English Premier League week 3 preview

Premier League table leaders Liverpool and Arsenal go head to head, while Frank Lampard is out for his first win as Chelsea manager at Norwich on Saturday.
The only two teams left with 100 percent records in the Premier League will meet at Anfield on Saturday evening. The Champions League winners will hope to repeat another impressive performance against their north London rival.
Jurgen Klopp has not lost in seven past Premier League matches against the Gunners. They have beaten the Gunners 4-0 and 5-1 at home in the previous two seasons.
Unai Emery’s side are hoping the new summer recruits will help to reduce the 27-point gap between the parties last season.
Emery could start with £72 million club-record signing Nicolas Pepe.


However, it is at the defence Arsenal need much improvement, and there is a chance for experienced centre-back David Luiz to make his mark by stopping the free-scoring attacking trio of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. The three attackers combined for every one of the five Liverpool goals Liverpool when the two sides met last season.
Similarly, Arsenal believe their attacking trio of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, and Alexandre Lacazette can match their opponents attacking forces.
What more can be said of Liverpool’s first four games of the season in all competitions? A defence that managed 20 Premier League clean sheets last season looks far less reliable.
Alisson Becker is still unavailable because of a calf injury, which means Adrian whose careless display gifted Southampton a goal a weekend ago will keep his place in goal.
While Liverpool and Arsenal have taken the maximum points from the first two matches, Manchester United, Manchester City, and Tottenham all dropped points on matchday two.
There will be reversed fixtures weekend: United host Crystal Palace, at Old Trafford; City travel to Bournemouth and Spurs look to beat Newcastle with the ease just as newly-promoted Norwich did a weekend ago.
Manchester United paid the penalty for Paul Pogba’s miss from the spot in a 1-1 draw at Wolves on Monday. Following on from a 4-0 victory over Chelsea on matchday one, there are signs that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s vision for a youthful, fast and hungry side is becoming a reality.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire have made a quick impact strengthening a defence that let in many goals last season. At the other end, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial have formed a strong partnership in attack.
Lampard was not given a smooth start to life as Chelsea manager with his first match at Old Trafford. He then played Liverpool in the UEFA Super Cup and the visit of an aspiring Leicester side to Stamford Bridge a weekend ago.
The new Chelsea boss, who had only one year’s football management experience with Derby before taking the job at his old club, needs success at Norwich to convince everyone he is the right man for the job.
If the Chelsea can’t get his method right, Norwich have a striker that can tear the defence apart. Teemu Pukki has scored four goals in his first two Premier League appearances, including his hat-trick against Newcastle a weekend ago.

Author: Cossy

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