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
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.
Everton 3 Southampton 0
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.
Leicester City 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1
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.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 Fulham 0
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.
West Ham United 2 Bournemouth 1
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.
Chelsea 2 Arsenal 0
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.
Burnley 1 Watford 0
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.
Manchester City 4 Huddersfield Town 0
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.
Brighton and Hove Albion 0 Manchester United 2
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.
Crystal Palace 0 Liverpool 3
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.
Updated: August 18, 2018 02:25 PM