With the opening fixtures of the new Premier League season having been rounded up on Monday, action for week 2 couldn’t wait for the weekend as the first Friday night football kicks off in few hours time.
Man Utd v Southampton
The Red Devils will be hosting Southampton at the Old Trafford, and Pogba’s 2nd debut for United is eagerly being anticipated. No better way for the most expensive player in history to kick off turning out for the club once again than in front of 75,000 faithfuls.
The game should be a stroll in the park for the hosts given the gulf in gap between both squads. However, if the rate at which shocking surprises spring out every now and then in the top flight is to be considered, an upset shouldn’t be overruled, especially against a United side yet to really gel together well enough.
Prediction: Manchester United to win
The weekend proper got an array of games to whet the appetite.
Stoke Man City
Burnley v Liverpool
Tottenham v Crystal Palace
Swansea v Hull
Watford v Chelsea
West Brom v Everton
Leicester v Arsenal
Guardiola would be hoping to make it 2 wins out of 2 in order to keep up with Manchester City’s title ambitions. The Britannia Stadium is known to be a stronghold for Stoke City, and it’ll be interesting to see what tactics the Catalan coach have in store for such game.
Prediction: Manchester City to win
Newly promoted side, Burnley must be at their defensive best to contain a Liverpool side that has been firing on all cylinders recently. 4 goals against Barcelona and Arsenal in the past few days is scary. If the Reds keep up their consistency, they should be title contenders this season, and it starts with how they fare away from home on Saturday.
Prediction: Liverpool to win
Tottenham weren’t really at their best against Everton the last time out, and they are expected to be better in their first home game of the season. Seeing off the visiting Crystal Palace shouldn’t be much of an issue, and landing their first 3 points is very much feasible against the weak visitors.
Prediction: Tottenham to win
Swansea battled to a win last weekend, and they won’t find it easy against the visiting Hull team that went ahead to upset Leicester City with a 2 – 1 win. No clear favorites for this one, so it could go either way or end in a stalemate.
Watford’s Mazzarri and Chelsea’s Conte are set to continue their bitter rivalry in the EPL following the bad blood history between them while at the Serie A. The Italians have a similar coaching style and playing pattern, so the game should reveal who really is the master at it between the tactical duo.
Prediction: Chelsea to win
West Brom and Everton look like equal matches for each other, hence there shouldn’t be anything dominating from either side. But Koeman can make all the difference or maybe not.
Prediction: West Brom to win
The Leicester – Arsenal game is the key match neutrals are highly anticipating. The visiting Gunners were the only side to defeat the defending champions both home and away last season. Can they repeat same feat this term?
Prediction: Leicester to win
The last 2 games will be going down on Sunday
Sunderland v Middlesbrough
West Ham v Bournemouth
David Moyes continues to aim for his first win of the season as a solid and newly promoted Middlesbrough pay the Stadium of Light a visit. Anything less than 3 points will further put pressure on the former Everton, Manchester United and Real Sociedad boss.
Prediction: Sunderland to win/draw
West Ham were unlucky to concede an 89th minute goal at the Stamford Bridge on Monday, and their woes were further compounded with the news of summer signing Andre Ayew’s 4-month injury. Per adventure, they are able to respond to all that with a win over Bournemouth on Sunday.
Prediction: West Ham to win
Check out match day 1 results here.