Premier League Matchday Two: Chelsea To Bounce Back At The Bridge10 min read
Matchday two of the Premier League sees champions Manchester City entertain beaten Champions League finalists Spurs in what is, arguably, the game of the weekend. Here are my predictions, exclusively for BetVictor, as we look forward to all the weekend Premier League action.
Arsenal v Burnley
Arsenal won and kept a clean sheet on the opening day of the season for the first time since the 2008-09 season when they scored the only goal of the game at St James’ Park on Sunday.
Unai Emery decided to keep his summer signings on the bench against the Magpies, but I would expect record-signing Nicolas Pepe to start against a Burnley side who ran out comfortable winners against Southampton at Turf Moor at the weekend.
This will be another tough test for the Gunners but one I expect them to pass.
Tip: Arsenal to win and both teams to score
Aston Villa v Bournemouth
Jack Grealish has now been on the losing side in his last 19 Premier League games after Villa’s 3-1 loss at Spurs on Saturday, but I thought Dean Smith’s side showed enough at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to suggest they will be winning their fair share of games this season.
Eddie Howe will be disappointed his side dropped two points against Sheffield United, courtesy of the Blades late equaliser at the Vitality Stadium, and I believe Grealish can play a major part in Villa’s first win back in the Premier League.
Tip: Villa to win
Brighton v West Ham
A sensational start to the new season for Brighton at Watford but another chastening opening day defeat for West Ham although they won’t meet sides of Manchester City’s calibre every week.
I’ve said previously that I have heard very good reports about Seagulls boss Graham Potter, although I do think the hosts will have to settle for a point against the Hammers who have now lost their last three opening day fixtures by an aggregate score of 13-0!
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are sure to improve, and they did show enough quality against City at the London Stadium – albeit fleetingly – to suggest they will be a threat to all bar the very best this term.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw
Chelsea v Leicester City
It is fair to say that Chelsea were not flattered by their 4-0 defeat at Old Trafford on Sunday and they could, and probably should, have taken a lead into the break against United.
Leicester had their only shot on target in the 83rd minute of their goalless draw with Wolves on Sunday and Brendan Rodgers will be looking for more from his attacking players although delighted with his side’s clean sheet in their first game since Harry Maguire’s transfer.
Frank Lampard will be looking for a winning start to his home managerial career and I feel his side will take all three points in an entertaining contest.
Tip: Chelsea to win
Everton v Watford
Everton defended well at Selhurst Park and controlled long periods of the game against Palace on Saturday, but they failed to convert their possession into goals and I expect recent signings Moise Kean and Alex Iwobi – if fit – will make their home debuts for the Blues against Watford on Saturday.
Only Manchester City (13) have kept more clean sheets in the league in 2019 than Everton (11) and one goal might be enough against the Hornets who had an opening day to forget against Brighton at Vicarage Road.
Tip: Everton to win to nil
Manchester City v Tottenham
Spurs have won more Premier League games (37) having been behind at halftime than any other club in the history of the competition after three goals in the last 17 minutes was enough to give them the points against Villa. But they will have to improve if they are to worry the champions.
City were irresistible at the London Stadium and have now won their last 15 PL games. Spurs are likely to play their part in what promises to be a wonderful game at the Etihad, but I think it will be City who go marching on.
Tip: City -1 on the handicap
Norwich City v Newcastle United
Norwich played some lovely football at times against Liverpool on Friday, but they were naive defensively although the good news for Daniel Farke is that his side won’t face teams with the flair and pace of the Reds every week.
The Canaries will make plenty of friends with their style of football this season, but I think they will have to settle for a point against Newcastle on Saturday. The Magpies kept Arsenal at arm’s length for much of their game at St James’ Park on Sunday, but they will still be rueing one moment of defensive madness which allowed the Gunners to take all three points.
Tip: Game to finish in a draw
Sheffield United v Crystal Palace
Wilfried Zaha was warmly applauded by the Eagles’ fans when he came on as a second-half substitute against Everton at Selhurst Park and Palace badly missed their talisman in the opening hour.
Roy Hodgson looks sure to start Zaha at Bramall Lane with another week’s training under his belt and the Blades will do well to cope with his pace and power. Chris Wilder’s side showed their resilience to come from a goal down to get a vital point at the Vitality Stadium, but Palace are a different side on the road and, if there is a winner in south Yorkshire, I expect it to be Roy Hodgson’s side.
Tip: Palace draw no bet
Southampton v Liverpool
Liverpool will have to do without keeper Alisson for the trip to St Mary’s, but I was disappointed with the Saints at Turf Moor at the weekend and expect the Reds to take all three points.
Former Southampton forward Sadio Mane is likely to start against his former club having come off the bench against Norwich in Liverpool’s opening day 4-1 success, although I think Roberto Firmino might be the striker to follow on Sunday.
Tip: Roberto Firmino to score at anytime
Wolves v Manchester United
United were excellent in the second half against Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday, but they are in for a tough test at Molineux against a Wolves side who were, arguably, unlucky not to take all three points at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.
Wolves entertain Armenian side Pyunik on Thursday in the Europa League, but they hold a 4-0 lead from the 1st leg and Nuno Espirito Santo is likely to shuffle his pack ahead of the visit of United. It is a game I don’t think the hosts will lose and we will know more about United’s top-four credentials after their trip to the Black Country.
Tip: Wolves double chance – to win or draw –
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