Premier league: Week two preview
The Premier league is back for game week two, after a captivating first week of fixtures another weekend of games is nearly upon us. In this article we will preview some of the significant matches.
Manchester United commence their season against Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace, the tie will take place at Old Trafford, however this is meaningless due to the current Covid restrictions.
An abundance of bookmakers have deemed Hodgson the first manager to be sacked, despite the claims, Crystal Palace got off to a satisfactory start, with a 1-0 victory at home to Southampton.
Marquee signing Donny van de Beek is likely to start for the Red Devils after arriving from Ajax for a fee of £35m in the summer transfer window.
Manchester United finished last season in fantastic form and secured 3rd place, but can they keep this momentum coming into the new season?
Crystal Palace are of course underdogs for this clash, nonetheless we’ve seen Roy Hodgson’s Eagles team cause these kinds of upsets before, to highlight a few, a 3-2 win over Manchester City in 18/19, a 2-1 win over Solskjaer’s side last season and a 2-1 win over Chelsea, just a few games into Hodgsons reign, back in 17/18.
United are without any real injury concerns, Phil Jones and Axel Tuanzebe will be unavailable for selection. The same can’t be said for Palace however, as they will be without the services of seven first team players.
Manchester United : 1 / 3
Crystal Palace : 19 / 2
Draw : 24 / 5
Prediction : 3-0 Manchester United
Chelsea Vs Liverpool
Chelsea host defending champions, Liverpool, in what looks to be the game of the weekend. Both teams got off to winning outsets, the Reds had a precarious triumph over new boys, Leeds United, and the Blues eased to victory against Brighton.
Liverpool showed defensive instability in their last outing, conceding three goals, notwithstanding this was out of character for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
There’s been lots of excitement surrounding Chelsea after a busy transfer window, with some fans even backing the Blues to challenge the top two deadlock, we’ve seen for the last two campaigns. New signings, Timo Werner and Kai Havertz are likely to be in Lampard’s starting line up again.
The last three league meetings between the two sides have all gone in the favour of Jurgen Klopp’s side, with Liverpool scoring nine goals across the three fixtures.
Chelsea have a moderate injury list, Chillwell, Gilmour and Ziyech will all be unavailable and Silva and Pulisic are doubts. Liverpool have just one injury, Alex Oxlade Chamberlain will be out until October.
Chelsea : 23 / 10
Liverpool : 16 / 13
Draw : 37 / 13
Prediction : 2-2
Wolverhampton Vs Manchester City
Manchester City kick their season off with a tough trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers. Nuno’s men got off to a fantastic start to the season with a comfortable win against Sheffield United.
City will be looking to arrive and take all three points after Chelsea and Liverpool both got off to winning starts and with the nature of the Premier league nowadays, you can’t afford to get off to a bad start.
Despite being underdogs, Wolves have proved before that they are capable of beating Manchester City, with all 6 points going to the Wanderers last season.
Manchester City made two summer signings, Nathan Ake and Ferran Torres, both of which are expected to start the match.
Manchester will be without the main man Sergio Aguero and Aymeric Laporte is a doubt, Wolves have just one injury, with Jonny suffering a long term injury, expected to return in March.
Wolverhampton Wanderers : 11 / 2
Manchester City : 14 / 25
Draw : 7 / 2
Prediction : 2-1 Manchester City