Week three of the Premier League continues on Sunday August 27 with a slew of enticing match-ups.
Chelsea v Everton – 1:30pm
This will be an intriguing test for both teams. Chelsea were victims of a shocking Stamford Bridge defeat to Burnley, replying with a big 2-1 victory most recently against Tottenham at Wembley. Whereas Everton are unbeaten, taking all three points to Stoke and grinding out a 1-1 draw away to Manchester City. Chelsea are certainly yet to show us their attacking flow of football this term, something which was really fascinating watching the Blues last season. Will the omission of Matic, the imminent exit of Diego Costa, and the injury of Eden Hazard stump their early performances? I’m sure Ronald Koeman will be ready to hand new signing Glyfi Sigurdson his full debut after acquiring the club’s record transfer in a £45 m switch from Swansea. The Icelandic maestro scored a breathtaking lob midweek to ensure Everton secured a Europa League spot – certainly a player to watch out for.
My prediction: 2-0
Gylfi Sigurdsson: Only Kevin De Bruyne (24) created more clear-cut goalscoring opportunities than Sigurdsson (16) in the PL last season pic.twitter.com/AXjH7cK6rF
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) July 13, 2017
West Brom v Stoke City – 1:30pm
The Potters travel to the Hawthorns for what should be a cagey affair. In West Brom and Stoke we have two sides who hold strong physical defenders, neither clubs gift many goals away in the Premier League. Tony Pulis’ men have maximum points on the board, winning both of their games with two well-fought 1-0 scorelines. The Baggies new-boy Ahmed Hegazi has made a hugely influential impact, scoring from left-back on his debut game and securing two clean sheets across both of West Brom’s openers. Stoke look as though they have also made a clever piece of transfer business in new forward Jese. The ex Real Madrid and PSG attacker found the decisive goal against Arsenal last weekend – quite the introduction. Historically this fixture has seen regular draws, and I can’t pick a winner still this year.
My prediction: 1-1
Liverpool v Arsenal – 4pm
Arguably the standout fixture of the weekend – this game guarantees goals, goals, goals. Liverpool have started the season with real attacking drive, netting on three occasions against Watford and seeing off Crystal Palace in their first home tie at Anfield. Typically though, Jurgen Klopp’s men have defensive frailties, both of their starting fixtures have shown plenty of vulnerable moments, if these continue in Sunday’s game then Arsenal will be expected to punish them. As for Arsene Wenger’s side, it has been a very turbulent introduction to their Premier League campaign. The North Londoners just scraped by as winners in a 4-3 blockbuster before coming up short in a 1-0 defeat to a snatch and grab Stoke City performance. Good news for Arsenal however as Alexis Sanchez is rumoured to be fit for the trip to Merseyside, you feel his team will rely on him if they are to compete here.
My prediction: 3-1
Alexis Sanchez: Was the only Premier League player to register double figures for both goals (24) and assists (10) last season pic.twitter.com/nON1P4uaGU
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 18, 2017
Tottenham v Burnley – 4pm
All conversation will be targeted at Spurs’ Wembley woes after their extended disappointment against Chelsea last weekend. Mauricio Pochettino’s side didn’t enjoy the greatest of Champions League home legs at the National stadium in their 2016/17 season. The Lillywhites will feel this is an absolute must-win to get momentum swinging and confidence building. An almost fully fit Spurs team could introduce new record signing Davinson Sanchez who could deputize as part of a back-three in defence. Burnley made club history winning away at Stamford Bridge 3-2 but were soon reminded of their Premier League inconsistency losing at home to West Brom 1-0. I think Spurs will get their winning ways at Wembley underway and with little trouble.
My prediction: 2-0