Premier League Matchweek 3 Preview

 

The second matchweek of the English Premier League season brought about some stellar performances and some controversy. Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos made his home Arsenal debut vs Burnley and stood out as he notched two assists in a 2-1 Arsenal win. Then later that day, insanity struck the world of English football. Manchester City and Tottenham once again had an epic back and forth duel at the Etihad and with the score tied at 2 in stoppage time, Manchester City striker Gabriel Jesus scored what appeared to be the game-winning goal. However, just like the previous meeting at Manchester, the winning goal by Manchester City was disallowed by VAR, this time due to an accidental handball by defender Aymeric Laporte. The Premier League instituted a new rule where handball would be called even if it was accidental instead of the previous rule which called it when it was intentional, and this rule was enforced by VAR on the disallowed goal. After this, it is time to see what matchweek 3 has in store.

Aston Villa vs Everton

Friday, August 23 3:00 EST/12:00 PT pm

Everton’s defense has been strong so far this season as they have achieved two clean sheets thus far, and French left-back Lucas Digne set up Brazilian winger Bernard for the winner in their 1-0-win vs Watford. Aston Villa last week, dropped their home opener vs Bournemouth 2-1. Everton could be without the injured Digne who was substituted out in the 73rd minute and his potential absence could cause the clean sheet streak to end.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1 – Everton 1

Norwich City vs Chelsea

Saturday, August 24 7:30 EST/4:30 PT am

Chelsea has struggled in the first two games of the Frank Lampard managerial era as after losing 4-0 to Manchester United, they drew at home vs Leicester City 1-1. New young phenom Mason Mount scored Chelsea’s lone goal and looks to be a promising player for the future. Norwich City, on the other hand, is flying high as striker Teemu Pukki scored a hat-trick as Norwich rolled past Newcastle United 3-1 in their home opener. With Chelsea looking to a win, expect a battle as they will prevail in a thriller.

Prediction: Chelsea 2 Norwich City 1

Sheffield United vs Leicester City

Saturday, August 24 10:00 EST/7:00 PT am

Sheffield United won their first Premier League match since 2007 as John Lundstram’s goal gave them a 1-0-win vs Crystal Palace. Leicester City had a gutsy 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge and will look to win their first game of the season on Saturday. With both defenses looking stingy thus far, expect a slugfest at Sheffield.

Prediction: Sheffield United 0 Leicester City 0

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Southampton

Saturday August 24 10:00 EST/7:00 PT am

Brighton followed up an impressive 3-0 win at Watford with a 1-1 draw vs talented West Ham United at home. Southampton ran into the Liverpool juggernaut last week as they fell 2-1 at home with the lone goal coming on a blunder by Liverpool goalkeeper Adrian. With Brighton riding an unbeaten start to the season, expect it to continue as they take care of business at home.

Prediction: Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Southampton 0

Manchester United vs Crystal Palace

Saturday, August 24 10:00 EST/7:00 PT am

The Red Devils of Manchester followed up a dream opener vs Chelsea with a frustrating 1-1 draw at the Robin Hood of the EPL, Wolverhampton. Paul Pogba had a chance to give Manchester United the lead on a penalty in the second half, but Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio saved it and preserved the draw. Crystal Palace continues to start EPL seasons poorly as they lost their home opener to Sheffield United. With Man U frustrated after Monday’s draw, expect them to vent their frustrations on Crystal Palace.

Prediction: Manchester United 3 Crystal Palace 0

Watford vs West Ham United

Saturday, August 24 10:00 EST/7:00 PT am

Watford, who were the FA Cup runners-up last season and finished in the top half of the table, has had a disastrous start to the season. They have not only dropped their first two games but also star striker and captain Troy Deeney will miss several weeks with a knee injury. West Ham managed to secure a draw at Brighton after getting decimated 5-0 in their opener by Manchester City. With Watford reeling, expect West Ham to continue their 3-game unbeaten road streak.

Prediction: West Ham United 2 Watford 0

Liverpool vs Arsenal

Saturday, August 24 12:30 EST pm/9:30 PT am

Liverpool and Arsenal clash as the top two teams in the table through the first two weeks as both teams take of business a week ago. Anfield has not been kind to visitors in the last two season and Arsenal has been no exception as they have lost 4-0 and 5-1 in their last two trips. While Liverpool is a far superior team and has home-field advantage, expect Arsenal’s exciting front with new blood behind them to make it an interesting game.

Prediction: Liverpool 2 Arsenal 1

Bournemouth vs Manchester City

Sunday, August 25 9:00 EST/6:00 PT am

Manchester City suffered a devastating draw vs Tottenham and will look to rebound in a big way vs a Bournemouth team that just came off a 2-1 road win at Aston Villa. The Cherries have been solid this season and are potent at home, but they are going to get flattened by a Blues team looking to release some steam.

Prediction: Manchester City 4 Bournemouth 1

Sunday, August 25 11:30 EST/8:30 PT am

Wolverhampton vs Burnley

The Wolves were able to salvage a draw at home vs Manchester United after goalkeeper Rui Patricio saved Paul Pogba’s second-half penalty. Burnley put up a solid fight at the Emirates but was ultimately undone but new Arsenal midfielder Dani Ceballos. The Wolves look to avoid a 3rd straight draw and take care of business at home against a red-hot Ashley Barnes, who has 3 goals already this season.

Prediction: Wolverhampton 1 Burnley 0

Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United

Sunday, August 25 11:30 EST/8:30 PT am

Newcastle United has had a rough start to the season, losing at home 1-0 to Arsenal and losing 3-1 at newly-promoted Norwich City. This start has left fans clamoring for change in the front office and the start is not going to improve as they will take on a Spurs team that was able to draw at Manchester City.

Prediction: Tottenham 3 Newcastle United 0

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