English Premier League: Week three preview

English Premier League: Week three preview

Things are beginning to heat up in the English Premier League, EPL, with match day three already here as teams continue the quest for three points and glory.

League leaders, Manchester United welcome Leicester City at Old Trafford hoping to continue their impressive start to the new campaign, while neighbors, Man City are away at the Vitality stadium to battle Bournemouth.

Champions, Chelsea welcome Everton at Stamford Bridge, while Liverpool entertain Arsenal at Anfield, in the biggest game of the weekend on Sunday and last season’s second played side, Tottenham, will be hoping for a better outing at their new Wembley home when Burnley come visiting.

Bournemouth v Man City  

Still looking for their first point(s) this season, the Cherries and their manager, Eddie Howe, who says the match against Pep Guardiola led City will be ‘different’ have it all to do when one of the title contenders, City, come to town.

City will be hoping that it is a repeat of the result they achieved in their last visit at Bournemouth, when they emerged 0-2 victors. The home side are yet to beat their visitors in four PL matches.

Crystal Palace v Swansea City

These two teams face each other at Selhurst Park looking for their first goals, with Palace still looking for their first point while the Swans began their season with a 0-0 against Southampton before falling 0-4 at home to Man United at the Liberty stadium in week two.

They will be hoping to avoid the ignominy of being part of the group of 11 teams who have failed to register a goal in any of their first three matches in the PL.

Huddersfield v Southampton

The surprise package of the season so far,  one of the newly promoted sides, Huddersfield welcome Southampton looking to build on their very good start to the season, which has seen them win two in two games, to sit second on the table behind United.

Southampton come into this one having picked up their first win of the campaign, after leaving late to win 3-2 against West Ham last weekend.

Newcastle United v West Ham

Rafa Benitez and his Newcastle side have found life in the PL pretty difficult since their promotion from the championship, and may fancy their chances against fellow strugglers, West Ham, who are also in search of their first point of the campaign, after losing their first two games.

Watford v Brighton

Brighton visit the Vicarage Road to lock horns with a Watford side full of confidence, and buoyed by the solid home record of their manager, Marco Silva, who has not lost in 41 matches at home with four different teams, with his last defeat coming in January against Sunderland.

Without a win this season, Vicarage Road might not be the best place for that to change anytime soon for the new comers, especially against this Hornets side who seem to have goals in them, having scored five times in two matches, including three against Liverpool at the venue of Saturday’s match.

Manchester United v Leicester City

Early pace setters in the league, United are involved in Saturday’s late kickoff, as they welcome 2016 champions, Leicester at Old Trafford with the hope of continuing from where they stopped, having scored eight goals in their first two matches.

The Foxes were unfortunate to lose to a dramatic late comeback at Arsenal in their last away trip, and will be hoping for something better this time around, though their last visit at OT ended in a 4-1 defeat.

Sunday Fixtures:

Chelsea v Everton

Antonio Conte’s champions are back at Stamford Bridge after getting off the mark last week against city rivals, Tottenham Hotspur at Wembley.

They welcome an Everton side that has really invested in new players this summer, and will be looking to put a halt to their poor run against the Blues recently, with the Toffees losing to the Conte led side twice last season.

West Brom v Stoke City

Third placed side, WBA are one of the three sides to have won all their matches this season in the PL and will look to maintain their 100% start to the new campaign when they host Stoke, smarting from a 1-0 win over Arsenal at the Bet365 stadium.

The home side, however, haven’t lost to their visitors since manager, Tony Pulis took over reigns, and certainly will go into this one as favorites to pick all three points.

Liverpool v Arsenal

The biggest game this weekend takes place at the famous Anfield, as Liverpool hosts Arsenal, a match that’s set to produce fireworks.

The Reds are in confident mood, following their earlier win over Palace with a demolition of German side, Hoffenhiem in the Europa League and having defeated the Arsene Wenger led team in their last two meetings, though Liverpool haven’t beaten the Gunners three times in row since 1998.

The Gunners are looking to bounce back from the setback suffered last weekend at Stoke, but face a daunting task, as they have lost eight of their last 13 away matches.

Tottenham v Burnley

Wembley has been everything Spurs wanted but a home, as they continue to struggle to win games there, the latest a late defeat against rivals, Chelsea in week two.

However, with four wins in six matches against their visitors, Burnley, this might be the weekend they finally win their first PL home game at their new home and to do that, they’d need talisman, Harry Kane  to start firing, as the England international has now had 34 shots in 12 games in August without registering a goal in the PL.

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