Premier League Game Week 2 Preview : Arsenal and Man City to win big
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Premier League Game Week 2 Preview
The Premier League came back with a bang last weekend with some of the big clubs really hitting their stride early as Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United all piled in the goals in heavy wins. There might not be quite the same amount of landslide victories in gameweek two, but there is plenty of value to be had across the division.
The Gunners love it against the Clarets
If there is likely to be another comfortable win for any club this weekend it may well come at the Emirates where Arsenal host Burnley. The Gunners kicked off the season with a narrow 1-0 win at Newcastle while the Clarets hammered Southampton 3-0 at Turf Moor, but the Lancashire side do not fare well against the red half of north London.
When Burnley first gained promotion to the Premier League in 2009 they drew their first clash with Arsenal. Since then they have met 10 times and the Gunners have won all 10. The last three meetings have yielded an aggregate score of 11-2.
Burnley seem like the kind of team that would give Arsenal trouble but it is not the case, and with Unai Emery set to unleash Nicolas Pepe and Alexandre Lacazette, which he did not from the start against Newcastle, the Gunners will be very potent up front. They also should be more solid at the back with the addition of David Luiz.
Arsenal always beat Burnley and with their superb new front three they should do so handily on Saturday lunchtime.
Canaries can fly higher than the Magpies
An interesting contest at 3pm on Saturday sees Norwich host Newcastle at Carrow Road after both looked reasonable in defeat on opening day. Defensively Norwich were woeful against Liverpool, but they were bright and threatening in attack. Newcastle looked generally pretty solid against Arsenal and may consider themselves unlucky not to get anything from the game.
The general impression from the Canaries’ first outing of the season was that they will do damage against lesser teams than Liverpool and this is the first test of that theory. The Magpies will have a lot to deal with and they are unlikely to be able to stand up to it. The visitors will also get chances, but it is yet to be seen how potent their new strike force of Joelinton, with Miguel Almiron behind him, is at this level.
Norwich are going to be an exciting watch all season and they will see this as a great chance to go out and get the first win of the campaign. If they can cut out the silly defensive mistake they made at Anfield, then they look good value for three points.
The champions have too much for Spurs
The biggest game of the weekend sees Manchester City take on Tottenham at 5.30pm on Saturday evening. City battered West Ham 5-0 on opening weekend while Spurs left it late to come from a goal down to beat Aston Villa 3-1. In short, one side were very convincing, the other, not so much.
City may have been knocked out of the Champions League by Spurs last season, but that 1-0 defeat in London was their only one in the last six matches against Tottenham. Generally, Pep Guardiola has been able to get the better of Mauricio Pochettino since he arrived in England.
The Premier League champions despatched the Hammers with such ease it was worrying for the rest of the league. Especially as they did it while resting two of their standout performers – Sergio Aguero and Bernardo Silva.
Spurs might be the third best team in the country but they are still a long way behind City and will lose this one comfortably.
Goals coming at Molineux
Monday night football in gameweek two sees Wolves host Manchester United with the Red Devils looking to settle some scores. Last season the two sides met three times in league and cup and Wolves won two, drawing the other, seeming having United’s number.
However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side got off to the perfect start to the new season on Sunday, hammering Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford, with debutants Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Daniel James all looking very good. It was far from a perfect performance from United, but they will be full of confidence thanks to the result and teams will feat their pace and clinical nature on the counter attack.
Wolves had a largely uneventful start to the campaign with a goalless draw against Leicester on Sunday, although they will count themselves for having a goal narrowly ruled out through VAR. They have Europa League commitments early in the season which often causes teams to struggle in the league with the extra fixtures and travelling.
It should be less of a problem for Nuno Espirito Santo’s side this week as they are at home to Pyunik on Thursday night with a 4-0 advantage from the first leg. They will be able to rest key players and generally see that game out in second gear and still be ready for Monday night at home.
This is a tough one to call as United will be raring to go but Wolves really tend to turn up against the bigger sides. There are goals in both sides (despite last week at the King Power) and we can at least expect both teams to score, whatever the result.
Arsenal have won their last 10 matches against Burnley
Arsenal have not lost a league match against Burnley since 1974
Burnley have scored six goals in their last 11 meetings with the Gunners
Man City have won five of their last six matches against Tottenham
City have won their last 16 Premier League games
Norwich managed 12 shots against Liverpool with 5 on target
The last four games between Norwich and Newcastle have produced 24 goals
Wolves have won three of their last six matches against Man Utd
Man Utd have not won consecutive Premier League games since 2 March
Before the 4-0 win over Chelsea, Man Utd went 11 Premier League games without a clean sheet
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