By Ryan Moran
- Chelsea yet to win at Stamford Bridge this season.
- Unbeaten Manchester City take on unbeaten Watford.
- Bournemouth look for a second successive win against unbeaten Leicester City.
Both sides of Manchester look to maintain their unbeaten record in a stacked weekend of Barclay’s Premier League action.
Manchester City vs Watford
Unbeaten but 6 points between the two sides tell the tale. It may be too early to call the Hornets draw specialists, none the less a lot of team would be happy to take a point from the Etihad. Vincent Kompany and Yaya Toure seem rejuvenated compared to last season. Newcomers have taken points from big sides before but the Yellows face their toughest test of the season to achieve such a result.
Swansea City vs Manchester United
Swansea did the double over Manchester United last season, a new set up which has now had a year to find its feet. The Red Devils have had a tentative start and still remain unbeaten, like their opponents. Wayne Rooney opened his account for the season in the Champions League and will now hope to do the same in the Premier League. Andre Ayew is one goal behind compatriot Bafetimbi Gomis and will hope to even that up against the Red Devils, a side not leaking many goals in their opening three fixtures.
Newcastle vs Arsenal
Most spectators of Arsenal’s game against Liverpool would have been astounded that the game ended goalless. This weekend, the Gunners will hope they can take their chances against a Newcastle side yet to win. The Magpies have showed signs of threat but have never got over the line in their opening three fixtures.
Bournemouth vs Leicester City
Bournemouth will be hoping to be in the same position as Leicester next year, still in the top flight. It took most of the season before the Foxes found their form and the Cherries will hope to continue their winning form at the expense of the visitors. Callum Wilson will hope to add to his hat trick along with the visitor’s star man Riyad Mahrez, who currently has scored in every league game so far.
Chelsea vs Crystal Palace
Chelsea are yet to win at Stamford Bridge this campaign, a stadium they have only lost one league game in under Jose Mourinho. Pedro made an instant impact on his debut and Mourinho will hope the Spaniard has the same effect again. Bakary Sako also had a dream debut securing the win, this weekend will prove a much tougher test to achieve the same feat.
Liverpool vs West Ham United
The Hammers may have beaten a top side in Arsenal but as teams settle into their rhythm, most would see Liverpool taking three points. Defensively, they were sloppy against a lively Bournemouth side, something they can’t afford to be with the likes of Philippe Coutinho lurking. Finishing may be easier without Petr Cech between the sticks, but the club on Merseyside need to take chances to keep up with the likes of Manchester City.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Everton
A competition for sixth and seventh between these two sides of what I predicted. The side who can take the upper hand in the two ties this campaign could prove crucial. Romelu Lukaku provides the threat in attack while Dele Alli has been causing defenders trouble in the opening three fixtures. Harry Kane has yet to open his account, will he get on the scoresheet this weekend?
Of the other weekend’s other fixtures;
Southampton vs Norwich City
Stoke vs West Bromwich Albion
Aston Villa vs Sunderland
Newcastle welcome Arsenal to St James’ Park for the lucntime kikc off at 12:45 BST