Premier League Gameweek 3: Spurs Can Add to United & Mourinho Misery10 min read
The visit of Spurs to Old Trafford on Monday evening is the highlight of Gameweek 3 in the Premier League. I managed to predict two correct scores and seven correct results last weekend – lets see how the predictions do this time!
Wolves v Manchester City
Wolves hit the woodwork three times at Leicester on Saturday and they were made to pay for their missed opportunities. Things are unlikely to get much easier for the newly-promoted side when champions Manchester City visit Molineux in Saturday’s early kick-off.
City are the first reigning champions to win their first couple of PL games since they did themselves back in 2014 and I would be surprised if they did not take the points in what promises to be an open and entertaining game.
Eyebrows were raised when City only added Riyad Mahrez to their first-team squad in the summer, but Benjamin Mendy ruptured an ACL after just six games last season. His return is almost a second major signing for Pep Guardiola and the French full back was quite magnificent and gave them yet another potent attacking option against Huddersfield on Sunday.
City to win and both teams to score at
Arsenal v West Ham
Some of Arsenal’s attacking play was wonderful to watch against Chelsea and their two well-crafted goals were as many as they have scored in their last six PL visits to Stamford Bridge.
Striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missed a gilt-edged opportunity on Saturday, but I feel he will be back among the goals for the Gunners sooner rather than later. It would not surprise me if the visit of West Ham on Saturday was an opportunity for Unai Emery to start both Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
The Gunners defending still leaves something to be desired, however, although I do feel they will gain their first win of the season against the Hammers who conceded the lead and all three points to Bournemouth at the weekend.
Aubameyang to score at anytime at
Bournemouth v Everton
Bournemouth’s 2-1 win at West Ham was their fourth successive top-flight victory – the first time they have achieved this feat in their history. The fact that they have won 19 points from losing positions already in 2018 shows there is nothing wrong with their commitment and team spirit, but they may have to settle for a point when Everton come to town at the weekend.
The Blues played very well in patches against Southampton at Goodison and they appear to be playing with more energy and pace under Marco Silva. I expect to see another open, entertaining game ending with a point apiece.
Game to finish in a draw at
Huddersfield v Cardiff
Wigan (10) back in 2010 are the only side in the history of the PL to have conceded more goals in their opening two games than Huddersfield (9) but I feel the Terriers can bounce back against Cardiff in a vital game for both clubs.
The losers at the John Smith’s Stadium are likely to endure a long, difficult winter although I appreciate it is only two weeks into the season. Town often got something out of games they badly needed to get a result from last season and that ability might be the key in a low-scoring game.
Huddersfield to win at
Southampton v Leicester City
Leicester must do without Jamie Vardy, following his red card against Wolves, at St Mary’s but I still feel they will take all three points on the south coast.
It was good to see Danny Ings back among the goals at Goodison on Saturday and, if the striker can be kept off the treatment table, he will be a big asset to Southampton.
The Foxes played well at Old Trafford on the opening day of the season, however, and I feel they will take all three points against the Saints.
Harry Maguire to score anytime at
Liverpool v Brighton
A fantastic win for Brighton against a largely out-of-sorts Manchester United at the Amex on Sunday, but they will find the pace, energy and quality of Jurgen Klopp’s Reds a different proposition at Anfield.
These are very early days, but the clean sheet for Liverpool at Selhurst Park on Monday was significant for me. In previous campaigns the Reds may have wilted and conceded against the Eagles, but Virgil van Dijk and Alisson have added composure and quality to Jurgen Klopp’s defence.
Whoever finishes above Liverpool in the PL this term will win the title.
Liverpool halftime/fulltime at
Watford v Crystal Palace
Palace will have to do without the impressive Aaron Wan-Bissaka following his red-card against Liverpool on Monday, but the Eagles have made a good start to the season and played their part in an informative game against the Reds at Selhurst Park.
Watford have won their first couple of games in top-flight football for just the second time in their history. They finished second behind Liverpool on the only previous occasion (1983-83) and, whilst that will be beyond them this term, they can maintain their unbeaten start to the campaign back at Vicarage Road.
Game to finish 1-1 at
Fulham v Burnley
Burnley are without a win in their last seven PL games after their 3-1 home defeat to Watford on Sunday and an aggregate score of 4-13 in that period will be a concern for all Clarets fans.
Fulham had their chances and played their part in a good London derby at Wembley on Saturday, but they will be desperate to get their first win of the season.
Sean Dyche’s side picked up more points on the road than at Turf Moor, however, last season and were unlucky not to win at St Mary’s on the opening day of the season.
I expect to see goals at Craven Cottage for both sides on Sunday.
Both teams to score at
Newcastle United v Chelsea
United were left rueing Kenedy’s late penalty miss at Cardiff on Saturday, although a point gained with ten men following a goalless draw in south Wales was a decent enough return.
Chelsea have picked up six goals and six points from their two games to date and I just feel the west London outfit’s superior class will prevail, although Spurs had luck on their side when they picked up maximum points at St James’s Park on the opening weekend of the campaign.
Chelsea to win at
Manchester United v Tottenham
I expect to see a much-improved United performance back at Old Trafford to the one which saw them lose so tamely at Brighton, but is this current United side good enough to get a result against this talented Spurs side?
United got off to a flying start with an third minute penalty against Leicester on the opening day of the season and you wonder if the Old Trafford faithful will get restless if they don’t see another early goal against Spurs.
Spurs have not been at their very best in picking up maximum points so far this term, but this will be a serious test of their title credentials. If there is to be a winner on Monday I feel it will be Mauricio Pochettino’s side.
Spurs draw no bet at
My weekend wager:
Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal at