Premier League Matchday 3 Preview – Prediction + Tips 2017/18

Another great weekend of football action awaits! Newcastle are struggling to keep up with the big boys and it’s unlikely to be long until we start seeing aeroplanes flying over the Emirates with #Wenger Out banners! We take a look at the last set of Premier League matches before the international break.

Match of the Day

The matchup between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday is the game of the week and although early in the season it should give us a better insight into the title credentials of these two footballing giants.

Liverpool v Arsenal
Liverpool Form Guide WDLWD
Arsenal Form Guide LWWWW
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Sunday 27th August 16:00
  • Referee: Martin Atkinson
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 6/5 D: 13/5 A: 2/1

About the Game:

It took a Sadio Mane goal in the 73rd minute to settle Liverpool’s nerves against Crystal Palace last weekend. Despite having the majority of chances, it did look like Liverpool were heading for a disappointing draw. Usually ruthless going forward, Liverpool’s front line lacked the clinical finishing, despite registering 16 shots. Andrew Robertson had a stunning game for Liverpool and was unlucky not to have scored from a long shot late in the game, definitely one to watch for the future.

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Arsenal fans will be feeling a great deal of déjà vu after the weekends’ 1-0 defeat at Stoke. Last season’s 4-1 win at The Potters was the first time in seven attempts that Arsenal had beaten Stoke and once again Mark Hughes had the upper hand. Arsenal will point to the marginal off-side decision when Alexandre Lacazette thought he had scored from a powerful shot and also a penalty they should have had following a clumsy challenge by Stoke’s Mame Biram Diouf.

Prediction: 3:2 – Anything can happen in this game, plenty of goals and talking points!

Rest of the Premier League Games

Although we have no Friday or Monday night action this week, there are still a couple of great fixtures that stick out. Chelsea and Everton has the potential to be a great match and can Huddersfield and Watford continue their great start to the season?

Bournemouth v Manchester City
Bournemouth Form Guide LLWLW
Manchester City Form Guide DWDWW
  • Venue: Dean Court
  • Saturday 26th August 12:30
  • Referee: Mike Dean
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 7/1 D: 17/4 A: 1/3

About the Game:

Big things were expected from Bournemouth this year after finishing a very credible 9th in the top flight but after two defeats in two games, it’s been a very bad start to the season. Manager Eddie Howe seems reluctant to play Jermain Defoe which is a bit surprising as scoring goals is the issue, something they never looked like doing in their 2-0 home defeat by Watford. Things need to change quickly otherwise Bournemouth will be sucked into a relegation dogfight.

City will be grateful that Raheem Sterling’s 82nd minute volley earned them a point at home to Everton. Credit needs to go to City for playing the 2nd half with ten men and despite the numerical disadvantage they pressed for the equaliser. New £35 million goalkeeper Ederson should have done better for Everton’s goal but I can’t see him being troubled by this Bournemouth side.

Prediction: 0:3 – City to bounce back with a win after the draw with Everton.

Crystal Palace v Swansea
Crystal Palace Form Guide LLLLL
Swansea Form Guide LDWDW
  • Venue: Selhurst Park
  • Saturday 26th August 15:00
  • Referee: Andre Marriner
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 10/11 D: 5/2 A: 3/1

About the Game:

Crystal Palace are on a terrible run of results and followed up their 3-0 home mauling by Huddersfield Town with a 1-0 loss against Liverpool at the weekend. Although manager Frank de Boer will be encouraged by the organisation that repeatedly frustrated Liverpool, it is a worrying stat that Crystal Palace have lost six of their past seven games in the Premier League, failing to score in each defeat.

Swansea held Southampton to a goalless draw in the first game of the season but then were thumped 4-0 by Manchester United at home. In fairness to Swansea, for 80 minutes of the game against United they were in with a shot and a draw did look likely for a while. Three goals in the last ten minutes of the game showed they need reinforcements and manager Paul Clement will need to spend some of the £45 million he received from the sale of Gylfi Sigurdsson to Everton on defensive cover.

Prediction: 0:2 – Crystal Palace to feel the pressure as their bad run continues.

Huddersfield Town v Southampton
Huddersfield Town Form Guide WWWLD
Southampton Form Guide WDDLW
  • Venue: John Smith’s Stadium
  • Saturday 26th August 15:00
  • Referee: Stuart Attwell
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 12/5 D: 9/4 A: 23/20

About the Game:

What a start to the season Huddersfield are having. They proudly sit in 2nd place on goal difference from Manchester United. They followed up their opening day 3-0 away win at Crystal Palace with a fine 1-0 home win against fellow new boys Newcastle. Huddersfield have just signed Abdelhamid Sabiri from Nuremberg, Sabiri is one for the future and if he can replicate his five goals in nine games form then he will be some signing.

Southampton have also had a good start to the season and defied all expectations by scoring at home. The Saints had not scored at St Mary’s since April which is an incredible 576 minutes. Wayward shooting has been the main reason with Southampton attempting 29 shots in the 0-0 draw with Swansea, only 2 of those shots being on target. Against West Ham however they scored 3 in a thrilling if not fortunate 3-2 win. West Ham were down to ten men from the 33rd minute but still managed to draw level twice.

Prediction: 3:2 – Huddersfield to surprise everyone and continue to win.

Newcastle United v West Ham United
Newcastle United Form Guide LWWLL
West Ham United Form Guide LLWWL
  • Venue: St James’ Park
  • Saturday 26th August 15:00
  • Referee: Neil Swarbrick
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 13/10 D: 12/5 A: 2/1

About the Game:

Newcastle had a tough start to the season and while even the most optimistic Geordie would have half expected them to struggle in the first game, the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Huddersfield will have hurt. There have been rumblings of discontent from Newcastle’s manager Rafa Benitez complaining about funds available, with billionaire chairman Mike Ashley publicly stating he cannot compete in the transfer market like Manchester City or Chelsea.

It’s only two games in but West Ham find themselves rooted at the bottom of the table. They are of course playing away from home till next month until the athletics World Championships, which is being held at the Hammers London Stadium, is finished. Although their form will have to improve. They have conceded seven goals in two games with the 3-2 defeat at Southampton coming on the back of a 4-0 beating at Manchester United. West Ham will feel very aggrieved about the soft penalty that gifted Southampton the winner but will be encouraged by the excellent match that Hernandez, who arrived for £16m from Bayer Leverkusan, had with his two goals.

Prediction: 1:3 – Hernandez to continue scoring goals.

Watford v Brighton
Watford Form Guide WDLLL
Brighton Form Guide LLWWL
  • Venue: Vicarage Road
  • Saturday 26th August 15:00
  • Referee: Graham Scott
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 10/11 D: 12/5 A: 3/1

About the Game:

Watford’s 2-0 win away at Bournemouth was a surprise. Last season, Watford lost their last seven away games of the season so not many predicted a win on the road. The great 3-3 draw with Liverpool in the first game of the season means Watford have scored five in two games. A worrying sign will be the 2-3 defeat by Championship side Bristol City in the EFL cup but as things stand, Watford sit 3rd in the Premier League table.

Brighton are another team that have been involved in EFL Cup action this week and they made hard work of beating League Two side Barnet. Brighton’s first game of the season was against Manchester City and a 0-2 defeat would have been half expected and the same could be said for the 2-0 defeat by Leicester. Brighton will have easier games on the horizon, I’m not sure this is one of them though.

Prediction: 2:0 – Low on morale v flying high. A comfortable afternoon for the Hornets.

Manchester United v Leicester
Manchester United Form Guide WWDLL
Leicester City Form Guide WLWWL
  • Venue: Old Traffic
  • Saturday 26th August 17:30
  • Referee: Michael Oliver
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 3/10 D: 17/4 A: 17/2

About the Game:

The team from the red side of Manchester have made a great start to the season and followed up their 4-0 win against West Ham with a 0-4 win at Swansea. Romelu Lukaku has been in fine form and has already scored three league goals. The combination play with Pogba is showing signs of developing into a fruitful relationship as is the contribution of Henrikh Mkhitaryan. Leicester are likely to provide stiffer resistance but I still expect Manchester United to be strong enough to claim all three points.

Leicester’s opening day battle with Arsenal that ended up 4-3 is one of the best games I’ve watched in this fledgling season and Leicester will be gutted they let a 3-2 lead slip with only seven minutes left on the clock. The 2-0 win against Brighton was a scrappy match but although Leicester’s ability to roll up the sleeves and get stuck in wasn’t pretty, it was effective enough against the new boys. Riyad Mahrez put in a man of the match performance and Leicester’s season could well depend on them being able to keep hold of the want away player.

Prediction: 3:1 – Another goal flurry from Manchester United.

Chelsea v Everton
Chelsea Form Guide WLDDL
Everton Form Guide DWWWW
  • Venue: Stamford Bridge
  • Sunday 27th August 13:30
  • Referee: Jonathan Moss
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 2/5 D: 7/2 A: 7/1

About the Game:

Burnley surprised everyone when they beat Chelsea 3-2 in the opening game of the season but Chelsea beating Tottenham – who were unbeaten at home the previous season – at Wembley will have restored some of the belief at Stamford Bridge. Alvaro Morata, Chelsea’s £60m record signing, missed a simple header against Tottenham and The Blues will hope he finds his goal scoring touch, which was so clinical at Real Madrid, sooner rather than later. One player who is in top form is Marcos Alonso, the left-back scored both goals against Tottenham in the 1-2 win.

Wayne Rooney is enjoying life back at his old club. In his first league game back in Everton’s colours, he scored with a header to claim a 1-0 win and his strike against Manchester City was eight minutes away from securing a famous victory at the Etihad Stadium. It took an 82nd minute goal from Raheem Sterling to deny The Toffeemen. Dominic Calvert-Lewin was man of the match against City and he continued his great run that saw him scoring England’s winning goal in the Under-20 World Cup final this summer, he looks an amazing prospect.

Prediction: 2:1 – A tough one to call but Chelsea will scrape a late winner.

West Bromwich Albion v Stoke City
West Bromwich Albion Form Guide WWLDL
Stoke City Form Guide WLLDD
  • Venue: The Hawthorns
  • Sunday 27th August 13:30
  • Referee: Anthony Taylor
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 7/5 D: 21/10 A: 21/10

About the Game:

If Tony Pulis keeps up his team’s winning ways then I fully expect a statue in his honour to be erected in the West Midlands. Again, I know the season is only two matches old but with 1-0 wins over Bournemouth at home and Burnley away, West Brom find themselves sitting in third, level on points with the leaders. A concern will be the loss of Hal Robson-Kanu who was sent off following an aerial challenge with Burnley defender Matthew Lowton. West Brom appealed the decision but this was rejected and he will miss League games against Stoke City and Brighton.

Stoke pulled off a surprise coup when they landed Jese Rodriguez from Paris St-Germain. The winger only signed on the Wednesday before and despite lacking fitness, he showed the quality he possesses. Arsenal had almost total control of the game but were punished for not taking chances when the 24-year-old scored within minutes of the second half. A fully fit Jese will be a huge asset for Mark Hughes’s side.

Prediction: 1:1 – A tight cagey affair at The Hawthornes.

Tottenham v Burnley
Tottenham Hotspur Form Guide LWWLW
Burnley Form Guide LWWWD
  • Venue: Wembley Stadium
  • Sunday 27th August 16:00
  • Referee: Lee Mason
  • Quick Glance Odds H: 3/10 D: 4/1 A: 17/2

About the Game:

I, like many, was surprised that Chelsea beat Tottenham 2-1 in Sunday’s Super Sunday match. Although Mauricio Pochettino has played down the significance of the game being played at Wembley, which is Tottenham’s temporary ground until White Hart Lane is developed, the fact is that Tottenham have now lost seven of their past 10 games at the national stadium. They easily beat Newcastle in the opening game 2-0 on the road but still Harry Kane keeps up the amazing stat of never having scored in the league for Tottenham in August!

Burnley fans will be disappointed that on the back of their amazing 2-3 win at champions Chelsea they then lost 0-1 to West Brom at home. The lacklustre performance against West Brom saw them have 15 efforts on goal with Jeff Hendrick being guilty of several misses. Burnley have just signed Chris Wood from Leeds and if he can produce the goals like he did in The Championship then we could have a new hero at Turf Moor. The centre forward from New Zealand scored 27 goals in 44 games for Leeds last year. He might even be a contender for my fantasy football team!

Prediction: 2:1 – A debut goal for Chris Woods but it won’t be enough!

Combi bet of the day: Our Pick*

Game Event Odds Cumulative Odds
Liverpool v Arsenal Liverpool win 11/10 2.10
Bournemouth v Manchester City Manchester City Win 2/7 2.69
Manchester U v Leicester Manchester U Win 3/10 3.51
Chelsea v Everton Chelsea Win 2/5 3.91
West Brom v Stoke Draw 19/10 13.25
Tottenham v Burnley Tottenham win 2/9 16.41

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