Premier League Gameweek 2 Preview

Premier League Gameweek 2 Preview

Premier League gameweek 2 has arrived! All new signings should be fully settled into their new teams now, so we could actually see more debuts this week than last. It’s still too early to truly judge the Premier League table, but with Liverpool and Chelsea in the top 2, they will be the teams to beat this week. Join Bet UK as we preview all of the fixtures in Game Week 2.

Cardiff City v Newcastle United - Saturday 18th August at 12:30 pm

Both teams started the season with a loss last weekend. Cardiff fell 2-0 to Bournemouth at the Vitality, thanks to goals from Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson. It was a performance that backed up the preseason predictions that Cardiff will struggle this season. The Bluebirds rarely had a chance throughout the match and never really threatened the Bournemouth defence. New signing Bobby Reid started up front but struggled with the step up to the Premier League. If Cardiff are to survive, their home form will be key, starting with the visit of Newcastle.

Newcastle might have lost 2-1, but there were still positives to be taken from the match. New signings Rondon and Muto both came on in the second half and showed signs of working well together. Both signings impressed, but Kenedy was their best player. The winger ran at the Spurs’ defence and unleashed some of the skills that make him such a promising player. Defending is still a worry at Newcastle, with both Spurs’ goals coming from poor marking from crosses.

Bet UK’s Prediction

We don’t expect Cardiff’s return to the Premier League to get any easier this weekend against a tough to beat Newcastle side

Cardiff 0-1 Newcastle

Everton v Southampton - Saturday 18th August at 3:00pm

Everton looked strong against Wolves but will be worried about the extent of Richarlison’s injury. The Brazilian was forced off after scoring 2 goals but was reported to just be suffering from cramp. Everton were reduced to 10 men before halftime at Molineux but shouldn’t worry too much. Jagielka can be replaced by either of Everton’s 2 new signings: Yerry Mina or Kurt Zouma. New boy Andre Gomes might also get his first start against Southampton, after his deadline day loan from Barcelona.

Southampton got off to an uninspiring start against Burnley, in the only goalless game of the opening weekend. Both teams struggled to finish their chances and that could be a sign of things to come for Southampton. New signings Ings and Elyounoussi both came off the bench, but neither had enough time to make a sure impact.

Bet UK’s Prediction

Everton look like a team that could break into the top 6 this season and should have too much for The Saints

Everton 2-0 Southampton

Leicester City v Wolves - Saturday 18th August at 3:00 pm

Leicester can feel hard done by after a good performance in their 2-1 defeat at Old Trafford. The Foxes fell behind to an early Paul Pogba penalty but arguably had the best chances after that. If not for David De Gea, Leicester could have been level more than once. Luka Shaw’s late goal killed the game before Jamie Vardy scored a last minute header. New signings James Maddison and Ricardo Pereira both impressed, giving Leicester fans something to look forward to.

Wolves will perhaps look back on their 2-2 draw with Everton as a couple of points dropped. After Phil Jagielka’s sending off, Wolves failed to capitalise on their 1 man advantage. In fact, they fell behind despite having 11 men on the pitch. Still, a 2-2 draw against a strong Everton side was a good result for the newly promoted side. If the new signings can gel, then this Wolves side can be dangerous.

Bet UK’s Prediction

Both sides had impressive moments in the opening weekend, but home form should swing this tie Leicester’s way

Leicester 2-1 Wolves

Tottenham Hotspur v Fulham - Saturday 18th August at 3:00 pm

The build up to Tottenham’s opening game mainly focused on which players will actually be fit. It was rumoured that the majority of the Spurs team would still be fatigued after a long World Cup campaign. However, Tottenham fielded a full strength team and got their season started with a win. Harry Kane still hasn’t solved his August goalscoring problems but will be hoping that this year is finally the year he gets an early season goal.

Fulham’s high expectations were brought back down to earth against Crystal Palace. After a summer of high profile signings, Fulham’s young team fell to a 2-0 defeat, despite dominating much of the match. 4 of the top 10 passers at the weekend played for Fulham and Mitrovic managed 7 shots during the game. The team lacked a cutting edge that the Cottagers will need to quickly find if they are to survive this year.

Bet UK’s Prediction

Tottenham’s fitness worries are behind them and should be more than experienced enough to see Fulham off

Tottenham 3-1 Fulham

West Ham v Bournemouth - Saturday 18th August at 3:00pm

After a summer of positivity, West Ham were perhaps the worst team on the opening Premier league weekend. A defeat at Anfield might have been half expected, but the manner of the defeat will worry Hammers’ fans. West Ham never looked like competing, even before Salah put Liverpool ahead. The team featured 6 new faces, but none of them will look back on the game as a debut to remember. Andriy Yarmolenko was the only new signing not to start, but it will take more than one player to improve on West Ham’s performance last week.

Bournemouth started the season with a steady 2-0 at home. The Cherries weren’t too impressive either but didn't have to be against a poor Cardiff side. David Brooks made his debut, but the match came too soon for Jefferson Lerma and Diego Rico. It was 2 of last season’s best players who gave Bournemouth the win. Ryan Fraser and Callum Wilson both grabbing their opening goal of the season. The Bournemouth old guard might just be enough to keep Bournemouth in the Premier League for another year.

Bet UK’s Prediction

West Ham will be hoping to get their season up and running and should do better at the London Stadium

West Ham 1-1 Bournemouth

Chelsea v Arsenal - Saturday 18th August at 5:30pm

Chelsea got off to a perfect start under the new reign of Maurizio Sarri. A 3-0 win at Huddersfield was one of the more dominant displays on the opening weekend. Jorginho grabbed a goal on his debut, and Pedro scored again on his return to the team. Pedro was left out of the first team for most of last season but looked to thrive in Sarri’s system. He has already been given a new contract and could be a key player for Chelsea this year.

It was a case of the same old problems for Arsenal against Manchester City. The defence still looks poor, Petr Cech nearly scored a calamitous own goal and the attack offered very little going forward. Unai Emery certainly has his work cut out. Arsenal have all the players to mount a top 4 challenge this year, but Emery seems reluctant to use his new signings. Torreira, Lichtsteiner and Leno all started on the bench. If given the chance, they could all have a positive influence on this Arsenal side.

Bet UK’s Prediction

Chelsea looked strong at the weekend and should get even better when playing at home

Chelsea 2-1 Arsenal

Burnley v Watford - Sunday 19th August at 1:30pm

Burnley play on a Sunday again following their Thursday night win against Istanbul Basaksehir. Last time out against Southampton, it didn’t look like Burnley suffered from European fatigue. They struggled to threaten Southampton but still defended as well as expected. That could prove to be a story of Burnley’s season. A weak attack covered by a strong defence makes Burnley hard to beat.

Watford were one of the teams many had predicted to struggle this year, but they might have shocked a few pundits against Brighton. A Roberto Pereyra double gave Watford a 2-0 win at Vicarage Road, as Brighton rarely threatened the Watford defence. Ben Foster kept a clean sheet on his Premier League return and was the only player making his debut for Watford. Javi Gracia didn’t get a chance to really show how we wanted Watford to play last season. Now with a full summer under his belt, we could see the real Watford this season

Bet UK’s Prediction

Both teams got off to a decent start last weekend and it should be a tight battle at Turf Moor

Burnley 1-1 Watford

Manchester City v Huddersfield - Sunday 19th August at 1:30 pm

Manchester City looked just as strong as last season at Arsenal. City started without De Bruyne, Jesus, Silva and Sane, but still looked like a team that could walk the league again. Pep Guardiola seems to be going the opposite way to Jose Mourinho in his third season in charge. As Mourinho tries to clash with anyone he talks to, Pep seems more settled and in love with the club than ever. Huddersfield could be in for a hammering as the Champions return home to the Etihad.

Huddersfield had a tough start against Chelsea and it’s not going to get any easier. Huddersfield can feel somewhat hard done by after hitting the post a few times when 1-0 down against Chelsea. But, David Wagner can still expect a long season at the John Smith’s Stadium. The starting XI consisted of 11 players who were at Huddersfield last year. Considering Huddersfield barely survived last year, while everyone else has improved dramatically, it doesn’t bode well for the Terriers.

Bet UK’s Prediction

This match should just be a matter of how many Man City score, it could be a hammering

Manchester City 4-0 Huddersfield

Brighton v Manchester United - Sunday 19th August at 4 pm

Brighton might have broken their transfer record more than once during the summer, but they couldn’t stop a poor start for Chris Hughton’s men. A 2-0 loss was not how Hughton envisioned the season starting. Last season’s star players all failed to turn up. Gross, Knockaert and Murray were all missing and will need to improve if Brighton are to get any better against Manchester United.

Manchester United fans had mainly mixed feelings after their 2-1 win against Leicester. On one hand, United got off to a winning start. On the other, the style of play was still typical of a Jose Mourinho side. A 2nd minute penalty got Manchester United off to a good start, as well as giving Paul Pogba a first goal of the season. Luke Shaw’s late goal secured the win, but there wasn’t much to get excited about in the 80 minutes in between. In truth, David De Gea prevented an equaliser more than once. Without the Spanish international, it could have been a different result.

Bet UK’s Prediction

Manchester United might not play the free-flowing football that fans are asking for, but they are still difficult to beat with David de Gea in goal

Brighton 0-2 Manchester United

Crystal Palace v Liverpool - Monday 20th August at 8pm

Roy Hodgson had a quiet transfer window, but keeping Wilfried Zaha is already proving to be a stellar piece of business. Zaha got his first goal of the season in a 2-0 win and looks to be picking up from where he left off last season. Patrick van Aanholt continued his forward runs, grabbing an assist. Wayne Hennessey was another standout performer in goal. Palace finished last season strongly and could be a force this season.

Jurgen Klopp’s free scoring Liverpool side played just as everyone expected them to. West Ham still couldn’t stop them though. Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were unstoppable yet again if anything they were strengthened by the arrival of Naby Keita in midfield. Keita played as if he had years of Premier League experience under his belt, proving why Klopp was so eager to sign him. High profile signing Fabinho was left on the bench, a prime example of just how strong Liverpool’s squad has become.

Bet UK’s Prediction

Liverpool look like true title challengers this year and Palace will struggle to deal with their attacking threat

Crystal Palace 1-3 Liverpool

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