Premier League: Saturday round-up & Sunday predictions: Gameweek 2

There’s nothing quite like Premier League football, eh?

We’re not even two weeks into the season yet and we’ve seen Arsenal crumble under the lights against newly-promoted Brentford, as well as watching Manchester City slip up at the first sign of trouble.

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Gameweek two is, and was, an opportunity for some sides to prove their opening defeats were nothing but blips, and that’s something City were keen to prove as they comfortably dispatched of Norwich at the Etihad.

There were three other winners in Saturday’s five other games, while there was an early contender for goal of the month at Villa Park.

But the fun isn’t over yet and there’s still plenty of 90min predictions to play out before the weekend is over…

Liverpool vs Burnley

Diogo Jota, Naby Keita

Liverpool cruised to victory over Burnley at Anfield / Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

The opening game of the weekend saw Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool exact revenge over Burnley with a 2-0 win at Anfield.

The Clarets were one of six teams to visit Merseyside last season and emerge victorious, but there was to be no repeat on this occasion. Liverpool started the game brightly and were rewarded with the game’s opening goal within 20 minutes; Diogo Jota escaping his marker to glance home Konstantinos Tsimikas’ superb cross

Mohamed Salah had a goal ruled out for offside towards the end of the half, but Liverpool were never really threatened by Burnley and sealed the points through Sadio Mane’s goal 20 minutes from time – laid on by a tidy assist from Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Liverpool player ratings

90min prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Burnley
Final score: Liverpool 2-0 Burnley

Aston Villa vs Newcastle

Danny Ings

Danny Ings scored a cracking goal at Villa Park / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Aston Villa responded to an opening weekend defeat to earn their first points of the new Premier League season with a 2-0 victory at home to Newcastle United on Saturday.

A boisterous start to the match from those in the crowd and on the pitch soon descended into an infuriatingly staccato first half that was heavy with rain but light on quality.

That is until Danny Ings produced an early contender for goal of the season with a blistering overhead kick, before the game was settled by an Anwar El Ghazi penalty in the second half.

Aston Villa vs Newcastle player ratings

90min prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle United
Final score: Aston Villa 2-0 Newcastle United

Crystal Palace vs Brentford

Patrick Vieira

Patrick Vieira has a point on the board / Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images

Patrick Vieira’s wait for a first win as Crystal Palace boss goes on after his side were held to a 0-0 draw by Brentford at Selhurst Park.

Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher rattled the frame of the Brentford goal before Ivan Toney struck a drilled effort just wide soon after. There wasn’t much to write home about in truth, but the Bees’ unbeaten start to the season continues – while Palace are now without a goal in two.

Crystal Palace vs Brentford player ratings

90min prediction: Crystal Palace 2-2 Brentford
Final score: Crystal Palace 0-0 Brentford

Leeds vs Everton

Dominic Calvert-lewin

Back among the goals / Visionhaus/Getty Images

Leeds United and Everton played out an entertaining 2-2 draw on Saturday afternoon, as the two sides put on a show for the returning Elland Road crowd.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin stepped up to give the visitors the lead from the penalty spot, before Leeds hit back through Mateusz Klich after some great work from Raphinha and Patrick Bamford. Demarai Gray restored Everton’s lead after half-time, but the hosts clawed their way back into the game through a fine Raphinha finish with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Leeds vs Everton player ratings

90min prediction: Leeds 1-1 Everton
Final score: Leeds 2-2 Everton

Manchester City vs Norwich

Riyad Mahrez

Manchester City found their groove against Norwich / Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images

Manchester City put consecutive defeats behind them to claim a comfortable first win of the season, thumping Norwich 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

An own goal from Tim Krul and a first for the club for £100m record-signing Jack Grealish got City off to the perfect start, and it was a routine afternoon thereafter for Pep Guardiola’s side.

Gabriel Jesus was in top form all afternoon, but it was left to Aymeric Laporte, Raheem Sterling and Riyad Mahrez to round off the scoring in a routine victory.

Manchester City vs Norwich player ratings

90min prediction: Manchester City 4-0 Norwich City
Final score: Manchester City 5-0 Norwich City

Brighton vs Watford

Shane Duffy

Brighton outclassed Watford at the Amex / Eddie Keogh/Getty Images

Brighton made it two wins out of two as they comfortably dispatched another of the Premier League’s new boys, Watford, 2-0 at the Amex Stadium.

Forgotten man Shane Duffy opened the scoring for the Seagulls with a powerful header from a corner, before the impressive Yves Bissouma seized upon a mistake in the Hornets defence to set Neal Maupay free on goal.

He finished with aplomb, wrapping up all three points for a Brighton side who look more comfortable playing the brand of football Graham Potter wants to see.

Brighton vs Watford player ratings

90min prediction: Brighton 0-0 Watford
Final score: Brighton 2-0 Watford

Southampton vs Manchester United

What time is kick off? 14:00 (BST)
Where is it being played? St Mary’s
TV channel? Sky Sports Main Event/Sky Sports Premier League (UK), fuboTV (US)

Are Man Utd really back? The Red Devils dismantled Leeds with frightening ease at Old Trafford, but then again, they did that last year, too. There’s something different about this Paul Pogba and Bruno Fernandes link-up though, and we fancy them to run riot at St Mary’s.

Southampton crumbled at Goodison Park on Saturday, conceding three to throw away their early advantage. The loss of centre-back Jannik Vestergaard to Leicester City makes them even more vulnerable, and we can’t see the Saints going marching to victory on Sunday.

It won’t be as straight-forward for Man Utd this weekend, but if they play to their best, it should be fairly routine.

Full match preview
Southampton predicted lineup
Manchester United predicted lineup

Prediction: Southampton 1-3 Manchester United

Wolves vs Tottenham Hotspur

Heung-Min Son

Say ‘cheese’ / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

What time is kick off? 14:00 (BST)
Where is it being played? Molineux
TV channel? fuboTV (US)

Who saw this one coming? After all the talk about Spurs’ crisis, they only went and beat the champions! It was more perfect than any supporter would have dared imagine, but it’s time to get feet back on the ground for the next battle.

Patrick Vieira’s wait for a first win as Crystal Palace boss goes on after his side were held to a 0-0 draw by Brentford at Selhurst Park.

A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either team, especially given Spurs’ European duties in midweek.

Full match preview
Wolves predicted lineup
Tottenham predicted lineup

Prediction: Wolves 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Arsenal vs Chelsea

Mikel Arteta

Same old story / Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

What time is kick off? 16:30 (BST)
Where is it being played? Emirates stadium
TV channel?  Sky Sports Main Event (UK), fuboTV (US)

Are there any Arsenal fans in the world that are feeling confident ahead of this one? The Gunners’ campaign kicked off in the worst possible fashion, and surely, it won’t get any better against Chelsea.

The Blues were all business as usual in their win over Palace, and that was without Lukaku on the pitch. The Belgian is expected to feature on Sunday, meaning Ben White will already be having nightmares. Christian Pulisic has tested positive for COVID, however, and will miss out.

It could be another afternoon to forget for Arsenal, and another victory on the march towards a title battle for Thomas Tuchel and his slick Chelsea machine. Make your predictions for how quickly #ArtetaOut will begin trending on Sunday.

Full match preview
Arsenal predicted lineup
Chelsea predicted lineup

Prediction: Arsenal 0-2 Chelsea

West Ham vs Leicester City

Michail Antonio, Declan Rice, Said Benrahma, Tomas Soucek

Limbs / Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

What time is kick off? 20:00 (BST)
Where is it being played? London stadium
TV channel? Sky Sports Main Event (UK), fuboTV (US)

Finally, we’ve got the Monday night kickoff, where two Gameweek 1 winners go head to head in East London. West Ham and Leicester put in impressive displays against Newcastle and Wolves, and neither will want to fall off the winning trail.

David Moyes’ men showed plenty of spirit and character to come from behind twice to beat the Magpies, but the Foxes are a much sterner opposition. Both proved they know where the goal is, and we expect them to strike gold on Monday.

But Leicester are the stronger of the two clubs, and they should have just enough to return home with all three points.

Prediction: West Ham 1-2 Leicester City

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