The Premier League has well and truly returned. Incredibly, there have been no draws in the league in the first two game weeks, highlighting just how competitive the Premier League will be this season.
Liverpool stunned Chelsea 2-0 at Stamford Bridge in the biggest result of the weekend. Another howler from Blues goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga gifted Liverpool three points on Sunday.
There were also big wins for Everton, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Brighton, Manchester City and Leicester, who all won by a margin of two or more goals. Manchester United suffered defeat in their first game back while West Ham, West Brom and Fulham continued to struggle in the early stages and are yet to find their first points of the season.
There is another full fixture list this weekend to keep us on the edge of our seats. One of the surprise fixtures in Gameweek 3 sees fifth placed Crystal Palace host second placed Everton. Both teams have raced out of the blocks this season and picked up six points from a possible six. With ten goals between them in two games each, expect the goals to flow at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday, the first Yorkshire derby of the season kicks off with Sheffield United taking on new boys Leeds United. The Blades have not scored in their first two games and lost 2-0 and 1-0 to Wolves and Aston Villa respectively. Their infamous defence from last season is not providing the goods so far. Leeds are the opposite, netting three against Liverpool on the opening day of the season, then putting four past Fulham to win 4-3 last Saturday clearly highlighting their intentions for the season.
Two more big fixtures take place this weekend. Man City will be full of confidence after comfortably dispatching Wolves 3-1 on Monday with superstars Kevin De Bruyne and Jesus on the score sheet. Leicester have also started well, winning their first two games and scoring seven goals in the process. This fixture will be end to end with managers Pep Guardiola and Brendan Rodgers encouraging attacking, fast-paced football.
Another big fixture between Liverpool and Arsenal completes the game week 3 fixtures on Monday evening. Both sides have gained six points from their first two fixtures; however, Liverpool have had the tougher fixtures after defeating a resilient Leeds on the opening day and more comfortably seeing off Chelsea last weekend. Arsenal were dominant against Fulham in their first match, but needed a late winner from Eddie Nketiah to snatch all three points against West Ham last weekend.
Players to Watch
- Son Heung-Min
After just two games this season, South Korean striker Son Heung-Min has been amongst the goals. The electric Tottenham striker bagged four in the 5-2 win over Southampton last weekend and looked telepathic with club captain Harry Kane, who assisted all of Son’s goals. Son finished the 2019/20 season with 11 goals in 30 games so he will be looking to increase his tally this season and has certainly shown an eye for goal with two goals with either foot to get off the mark last weekend.
- Dominic Calvert-Lewin
Every season Dominic Calvert-Lewin looks more and more exciting in an Everton shirt. The 23-year-old forward is surrounded by top quality players at the club with the likes of James Rodriguez and Allan signing for the Toffees this summer. Calvert-Lewin has raised his game in the first two fixtures of the season. After netting the winner against Tottenham in Game week 1 to secure all three points for his team, the forward took that confidence into the West Brom fixture last weekend and scored a hat-trick in Everton’s 5-2 win over the Baggies.
- Wilfried Zaha
Crystal Palace’s main man has all the qualities of a star winger; pace, trickery, acceleration and strength. All that has been missing in recent seasons are the goals, but he looks determined to put an end to that in 2020/21. Zaha scored a brace in Palace’s surprise 3-1 win away against Manchester United on Saturday and now has three goals in two games for Palace, just one less than he managed in 38 games last season.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger!!
Here are the predictions this week from us at Investing in Soccer. Unfortunately, there will have to be draws this week and with some teams vying for their first wins of the season, things may become a bit more tense as the game weeks progress. But that doesn’t mean the goals will let up!
It is bound to be another thriller this weekend with key fixtures developing at both ends of the Premier League table. Be sure to check out the action and keep an eye on who gains points in the title race and who may be getting cut adrift at the foot of the table in these early stages.