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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 19 December 2018

Chelsea give Sarri London derby win against Arsenal and Kane ends August goal drought: Premier League predictions

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

Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri can make it two wins out of two this season in the Premier League against Arsenal. Getty Images
Chelsea manager Maurizio Sarri can make it two wins out of two this season in the Premier League against Arsenal. Getty Images

We are on to the second week of the Premier League after week's opener saw title contenders Manchester City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United all triumph. What can we expect this weekend? Here is a run through the 10 games and what to watch for.

Cardiff City 1 Newcastle United 2

Saturday, 3.30pm UAE time

Why? They may have lost on the opening day of the season at home to Tottenham Hotspur but Newcastle looked good in defeat. Rafa Benitez's men have enough quality going forward to trouble Cardiff, and Ayoze Perez and Joselu will fancy their chances against the home side, playing their first Premier League game on home turf for four years.

Joselu, right, will be one of Newcastle's main threats against Cardiff. Reuters
Joselu, right, will be one of Newcastle's main threats against Cardiff. Reuters

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Everton 3 Southampton 0

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Marco Silva's side had looked on track for three points against Wolves until Phil Jagielka's red card. They looked good going forward and Richarlison can inspire a first win of the season for Silva men's against a Southampton side, who on the balance of last week's game with Burnley, are going to struggle for goals this year.

Richarlison scored twice on his debut for Everton. Action Images via Reuters
Richarlison scored twice on his debut for Everton. Action Images via Reuters

Leicester City 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Neither team won on the opening weekend but both showed enough to hint they will be nowhere near the bottom three come next May. Wolves looked very impressive in their draw at home to Everton, while Leicester will rely on Jamie Vardy for their goals again. Honours even in a Midlands derby that is too close to call.

Jamie Vardy will again be Leicester's main goal threat. AFP
Jamie Vardy will again be Leicester's main goal threat. AFP

Tottenham Hotspur 2 Fulham 0

Saturday, 6pm

Why? Records are meant to be broken and Harry Kane's run of never having scored in the Premier League in August has to end some time. Up against newly promoted Fulham is as good a chance as any. Fulham looked good in patches in losing to Crystal Palace, but did look susceptible at the back. Kane to break his August duck, albeit at Wembley Stadium, and Tottenham to maintain their winning start to the campaign.

Harry Kane can end his August goal drought against Fulham. Reuters
Harry Kane can end his August goal drought against Fulham. Reuters

West Ham United 2 Bournemouth 1

Saturday, 6.30pm

Why? It was almost unfair to judge Manuel Pellegrini's side on their opening weekend loss to Liverpool as lots of sides will be overwhelmed by Jurgen Klopp's team this season. West Ham just happened to be the first ones. It is important West Ham bounce back quickly and the likes of Marko Arnautovic, Andriy Yarmolenko and Javier Hernandez should give them the offensive power to see off Bournemouth.

West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini. Action Images via Reuters
West Ham manager Manuel Pellegrini. Action Images via Reuters

Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0

Saturday, 8.30pm

Why? Chelsea looked great in Maurizio Sarri's opening game in charge last weekend. Yes, it was Huddersfield Town, but Chelsea still made a side they failed to beat back in May look ordinary. Jorginho settled in quickly, Willian did not look as if he had lost a beat from the World Cup, and Eden Hazard impressed as a substitute. Arsenal look like a work in progress under Unai Emery and they will stay on no points when they lose again at Stamford Bridge.

Jorginho has made a good start to life at Chelsea. Reuters 
Jorginho has made a good start to life at Chelsea. Reuters 

Burnley 1 Watford 0

Sunday, 4.30pm

Why? January 2 was the last time Watford scored an away goal in the Premier League. Or 728 minutes to be precise. Javier Gracia's side may fancy their chances, thanks to Burnley's Europa League exertions, but they will still struggle for goals on the road with Troy Deeney and Andre Gray as their strikers. Burnley's defence was key to their success last season and Sean Dyche's men will fancy a second successive clean sheet, and hope for inspiration from Chris Wood or Ashley Barnes at the other end, to set them up for victory.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Action Images via Reuters
Burnley manager Sean Dyche. Action Images via Reuters

Manchester City 4 Huddersfield Town 0

Sunday, 4.30pm

Why? The fixture computer was really not kind to Huddersfield Town. First Chelsea and now Manchester City. City may be without Kevin de Bruyne, which is a setback, but they have more then enough quality to overrun Huddersfield. When Leroy Sane and Gabriel Jesus are only coming on as late substitutions at Arsenal that tells you about the quality on Pep Guardiola's bench. A tough afternoon ahead for Huddersfield.

Manchester City's German midfielder Leroy Sane, right, will hope for longer on the pitch then he had against Arsenal. AFP
Manchester City's German midfielder Leroy Sane, right, will hope for longer on the pitch then he had against Arsenal. AFP

Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Manchester United 2

Sunday, 7pm

Why? For all the doom and gloom in pre-season United looked fine in beating Leicester City. Paul Pogba looked motivated and Alexis Sanchez was on good form as he caused problems with his pace and movement. More of the same here should see off a Brighton side who were awful at Watford last weekend.

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez, centre, will look to maintain his good form against Brighton. AP Photo
Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez, centre, will look to maintain his good form against Brighton. AP Photo

Crystal Palace 0 Liverpool 3

Monday, 11pm

Why? An interesting test of where Liverpool are as title contenders. Palace are a good side yet if Liverpool are to be fighting at the top this is the kind of game they need to win with minimum fuss. Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane will find Palace tougher to break down initially then West Ham, but they should still be far too good over the 90 minutes.

Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Reuters 
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. Reuters