Matchweek 3 sees Arsenal face fellow London side West Ham in what is being called must-win already, here I predict the results with Mark Konieczny, a keen follower of the Premier League, despite being a Brentford fan. You can follow Mark on Twitter: @milik_fan.
Wolves v Manchester City:
Mark: Wolves looked good at Leicester and certainly deserved something. They’re in that transition from the championship and will find they get unlucky often. City look excellent, however, they’ll get tested but squeeze through. 0-2.
Alex: Wolves were unlucky at Leicester last week and face another tough encounter here. City look irresistible right now. 0-2.
Arsenal v West Ham United
Mark: Arsenal looked very impressive against Chelsea and deserved the win. A new fight was shown in that first half that has been missing in the Wenger era for a while. West Ham look very poor, and this would be a great opportunity for Emery to get his side going. Guendouzi a real talent. 3-1.
Alex: Arsenal were unlucky at Chelsea last week and face a good fixture to get their season going here. West Ham have spent a lot so expectation is high and have been poor in both their games so far. 2-0.
Bournemouth v Everton
Mark: Both high scoring teams with shaky defences. Richarlison looking a real threat for Everton. Can see him getting another brace. 2-2.
Alex: Both teams have started well, Everton are starting to click going forward under Silva whilst Bournemouth look more resilient this term. 1-1.
Huddersfield v Cardiff City
Mark: Cardiff look a terrible outfit, but their defence has offered some solidity, and with Warnock at the helm they’ll make themselves tough to beat. Despite not looking that impressive, Huddersfield have that year of Premier League experience and the home advantage. This will come to be important and they should nick the win. 1-0.
Alex: What a drab game. Both sides look off the pace. But Huddersfield may have the edge. 1-0.
Southampton v Leicester City
Mark: Leicester have started well, but losing Vardy will cost them, especially away from home. Southampton are finding it difficult to dominate games and haven’t found the back of the net enough. 0-0.
Alex: Southampton look awful under the tactical dinosaur that is Mark Hughes, I wouldn’t usually fancy Leicester away but here I think they’ll win. 1-2.
Liverpool v Brighton
Mark: Liverpool looking a very good side and should breeze past Brighton. Salah may not be scoring, but Mane has come in to quickly cover for that. Can expect Firmino to set his account up for the season. Brighton’s victory last week against United shouldn’t be ignored, and I can see Gross or Murray grabbing a consolation. 3-1.
Alex: Liverpool look awesome so far and Brighton put Man United to the sword last week, but the Reds will win here. 3-0.
Watford v Crystal Palace
Mark: Watford have had an excellent start to the season and will look to win this one. Palace have shown they can play on the road, with a well worked victory away at Fulham, however, their defence is looking very shaky and with players like Roberto Pereyra and Andre Gray lurking around the goal, you can see them knocking a few in. Zaha and Milivojevic remain a threat that Watford will need to look out for. 3-1.
Alex: Watford looked good in their win at Burnley last week and I think they’ll win here against a Palace side unlucky against Liverpool last time out. 2-1.
Fulham v Burnley
Mark: Fulham played some good football at Tottenham and should stay up. They’re still in that transition from the Championship and will often get undone unfairly, especially to hardened teams like Burnley. 1-2.
Alex: Fulham haven’t clicked yet but their quality will shine through here against Burnley who have a massive European encounter against Olympiakos next week. 1-0.
Newcastle United v Chelsea
Mark: It’s easy to see how poorly run Newcastle are. Benitez was given very little to work with in the transfer window, and it showed with a lacklustre performance away at Cardiff. Although, they gave Tottenham a good showing on the first week and will be competitive with Chelsea. However with that said, Chelsea should have enough quality to put this one to bed. 1-2.
Alex: Newcastle haven’t been able to kick off their season with a win yet and face another tough test against Sarri’s Chelsea who look very good. Chelsea to win. 0-3.
Manchester United v T*ttenham
Mark: Man United are looking really poor and I wouldn’t be surprised if they have to find themselves digging in at home. Tottenham have looked good and will no doubt be the team that comes to play the football. I’ve always been a fan of Mourinho, but he’s built a poor squad full of egos. Tottenham are an example of a team fuelled with quality and ambition. 0-0.
Alex: United were bossed by Brighton last week whilst Spurs got past Fulham, I would say this is bigger for United than Spurs and I can see them winning. 2-1.