Heavyweight Trio Aim For Third Successive Wins – Premier League Preview

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Following League Cup action in midweek, the main event that is the Premier League returns to our screens this weekend.

We need to make the most of these next few days.

Lingering on the horizon is the first of several pesky international breaks this season – something no football fan looks forward to.

Fortunately, there is some excellent Premier League action on offer this weekend, as the table slowly starts to take shape in the early weeks of the campaign.

Here is a look at what is on offer.

Reds Look To Erase Burnley Nightmare

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 20, 2016: Liverpool's J¸rgen Klopp before Kick Off against Burnley during the FA Premier League match at Turf Moore. (Pic by Gavin Trafford/Propaganda)

Few defeats in recent times have been as insipid and unexpected as Liverpool’s 2-0 loss at Burnley last Saturday, and it left the fanbase seething.

The Reds won 5-0 at Burton in the League Cup on Tuesday, however, and Jurgen Klopp‘s men now need to build on that result away to Tottenham this weekend.

White Hart Lane is never an easy place to go, and this is likely to be a match that is decided by a moment of magic or an error from either side.

Both teams play high-intensity football, which promises to make for entertaining viewing, but for the Reds, avoiding defeat is paramount.

Two losses in the first three games would not go down well.

Heavyweight Trio Aim For Third Succession Win

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - Monday, February 3, 2014: Chelsea's manager Jose Mourinho before the Premiership match against Manchester City at the City of Manchester Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

While Liverpool were falling to pieces at Turf Moor last weekend, Man City, Man United and Chelsea were all busy recording their second win in succession.

All three look strong this season, particularly the two Manchester clubs, and they will all believe three more points are in the bag this weekend.

On Sunday, City entertain a West Ham side who have not got going at all yet, while 24 hours earlier, United visit Hull and Chelsea host Burnley.

The Premier League is becoming more and more unpredictable by the week, but it is hard to see the trio not keeping up their 100 per cent records.

For Liverpool’s sake, hopefully a few upsets take place.

First Win For The Champions?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Boxing Day, Saturday, December 26, 2015: Leicester City's manager Claudio Ranieri before the Premier League match against Liverpool at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This season was never going to be easy for Leicester, with opponents upping their game against them this time around. Everyone wants to beat the champions.

Claudio Ranieri’s men have made a slow start to the campaign, picking up just one point, and they are still awaiting their first goal from open play.

Although a spark has been missing against both Hull and Arsenal, Saturday represents a great opportunity for the Foxes to register their first three points of the season.

Swansea visit the King Power Stadium, and with all due respect to the Welsh side, Leicester should have too much quality to see them off.

Another failure to secure victory would raise further doubts over their chances of finishing in the top six or seven this season.

Victory Imperative For Arsenal

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, August 14, 2016: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger giving instructions during the FA Premier League match against Liverpool at the Emirates Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Like Leicester, it has been a rather flat first few weeks of 2016/17 for Arsenal, with defeat to Liverpool and a 0-0 draw with the Foxes not much to write home about.

Despite gaining a reputation for being weak mentally, the Gunners are actually very good at responding from a slow start.

Arsene Wenger takes his team to Watford on Saturday afternoon, which on paper, looks far from the most straightforward of matches.

It is games such as these that Arsenal win, though, and with their squad now likely to be more match fit and less rusty, they should have too much for the Hornets.

A win is absolutely vital, especially when you look at how their rivals have started.

Time For “Fortress Goodison”?

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 4, 2015: A general view of Everton's Goodison Park before the Premier League match against Liverpool, the 225th Merseyside Derby. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)c

Last season, Everton were remarkably inconsistent at home, winning just six of their 19 Premier League games at Goodison Park.

Toffees fans are desperate to see a drastic turnaround in that respect, with more ruthlessness needed on their own turf.

Ronald Koeman is an excellent appointment, and four points from their opening two games, at home to Spurs and away to West Brom, is a good return.

On Saturday afternoon, they welcome Stoke to Goodison, and victory would be a positive statement of intent moving forward.

Stoke will pose a threat of their own, however, and while the 4-1 defeat at home to City last weekend looks comprehensive, they caused Pep Guardiola’s side problems.

Fixtures & TV Info

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 17, 2015: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp and Tottenham Hotspur's manager Mauricio Pochettino during the Premier League match at White Hart Lane. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Kloppaganda)

Tottenham vs. Liverpool – White Hart Lane, Saturday 12:30, Sky Sports 1

Prediction: 2-2

Chelsea vs. Burnley – Stamford Bridge, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 2-1

Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth – Selhurst Park, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 2-1

Everton vs. Stoke – Goodison Park, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 1-1

Leicester vs. Swansea – King Power Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 2-0

Southampton vs. Sunderland – St Mary’s Stadium, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 1-0

Watford vs. Arsenal – Vicarage Road, Saturday 3pm

Prediction: 0-2

Hull vs. Man United – KCOM Stadium, Saturday 5:30pm, BT Sport 1

Prediction: 0-3

West Brom vs. Middlesbrough – The Hawthorns, Sunday 1:30pm, Sky Sports 1

Prediction: 1-1

Man City vs. West Ham – Etihad Stadium, Sunday 4pm, Sky Sports 1

Prediction: 3-1

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