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Five things to expect from Week 3 of the Premier League season

The 2017/18 Premier League season is well under way. Here are five things that we expect to see this weekend.


SPURS TO END THEIR WEMBLEY WOES

A lot has been made over Tottenham Hotspur’s Wembley troubles. Since their 2008 League Cup victory over Chelsea, they have only won once at the national stadium in nine competitive outings. However, they have also been extremely unlucky in many of those games and it is only a matter of time before they start winning at Wembley again. 

Burnley pulled off an outstanding victory against Chelsea on the opening day, however, looked rather dire at home to West Brom. If Spurs can’t win this game, then serious questions will be asked.

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GOALS IN LIVERPOOL VS ARSENAL

This is about as guaranteed as it gets. Both can be lethal in attack, and frightening at the back. Very little has changed for either club in terms of strengths and weaknesses over the summer window and that should come to the fore in this heavyweight clash. Liverpool are the favourites, with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mo Salah in scintillating form, however, Arsenal will no doubt get chances themselves.

If I was a betting man, then a Both Teams To Score bet would be an absolute banker (cue 0-0 draw…)

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ABSOLUTE TENSION AT ST JAMES PARK

The game between Newcastle and West Ham has already turned into a huge game for both clubs. Both sides have lost their first two games of the Premier League season and are looking far from convincing. It is already a must-win game for both the Hammers and the Magpies. 

A loss for either team could spell serious trouble for their hopes of staying in this league, despite only being three games in, and the disillusion between board and manager could come to rapid climax and the first Premier League sacking in the following months. 

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3 OUT OF 3 FOR WEST BROM

The Baggies have gotten off to a perfect start in the league, and have done so in typical Tony Pulis fashion. Both their victories have been 1-0 results, with West Brom looking as solid and organised as ever. 

This week brings the Pulis derby, as the Baggies come up against the Welshman’s old side Stoke City, who had a great win against Arsenal last week. However, the Potters are still far from convincing, and another 1-0 West Brom victory is on the cards to make it three wins out of three.

At this rate, West Brom will win the league with 114 points and a goal difference of +38!

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A GOAL FOR BOTH SWANSEA AND CRYSTAL PALACE

Both Crystal Palace and Swansea City have failed to score a goal in their opening two Premier League games, conceding eight goals between them. 

To expect a goal would be surprising, however, their defences are as poor as their attacks. Palace were unforgivably poor in their 3-0 loss to newly promoted Huddersfield, and will suffer from the absence of both Wilfried Zaha and Ruben Loftus-Cheek. 

Swansea capitulated against Manchester United to concede four goals, and are looking light in attack following the departure of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Fernando Llorente’s injury. If either side loses, they will surely become one of the early favourites to be relegated.

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Harry Brooks

Harry graduated from UAL in Elephant and Castle with a 2:1 BA Hons degree in sports journalism.

He has an NCTJ diploma and also coaches football and teaches PE in schools.

Harry loves to talk football tactics!

Five things to expect from Week 3 of the Premier League season

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