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Review of Matchday 1+2 and Premier League Matchday 3 Preview

August 21, 2019

It’s been an exciting start to the Premier League season and, truth be told, a very even one wit just two teams having a 100% record after two games, and the intriguing factor being that one of those records will definitely go this coming weekend as both those teams face each other in the league.

Liverpool and Arsenal are the two teams with the 100% record and they meet at Anfield on Saturday in what should be another cracking game between two sides who have started the season brightly. All 20 Premier League teams are in action this weekend, starting on Friday and moving through to the two games on Sunday.

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Let’s now recap how the Premier League has gone over the opening two weeks of the season.

Premier League Matchday 1 Results

  • Liverpool 4-1 Norwich City
  • West Ham 0-5 Man City
  • Bournemouth 1-1 Sheffield United
  • Burnley 3-0 Southampton
  • Crystal Palace 0-0 Everton
  • Watford 0-3 Brighton
  • Tottenham 3-1 Aston Villa
  • Leicester 0-0 Wolves
  • Newcastle Utd 0-1 Arsenal
  • Manchester United 4-0 Chelsea

Premier League Matchday 2 Results

  • Arsenal 2-1 Burnley
  • Aston Villa 1-2 Bournemouth
  • Brighton 1-1 West Ham
  • Everton 1-0 Watford
  • Norwich City 3-1 Newcastle
  • Southampton 1-2 Liverpool
  • Manchester City 2-2 Tottenham
  • Sheffield United 1-0 Crystal Palace
  • Chelsea 1-1 Leicester City
  • Wolves 1-1 Manchester United

Premier League Factfile

  • Most Points – Liverpool & Arsenal – 6
  • Most Goals Scored – Man City – 7
  • Most Goals Conceded – West Ham – 6
  • Fewest Goals Scored – Watford, Crystal Palace – 0
  • Fewest Goals Conceded – Everton – 0
  • Leading Goalscorer – Teemu Pukki (Norwich), Raheem Sterling (Man City) – 4 goals
  • Most Assists – Kevin De Bruyne (Man City) – 3

Premier League – Matchday Three Preview and Tips

All Kick off times 3pm unless otherwise stated and all odds shown were correct as of 1.20pm on Wednesday 21st August 2019.

Friday 23rd August

  • Aston Villa v Everton (8pm)

Dean Smith’s Villa have not been the most convincing in their return to the Premier Legaue so far and they face an Everton side yet to concede a goal in the league, the only side in the Premier League to keep two clean sheets. This will be a tough one and I can’t see too many goals here, but I am backing Everton to come away with the win. Tip – Everton to win 23/20

Saturday 24th August

  • Norwich City v Chelsea (12.30)

I think Frank Lampard is going to find this season a bit of a struggle at Chelsea. They haven’t looked great in either of their EPL games so far, despite a quick start last week at Leicester. Norwich bounced back well to beat Newcastle at home last week and while I can’t see them repeating that here, I do feel they could earn a surprise point. Tip – Draw – 11/4.

  • Brighton v Southampton

A south coast derby sees both these teams come into the game in very different form. Brighton have four points after a superb start, while the Saints sit pointless with two defeats. That said, I think these positions are slightly false for both sides and I do fancy Southampton to break their duck here. That said, Brighton are in good form so the best they can hope for is a draw. Tip – Draw – 12/5

  • Manchester United v Crystal Palace

After the Paul Pogba penalty miss against Wolves, United threw away a chance to join Liverpool and Arsenal with 100% records but I fancy them to get a result against a Crystal Palace side that really doesn’t seem to have evolved anywhere from last season. They are worryingly toothless at Palace at the moment and I can’t see anything other than a United win here. Tip – Man Utd to win – 4/11.

  • Sheffield United v Leicester City

I’ve been impressed with both of these teams so far this season. The Blades look well organised and have battled so hard for what they earned in their two games, so did Leicester in what was a tough start for the Foxes. I really think Leicester have the extra edge in quality here so I am backing them to earn an away victory here. Tip – Leicester to win – 5/4.

  • Watford v West Ham United

Watford have had a rather poor start to the season to sit at the foot of the table after two games, but West Ham are barely doing much better and I think this game is one that the home side will be desperate to get under their belts as I fancy them to put one over the Hammers and claim a vital three points. Tip – Watford to win – Evens.

  • Liverpool v Arsenal (5.30pm)

The big game of the day comes at Anfield as the two 100% records are on the line. Liverpool won both their games without looking in tip top form, Arsenal have done likewise and while the Gunners have made some intriguing signings, Liverpool’s record at Anfield is such that you can’t back against them here. Tip – Liverpool to win – 9/20.

Sunday 25th August

  • Bournemouth v Manchester City (2pm)

The Cherries have given the Champions a few battles in recent times at home and I can see them making life difficult initially for City, but even so, there’s no way City won’t win here. They should have beaten Spurs comfortably last weekend but failed to do so, but they won’t make that same mistake here. Tip – Man City to win – 2/11

  • Tottenham v Newcastle United (4.30pm)

Having been well beaten away to Norwich last week, I don’t think Newcastle United fans will have much hope of things improving away at a Tottenham side that earned a fortunate point away to Man City last weekend. This should be a very comfortable afternoon for Tottenham fans and I can see Newcastle getting a bit of a chasing here. Tip – Tottenham to win – 1/5.

  • Wolves v Burnley

Both of these sides have made solid starts to the season and I think both managers will feel their team has a chance of all three points here. Wolves tended to struggle more against the less fashionable Premier League sides last season and as such, I think Burnley will get something from this game. I just can’t see it being all three points. Tip – Draw – 12/5

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