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English Premier League Weekend Preview 18-20 August

After the opening weekend of the new English Premier League season brought goals galore, many will be hoping for a repeat performance this weekend. There are definitely some interesting fixtures and many will be on the lookout for the players who may not be playing for their sides after being linked with moves elsewhere.

Swansea vs Manchester United

Manchester United were extremely impressive in their season opener against West Ham, with new signings Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic shining throughout. You’d expect Swansea to really struggle against Mourinho’s men, especially after key player, Gylfi Sigurdsson, departed to Everton.

Bournemouth vs Watford

Watford were very impressive at times in their opening game against Liverpool and showed they can do the business in front of goal. They did concede 3 however and Bournemouth will be looking to exploit that. For all their possession against West Brom, Bournemouth failed to make things happen. They’ll be looking for a reaction on home turf but you’d expect Watford to score at least.

Burnley vs West Brom

Burnley lost star striker, Andre Gray, just over a week ago but head into this game after beating current champions Chelsea. West Brom ground out a 1-0 victory against Bournemouth and you can see this game being one where the winner has to work hard and grind out the victory. You’d expect a 1-0 victory or even a draw.

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Leicester vs Brighton

Leicester looked good against Arsenal in their opening game and probably should have gone on to win the game. You could put the reason for defeat down to Arsenal’s goal threat or Craig Shakespeare’s decision to switch to a 442 when ahead. Either way they’ll certainly fancy their chances against EPL newcomers Brighton. They lost at home to Man City but only 2-0 after many expected them to lose heavily. They’ll be up for it but you’d expect Leicester to be a bit too strong.

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace

Liverpool head into this game full of confidence after beating Hoffenheim in their Champions League qualifier away from home this week. They also put 3 past Watford in their first league fixture but their defensive frailties were evident as the game finished 3-3. Palace were poor against Huddersfield and as they try to adjust to Fran de Boer’s methods and new system, you’d expect Liverpool to have far too much for them at Anfield.

Southampton vs West Ham

This should be an interesting fixture at St Mary’s. Southampton played out a 0-0 draw with Swansea last weekend whereas West Ham were beaten 4-0 by Manchester United. Both sides can do a lot better and they both have good attacking options. You’d expect reactions from them and this could lead to goals.

Stoke vs Arsenal

Stoke may have lost a few players in the transfer market but they’re always up for a battle with Arsenal, much to Arsene Wenger’s annoyance. They’ll make it hard for Arsenal and this game will come down to whether they can do it for 90 minutes and possibly nick a goal, or whether Arsenal will find a way through. If they do, the floodgates could open.

Huddersfield vs Newcastle

The battle of the newly promoted sides. Huddersfield will be in a buoyant mood after dismantling Crystal Palace in their opening game, whereas Newcastle lost at home to Spurs. Before last weekend you probably would have fancied Newcastle in this fixture but after Steve Mounie’s impressive goalscoring debut for The Terriers and Jonjo Shelvey’s red card for Newcastle, the odds should swing in Huddersfield’s favour.

Tottenham vs Chelsea

One of the biggest, if not the biggest game of the weekend. Tottenham, at their Wembley home, take on last year’s champions Chelsea. Spurs looked solid against Newcastle last time out whereas Chelsea fell to pieces after Gary Cahill’s red card vs Burnley. There are obviously bigger issues behind the scenes at Chelsea but they need a reaction against Spurs. Spurs on the other hand are playing at home but away from home. It will be interesting to see who copes best and you can see these sides cancelling each other out.

Manchester City vs Everton

Another game that should be a great spectacle. Man City have spent a lot this summer but Everton have spent a bit too. Guardiola and Koeman are both very good managers and both have great players at their disposal. It will be interesting to see who comes out on top, especially in midfield, where Everton have just added Gylfi Sigurdsson. City are blessed with a lot of firepower and you could say Everton need a proper goal scorer since Lukaku departed, so The Toffees backline will have to be on form, or they could come unstuck.

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