EPL Weekend Preview
Match Previews: Pick of the bunch!
Wolves vs Tottenham
Sunday, 22nd August
Nuno Espirito Santo returns to Wolves after beating Man City on the opening day, while Wolves went down fighting against Leicester.
Wolves had chances to get something from the Leicester game, but they came up short, losing 1-0 in the end. They will welcome old manager Nuno back to their grounds after he left for Tottenham, and they might fancy they can take something from the game as they’ll know how he plays. With the players that Wolves do have, they should be looking to take the game to Tottenham and they have the ability to cause problems. Striker Raul Jiminez is back in action this season after suffering a horrific skull fracture, and he has been sorely missed.
Tottenham were fantastic in their first game of the season as they took the game to Man City and fully deserved their 1-0 win. It was a different experience for a Spurs team as Nuno kept them playing positive, even when they went ahead in the game. Son Heung-min got the winner and proved to be a handful again for Man City, but there was no place in the team for wantaway striker Harry Kane, whose future remains uncertain. They’ll be looking for another 3 points here, even if Kane doesn’t play.
Arsenal vs Chelsea
Sunday, 22nd August
A nightmare start for Arsenal after they lost to newly-promoted Brentford, while Chelsea enjoyed a comfortable 3-0 win against Palace.
It couldn’t have gone any more wrong for Arsenal, a team that looks so far off the pace still. There are reasons for it I’m sure, but players have to do better when playing for a club like Arsenal. They’re not exciting to watch, they’re not creating chances, they’re not defending, and players aren’t up for the fight. It’s the same old story when it comes to Arsenal for years now, and there’s been no fix. It could be a long night at the Emirates for the Gunners if Chelsea shows up, and they likely will.
A perfect start for Chelsea who comes into this one full of confidence that they can take all 3 points, and so they should. They’re the much better team, the team that is in form, even going into last season and they have a group of players that when you compare both Chelsea and Arsenal’s squad, Chelsea’s is far stronger. They look as though they have a team ready to challenge for the Premier League title and the addition of Romelu Lukaku only improves that. They could dominate here.
West Ham vs Leicester
Monday, 23rd August
It was a good opening day for both West Ham and Leicester as they got off to winning starts, and this one should be close.
West Ham came from behind twice to win 4-2, and they showed their class, especially in the second half. They struggled at times against the pace and power of Allan Saint-Maximin, but were deserving of their win and now they take confidence into this one. Leicester poses their own threats, but West Ham have a lot of talented players that are in form and playing well and they should look to be taking maximum points at home against a really good side.
Leicester had their moments of struggle against Wolves but saw it through to win 1-0 in a tough opening game. They’ll come into one with belief that they can pick up all 3 points, but it’ll be another close game that could swing either way. Jamie Vardy grabbing the winning goal against Wolves wasn’t surprising and he’s proving to be pivotal for Leicester once again, and he’ll have chances here as West Ham can leak goals. It’ll be a game with a lot of attacking intent, with both sets of players believing they can win the game.