Premier League Week 2 Preview: Manchester United to Stay on Top?
After an emphatic week to kick off the Premier League, with more surprise results and top-class performances than you can shake a stick at, we look forward to the second week of Premier League action, and who looks to be climbing the league table.
Saturday 19th August
On Sunday, Manchester United showed exactly why they’re a top title contender with an emphatic 4-0 win over West Ham United. The man who particularly impressed, alongside brace-scorer Romelu Lukaku, was Nemanja Matic, who has made Chelsea look a fool for selling him with his flawless performance. Currently top of the league, United kick off the weekend against Swansea and are expected to win convincingly in Wales at 4/11.
The 3 o’clock games start with Bournemouth hosting an upstart Watford, who pulled off a late draw against Liverpool last week, and are 5/2 to do so again here. After a shutdown performance, West Bromwich Albion travel to Burnley, who defeated Chelsea 3-2 in their first game of the season. Former champions Leicester City were unfortunate to lose 4-3 to Arsenal in the opening game of the Premier League but are 4/5 to claim three points against the newly promoted Brighton & Hove Albion.
Liverpool look to make amends following their disappointing defensive performance against Watford, but with the mighty Christian Benteke returning to Anfield, Crystal Palace will likely be getting a goal or two, but are at long odds of 13/2 to win the contest. After a dull opening game, Southampton will hope to just score a goal in their home game against West Ham on Saturday and are surprisingly 4/6 to win despite the Hammers’ new batch of star players.
Saturday is finished off with the late kick off of Stoke City hosting Arsenal, with the Gunners greatly favoured to take all three points at 7/10.
Sunday 20th August
Huddersfield sent shockwaves through the Premier League with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, and host fellow-promotees Newcastle United – who they are expected to beat. Then, Sunday is rounded off with a big London derby between the champions Chelsea, who didn’t start the season well at all, against Tottenham Hotspur, with Spurs expected to win on their new turf of Wembley Stadium at 1/1.
Monday 21st August
Everton, after a decent win thanks to a Wayne Rooney header last weekend, will travel to the Etihad to face title favourites Manchester City. City looked discombobulated in their win against Brighton last week but pulled off the win nonetheless. In any case, the new-look Toffees will be looking to upset City.
With the competition greater than ever, this looks to be another hotly contested and hugely entertaining week of Premier League football.