Jack Wilshere returns to Arsenal, Mourinho faces another Old Trafford trial against the most consistent defense in London, while Liverpool looks to keep a hat-trick of clean sheets in the opening games for the first time in five years.
Same old teams, same old problems. Arsenal and West Ham were expected to start their respective seasons with better results, but sadly that is not the case for both the sides. A point to be noted remains the fact that both the sides had difficult outings in the first couple of weeks and continues to follow this term around. Emery and Pellegrini are yet to find a winning formula as this game could kickstart their respective campaign. Both the Londoners will be craving for a win as this game could turn out to be a sour affair for the losing side at the end of the day.
United need to bounce back from the humiliating 3-2 loss to Brighton & Hove Albion against a Spurs side who have started the season with maximum points out of the opening games, and if they fail to do so then the pressure will only ratchet up another notch on Jose Mourinho. Well, time is running out for Jose as he enters his ‘third season’ with unhappy and unsettling fans surrounding the club at this moment. It gets worse though, as Woodward seemed a confused guy right after the game against Brighton. Good news for them is that Spurs will need to break another jinx if they are to keep their perfect start going, though, with their last four trips to Old Trafford having finished in defeat and the last three all having resulted in 1-0 losses.
Liverpool have scored 18 goals without reply in their past six league games at Anfield – a run that includes a 4-0 defeat of Brighton on the final day of last season – and six goals in two games is their most prolific start since 1994-95. Brighton won twice on the road last season and their only league win at Anfield was in 1982. Most fantasy managers will have a captains armband this weekend as this might give them a lead on Klopp’s men.
Huddersfield look blunt if you look at the table, but you have gotta realize that last week was exceptional. Aguero and Jesus together seemed too good in front of goal and you’ve to pity the defenders when the City attack gets going. Good news for them is that a fresh week at home against a Cardiff side who’s yet to open their goalscoring record can give them something to cheer upon. Maybe this is the game when David Wagner and co. gets going.
Eddie Howe could name a Bournemouth team-sheet similar to the first couple of games for the third consecutive match, after winning a couple of games to start a new era. Everton are also unbeaten but arrive at the Vitality Stadium without deadline-day signings Yerry Mina and André Gomes, who remain injured. Everton looks like they’ve adapted quickly to Marco Silva’s attacking style, and the raised eyebrows on hearing Richarlison’s transfer fee are slowly lowering after a blistering start to his Everton career.
Predicted Scoreline for Gameweek 3:
Wolves 0-2 Manchester City
Southampton 1-1 Leicester City
Arsenal 4-1 West Ham
Bournemouth 1-2 Everton
Huddersfield 2-1 Cardiff City
Liverpool 4-0 Brighton
Watford 2-2 Crystal Palace
Fulham 0-0 Burnley
Newcastle 0-0 Chelsea
Manchester United 1-2 Tottenham
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