We’re back after the international break and there are some attractive Premier League encounters this weekend
There are three teams in the Premier League still boasting a 100% record and the biggest surprise is that Manchester City aren’t one of them.
Indeed, when City entertain Fulham on Saturday afternoon, they could be trailing Liverpool by five points in the table, with the Reds heading to Wembley for an intriguing Saturday lunchtime encounter.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have barely put a foot wrong thus far but this fixture clearly represents their sternest test this season and coming after the international break is not ideal.
Later that day, Manchester United’s soap opera continues when they head to Vicarage Road, with the Red Devils meeting a Watford side who have one of the other two 100% records.
The Hornets are big outsiders to win the game, although Javi Gracia’s side have been making hay at home this season and they will relish meeting a United team who have already lost to Brighton and Spurs this term.
Bournemouth and Leicester could play out an exciting clash at the Vitality Stadium, with Chelsea hoping to continue their impeccable win record against a Cardiff side surely destined to struggle.
Huddersfield will hope to scrap out a win against Crystal Palace, with the Eagles facing the prospect of four straight defeats after an opening day win at Fulham.
Newcastle have been handed another tough clash against Arsenal although it certainly doesn’t look a forlorn hope that they can get something against a Gunners side who have hardly been convincing.
SATURDAY 15TH SEPTEMBER
Tottenham Hotspur 12:30 Liverpool
AFC Bournemouth 15:00 Leicester City
Chelsea 15:00 Cardiff City
Huddersfield Town 15:00 Crystal Palace
Manchester City 15:00 Fulham
Newcastle United 15:00 Arsenal
Watford 17:30 Manchester United
Wolves clash with Burnley in the opening match on Sunday afternoon, with the Midlands side heavy favourites to beat their opposite number despite the fact that they’re still finding their feet at this level.
The Clarets did finish seventh last season and perhaps they can pull off a win which might be regarded as a surprise in some quarters but not in this one.
Similarly, West Ham look overpriced to win at Everton considering that the Toffees have blustered to draws against Wolves, Huddersfield and Bournemouth.
The Hammers have lost all their games but they actually could end up being a decent prospect if Manuel Pellegrino is given more time.
Finally, Southampton and Brighton lock horns at St Mary’s and we’re reckoning on a close encounter between these sides. The Saints are trading around even money although they are hard to be confident about after last season’s poor home form.
The Seagulls will look to tighten things defensively after ceding seven goals thus far although a narrow 1-0 defeat at Anfield bodes well.
MONDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER
Southampton 20:00 Brighton & Hove Albion
All odds were correct at time of posting.