Gameweek three of the Premier League season is almost upon us. Everton and Crystal Palace have the chance to move to the top of the table, and Manchester United have another opportunity to get off the mark following a disappointing defeat last weekend. Here are our preview’s of Saturday’s games…
Brighton have already caught the eye this season, with an impressive 3-0 win at Newcastle last time out, but their home form will need addressing if they’re to add to their points tally this weekend.
The Seagulls are winless in five league games at the American Express Stadium, conceding at least three goals in their last four defeats at home.
Manchester United ended a run of three consecutive away defeats at Brighton last season, when they won 3-0, and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be keen to move on from last week’s defeat to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
United have won their last four Premier League away games by an aggregate scoreline of 10-0, and have no new injury concerns going into this match. Albion boss Graham Potter will be without the suspended Yves Bissouma.
Both Palace and Everton have turned heads with impressive starts which has seen both sides share the lead at the top of the table. Victory for either side will see them move clear at the Premier League’s peak going into Sunday’s games.
Roy Hodgson’s side have beat Southampton and Manchester United so far, but will have to end a winless run of 11 games against the Toffees this weekend. Everton have kept clean sheets in six of their last seven appearances at Selhurst Park, including back to back goalless draws on their most recent trips.
Everton have a history of underperforming in London, with just three wins in 27 Premier League games in the capital, but their opening day win at Spurs signals a change in fortunes.
Neither side has any new injury concerns, with long-term absentees Mason Holgate and Jarrad Branthwaite set to remain on the sidelines for Carlo Ancelotti’s side. Crystal Palace look set to welcome Christian Benteke back into the fold.
West Brom have found it hard upon their return to the top flight, and have conceded a league-high eight goals since the start of the season.
The Baggies have lost more Premier League games to Chelsea than any other opponent (18) and have lost their last four games against the Blues without scoring.
However, there is room for optimism for Slaven Bilic’s side. Under Frank Lampard, Chelsea have kept just one clean sheet in 20 Premier League away games. The Blues have also lost three of their last seven away games to newly-promoted sides under Lampard.
Lampard does have a decent record against the Baggies as a manager though, having won both games against West Brom as Derby County manager.
Chelsea started the season with a win over Brighton, but were brought crashing back down to earth by Liverpool, who won comfortably at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
Kieran Gibbs is suspended for this weekend’s game, and Conor Gallagher will not feature for West Brom against his parent club. Thiago Silva and Ben Chilwell could make their debuts for Chelsea, but injured duo Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech will join suspended Andreas Christensen on the sidelines.
One or both of Burnley and Southampton will register their first Premier League points of the season at Turf Moor on Saturday night.
Saints have had a horror start – despite finishing last season strongly. Defeats to Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur has put manager Ralph Hassenhutl in the spotlight, and the south coast club have a tough assignment this weekend.
Burnley are unbeaten in seven Premier League matches against Southampton, and their only home defeat to Saints was way back in 1971.
Sean Dyche and his side will look to put last weekend’s defeat to Leicester City behind them, but they do have a number of injuries to compete with. Ashley Barnes, Johan Berg Gudmundsson, Jack Cork and Ben Mee are joined by Jay Rodriguez in the treatment room. Robbie Brady and James Tarkowski could also miss out for the Clarets, but on a positive note, Dale Stephens could make his Burnley debut having just signed from Brighton. Nathan Redmond misses out for Southampton.