After Match Week 2 of the EPL, the heat has been turned up – which football club will prevail and which will fall in Week 3?
Spurs have impressed under Pochettino and Chelsea have blitzed through their matches against the new boys – are the London teams set to dominate the Barclay’s English Premier League (EPL) this season?
We look at the results of some of the exciting matches last weekend and predict some of the big games coming up.
Chelsea 2-0 Leicester City
It seemed a straightforward match for title favourites Chelsea but the Foxes made life difficult for the Blues, causing some anxious moments that needed soothing by new No. 1 goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.
Eventually, the home side proved to be a class above thanks to second half goals from Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.
Everton 2-2 Arsenal
Arsenal got out of jail with two goals in the last seven minutes. Everton were superb throughout the game and probably ran out of steam in the closing stages.
Sunderland 1-1 Manchester United
The good news for United fans is that they finally got the first point of the season. However, they looked out of sorts against a determined Sunderland despite taking the lead.
These are worrying times for United fans, with the jury out on some of the under-performing players.
Tottenham 4-0 QPR; Aston Villa 0-0 Newcastle; Crystal Palace 1-3 West Ham; Southampton 0-0 West Brom; Swansea 1-0 Burnley; Hull 1-1 Stoke; Manchester City 3-1 Liverpool
Here are some of the potentially exciting matches in EPL Match Week 3.
*Everton vs Chelsea (31 Aug, 12.30am)
This is Chelsea’s first real test after blitzing through the first two games against newly-promoted sides. Everton, however, have played two consecutive entertaining 2-2 draws, and will have to make sure they can last the distance, or be punished by a ruthless Chelsea.
Prediction: Everton 1-2 Chelsea
*Tottenham vs Liverpool #TOTLIV (31 Aug, 8.30pm)
Mauricio Pochettino faces his first big test as Spurs boss after impressing with two wins out of two. But with Mario Balotelli set to make his EPL debut, this will prove to be a tantalising affair.
Prediction: Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool
*Leicester City vs Arsenal (31 Aug, 11pm)
Poor Leicester City. First Everton, then Chelsea and now Arsenal. However, the Gunners have yet to impress this season and that might encourage the Foxes to sneak in a result here. Still, Arsenal should find a way to get past this hurdle.
Prediction: Leicester City 1-2 Arsenal
*Burnley vs Manchester Utd; *Manchester City vs Stoke; Newcastle vs Crystal Palace; QPR vs Sunderland; Swansea vs West Brom; West Ham vs Southampton; Aston Villa vs Hull
By Ahmad Khan
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