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
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
Updated: August 24, 2018 08:51 AM