It’s back to the Premier League this weekend and there’s some great action to look forward to. It’s the north London derby on Sunday with Arsenal hosting Tottenham.
Southampton vs Man Utd
Sat 31/08 at 12.30
Southampton host the Red Devils in the early kick-off on Saturday. You would have thought Solsjkaer will welcome an away trip to Southampton after his teams mixed fortune in the opening three rounds.
Comfortably beating Chelsea in the opening round was impressive, drawing with Wolves not so and losing at home to Crystal Palace was just a complete shock.
Despite having 70% of the possession and getting 22 shots away against Crystal Palace, Solsjkaer has a lot of work to do. Particularly with his defence and spot-kicks of which Rashford missed another one, hitting the post.
Meanwhile, Southampton recorded their first win of the season against Brighton last weekend. With Brighton down to 10 men, you’ve got to think that helped The Saints somewhat.
They’ll have a much harder test against the Red Devils this weekend.
The hosts are likely to be without Nathan Redmond after picking up an injury against Fulham in the week. Ryan Bertrand is also a doubt ahead of the clash.
Meanwhile, Man Utd will be without Luke Shaw and Anthony Martial which is likely to have a big impact upfront.
Prediction – Draw
Chelsea vs Sheffield
Sat 31/08 at 15.00
Chelsea host Sheffield at Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.
With Frank Lampard recording his first win in the Premier League as a manager last weekend, a growing weight will have been lifted from his shoulders. Both the team and fans were getting frustrated with results.
Youngster Tammy Abraham netted twice for the Blues and Lampard was quick to praise the forward. Mason Mount also made the scoresheet and sealed the winner.
Chelsea will hopefully kick on from here and work their way back up the table.
Meanwhile, Sheffield suffered their first defeat of the season at home to Leicester City last weekend. After a poor first-half performance, Chris Wilder will be looking for a more complete performance this week in London.
In terms of team news, Chelsea will be without Ruben Loftus-Cheek and Reece James. Antonio Rudiger and Callum Hudson-Odoi are both recovering well, however they are both likely to be rested for this one.
Meanwhile, Kean Bryan is likely to miss the trip to London for Sheffield.
Prediction – Chelsea win
Man City vs Brighton
Sat 31/08 at 15.00
Man City welcome Brighton to the Etihad Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Having not lost yet this season, Man City are picking up from where they left off last term. With a comfortable win over Bournemouth last time out, Guardiola will welcome Brighton this weekend.
Aguero (2) and Sterling made the scoresheet last week with David Silva assisting in all three scores. David Silva is certainly starting to leave a lasting impression during his last season in Manchester.
Having scored the most goals so far in the league, Man City are looking in ominous form.
Brighton suffered their first loss of the season at Southampton last weekend. Florin Andone being sent off in the first half certainly didn’t help their cause but manager Graham Potter was impressed with the effort his team put in.
They’ll face a much harder task in front of Man City this weekend.
The hosts may welcome back John Stones this weekend. However, Leroy Sane, Gabriel Jesus and Benjamin Mendy all sit this one out.
Brighton will be without Florin Andone after his red card against Southampton. Jose Izquierdo, Yves Bissouma and Ezequiel Schelotto are also absent.
Prediction – Man City win
Burnley vs Liverool
Sat 31/08 at 17.30
Burnley welcome league leaders Liverpool in the late kick-off on Saturday evening.
The Clarets drew away at Wolves last Sunday, leaving them 6th in the table. They should have won the game after Ashley Barnes netted in the 13th minute. However, a 97th-minute penalty saw the two teams share the points.
Sean Dyche will be looking for another hard-working performance from his team against the 2018 Champions League winners.
Liverpool have had a perfect start to their campaign this term, not dropping a single point.
They’ve won 12 league games in a row and after a comfortable win over Arsenal last weekend they look in great form. Mohamed Salah (2) and Joel Matip both made it onto the scoresheet last time out.
Burnley are likely to have a hard time with Liverpool visiting this weekend. Liverpool’s impressive work ethic is hard to live with.
The Clarets are likely to stick with a similar team that drew with Wolves last time out. They’ll be without Robbie Brady, Steven Defour and Gudmundsson for this one.
Meanwhile Jurgen Klopp can pick from the same team that beat Arsenal last weekend.
Prediction – Liverpool win
Arsenal vs Tottenham
Sun 01/09 at 16.30
The big one of the weekend, the north London derby is set to be a cracker and one you can’t miss on Sunday afternoon.
Having lost for the first time last weekend, Arsenal will be looking to get back to winning ways in their impressive start to the new campaign.
Had the Gunners been a little more clinical in front of goal last weekend, the result could have been very different in Liverpool. Despite the loss, Unai Emery was relatively pleased with his team.
Meanwhile, Tottenham have had some mixed performances so far this season. Having drawn at Man City, Pochettino would have been hoping for another strong performance at home against Newcastle. However, it was not meant to be and Tottenham lost for the first time this season.
Judging on previous performances, I think Arsenal will be too strong for Tottenham. However, they managed to equalise against Man City so I guess anything could happen.
The hosts are likely to stick with a similar outfit to last weekend.
It’s time for Pochettino to make some changes at Tottenham so it will be interesting to see how they line up against Arsenal. Kyle Walker and Juan Foyth will both miss this one for the Lilywhites
Prediction – Arsenal win