EPL 2018/19 – Matchday 3

Wolves vs Man City

The question on everyone’s mind right now is this: “Can anyone beat Manchester City this season?” The Cityzens have absolutely dominated their last two games in the Premier League and with Aguero returning to his old goal-scoring ways, there’s probably no team that could match their depth right now – well maybe Liverpool, but that battle will only happen in October.

Wolves can opt for the tactic of parking the bus, but City will usually find a way through. Guardiola has made a number of changes and left out Sane, Sterling and Walker – the guys with pace – and he’s replaced them with players with quick feet that can operate in small spaces.

Now, Man City have a couple of ways they can successfully approach a game and that is an worrying sign for the rest of the Premier League. Wolves may have been able to play entertaining football under the wings of manager Santo, but overcoming a dynasty like Man City is beyond them at this moment.

Prediction: Wolves 0-3 Man City

 

Arsenal vs West Ham

The Hammers fans seem to have given up on West Ham after two consecutive losses in the Premier League – first 4-0 to Liverpool, then 2-1 to Bournemouth.

Pellegrini’s men clearly have communication issues at the back, when their offside trap failed last week enabling Bournemouth’s Wilson to shoot at goal. West Ham do have their token players like Wilshere, Fabianski and Hernandez who could make a difference, but for some reason, the entire team isn’t clicking, and here’s where Arsenal can take advantage.

The Gunners are more than capable of playing as a unit like they did against Chelsea, but they do have problems in the striking department, and perhaps Ozil as well – who seems to be way off his game since the World Cup.

Emery’s new style of play, which involves Arsenal building from the back is great for possession, but at times it looked like it could backfire with poor and inaccurate passes. However, given enough chances to shoot, Aubameyang, Mkhitariyan and Iwobi should be able to score goals and get the win.

Prediction: Arsenal 2-1 West Ham

 

Newcastle vs Chelsea

Chelsea may have new management when Sarri took over the reigns at Stamford Bridge, but it looks like the Italian is literally smoking up a storm in the London side.

A new-look Chelsea have been able to play the ball much like the Barcelona of old, as they reestablish an updated version of tiki-taka. Willian, Jorginho, Pedro and Morata have been linking up so well upfront, and this should scare the mediocre squad that Newcastle possess.

Benitez has always been the man with the plan, but it has always been tough for the Spaniard to guarantee results with the quality of players he has. The one thing he can bank on exploiting is Chelsea’s unreliable defence that often allows cutbacks that could lead to goal-scoring opportunities.

He can only hope that Kenedy and Co. don’t miss golden chances, because a side like Newcastle usually only get a handful, or none.

Prediction: Newcastle 0-4 Chelsea

 

 

Man Utd vs Tottenham

Kane has finally broken the spell that saw him fail to find the net in 14 previous games in the first month of the season. Pochettino has also been able to prove that his current squad did not need any new signings to be dominant in the Premier League.

Mourinho’s weaknesses were exposed by Brighton last week, with his defence caught out on a number of occasions by quick movement, which Spurs coincidentally have in their ranks. Trippier and Alli will be the prime suspects to cause problems for Bailly and centre-back partner Lindelof, who’ve now been a part of a defence that has conceded four goals in the first two games of the season.

It was apparent that the Red Devils lacked that killer instinct last week as they had lesser drive than Brighton, but since the upset, we can expect Mourinho to pull off a win at Old Trafford.

Prediction: Man Utd 2-1 Tottenham

 

 

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