2018-19 Premier League: Week Three – Saturday

This weekend sees the third round of Premier League fixtures take place, with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool headlining Saturday’s action. 

Can the Citizens and Liverpool maintain their unbeaten start whilst Arsenal face another London derby as they welcome West Ham to the Emirates Stadium. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Manchester City

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Manchester City will be firm favourites here after handing out a 6-1 blasting to Huddersfield, to send themselves top of league. 

Wolves meanwhile are brilliant when attacking as clearly demonstrated by their start at Leicester, although a lack of clinical finishing proved costly which they cannot afford this time around. 

Don’t finish their chances then they will need City to not be at the races or this will be a heavy thumping, particularly given that they are yet to keep a clean sheet. 

City however struggled against Wolves in Carabao Cup last season, needing penalties to progress after a 0-0 draw. 

As good as a repeat of that would be, I can only see one result coming here.

Prediction: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-3 Manchester City

Jake predicts: Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-2 Manchester City

Result: Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 Manchester City


Arsenal vs West Ham United

Both teams enter this local derby without a single point to their name and West Ham’s Jack Wilshire could return to haunt the side who let him leave this summer. 

Arsenal are still adapting to Unai Emery’s style but there is certainly plenty of promising potential to come, despite losing to Chelsea last Saturday evening. 

West Ham meanwhile are slowly starting to click but are sill unstable defensively, which is also one of Arsenal’s main issues particularly down the flanks. 

This therefore is either going to be a tight cagey game or a goalfest and I am going for the former.

Prediction: Arsenal 1-1 West Ham United 

Jake predicts: Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United

Result: Arsenal 3-1 West Ham United


Bournemouth vs Everton

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I am looking forward to seeing how this game plays out because Bournemouth have made an unusually strong start, whilst Everton look like serious top seven contenders.

Both teams have different aims this season but Cherries’ boss, Eddie Howe said in his presser that they have shown ‘really good signs of what the team could be’. 

Whether that is a deliberate mind game to try and spook Everton by making out that his side are ready to mount a solid top ten challenge or not, I don’t know but the Toffees will be Bournemouth’s first proper test of top opposition. 

Add in the fact that Bournemouth are yet to lose a league meeting at home to Everton, then perhaps this Bournemouth side are ready for a decent tilt at seventh to tenth positions.

Everton meanwhile have scored and conceded in each of their two games so far, with two goals in each game. 

This therefore could be a quality game if both sides are at their best, although I am going for a Bournemouth win. 

Prediction: Bournemouth 3-2 Everton

Jake predicts: Bournemouth 1-0 Everton

Result: Bournemouth 2-2 Everton


Huddersfield Town vs Cardiff City

For Huddersfield, this is a must win game if they’re to kick start their season after two hellish opening performances. 

Cardiff were lucky to claim a point against Newcastle last weekend at home but Huddersfield have shown potential when had opportunities to attack against Chelsea and Manchester City. 

Unlike those two opponents, the Terries definitely will be tough for Cardiff to keep quiet in my opinion so am going for a comfortable home win.

Prediction: Huddersfield Town 2-0 Cardiff City

Jake predicts: Huddersfield Town 1-0 Cardiff City

Result: Huddersfield Town 0-0 Cardiff City


Southampton vs Leicester City

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Having picked up their first win and red card of season last time out, Leicester will be hoping to continue their decent start as Claude Puel returns to Southampton for second time as the Foxes manager.

Southampton meanwhile are starting to rediscover their attacking quality, after luck and Jordan Pickford prevented them from taking a draw at Everton last Saturday. 

Interestingly, the Saints have started in similar fashion akin to last season of drawing opening game 0-0 before scoring in next game (won 3-2 in 2017-18, lost 2-1 in 2018-19) and went on to draw their third game with another goalless affair.

Could history repeat itself here?

Match wise, expect Leicester to do most of attacking like they did against Manchester United a fortnight ago without Jamie Vardy and Saints to score on counter. 

Prediction: Southampton 1-1 Leicester City

Jake predicts: Southampton 1-2 Leicester City

Result: Southampton 1-2 Leicester City


Liverpool vs Brighton & Hove Albion

After both teams won last weekend, I am expecting a good fight here between Liverpool and Brighton.

Since Naby Keita arrived, Liverpool have just been fearsome to watch going forward and if can continue from how finished last home game, this could be another simple win. 

Brighton however will be buoyant from stunning Manchester United after a woeful opening match at Watford. 

Liverpool however will be a whole different class to those two, with more pace and are unbeaten at Anfield in 22 league games stretching back to May 2017.

I am therefore backing the Reds to continue that run here with a dominant display.

Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Brighton and Hove Albion

Jake predicts: Liverpool 2-0 Brighton & Hove Albion


Prediction Wars

With the new season underway, so is Prediction Wars between me and Boro Rants writer, Jake Self.

Rules however are same as last time and goes as follows;

Correct score – 3 points
Correct result – 1 point
Incorrect result – 0 points

Now here is how the table stands after last weekend’s round of fixtures. 

Name Points
James Gregory 16
Jake Self  18

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