Manchester United vs Crystal Palace – Saturday 3pm
There is a renewed optimism around Old Trafford after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s young team collected four points from the first two games.
Monday night’s draw away to Wolves could have been much better had Paul Pogba scored his second half penalty, but a point is no bad thing at a venue which will be tricky for any of the top six to take three points from.
They will still be a way off challenging for the title, but their good form should continue with this very winnable home tie against Palace.
With Mamadou Sakho and James Tomkins injured, Gary Cahill could be in line to make his debut although I’m not sure how much the aging centre back will appreciate being thrown in against the lightning pair of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
Roy Hodgson’s side have yet to find the back of the net this term and I don’t think that will change today. Man United to win with a -1 handicap at evens on bet365 (priced at Evens) )looks a solid bet to me.
Liverpool vs Arsenal – Saturday 5.30pm
The Gunners may have won their first two league games of the season for the first time in a decade, but that is the only positive omen for them on their trip to Merseyside.
Liverpool have scored for fun against them in recent years, particularly at Anfield where Arsenal haven’t won in their last six games and have conceded at least twice in each of those.
More goals are almost a guarantee in this one given the respective firepower at Jurgen Klopp and Unai Emery’s disposal.
They are also without a win in their last 22 fixtures away at the other top six teams and while I can’t see them being the ones to end Liverpool’s two-year unbeaten run in the league at Anfield, I do think they can take a point back to London.
The Reds look more open at the back than they did last year, conceding more chances to the opposition and they are still missing the presence of Allisson in goal.
Arsenal’s defence is not one to inspire much confidence either so I can see a high scoring draw in this one. It’s 9/2 at bet365 for the game to be drawn and both teams to score.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Newcastle United – Sunday 4.30pm
After a disastrous summer which saw the departure of Rafa Benitez and last season’s two top scorers in Salomon Rondon and Ayoze Perez, Newcastle’s new life under Steve Bruce has started similarly badly.
A 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on the opening weekend was excusable; the performance against Norwich last week less so. With the mood around St James’ already lurching towards toxic, Steve Bruce may be short on time before there is a full-on Geordie revolt.
Things could continue to get worse before they get better thanks to this trip to north London where it is hard to see anything other than a comfortable home win, especially with Son Heung-min available again after suspension.
After watching Teemu Pukki fill his boots with a hat-trick against the Magpies last week, Harry Kane will fancy his chances of adding to his two goals so far this season and he is 11/5 at bet365 to repeat his trick of the first game and score 2 or more.