Premier League Matchday Three: Arsenal To Be Outgunned At Anfield?7 min read
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United will still be rueing Paul Pogba’s second-half penalty miss at Molineux on Monday evening, but I am confident Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side will return to winning ways against a Palace side who have yet to score so far this season.
United have genuine pace in their side and I believe they will have too much quality for an Eagles side who have created very little in their two games so far this term.
Tip: United to win to nil
Sheffield United v Leicester City
Four points from their opening two Premier League games for Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United side and Bramall Lane will be a tough place to go for visiting teams on the evidence of Sunday’s 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Leicester were very good in the second half at Stamford Bridge and have shared the points in their first couple of games. It would not surprise me if they had to settle for another draw against the Blades.
Tip: Game to finish 1-1
Watford v West Ham
Both these sides are looking for their first win of the season and the hosts are looking for their first goal although Javi Gracia felt his side were unlucky not to come away from Goodison with a point at the weekend.
West Ham will be hoping that both Felipe Anderson and Sebastien Haller will return from injury at Vicarage Road. The Irons have failed to win any of their last nine league games in the month of August, but they did get a draw at Brighton last weekend and they can pick up another point against the Hornets.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw
Wolves v Burnley
I was surprised that Wolves were so passive in the first half against United earlier in the week, but they improved after the break and I expect the hosts to keep the points against Burnley back at Molineux in what promises to be a terrific game.
Only Sadio Mane (15) and Sergio Aguero (14) have scored more Premier League goals in 2019 than Ashley Barnes (12) after his strike at the Emirates at the weekend. The Wolves back four will certainly have to look out for the in-form Clarets’ striker.
Tip: Wolves to win
Liverpool v Arsenal
Something must give at Anfield on Saturday night as the only two sides with unblemished league records go head-to-head.
Despite their winning starts, neither team have been at the very top of their game so far this season, but the Reds have scored 22 goals in their last five home league games against the Gunners and I feel we will see plenty of opportunities at both ends.
Arsenal have not won their opening two league games of the season for a decade and I would be surprised if they were able to land the hat-trick with question marks remaining about the Gunners defensive capabilities. It promises to be a fabulous game, but it is Liverpool to end the weekend top-of-the-table.
Tip: Liverpool to win and both teams to score
Bournemouth v Manchester City
The controversy surrounding VAR and City’s disallowed “winner” against Spurs on Saturday took some of the gloss off what was a cracking game with the champions having 30 shots on the Spurs goal.
City put five past West Ham at the London Stadium on the opening weekend of the season and they are likely to still be smarting after dropping two points to Spurs when they take the field at the Vitality Stadium on Sunday. It could be a long afternoon for the Cherries despite their own unbeaten start to the campaign.
Tip: City -2 on the handicap
Tottenham v Newcastle United
Spurs rode their luck at the Etihad at the weekend but played their part in a wonderful game of football and I expect them to have too much quality for a Newcastle side who have disappointed me so far this season.
The Magpies need more from their expensive signings Joelinton – who spurned a gilt-edged opportunity at Carrow Road – and Miquel Almiron but they may need more time to gel. In the meantime, I can’t see anything other than a comfortable home win.
Tip: Spurs to win to nil
Michael’s weekend wager: Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs at