Gameweek 3 Preview & Predictions

We had the record number of goals in the Premier League last game week which can represent the attacking intent of teams or maybe showcase defensive frailties. We will see. This game week comes with a lot of expectations. Some clubs are trying to build on their positive start while some want to turn around their disastrous beginnings. Read with me as a preview this gameweek.

Brighton & Hove Albion vs Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30 pm)

Brighton has started excellently this season even at their home loss against Chelsea where they played not too poorly. Their win against Newcastle was well-deserved. Creating chances, finishing them as well. It’s probably a sign that they want to do better than last season. They face Man United this weekend, and I won’t rule out any surprises. The Red Devils aren’t what they were the last time they visited the Amex stadium and winning 3-0. They have lost that momentum and are now under pressure to get their groove back on. Their loss against Crystal Palace last week should act as a wake-up call. On their day, United is hard to beat, and unless they show the stuff they are about, I see Brighton taking something out of this game.
Prediction: Brighton 1:2 Man United. (Mason Greenwood to score).

Crystal Palace vs Everton (Saturday, 3:00 pm)

Both sides have been impressive since the start of this new season. They both have six points and have gotten in goals as well. It’s going to be about consistency from here on. Everton looks a different team with the addition of the three midfielders they got in during the window, and it’s paying off. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is like the biggest winner from the upgrade with creativity all around him. Carlo Ancelloti might be turning a local lad into a beast here. Crystal Palace are proving that they can hold their own. Defending is sort of a Roy Hodgson thing, and now they are also getting chances in. Everton will have to pick the little pocket of spaces Crystal Palace will afford them to get chances and goals. This match feels like a draw to me, but I think Everton’s extra quality might get them an away win here.
Prediction: Palace 1:2 Everton. (Richarlison to score).

West Bromwich Albion vs Chelsea (Saturday, 5:30 pm)

It hasn’t been a joyous return to the big time for the Baggies, but I don’t think they should be overly worried yet. I’ll wait till they play against teams of similar outlook or quality before I judge them. That said, I think Slaven Bilic has to look for a way to sort out his defence because almost nobody survives the league at the rate at which they are conceding goals. Chelsea will be seeking to exploit that defence and try to continue their goal glut from midweek. Frank Lampard might still be looking for a way to fit in all his summer signings but shouldn’t stop them winning here. The writing is on the wall for keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, he costs too many goals, and it looks like his replacement is sorted. Thiago Silva could get his debut in this game and help steady Chelsea at the back. Going forward, they’ll need Werner to get more goals than “intelligent runs”. 
Prediction: West Brom 0:2 Chelsea. (Timo Werner to score).

Burnley vs Southampton (Saturday, 8:00 pm)

Southampton needs to turn around their already bad start to the season. They went toe to toe with Spurs in their gameplay, but their high-line cost them severely as Kane and Son took them apart. They need to correct that and kick on with their season. Burnley played their first game of the season when they lost away to Leicester. They looked gracious in the defeat in that game, which could mean they will have a lot to give this season, as usual, and without European distractions. I will like to see how this pans out, and I’ll be going for a score draw here.
Prediction: Burnley 2:2 Southampton. (Chris Wood to score).

Sheffield United vs Leeds United (Sunday, 12:00 pm)

Leeds are scoring as much as they are conceding, it’s not a sustainable model because you can’t always outscore your opponent. As much as everyone says they will be a surprise team this season, well-drilled defences like Sheffield’s can surprise them. I thought Chris Wilder’s team were unlucky against Aston Villa and could have gotten more from that game. It should serve as a kick on for them going into this game. I’ll like to see them do better this match but it feels like Marcelo Bielsa’s side might not stop scoring.
Prediction: Sheffield 2:3 Leeds. (Patrick Bamford to score).

Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United (Sunday, 2:00 pm)

It’s probably time Spurs start showing that they are a Jose Mourinho team or the team he wants them to be anyways. They got to keep learning that there are several ways to win in this game. The win against the Saints should serve as a catalyst. They also need to get more than Kane and Son on the scoresheet. Newcastle were flat against Brighton, and Steve Bruce has to manoeuvre a method to get anything from this game. Apart from that, it’s nothing but a comfortable home win.
Prediction: Spurs 3:0 Newcastle. (Harry Kane to score).

Manchester City vs Leicester City (Sunday, 4:30 pm)

Pep Guardiola must take all the points in this match if he wants to go all the way this season. There is no room for slip-ups just yet. He and Man City face a tough test against Leicester this weekend especially with the absence of strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus. The foxes are on a mission to correct the wrong of missing out of UCL places last season. Brendan Rogers says it will serve as lessons and experience to his young players and they’ll be hoping to do better. He will miss the presence of Ndidi but be buoyed with the return of Maddison and Johnny Evans. Interesting match-up here and I think Man City will have something extra.
Prediction: Man City 3:1 Leicester. (Raheem Sterling to score).

West Ham United vs Wolverhampton Wanderers (Sunday, 7:00 pm)

Both teams played well in their last game but lost eventually. Wolves created so many chances with Podence and Jimenez but could only convert one. Wolves are a good side, and they will be relishing this match against the Hammers to get back to winning ways. West Ham themselves have really good players, and it is hard to believe they aren’t combining as effectively as they should. I believe they deserved at least a point against Arsenal. They might get it here because I’m predicting a draw.
Prediction: West Ham 2:2 Wolves. (Raul Jimenez to score).

Fulham vs Aston Villa (Monday, 5:45 pm)

Scott Parker has admitted that conceding seven goals in just two games in the Premier League is not ideal if you want to stay up. Monday at home will be a place to start sorting this out. Scoring goals isn’t exactly difficult. They need to get more of the ball to Mitrovic whom I believe has a lot of goals in him. Villa might be on to something this season and try to re-establish themselves as a proper Premier League team. Additions to the team that narrowly escaped relegation and retaining captain Jack Grealish can serve as a boost. The win over Sheffield United last win shouldn’t look like a fluke if they manage to win here as well. With the confidence they’ve got, I’ll side Villa for the win, but I’ll like Fulham to throw in a surprise here.
Prediction: Fulham 1:2 Villa. (Ollie Watkins to score).

Liverpool vs Arsenal (Monday, 8:00 pm)

Game of the week for sure. I’ve always talked about how I like Arteta’s idea of playing and with more quality players, this Arsenal team will be difficult to beat. But not in this game though. Liverpool will have too much for them. The addition of Thiago in that midfield can make all the difference like we saw last week against Chelsea. We can cast our mind to last season when Arsenal beat them, but the Reds were Champions already then. It’s the start to the next season, and as I said for City, there is no room for slip-ups.
Prediction: Liverpool 2:0 Arsenal. (Mo Salah to score).

So there you have it, what are your thoughts? Kindly leave your feedback in the comments and don’t forget to share & subscribe.
Hugs, Masco.

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