Gameweek 2 is upon us!
Cardiff vs. Newcastle
Cardiff play their first home game of the season as they entertain Newcastle, both teams lost their first games and so will look to bounce back with a win. Newcastle had some good moments against Spurs while Cardiff posed no massive threat to Bournemouth. Expectations are that Benitez should get his first win of the season although since Cardiff play at home the crowd could play a major factor.
Everton vs. Southampton
Everton played out an interesting 2-2 draw against Wolves on opening weekend while Southampton were held to a goalless draw by Burnley. Everton displayed good attacking movement and resilience after going a man down and although Jagielka will not feature they should be buoyed by potential appearances from Zouma, Bernard, Mina, and Silva. Southampton had a decent first game and might be able to play Ings but Everton should get their first win of the season in what is their first home game of the season.
Leicester vs. Wolverhampton
Leicester played some exciting football against United and dominated the play at times while Wolves had an entertaining return to the Premier League although their defence looked shaky. Vardy should be back in what is Leicester’s first home game of the season while Ghezzal might also start. Traore and Dendoncker might feature for Wolves in some capacity as they and Leicester look for their first win of the season. This game should be entertaining although Leicester might edge it for a win.
Tottenham vs. Fulham
Tottenham enjoyed an opening day win at St.James park and will look to gain their first “Home” win of the season against Fulham who are looking to bounce back after a defeat to Crystal Palace. Tottenham need to call Wembley home for a couple more games as their stadium continues to be delayed and Fulham and Jokanovic will be raring to go for this London Derby. Another entertaining game in London on the day and one which if Fulham are defensively tight could see an upset.
West Ham vs. Bournemouth
West Ham got thrashed by Liverpool on opening weekend which served as harsh welcome back to Pellegrini while Bournemouth enjoyed a comfortable win against Cardiff. West Ham have made several signings which should be fit for this game with the likes of Carlos Sanchez in line to make a debut. Bournemouth will go into the game wanting to play their normal football but West Ham and Pellegrini need a win in their first home game of the season to get the fans on their side.
Burnley vs. Watford
Burnley worked hard for their draw against Southampton while Watford dispatched Brighton in shocking fashion to get their first win of the season. Watford will go up against a well drilled Burnley defence and this game should be a classic attack against defence one. Burnley will be playing at home and will want to attack when given the chance, this should be a close game and Burnley might just edge it for their first win.
Man City vs. Huddersfield
Man City dispatched Arsenal in comfortable fashion at the Emirates and entertain Huddersfield who lost at home to Chelsea in what is their first game of the season at the Etihad. De Bruyne’s injury is a loss to Man City but they have plenty of depth to survive for the next few months. Huddersfield will go into the game with their general play of defending and then counter attacking and City should add another 3 points to their tally on Sunday.
Brighton vs. Man United
Brighton will look for their first points as they welcome United for what is their first home game of the season. United won against Leicester but were far from convincing and Brighton actually managed to beat United last season and will hope they can do the same this season. On paper United should get the win but I have a feeling Brighton could manage a point or more.
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool
Crystal Palace beat Fulham with relative ease last weekend and welcome Liverpool to Selhurst park for their first home game of the season. Liverpool thundered past West Ham and will look to do the same against Palace also the eagles have been a bogey team for the reds in recent seasons. Hodgson will hope to get at least a point from the game and while Liverpool’s attack is one of the best if Palace can ride the wave they could accomplish their mission.