Premier League Round-Up: Saturday 25/08/2018

Premier League Round-Up: Saturday 25/08/2018

Matchday three of the Premier League season throws up some intriguing contests. From teams looking to maintain their 100% record to those still looking to get their first points on the board, Saturday’s six fixtures promise to cause plenty of drama.

Wolves vs Manchester City – 12:30

Wolves will host reigning Premier League champions Manchester City at Molineux on Saturday afternoon in a fascinating contest. The West Midland outfit were the title winners in the Championship but life back in the Premier League has proven to be difficult thus far, with the side still searching for the first victory of their campaign. They’ve only managed to take a single point from their first two matches against Everton and Leicester, but Nuno Espirito Santo can take plenty of heart from the way his team have performed in those games. Wolves have offered a threat going forward in both games and will be disappointed not to have more than a single point against sides that both finished their encounters with 10 men.

As for Man City, they look just as strong as they did last season, after winning their first two games of the campaign in style. City’s previous match saw them fire six past Huddersfield with striker Sergio Aguero scoring a hat-trick, so they will be filled with confidence and look to extend their 100% winning start here. Pep Guardiola’s men will have the title on their mind again this term and have sent out an early statement to the rest of the league. Wolves have the chance to cause a huge upset on Saturday but with the way Guardiola’s side has been playing it looks very unlikely.

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Southampton vs Leicester City – 15:00

Leicester City will travel to Southampton to play at St Mary’s Stadium this Saturday afternoon, as the hosts look to get their first three points of the season under their belt against former manager Claude Puel. The home side drew their opening game of the season against Burnley, while their most recent game saw them face Everton in which their poor run of form continued with a 2-1 defeat. Goals have long been the issue at Southampton, but they will hope new signing Danny Ings is the man to turn that around, having looked bright since signing on loan from Liverpool earlier this month. Ings scored his maiden goal for Southampton against Everton and has been the clubs standout player in the first two weeks of the season.

Leicester meanwhile lost their opening game against Manchester United, but bounced back last weekend against Wolves, who they beat 2-0. The performance of James Maddison will have had supporters excited about what is ahead for the 21-year-old this season, after he scored his first goal for Leicester. However, Jamie Vardy will be unavailable on Saturday after being sent off for a horror challenge on Matt Doherty. In recent years Southampton have struggled against Leicester, winning just one of their last seven meetings. This Premier League match will prove to be a close game but we can see Southampton snatching the win with the help of having the home advantage and the absence of Vardy’s pace on the counter-attack for the visitors.

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Arsenal vs West Ham United – 15:00

Arsenal will host West Ham United at the Emirates Stadium in what has already become a vital game for both sides in just the third weekend of the season. For Arsenal, this is a must-win game, while the Hammers will look to this game as one that they cannot afford to lose. Both sides have begun with back-to-back losses under their new managers. Arsenal manager Unai Emery has seen his side show promise in both their matches so far but still have nothing to show for it, after suffering defeats to Chelsea and Man City. This will be the first time his team face a team not currently in the Premier League’s ‘big six’, giving them the opportunity to focus more on themselves than what the opposition are doing.

West Ham fans had to watch their side lose a 1-0 lead to Bournemouth last time out, who came back to win 2-1 at the London Stadium. Once again, the Hammers’ vulnerability at the back was highlighted for all to see, with the team conceding six goals in their opening two games. It’s hardly the form they will have wanted to carry into a fixture with an Arsenal team that will be fired up in front of their home fans. It is only the beginning of the new campaign, but no manager wants their side to suffer three successive defeats, so both Emery and Pellegrini will desperately want their first victory this Saturday. Arsenal look most likely to take the three points from this game against a leaky West Ham defence they will be hoping to expose. That said, Arsenal have looked far from solid so far and the Hammers will have their fair share of chances.

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Bournemouth vs Everton – 15:00

Bournemouth will face Everton at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a meeting of two sides that have made extremely positive starts to the new Premier League season. Bournemouth have won back-to-back games to kick off the new campaign, placing them amongst an elite club of six teams that have made 100% starts in the top flight. With victories over Cardiff and West Ham to their name, they have hardly beaten the cream of the crop in the Premier League, but will take huge encouragement from the manner of their results. The form of Callum Wilson is an added bonus, with the forward scoring two goals in his first two appearances.

As for Everton, they have taken four points from their first two outings, beating Southampton 2-1 in their most recent clash and will be looking to increase their total to seven in their trip to the south of England. Richarlison has immediately given the Toffees returns on their heavy summer investment by scoring three goals in his first two appearances, while Gylfi Sigurdsson impressed in his favoured no.10 role against the Saints. Both sets of supporters will be feeling optimistic over what this season could hold for their sides, having got off to such a strong start at the beginning of the campaign. Everton fans will be particularly happy with the positive start to the season following the disappointing end to Sam Allardyce’s reign. These two sides come into this game evenly matched and with only one place separating them we can see this ending in a draw.

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Huddersfield Town vs Cardiff City – 15:00

Cardiff City will travel to the John Smith’s Stadium to play Huddersfield Town on Saturday, in a fixture that pitches two sides against each other that are likely to be fighting to stay out of the relegation zone this season. The Terriers have had a tough couple of opening fixtures seeing them face Chelsea and Manchester City and in these two games they have conceded a total of nine goals. It was never going to be easy for David Wagner’s men to get off to a positive start, after being drawn against what look set to be two of the more prolific attacking sides in the Premier League this term. They will see this as a particularly winnable game and one that they should enjoy success in if they are to avoid relegation this term.

Cardiff are not doing much better than their opponents, but have managed to seal a point against Newcastle after Neil Etheridge saved his second penalty of the season in the dying minutes of the game. Their start hasn’t been so daunting, having also faced Bournemouth on the opening weekend, but have just a point to show for their efforts so far. With both teams looking to be down and around the relegation zone this year, these meetings will be vital to their hopes of staying in the Premier League. Since Huddersfield have the home side advantage in this match, we believe this will be enough to help them see off their opponents and get their first three points of the season.

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Liverpool vs Brighton – 17:30

Liverpool’s start to this new season has been flawless and they will look to maintain their 100% record when they host Brighton at Anfield. The Reds faced West Ham in their opening match, who proved to be no challenge for Jurgen Klopp’s men as they swept them aside in a 4-0 win. It was a completely different affair when they faced Crystal Palace on Monday night, with their opponents forcing them to to dig in and defend their own area at times, but did so brilliantly thanks to a commanding display from Virgil van Dijk. James Milner and Sadio Mane took their chances and secured their second win of the season. Liverpool will look to challenge for the Premier League title this season and will be expected to beat Saturday’s visitors to Anfield. However, they will need to be wary after Brighton caused the biggest upset of the season so far last weekend, as they handed Manchester United their first defeat of the campaign at the Amex Stadium, winning 3-2.

Chris Hughton’s team played incredibly well and deserve huge praise for their performance, albeit against a United team who look to be disenchanted by Jose Mourinho. Their effort levels and all-round desire absolutely exceeded what they had displayed against Watford the week prior, although they are a completely different team when playing at the Amex. This next match gives them a chance to cause another big upset in successive weeks, but they will have their work cut out to stop high-flying Liverpool.

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