Premier League Game Week 3 Preview - 25-27 August
We’re back into the swing of the domestic football season, with the 2018/19 campaign promising to be bigger and better than ever before.
The first match on Game Week 3 takes place at Molineux, with newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers the latest team to take a swipe at champions Manchester City and find a chink in their armour.
Wolves won last season’s Championship title by a country mile and the Midlands club did land a draw against City in the EFL Cup last season, although City will be at full strength for this clash and they are looking very strong in the early throes of the season.
We have a London derby at the Emirates between Arsenal and West Ham, with the Gunners odds-on to get their campaign properly started with a win after tricky matches against Manchester City and Chelsea.
The Hammers might find this match rough going, with Jack Wilshere returning to his former club at an early point in the season and Manuel Pellegrini will hope that his team can be more competitive than their 4-0 drubbing at Anfield.
Bournemouth meet Everton in what should be a close match, although the Toffees have bigger spending power than their opponents, with the Cherries having opened the campaign with a 2-0 win over Cardiff.
Fulham will hope to break their duck against Burnley, with the Cottagers having spent some serious cash in the summer although the Clarets will be defensively resolute as always and it’s possible that we could see this one end in a draw.
Huddersfield and Cardiff have a wonderful chance to get points on the board at the John Smith’s Stadium, with these sides regarded as the weakest in the Premier League by the bookies at the start of the season, although both clubs will be looking to buck those odds.
Southampton clash with Leicester at St Mary’s and preference is for the visitors who have signed the exciting James Maddison, while Jamie Vardy is looking sharp as a tack and could prove to be the difference between the sides.
Liverpool clash with a Brighton side who looked all at sea when losing at Watford in their opening game and Chris Hughton could be cutting a concerned figure on the touchline considering how devastating the Reds looked when dealing with West Ham in their opener.
Watford and Crystal Palace meet at Vicarage Road, with both sides enjoying opening day 2-0 wins to get some early points on the board. The Hornets are in decent nick under Javi Gracia although the same can be said of Roy Hodgson and it’s hard to call a winner.
Newcastle and Chelsea square up at St James’ Park, with the Blues looking a more likely winner based on previous performances, while Monday’s clash takes place at Old Trafford and it’s a biggie between Manchester United and Tottenham. Can the Red Devils squeeze Spurs and win by a single goal as they did last season?