In the beginning of a Premier League season, each team is trying to find their consistency. This league is the most competitive on the planet and the most difficult thing for teams to do is stay on track. However, all teams have an opportunity to reach that consistency.
Week 2 is that opportunity. Even though there are 38 games for one team in a Premier League season, gaining those first few points are essential for success. It worked well for some last weekend, but many are still trying to find their groove. Here’s the Week 2 Matchups and their previews:
Arsenal vs. Burnley
August 17th 7:30am ET– Both of these teams won their Week 1 matchups. Arsenal is the clear favorite in this one with their home field advantage and star caliber team. Also, their new signings, Nicolas Pépé and David Luiz, look to make an impression on their Premier League debuts. On the other hand, Burnley thrashed Southampton 3-0 last week and they will want to feed off that energy to hopefully get at least a point from the Gunners.
Aston Villa vs. Bournemouth
August 17th 10:00am ET– Bournemouth takes on another newly promoted team, but this time away from home. Hopefully learning from last weekend, Bournemouth will want to finish their chances and secure more than a draw against a team like Villa. However, last weekend, Villa was able to score and lead against Tottenham for a short amount of time. I would not be surprised if Villa could snatch a game like this.
Brighton vs. West Ham
August 17th 10:00am ET– Brighton, a very struggling team from last season, surprised everyone Week 1 with a 3-0 win over Watford. They were away from home, but now we will see how they play against a very experienced West Ham squad at home. Coming off a 5-0 loss to the Champions, West Ham is looking to get back on track and get their first points of the season away from home.
Everton vs. Watford
August 17th 10:00am ET– Both of these teams have not scored a goal yet this season. Everton is the favorite in this match with players like Gylfi Sigurðsson and Alex Iwobi. On good days, they can absolutely demolish teams and this team is very threatening. Being away from home, Watford may struggle way more than they did last week. After their 3-0 loss to Brighton, Watford will want to make a change, but they will have to do A LOT of work to get there.
Norwich vs. Newcastle
August 17th 10:00am ET– I feel this match will be a very close one. Despite their 4-1 away loss to Liverpool last week, Norwich displayed a solid performance and good attacking capabilities. I would not be surprised if they took one from Steve Bruce’s Newcastle. Newcastle, on the other hand, with their signing of powerful striker Joelinton may need some hope after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Arsenal in Week 1.
Southampton vs. Liverpool
August 17th 10:00am ET– A 3-0 away loss is not how you want to start a season. Already teams are looking at you like they can beat you no matter what. However, Southampton will want to prove something this week. If they were to get at least a point from the European champions, it would show some strength in this Saints team. On the other hand, Liverpool, coming off their UEFA Super Cup win, are in goalkeeping trouble as their backup keeper got injured. But everywhere else, they are perfectly fine. Their attack, their midfield, and their defense are showing strength and have what it takes to blow out many teams.
Manchester City vs. Tottenham
August 17th 12:30am ET– The game of the weekend by far. Both of these teams met last year in the Champions League with Tottenham taking the victory narrowly. Man City are the Champions and will want to make sure no one can challenge them. Of course Man City are the favorites, but with this new season, anything can happen. I could see Tottenham winning with the likes of Harry Kane healthy and Ndombele in the back. Expect a thrilling match.
Sheffield United vs. Crystal Palace
August 18th 9:00am ET– For a new team in the Premier League, the hardest thing to do is get your first points. Sheffield United was able to do that in Week 1 against Bournemouth. At home against Palace, Sheffield United will want to show the home crowd that they are the real deal and should be in the Premier League. Conversely, Palace is coming off a draw against a strong Everton team. They will want to use this opportunity against a new kid on the block to get three points.
Chelsea vs. Leicester
August 18th 11:30am ET– Chelsea, after getting blown out by Man United in Week 1, is having a rough time gaining traction. With Frank Lampard as manager, weaknesses are showing and they will want to fix these weaknesses if they want to be the top team that so many are used to. After holding the seventh place team from last year to no goals and getting a point from them, Leicester will want to trample on the opportunity they have. Chelsea has been faltering recently and Leicester will want to feed off that to get points away from home.
Wolverhampton vs. Manchester United
August 19th 3:00pm ET– After a disappointing goalless draw with Leicester, Wolves will want to win. They were only just promoted last year and made it to seventh. If they were to get points against a strong United team, then they would be a powerful team THIS SEASON to be reckoned with. United is coming off a 4-0 domination of Chelsea. United, losing Lukaku at the end of the summer transfer window, lowered their attacking hopes. If they reach attacking consistency, they will not miss him at all.