Here’s a look at the Week 3 slate of games in the Premier League, including links to our individual previews for each game (which should all be updated prior to the individual game kicking off). We’ll update this with results as the games progress. The number in parenthesis before each team is their current spot in our Weekly Power Rankings. Home teams are listed first, and winners will be indicated in bold. In the event of a draw, both teams will be placed in italics.
This week begins with a matches on Saturday, 25 August, and concludes with a match on Monday, 27 August.
Saturday, 18 August 2018
12:30pm BST/7:30am EST
(16) Wolverhampton Wanderers 1-1 (1) Manchester City (PREVIEW)
3pm BST/10:00am EST
(14) Arsenal 3-1 (15) West Ham United (PREVIEW)
(6) Bournemouth 2-2 (5) Everton (PREVIEW) **MATCH OF THE WEEK**
(20) Huddersfield Town 0-0 (18) Cardiff City (PREVIEW)
(16) Southampton 1-2 (9) Leicester City (PREVIEW)
5:30pm BST/12:30pm EST
(2) Liverpool 1-0 (13) Brighton & Hove Albion (PREVIEW)
Sunday, 19 August 2018
1:30pm BST/8:30am EST
(8) Watford 2-1 (10) Crystal Palace (PREVIEW)
4:00pm BST/11:00am EST
(19) Fulham 4-2 (12) Burnley (PREVIEW)
(11) Newcastle United 1-2 (3) Chelsea (PREVIEW)
This week is a chance to find out if each team is what we think they are after two weeks. Bournemouth and Watford, perhaps the least expected teams to start the season 2-0-0, play home games this week against teams relatively close to them in the Power Rankings, with the Bournemouth and Everton match appointed as our Match of the Week.
Manchester United, after somewhat of a shocking loss to Brighton, looks to right the ship at home against the Spurs, who are 2-0-0 but haven’t yet shown their mettle against a “Big Six” club. Though United is currently outside our Top 6, they still need to be reckoned with as the runner-up from last season, early performance be damned.
Arsenal remains the only “Big Six” team without a point this season, and they have a home match against West Ham United, a team that we have been disappointed in after fairly lofty preseason expectation – especially because of their transfer spending. Which team will win out in this competition of disappointing teams? Arsenal has to have the leg up, but West Ham could be due for a break through.
And at the bottom of our rankings, the Terriers look to bounce back from a shellacking at the hands of Manchester City with a home game against Cardiff City. The Bluebirds are outside of the relegation zone currently, and they are looking to stay up after getting promoted this offseason. Earning three points against Huddersfield Town would be a good start, and anything less should be seen as a disappointment.
Until next time…
Last update: 27 August 2018, 5:30pm EST
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