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Chelsea keep perfect start going, Tottenham edge past Liverpool: Premier League predictions

As the Premier League season enters its third week, Thomas Woods provides his predictions. Click or swipe through for each match.

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Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

Why? This game could end up being like Liverpool’s 4-3 win at Arsenal, but the major difference is Tottenham’s defence. Joint-best last season, their back four and defensive midfielder Eric Dier will prove the difference between two exciting teams.

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Chelsea 3-0 Burnley

Why? If Chelsea score early they will run away with this. As well as Burnley played last week in beating Liverpool, they are going to struggle if they only have 19 per cent possession against the bigger teams on a regular basis. They could well be missing last week’s star, Andre Gray, if he is banned by the English Football Association for offensive tweets.

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Crystal Palace 1-0 Bournemouth

Why? Don’t expect a lot of goals from Palace — they haven’t scored yet in the league — but they should be able to keep Bournemouth out; Eddie Howe’s team did not offer a lot up front at West Ham United last week. Alan Pardew is sure to start Christian Benteke after breaking the club’s transfer record to take him to Selhurst Park, and it would be apt if the Belgian got a debut winner.

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Everton 1-0 Stoke City

Why? Seven goals in this fixture last season turned it into an absolute cracker. Don’t expect the same excitement this time. Stoke are likely to be without the star of last season’s 4-3 win, Xherdan Shaqiri, through injury and they may well lack the firepower to trouble Everton.

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Leicester City 2 Swansea City 0

Why? The champions have yet to win this season but they played well against Arsenal last week in a 0-0 draw. Swansea could struggle this season and they will remember a 3-0 drubbing last term as Leicester romped to the title. Expect Claudio Ranieri to unleash an attacking team with the exciting Ahmed Musa in the line-up.

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Southampton 2 Sunderland 0

Why? Despite a 2-0 defeat at Manchester United last week, Southampton played quite well and their forward trio of Dulsan Tadic, Shane Long and Nathan Redmond looks like it could be very effective this season. Against a winless Sunderland side, a home victory is the most likely result.

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Watford 1 Arsenal 3

Why? Arsenal eased to victory at Vicarage Road last season and they will again. There’s too much talent in the away side’s attacking line-up to be kept winless for a third straight week.

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Hully City 0 Manchester United 2

Why? United already look a different team and they have plenty of options under Jose Mourinho. Paul Pogba played like he had been in the team for five years on his debut last week. Against a Hull side who have only been able to play 12 different players so far this season, another United win is on the cards.

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West Bromwich Albion 0 Middlesbrough 0

Why? One for the defences here. West Brom will keep it tight, Middlesbrough will hope for a second straight away win but, pragmatically, five points from their first three games would be pleasing for manager Aitor Karanka.

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Manchester City 2 West Ham United 0

Why? Without Dimitri Payet, West Ham lacked creativity last week at home to Bournemouth. They are a strong team short of cutting edge at the moment and City should be able to take three points.

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Updated: August 25, 2016 04:00 AM

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