Premier League : Major talking points and Predictions ahead of Gameweek 4

The final gameweek before season's first international break holds a few intriguing contests.

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Into our fourth week of the season and still, four teams are yet to drop points while two more teams haven’t lost. The League gets exciting than ever and perhaps things will finally falter in this Gameweek for at least a few of those sides.

Newcastle are in for a real test this week as they face the Champions of the country with just a draw in the past three weeks. Things get hard here for Benitez and co. and they might be at the bottom depending on results elsewhere. Pep, on the contrary, dropped two crucial points on the road last week and will look to get back to winning ways if they wish to replicate what they did last year, especially with Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur all making a perfect start to their respective campaigns. Wolves have proved City are not infallible, but despite being new to the Premier League, summer investment in the proper departments have hugely impacted their squad and are now favourites to finish above Newcastle this term around.

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Bournemouth and Chelsea meet at Stamford Bridge this week as what can be seen as a classic. Two attacking teams go head to head as both the sides are yet to lose. Howe hates to play for a draw and a trip at Stamford Bridge could well be a new beginning for his men after their incredible journey over the years in English football’s history. This year could well turn out to be the Bournemouth which he has been expecting to see ever since he took the job, and with Sarri proclaiming that it will still take a couple of months for the Chelsea fans to see more like “Sarri’s football” in London, he could be facing a tricky opponent and a tougher ask to come out with full three points.

Is Ozil already a lost man? Perhaps no. Emery might have some plans to use one of the best playmakers in the world in some way that can help Arsenal get better. But for now, it’s more interesting to know whether Ozil will face Cardiff in Wales this week. The sense that Emery will not indulge the midfielder as much as Arsène Wenger did will grow if Özil, who signed a three-and-a-half year contract worth £350,000 a week in February, is not in the starting eleven this weekend.

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Manchester United is unsettled at this moment. The players, the fans, the board are all about the pros and cons of Jose Mourinho. Mourinho, on the contrary, is trying to save his job with whole caboodles boasting his credentials of being one of the most successful managers in history. But, even surrounding the Hoop-la, we shouldn’t forget the fact that United actually played well for most of the game. The killer? Of course, the shaky defence, which will be mouth-watering for the Burnley attack after Sean Dyche himself have started the ground miserably. A win against United might just be the thing that he requires to get back in business and push for a top-half finish to the league. Only time can judge us now.

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It has been years and Liverpool finally look a decent squad to mount a challenge. Three wins from three games and a win this week against Leicester City will finally make the fans believe that this might be their year. A year that saw Liverpool being involved in their greatest transfer window in the Premier era might be the year when they finally get a chance to challenge for the league. Still very early in the making, but given their hunger for goals and with a formidable defence this could well be the beginning of a different Anfield reckoning.

Predicted Scoreline for Gameweek 4:

Leicester City 1-2 Liverpool

Crystal Palace 0-0 Southampton

Everton 2-0 Huddersfield

Brighton 3-2 Fulham

Chelsea 2-2 Bournemouth

West Ham 1-1 Wolves

Manchester City 4-0 Newcastle

Cardiff City 0-1 Arsenal

Watford 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Burnley 1-1 Manchester United

 

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