Spurs vs. Liverpool
Both teams have had inconsistent starts to the season and will be looking to get their second win in three to keep in touch with the Manchester clubs and Chelsea who all achieved that fete last weekend. The outcome of this match depends on which Liverpool turns up. They’ve shown they can be dazzling and punishing against Arsenal before looking like they lacked creativity and a cutting edge against Burnley. Spurs having the home advantage naturally makes them favourites; but with star players Harry Kane and Dele Alli still seemingly in a post-disaster slumber after England’s shocking Euro 2016 exit, and Liverpool being undefeated against Tottenham in the last three seasons, don’t count the Reds out.
Chelsea vs. Burnley
Burnley showed they can be compact, organised and very stubborn as they frustrated Liverpool last week. Chelsea has had to win the hard way with late winners in their first two games but they should be comfortable against the Premier League new boys.
Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth
Another match that would have been much more entertaining had it been played in March. The wins still count for three points in August though, Crystal Palace will be bolstered by their signing of Christian Benteke and they should get them.
Everton vs. Stoke
One of the most even games of the round and I believe it will be as entertaining as any match this round. Two sides with threatening attacks with speedy wingers coming up against two defences who are typically susceptible to just that. Holding on to Lukaku is like a new signing for Everton and if he starts for the first time this campaign, Everton should continue their undefeated start to the season.
Leicester vs. Swansea
Leicester simply has to win. The last thing they want is to do a Chelsea and start the campaign horribly. They’ve already lost to one relegation favourite so far this season, they cannot afford to lose to another.
Southampton vs. Sunderland
Southampton seem to continually perform above expectations after losing more and more players to Premier League rivals every season; but it seems they just lack firepower this season. With that being said, they should still be able to beat a Sunderland team that just does not win in August.
Watford vs. Arsenal
Arsenal has finally signed a centre forward and a centre back, Lucas Perez and Shkodran Mustafi. They won’t be available until after the international break but the players they already have should be able to get the win against a Watford side that is only one place behind Arsenal with the same goal difference.
Hull City vs. Manchester United
Manchester United is back. With all its swagger and style. A scary prospect again. An unwelcome visitor for Hull City this weekend. Who would have thought two weeks ago Hull would be level on points with United when they meet. That’s all they’re level on though. United broke the transfer world record this summer while Hull’s only signing came on a free transfer. They are worlds apart off the field, and they’ll be the same on it.
West Bromwich Albion vs. Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough has started the season strongly, winning away at Sunderland after drawing their first game. If they play like they did last week, they could secure a second away win of the season against an unimpressive West Brom.
Manchester City vs. West Ham
Manchester City won 4-1 last week, a flattering score line considering the actual game than the outcome suggests. West Ham is the toughest test they’ve come across this season but a home match against non-top four opposition shouldn’t bother the Citizens too much if they are to live up to their own lofty expectations this season. West Ham aspires to be more, to do more. They want to be the London club, a challenger to the best of the best. That may all have to wait another week.
2-1 Manchester City