The Premier league returns after a thrilling opening weekend of exchanges with upsets recorded at Stamford Bridge and Selhurst Park.
It appears the title race will have a big focus on Manchester United and Manchester City as both teams opened with wins, United, in particular, looking in the mood with a 4-0 win over West Ham.
Week two of the Premier league sees some interesting clashes with the Champions Chelsea laying away to Tottenham Hotspur while Manchester City welcome Wayne Rooney and his Everton troops to the Etihad. Newcastle will be renewing their Championship rivalry in the Premier League against Huddersfield who stunned the Eagles last weekend.Swansea v Manchester United
Manchester United are vying to earn back-to-back away wins in this fixture for the first time. Swansea have
only lost three of their 14 home games against United in all divisions (W8, D3) but have not kept a clean sheet against the boys from Old Trafford in 14 meetings since a goalless top-flight draw in December 1982.
The Swans have won nine of their 20 Premier League matches since Paul Clement was appointed as head coach but with Gylfi Sigurdsson gone and Fernando Llorente still a doubt, the Swans have lost their main goal creator and scorer - and if that meant few chances at Southampton, it does signify precious little chance of beating United.
Llorente is back in training after fracturing his arm in a cycling accident last month but he will not face Manchester United. Captain Leon Britton is struggling with a back injury, which paves the way for £11m summer signing Roque Mesa for his debut.
Manchester United remain without injured trio Luke Shaw, Ashley Young
and Marcos Rojo. Summer signing Victor Lindelof could again be left out of the squad while he adapts to the English game. There are tougher tests to come for Jose Mourinho's side, but looking at their fire power and Swansea's shortage of clinical forwards upfront, I think the Red Devils will get another three points in the bag in Wales. I tip both sides to get on the score sheet.Prediction
Swansea 1-3 Manchester UnitedBournemouth v Watford
Bournemouth summer signing Jermain Defoe is in contention to start after fully recovering from a groin problem. Simon Francis faces a fitness test on the hamstring injury he suffered during the defeat by West Brom. Watford captain Troy Deeney has returned to training following groin surgery and could be involved. Daryl Janmaat, Roberto Pereyra
and Younes Kaboul will all miss out because of injuries sustained during the draw with Liverpool last weekend.
Six of the last seven meetings between the two side who came up from the Championship together in 2015 have been drawn - including all four Premier League encounters. The only top-flight fixture to be drawn the first five times it has been played is Wolves against Leicester between 1932 and 1934. Bournemouth's solitary win in their last nine home league fixtures against Watford came in the Championship in January 2015 (W1, D4, L4).
While The Cherries have lost their opening two Premier League fixtures in each of the two previous seasons, Watford have
gone seven league matches without a win, ending a run of six straight defeats by drawing 3-3 against Liverpool last weekend. The away side have failed to keep a clean sheet in 14 league away matches - conceding 34 goals - since the 0-0 draw at Swansea City in October 2016. And even though Silva's men looked decent up front against Liverpool, they obviously had some problems at the back, and Bournemouth sure have
the fire power to exploit that weakness. I am banking on the Cherries to get off the mark on Saturday after the opening day defeat to West Brom.Prediction
Bournemouth 2-1 WatfordBurnley v West Brom
Burnley could most likely name the same side that beat champions Chelsea on the opening weekend. Summer signing Phil Bardsley is still short of fitness and Dean Marney is a long-term injury absentee. Gareth Barry is expected to make his debut for West Brom after signing from Everton during the week. Manchester City transfer target Jonny Evans has been declared a major doubt because of a hamstring problem, while Gareth McAuley and James Morrison remain out.
Burnley have only beaten West Brom twice in 17 league meetings since October 1992. Both Premier League encounters at Turf Moor so far have ended 2-2. The Baggies are unbeaten in six top-flight matches against Burnley since a 2-1 away defeat in March 1970. However, Albion's only win in their last 12 top-flight fixtures at Turf Moor came in February 1965 (W1, D5, L6).
attempting to win their opening two games of a top-flight season for the first time since 1973 with their only victory in the last six matches at Turf Moor coming against Stoke in April (W1, D2, L3). The Baggies earned a first win in 10 attempts by beating Bournemouth on the opening weekend (D2, L7). However, Albion are
yet to win a Premier League away fixture in 2017, drawing four matches and losing five. Despite having it easy against the Champions last weekend, I expect a tight contest at Turf Moor on Saturday. In view of their confidence after the Stamford Bridge exploit, a win or draw bet on Burnley appears the safest approach to place a bet on this fixture.Prediction
Burnley 1-1 West BromLeicester City v Brighton & Hove Albion
Danny Drinkwater, Vicente Iborra, Robert Huth and Nampalys Mendy remain sidelined by injury. Leicester forward Kelechi Iheanacho has visited a specialist as he continues to struggle with a toe problem, although he could still be involved on Saturday. Brighton's traveling party are without Izzy Brown because of the hamstring injury he picked up during their defeat by Manchester City. Manager Chris Hughton says this game has come too soon for record signing Jose Izquierdo to feature.
The two sides last met in Leicester's Championship-winning season of 2013-14, with Brighton winning home and away. The Seagulls also did the league double over Leicester who looked really lively in their defeat to Arsenal on the opening night of the Premier League season the last time both teams were in the top flight in 1980-81.
The Foxes won their first five home league games under Craig Shakespeare last season but then failed to win the last two - including a 6-1 defeat by Spurs. They remain unbeaten in their last 12 Premier League home fixtures against newly-promoted sides, winning seven and drawing five since they lost 5-0 to Bolton in August 2001. But Brighton who are
in their first top-flight away fixture since a 2-1 defeat at Norwich City in May 1983 may just be a handful for the Foxes. Brighton's only away win in the last 29 attempts in the top division came at Swansea City in March 1983. With the Foxes' display at the Emirates still fresh in our memories, I tip them to secure an outright win on Saturday while Bighton
will manage a consolation goal.Prediction
Leicester 2-1 BrightonLiverpool v Crystal Palace
Nathaniel Clyne, Adam Lallana and Barcelona target Philippe Coutinho are all missing because of injuries. Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge could be involved after recovering from a thigh injury, while left-back Andrew Robertson is hoping to make his debut. Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha is sidelined after suffering a knee injury in the defeat by Huddersfield. However, midfielders Yohan Cabaye and James McArthur may be fit enough to be involved.
Crystal Palace could become the first side to win four consecutive top-flight games at Anfield since Arsenal in December 1935 when they square up against Jurgen Klopp's men who had to fight hard for an opening day victory last weekend at Vicarage Road. Jurgen Klopp last faced Frank de Boer when his Dortmund side beat Ajax home and away in the 2012-13 Champions League group stage.
While Palace have
lost five of their last six Premier League matches, failing to score in each of those defeats, the Reds who conceded as many goals in last weekend's 3-3 draw at Watford as they had in their previous seven league fixtures combined have won three and drawn two of their last five league fixtures. Behind the Coutinho cloud that hangs in the air, the first week of the new season suggests not much has changed at Anfield, with an exhilarating attack that still does well in front of goal. I tip the home side to dispatch the Eagles easily on Saturday but their leaking backline offers the visitors a chance to get on the score sheet.Prediction
Liverpool 3-1 Palace