exciting draw.
Watford vs. Brighton & Hove Albion
Watford has had a solid start to their campaign following strong results against Liverpool and Bournemouth, but Brighton the polar opposite after losing their first two games in the big time. Expect Watford to make Brighton’s baptism of fire a hotter one.
Manchester United vs. Leicester City (3-0)
Jose Mourinho’s men are the early pace setters and in typical Jose style will intend to run to the tape in the same position. This weekend they face the former champions, led by Riyad Mahrez, who has a pair of assists in two games in spite of his desire to move away from the King Power Stadium. Manchester United is expected to dispatch them with scant regards.
Chelsea vs. Everton
Chelsea saw off a rampant Spurs side last weekend in less than spectacular fashion. They now face an Everton team with a red hot Wayne Rooney and Jordan Pickford who held title favourites Manchester City to a draw on Monday. Stamford Bridge is usually a fortress and Conte’s men should be able to conjure a way to see off Koeman’s men coming off a short week due to European obligations.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Stoke City
West Brom is the new Stoke thanks to Tony Pulis who faces his old side. Stoke plays a more attacking brand of football these days and Brom is usually solid at home. This game could peter out into a stalemate.
Liverpool vs. Arsenal
This contest should be no different that the previous three meetings between Wenger’s Arsenal and Klopp’s Liverpool, trading 16 goals in their three meetings. Despite the expected returns of Laurent Koscielny and Alexis Sanchez, Arsenal will be handed their second successive loss for the season thanks to a Liverpool team buoyed by their qualification for the Champions League group stage.
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Burnley
This weekend, Tottenham should exorcise their Wembley demons against a Burnley side that travelled poorly last season. Spurs were unlucky to lose to Chelsea last weekend and this should be the pick me up they’ve been looking for, even though Burnley gave Chelsea an opening game defeat at Stamford Bridge.