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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 September 2018

Chelsea and Man City extend perfect starts as Man United edge Tottenham - Premier League predictions

A look ahead to the third weekend of action in England's top tier of football in the 2018/19 season

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will oversee another win for his club at the weekend. EPA
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola will oversee another win for his club at the weekend. EPA

Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Manchester City 3 Why? A draw and a defeat may not reflect it, but early signs suggest Wolves will be comfortable in the Premier League. Will they have an answer for the City juggernaut, though? Of course not. A comfortable win for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will get his first goals of the season. Reuters
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will get his first goals of the season. Reuters

Arsenal 4 West Ham United 2 Why? Two teams yet to collect a point this season, so something has to give. Arsenal looked dangerous in defeat against Chelsea and their attacking firepower will be too much for a new West Ham team still getting to grips with itself. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to get his first goals of the season.

Richarlison will continue his good form since moving from Watford to Everton. Reuters
Richarlison will continue his good form since moving from Watford to Everton. Reuters

Bournemouth 1 Everton 1 Why? Both clubs have started the season well, so this should be an entertaining and open game. Richarlison will look to continue his blistering form and can cause the Bournemouth defence plenty of problems, while Callum Wilson and Ryan Fraser pose the dangers for the home side. Honours even.

Cardiff City players congratulate goalkeeper Neil Etheridge after saving a penalty from Newcastle United's Kenedy last weekend. AP Photo
Cardiff City players congratulate goalkeeper Neil Etheridge after saving a penalty from Newcastle United's Kenedy last weekend. AP Photo

Huddersfield Town 1 Cardiff City 2 Why? Huddersfield were handed two of the toughest fixtures for their opening matches, against Chelsea and Manchester City, and were duly dismantled. Cardiff will hope to capitalise on any lingering effects from those heavy defeats. The Welsh side to cause a minor upset and leave Kirklees with all three points.

Leicester City will likely win despite uncertainty around the future of their manager, Claude Puel. Getty Images
Leicester City will likely win despite uncertainty around the future of their manager, Claude Puel. Getty Images

Southampton 0 Leicester City 2 Why? Despite an air of negativity surrounding Leicester and their manager Claude Puel, the 2016 champions have started the season well. Southampton, meanwhile, have been quite ordinary after a goalless home draw against Burnley and defeat at Everton. On paper, a tie that could go either way, but Leicester’s superior attack will prove decisive.

Liverpool's frightening attack will prove too strong for Brighton. Reuters
Liverpool's frightening attack will prove too strong for Brighton. Reuters

Liverpool 3 Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Why? Liverpool are so far living up to their billing as title contenders and seemed to have plugged their leaky defence. Combine that with a frightening attack and it looks set to be a tough task for Brighton, even after their magnificent win over Manchester United.

Watford may not quite celebrate like they did against Burnley last weekend. Getty Images
Watford may not quite celebrate like they did against Burnley last weekend. Getty Images

Watford 1 Crystal Palace 1 Why? Watford have so far defied the critics with a perfect start to the season, while Palace impressed in victory at Fulham and battled well in defeat to Liverpool. Palace perhaps shade it man-for-man, but Watford have the momentum. Two teams set to cancel each other out.

Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic will likely come away a little underwhelmed. AFP
Fulham's Serbian manager Slavisa Jokanovic will likely come away a little underwhelmed. AFP

Fulham 0 Burnley 0 Why? Two teams that have endured stuttering starts to the season, this game could be the one to miss this weekend. Fulham have looked good in parts but have lacked the quality in the final third, while Burnley seem to be suffering from their Europa League exploits. A deflating goalless draw in store at Craven Cottage.

Chelsea's Eden Hazard will likely enjoy another good week with the London club this weekend. AP Photo
Chelsea's Eden Hazard will likely enjoy another good week with the London club this weekend. AP Photo

Newcastle United 1 Chelsea 3 Why? Instability may be a common theme for both Newcastle and Chelsea, but these are two sides operating on very different levels. Chelsea are enjoying a perfect start to the season, and worryingly for Newcastle, their best player is yet to start. Eden Hazard should be involved from the beginning at St James’ Park and will lead his side to an emphatic win.

It would be typical of Jose Mourinho Mourinho to pull out a result when he needs it most.. Getty Images
It would be typical of Jose Mourinho Mourinho to pull out a result when he needs it most.. Getty Images

Manchester United 1 Tottenham Hotspur 0 Why? The pressure is on United and their manager Jose Mourinho after the poor performance at Brighton, with many observers predicting the trademark third-season slump from the Portuguese. Tottenham have won both of their games and continue to progress under Mauricio Pochettino. All signs should point to a Spurs win, but it would be typical of Mourinho to pull out a result when he needs it most.

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