BRIGHTON vs MANCHESTER UNITED
12:30 Sat 26th Sept
In Saturday’s early kick-off, Manchester United will travel to Brighton, looking to bounce back from their opening 3-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace. Whilst some confidence would have been gained with strikers Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood both finding the net in a 3-0 midweek EFL Cup win over Luton, the pressure is on Ole Gunnar Solskjær’s team to pick up their first Premier League points.
Meanwhile, hosts Brighton have made an impressive start to the season after playing well in a narrow opening weekend defeat to Chelsea, before taking Newcastle apart with ease in a 3-0 away win last Sunday. Eye-catching performances from Tariq Lamptey have already seen the young English right-back labelled as a one-to-watch this season, whilst striker Neal Maupay will be looking to build on his brace last week against a United defence lacking in confidence.
CRYSTAL PALACE vs EVERTON
15:00 Sat 26th Sept
Saturday’s only 3pm kick-off sees two teams attempt to continue their 100% Premier League record. Despite being tipped as relegation candidates at the start of the season, Crystal Palace have looked anything but, impressing during a shock 3-1 win against Manchester United last weekend. Wilfried Zaha has looked the man-in-form for the Eagles with three goals in his first two Premier League games, a figure he will be hoping to add to at Selhurst Park on Saturday.
However, the Eagles will face tough competition from Everton, with new signings James Rodriguez, Allan and Abdoulaye Doucoure adding strength to Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Wins over Tottenham and West Brom have left Everton 2nd in the Premier League table, whilst Dominic Calvert-Lewin’s hat-trick last weekend has seen the promising England striker shoot up to joint top scorer in the league. Will one of the teams in-form players make their mark on this game? Or will the two 100% teams struggle to be split and provide the first draw of the Premier League season?
WEST BROMWICH ALBION vs CHELSEA
17:30 Sat 26th Sept
West Brom will host Chelsea this Saturday, where the visitors will be hoping for a good response after last week’s 2-0 defeat to champions Liverpool. Frank Lampard’s side contain new German firepower, and whilst Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are yet to open their Premier League account, Havertz is sure to have gained confidence through his midweek hattrick during Chelsea’s 6-0 EFL Cup win against Barnsley on Wednesday evening.
West Brom on the other hand find themselves in early trouble, sitting bottom of the table after heavy defeats to Leicester and Everton, and were unable to find some form in the EFL Cup where they crashed out on penalties to Brentford on Tuesday. Despite brilliant goals last weekend from Grady Diangana and Costa Pereira, West Brom’s defensive woes weren’t helped by a lack of discipline as Kieran Gibbs was given a straight red on the stroke of half time, before none other than manager Slaven Bilic was shown red just minutes later.
BURNLEY vs SOUTHAMPTON
20:00 Sat 26th Sept
Saturday’s late kick-off sees Southampton travel north to Burnley, with both sides still yet to pick up a point in the Premier League this season. Burnley lost their opening game 4-2 in an entertaining match against Leicester, with the 4 goals conceded uncharacteristic to a side that let in just five goals in the last eight games of last season.
Burnley will meet a Southampton side sitting in 19th place, fresh off a Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane masterclass within a 5-2 defeat to Tottenham last Sunday. Despite the defeat, Danny Ings managed to kickstart his goal account for the season, scoring both of the Saints goals, as he looks to better the 22 he managed last season.
SHEFFIELD UNITED vs LEEDS UNITED
12:00 Sun 27th Sept
On Sunday Sheffield United will host Leeds United, a side that has provided great spectacles so far on their return to top-flight, with 14 goals seen across their opening two games. After coming up just short on the opening weekend in a 4-3 defeat to Liverpool, Marco Bielsa’s side managed to win by the same scoreline against fellow promoters Fulham, however the Argentinian will be determined to tighten up his side’s defences.
The hosts in comparison have had a more gentle start to the season, only seeing three goals in their two games, however with none of these three being scored by the Blades, they will be keen to get their points tally up and running this Sunday. John Egan misses out through suspension after his controversial red card against Aston Villa, meaning a changed defence could be tested against a confident Leeds.
TOTTENHAM vs NEWCASTLE UNITED
14:00 Sun 27th Sept
After scoring five and assisting four between them at Southampton last week, Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane will host Newcastle this weekend full of confidence and looking to add to their goal tallies. Jose Mourinho’s side will be looking for more consistency in results, which the side has struggled with in recent times. Gareth Bale’s arrival has lifted the squad, and whilst the returning star is still not yet fit, Spurs will be hoping his arrival can inspire the team to greater heights.
Tottenham will look to exploit a vulnerable Newcastle defence that were torn apart by a sharp Brighton in a 3-0 defeat last week. The Magpies season had got off to a good start with a 2-0 win over West Ham where new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick impressed, and the team managed to overcome the Brighton disappointment on Wednesday evening with a huge 7-0 victory over Morecombe in the EFL Cup. In the fixture last year, Newcastle pulled off a shock 1-0 win thanks to a Joelinton goal, and a repeat result is priced @ 18/1 this year.
MANCHESTER CITY vs LEICESTER CITY
16:30 Sun 27th Sept
Manchester City host Leicester on Sunday, with both teams yet to drop points in the Premier League. The hosts passed a tough test away at Wolves on Monday evening, with PFA Player of the Year Kevin De Bruyne dictating play from the middle of the park and the rising star Phil Foden opening his account for the season.
Leicester will represent another tough opponent however, with Brendan Rodgers’ side currently top of the Premier League, having scored an impressive seven goals in just two games, despite exiting the Carabao Cup midweek at the hands of Arsenal. Leicester will be hoping to improve their form against Man City, which has seen the club win just one of the sides’ previous nine meetings in all competitions.
WEST HAM vs WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS
19:00 Sun 27th Sept
West Ham will face Wolves on Sunday night, and both sides will be determined to bounce back from their defeats last week. West Ham looked more promising despite losing to Arsenal last week and picked up an emphatic 5-1 win to Hull in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday evening. It has been an interesting week off-the-pitch for the Hammers with manager David Moyes and two members of the squad testing positive to Covid-19, however they will be keen to improve fortunes on-the-pitch instead.
Wolves in contrast were unable to back up their opening day win against Sheffield United last week, failing to a 3-1 defeat to a strong Manchester City, however the club have been buoyed this week by the signing of right-back Nelson Semedo for nearly £37 million. Wolves have an impressive record against West Ham, with the club victorious in all 4 of the sides 4 meetings since Wolves’ promotion, winning both the home and away fixtures 2-0 last season.
FULHAM vs ASTON VILLA
17:45 Mon 28th Sept
In Monday’s first game, Fulham host Aston Villa at Craven Cottage in a repeat of the 2018 Championship Play-Off Final. Fulham will be looking to gain their first points of the season on their return to top-flight, having struggled so far in defeats to Arsenal and Leeds. Whilst the hosts will be concerned with the seven goals they’ve conceded so far, striker Alexander Mitrovic was able to open his account for the season with a brace last week against Leeds and will be looking to further improve.
Meanwhile, Aston Villa, who remain the only team not to concede a goal this season, picked up an important 1-0 win against 10-man Sheffield United on Monday. After a perfect debut involving a clean sheet and saved penalty, Emiliano Martinez will be hoping to continue his form, whilst club record signing Ollie Watkins will be looking to test a seemingly vulnerable Fulham defence.
LIVERPOOL vs ARSENAL
20:00 Mon 28th Sept
In one of the most intriguing matches of the week, Arsenal travel to Champions Liverpool on Monday evening, and will look to come out on top again, as they did on penalties in this year’s Community Shield. For the visitors, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette have helped Arsenal cruise to two wins from two. However, Liverpool will represent a tougher test for Mike Arteta’s side.
Meanwhile the champions are also two from two, easing through at test away at Chelsea with a 2-0 win thanks to a double from Sadio Mane. The goal race between Mo Salah and Sadio Mane has already begun, with the wingers both off to a good start this season. The champions have also been boosted by the arrival of Thiago, who looks set to play a part again this Monday. This fixture often brings goals, with over 2.5 goals seen in 9 of the last 11 meetings between the sides.