Premier League Predictions: Week 3 – The third weekend of action is upon us. The 2017/18 Premier League campaign is off to a flyer, with only three sides able to pick up maximum points through the opening two games. Manchester United are the early pace-setters but Huddersfield and West Brom have also won both games, without conceding a single goal.
The season’s first international break will come into effect after this weekend’s matches, so it’s important for teams to try and head into the break off the back of a positive result. There is also the small matter of transfer deadline day looming. Results this weekend could yet decide which clubs are forced to dip into the market before the window slams shut next Thursday.
The standout fixture this weekend takes place at Anfield on Sunday afternoon. Liverpool welcome Arsenal in what should be a great contest. That is one of four games on Sunday, with six taking place on Saturday. Bournemouth and Manchester City get the weekend up and running on Saturday lunchtime.
Read on for predicted scores in all ten of Week 3’s Premier League fixtures below…
Bournemouth 0-3 Manchester City
Many expected Manchester City to come out firing this season. Their 2-0 win at Brighton was comfortable. But their home opener against Everton was anything but. Pep Guardiola’s team looking stronger on paper, but must ensure they put games to bed, considering the number of chances they create. Bournemouth have started the campaign with back-to-back defeats. They have yet to score a Premier League goal and you’d expect Jermain Defoe to come into the starting lineup on Saturday. Regardless of if he does, City should bounce back with a win here.
Crystal Palace 1-1 Swansea
Crystal Palace haven’t started the season well. They have lost both of their opening games and are sitting 19th. They did however put in a strong performance last weekend, narrowly losing to Liverpool. Swansea are another side looking for their first win of the new season. They have one point on the board, but come into this one having suffered a 4-0 defeat to Manchester United. Low-scoring draw looks likely.
Huddersfield 2-1 Southampton
Huddersfield have surprised everyone with the way they’ve started life in the Premier League. They’ve won both games without conceding a goal and look comfortable in the top flight. Southampton will arguably give them their toughest test yet, but there’s no reason why the Terriers can’t stay unbeaten heading into the international break. Southampton have looked far from convincing under new manager Mauricio Pellegrino. A 0-0 draw at Swansea was followed by a nervous 3-2 win over 10-man West Ham last week. A 2-0 home loss to Wolves in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night proved their vulnerabilities. Huddersfield could well make it three wins from three…
Newcastle 2-2 West Ham
The Toon Army have returned to the Premier League in unfavourable form. They have lost their first two and the problems for Rafa Benitez’s side are there for all to see. West Ham prop up the table having conceded a league-high seven goals. We expect both sides to pick up their first points of the season here and given that neither look capable of defending at this stage, expect goals.
Watford 2-1 Brighton
Brighton have struggled in their opening two games, losing both matches 2-0 to Manchester City and Leicester. The trip to Watford offers them their best chance of picking up their first points of the campaign. However, the Hornets look good under new manager Marco Silva. They played Bournemouth off the park last Saturday. If they can play like that here, Brighton are unlikely to get up and running.
Manchester United 4-0 Leicester
It may look a bold prediction on paper, but why not? Manchester United have been in free goal-scoring form in their opening two. Jose Mourinho’s side look incredibly ruthless and morale is high in the camp. Leicester City have started brightly, but Old Trafford is going to be a fortress this season and United may well steamroll for their third 4-0 win in a row.
Chelsea 1-1 Everton
Chelsea bounced back from their opening weekend loss to Burnley in impressive fashion. They defended well against Spurs and took their two chances well. It’s hard to know which Chelsea will turn up on Sunday, but Everton will be no pushovers. They impressed in their 1-1 draw at Man City on Monday. Ronald Koeman’s men look like a strong unit and will be desperate to break into the top six this season. A strong showing at the reigning champions would reaffirm those hopes.
West Brom 2-0 Stoke
West Brom are early season high-flyers. They have won both their games 1-0 and are one of only three who have not conceded. Stoke picked up a classy win over Arsenal last weekend but know this is going to be a tough game against a side brimming with confidence. We expect West Brom to continue their good run of form and remain difficult to breakdown at the back.
Tottenham 2-0 Burnley
Tottenham’s Wembley woes continued with that 2-1 loss to Chelsea last weekend. Although Mauricio Pochettino was quick to dismiss claims the stadium is the problem. Spurs played well but must take their chances to prove that they can handle playing at their temporary home. Burnley have already enjoyed a trip to London this season. They stunned Chelsea on opening weekend but proved their vulnerable as they fell 1-0 to West Brom last week. This could be closer than many expect but ultimately Spurs should prevail.
Liverpool 2-2 Arsenal
The standout fixture of the weekend. Liverpool come into it having overcome Crystal Palace. They remain unbeaten but have conceded three in two. Arsenal have looked troubled in defence. While they have picked up three points they have shown similar weaknesses that Arsene Wenger desperately needs to address before the window closes. Expect goals in an entertaining game from two sides who need to improve.