Premier League Fixture Preview #3

We preview the games in match day three…

Tottenham vs Liverpool

KO: 12:30pm – Saturday 27th August
Odds: Home – 13/10, Draw – 5/2, Away – 19/10

Tottenham welcome Liverpool to White Hart Lane in the early kick-off on Saturday. Spurs managed to scrap past Crystal Palace last week whilst Liverpool were embarrassed by Burnley at Turf Moor. Despite the Reds winning 5-0 in mid-week against Burton, it is expected to be a close encounter. Hugo Lloris will miss the tie due to injury but Dele Alli should be welcomed back into the starting line-up. On the other hand, Liverpool have key-man, Sadio Mane, back from a shoulder injury.

Bread&Butter predicts: Draw

Chelsea vs Burnley

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 27th August
Odds: Home – 1/4, Draw – 9/2, Away – 12/1

Chelsea will hope to maintain their perfect start to the season under Antonio Conte as they welcome Premier League newcomers, Burnley. The Clarets picked up their first win of the season over Liverpool last weekend but Chelsea are a team full of confidence.  Conte should bring the likes of N’Golo Kante and Eden Hazard back into the starting eleven after resting in mid-week. Sean Dyche will have to rely on Andre Gray and Sam Vokes if his side are to have any chance of taking points at Stamford Bridge.

Bread&Butter predicts: Chelsea win

Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 27th August
Odds: Home – 5/4, Draw – 9/4, Away – 9/4

Both Crystal Palace and Bournemouth are searching for their first wins of the season after two defeats from two. Alan Pardew should hand Christian Benteke his first league start for the club which could prove the catalyst for improving Palace’s form. However, the Eagles could be without Wilfried Zaha following speculations of a move to Tottenham. Eddie Howe has Harry Arter back from suspension and Max Gradel featured in the EFL tie in mid-week meaning it should be an entertaining tie.

Bread&Butter predicts: Crystal Palace win

Everton vs Stoke City

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 27th August
Odds: Home – 3/4, Draw – 13/5, Away – 19/5

Ronald Koeman’s Everton will look to continue their undefeated start to the season against Stoke City at Goodison Park. The Toffees came from behind to beat West Brom last weekend whilst Stoke were comfortably beaten by Manchester City. Everton could hand a first league start to £25m signing Yannick Bolasie and Romelu Lukaku could make his first start of the season after recovering from injury. Stoke have a good record at Goodison Park but the Potters are struggling for form and could be in for a difficult afternoon.

Bread&Butter predicts: Everton win

Leicester City vs Swansea City

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 27th August
Odds: Home – 7/10, Draw – 13/5, Away – 4/1

Premier League champions Leicester are still looking for their first win of the season after failing to beat Hull City and Arsenal in their past two fixtures. Swansea also lost to Hull but managed to beat Burnley on the opening weekend. The Swans have had to cope with the loss of Ashley Williams and Andre Ayew but have strengthened their squad with the additions of Borja Baston and Fernando Llorente. Leicester will be without Nampalys Mendy due to injury but will have Riyad Mahrez and Jamie Vardy ready for contention. Claudio Ranieri could bring Ahmed Musa back to the starting eleven after opting for Shinji Okazaki against Arsenal. The Foxes have a good record against Swansea and should be comfortable winners at the King Power.

Bread&Butter predicts: Leicester win

Southampton vs Sunderland

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 27th August
Odds: Home – 3/5, Draw – 11/4, Away – 5/1

Southampton and Sunderland are another two sides yet to pick up their first win of the Premier League campaign. The Saints played quite well against Manchester United but the Red Devils picked up a 2-0 victory whilst Sunderland could not get past Middlesbrough. Southampton are yet to replace Graziano Pelle meaning Nathan Redmond has been used as a makeshift striker. David Moyes could give Steven Pienaar a first Premier League start for the Black Cats and new signing, Javi Manquillo, could also feature.

Bread&Butter predicts: Southampton win

Watford vs Arsenal

KO: 3:00pm – Saturday 27th August
Odds: Home – 4/1, Draw – 13/5, Away – 7/10

Arsenal face a crucial fixture against Watford just three games into the season as Arsene Wenger is yet to pick up his first win of the season and has not strengthened his squad this summer. Walter Mazzarri has not yet tasted victory following his arrival at the club. The Gunners are expected to spend £50m on Shkodran Mustafi and Lucas Perez but the pressure is well and truly on Wenger to improve their fortunes. Watford suffered a shock exit in the EFL Cup against Gillingham but will welcome Daryl Janmaat to the side after a £7m move from Newcastle. Despite not having the best of starts, Arsenal should get their season back on track against the Hornets.

Bread&Butter predicts: Arsenal win

Hull City vs Manchester United

KO: 5:30pm – Saturday 27th August
Odds: Home – 7/1, Draw – 16/5, Away – 4/9

Hull City have defied all the odds and are protecting a 100% record in the Premier League against Manchester United; who also have two wins from two. Mike Phelan spent 14 years as part of the backroom staff at Manchester United and could be given the Hull job on a permanent basis if the Tigers can continue their fine form. However, they welcome a Manchester United side in fine form with Zlatan Ibrahimovic firing on all cylinders. Jose Mourinho has plenty of options available to him and could give Henrikh Mkhitaryan his first start since moving from Borussia Dortmund. Anthony Martial and Juan Mata are also pushing for a start whilst Wayne Rooney has seven goals in his last five appearances against Hull. The Tigers have proved to be no pushovers but United should just have too much for them on Saturday.

Bread&Butter predicts: Manchester United win

West Brom vs Middlesbrough

KO: 1:30pm – Sunday 28th August
Odds: Home – 6/4, Draw – 2/1, Away 2/1

West Brom welcome undefeated Middlesbrough to the Hawthorns on Sunday looking to avenge their defeat to Everton last season. Tony Pulis has come under fire from many sections of the Baggies faithful for failing to strengthen their squad this summer whilst Boro completed all of their summer business early in the transfer window. Aitor Karanka’s side will be full of confidence after beating Sunderland last week thanks to two goals from Cristhian Stuani and have Alvaro Negredo in great form following his move from Valencia.

Bread&Butter predicts: Draw

Manchester City vs West Ham United

KO: 4:00pm – Sunday 28th August
Odds: Home – 2/7, Draw – 9/2, Away – 9/1

Manchester City face West Ham looking to continue their early season form under Pep Guardiola. The Citizens picked up wins against Sunderland and Stoke with Sergio Aguero and Raheem Sterling in top form. Meanwhile, West Ham were beaten by Chelsea but managed to snatch victory against Bournemouth. The Hammers suffered defeat at the hands of Astra Giurgiu which knocked them out of the Europa League for the second year in a row. Sunday’s tie should be an entertaining encounter with both sides looking for another win.

Bread&Butter predicts: Manchester City win

Don’t miss our Premier League round up of all the weekend’s results!

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