Spurs can deliver another blow to Man United & Mourinho – Premier League Weekend Preview

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Liverpool host Brighton on Saturday evening, but away from that game, one fixture stands out from the rest.

The Reds picked up what felt like a significant 2-0 win at Crystal Palace on Monday, digging deep at a tricky away ground.

Attention now turns to Brighton this weekend, as Jurgen Klopp‘s side aim to make it three wins out of three to begin their Premier League campaign.

Here’s a look at the rest of the action taking place.


Wolves vs. Man City – Saturday, 12.30pm, Sky Sports

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo (Dave Thompson/PA Wire)

Man City look a frightening proposition, even without star man Kevin De Bruyne, and they continue to show why Liverpool can only afford a few slip-ups this season.

The 6-1 win over Huddersfield Town was as easy as it was impressive and their next challenge sees them visit Wolves on Saturday lunchtime.

The newly-promoted side haven’t made much of an impression so far this season, despite being tipped for great things, though at least it won’t get any harder for them than this.

As is the case with about 95 percent of City’s matches, they will be heavy favourites.

Prediction: Wolves 0-2 Man City


Arsenal vs. West Ham – Saturday, 3pm

Unai Emery (PA Images)

Arsenal and West Ham meet at the Emirates with a grand total of zero points between them so far in 2018/19.

The Gunners have been seen off by both City and Chelsea, but while they have looked woeful defensively, there have been signs of attacking quality shining through under Unai Emery.

West Ham were seen as a team who could challenge the top six after spending big, but they have been poor against both Liverpool and Bournemouth, with pressure already on Manuel Pellegrini.

This feels like Emery’s first win as Arsenal boss.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-0 West Ham


Bournemouth vs. Everton – Saturday, 3pm

Marco Silva (Miguel Pereira / Global Imagens)

Bournemouth just keep impressing in the Premier League, picking up good results and never really threatening to be relegated.

Last weekend’s 2-1 win at West Ham was proof of this and they will believe they can see off Everton at Dean Court and keep up their 100 per cent record.

Liverpool’s local rivals have made a good start themselves, however, and Marco Silva genuinely does feel like the man to take them forward.

A draw feels likely, although don’t be surprised to see one of them nick it late on.

Prediction: Bournemouth 1-1 Everton


Huddersfield vs. Cardiff – Saturday, 3pm

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 26, 2017: Huddersfield Town's manager David Wagner before the FA Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Southampton at the John Smith's Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The winner of Least Appealing Match of the Weekend award? Quite possibly.

Huddersfield and Cardiff City both look like they will be in a relegation scrap this season, making it one of those rare August six-pointers.

The Terriers already have a minus-eight goal difference, having been thumped by Chelsea and City, while Cardiff were fortunate to get their first point of the campaign after Kenedy’s late missed penalty for Newcastle United last time out.

Don’t expect a classic, but Huddersfield may just make home advantage count.

Prediction: Huddersfield 1-0 Cardiff


Southampton vs. Leicester – Saturday, 3pm

Wilfred Ndidi, Leicester City (Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport)

Southampton have steered away from the aesthetically pleasing approach that turned them into a mid-table team and they look like possible relegation candidates these days.

Mark Hughes generally does enough to keep teams in the top flight, but the weekend visit of Leicester City will test their credentials.

The Foxes must be aiming for seventh place, considering they look one of the best non-top-six sides, and their counter-attacking quality could hurt Saints.

A home defeat for Hughes would see the pressure crank up a notch.

Prediction: Southampton 1-2 Leicester


Watford vs. Crystal Palace – Sunday, 1.30pm – Sky Sports

LONDON, ENGLAND - Saturday, October 29, 2016: Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha in action against Liverpool during the FA Premier League match at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Watford have a nice habit of making fast starts to the season, allowing them some leeway for when their form inevitably nosedives.

Javi Gracia’s side won their opening two matches, against Brighton and Burnley, and will see Saturday’s home meeting with Palace as another winnable fixture.

The Eagles impressed against Liverpool, though, making life tough for them, and could prove they are superior to Watford this weekend.

The beat Fulham away in their opening game; they will believe they can register three more points on their travels here.

Prediction: Watford 1-2 Crystal Palace


Fulham vs. Burnley – Sunday, 4pm

Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon in action during the championship match at Craven Cottage Stadium, London. Picture date 6th March 2018. Picture credit should read: David Klein/Sportimage via PA Images

Fulham, much like Wolves, have failed to live up to their pre-season expectations, having returned to the Premier League with a strong reputation.

It is very early days, of course, but two defeats in succession do suggest this season won’t be as fruitful as many predicted.

Sunday’s clash with Burnley at Craven Cottage will be interesting, especially with the Clarets potentially jaded after yet more Europa League excursions.

This feels like a great chance for Fulham to get off the mark, but they will have to break down a defensively resolute side to achieve that goal.

Prediction: Fulham 2-1 Burnley


Newcastle vs. Chelsea – Sunday, 4pm – Sky Sports

Maurizio Sarri (AAP Image/Tony McDonough)

Nothing quite seems to be going right at Newcastle—so much so that even a missed penalty in the last minute makes a draw feel like a defeat.

That stalemate at Cardiff wasn’t a bad result in the grand scheme of things, but there is a feeling that this will be a long season for them.

Chelsea make the trip to St James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, which will be a good gauge of where both sides are at currently.

The Blues were not wholly convincing in their 3-2 win over Arsenal and Newcastle have caused them problems in the past.

Maurizio Sarri’s men should have enough to hand Rafa Benitez another defeat, though.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-1 Chelsea


Man United vs. Tottenham – Monday, 8pm – Sky Sports

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, February 4, 2018: Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

After some good and not-so-good games over the weekend, the best match comes on Monday night.

Man United look brilliantly all over the place at the minute, with Jose Mourinho slowly to falling to pieces, especially with Brighton defeating them last Sunday.

A big test comes their way next, as Tottenham head to Old Trafford looking to keep up their solid winning start.

Spurs invariably bottle it against United—it would be typical for them to freeze when their opponents are there for the taking—but this is a wonderful opportunity for them.

Put simply, United just don’t look very good and they will do well to beat Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

It should be an intriguing contest even though goals may come at a premium, with a home defeat raising fresh questions about Mourinho.

Prediction: Man United 1-1 Tottenham

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