Saturday 8/22/15 (4:45 AM PT)
Manchester United vs. Newcastle (2)
After back-to-back 1-0 wins to open the season, Manchester United will look to finally put forth a dominating performance against a Newcastle side that has looked suspect in the first two weeks. The Red Devils will be heavily favored and shouldn’t have any problems with the Magpies, but a tight first half would create some worries at Old Trafford.
West Ham vs. Bournemouth (1)
Bournemouth head to Upton Park still in search of their first top-flight points, but they will have been boosted by a strong performance at Liverpool last week. They could surprise the Hammers, who were off the pace Leicester put forth in the first half of a 2-1 loss and will be without keeper Adrian after a late sending off. There are better matchups elsewhere in this time slot, however.
Sunderland vs. Swansea (1)
Also in search of their first point of the season are Sunderland, who have looked miserable thus far and sit at the bottom of the table. They’ll take on a Swansea side that has played some excellent football during the opening two weeks. The Swans look very confident at the moment, while the exact opposite defines Sunderland’s start. It could be another long day at the office for the Black Cats.
Norwich vs. Stoke (3)
Two teams coming off morale-boosting results meet at Carrow Road, with Stoke desperate to continue the momentum from the final 15 minutes of last week’s draw at Spurs and Norwich looking for a second win in a row. The Canaries dominated Sunderland last weekend, but Stoke are a significantly better side and will create problems. Additionally, the Potters could get a boost from Swiss international Xherdan Shaqiri, who will more than likely make his debut Saturday.
Leicester vs. Tottenham (4)
Speaking of Spurs, Tottenham desperately need a positive result after the aforementioned disappointing tie with Stoke, but that will not come easy at the King Power Stadium. Leicester have been one of the league’s most impressive sides so far, and they carry tons of momentum into what should be a raucous atmosphere. They haven’t played anyone of Tottenham’s quality yet, but the Foxes could well be on that level themselves, if the first two weeks are
Crystal Palace vs. Aston Villa (2)
Both Palace and Villa are hoping to get back in the win column after losing at home last week, with Palace the favorites to get their first home win of the year. Each side has shown signs of promise early in the season after strong offseasons, and the transfer window is still open. New Villain Adama Traore, a young winger captured from Barcelona, could make his debut in London, but Palace will be disappointed with anything less than three points.
Sunday 8/23/15 (5:30 AM PT)
West Brom vs. Chelsea (2)
One point from the first two fixtures is certainly not what Jose Mourinho had envisioned for his squad two weeks ago. But the Blues should have a good chance to regain form this weekend against a struggling West Brom side. Despite the negative results, Mourinho’s men will be big favorites in this one, and the addition of Pedro improves the side, at the very least. However, if the Baggies can nab a point at home, tension will skyrocket for the Londoners.
(8:00 AM PT)
Everton vs. Manchester City (5)
This pair of squads are coming off some pretty impressive results and are riding high into a head-on clash at Goodison Park. The Toffees and the Sky Blues smashed Southampton -- at Saint Mary’s -- and Chelsea, respectively, by identical 3-0 scorelines a week ago. City’s offense has consistently been the best in the league, but if Everton continue to show the form they displayed last week, this fixture could be a lot tighter than expected.
Watford vs. Southampton (2)
Southampton will have to quickly forget the aforementioned drubbing Everton handed them a week ago, and they have a fantastic chance to do so against Watford. It’s a pretty massive early season fixture for the Saints, who look a shadow of themselves from last year, and if their troubles continue to present themselves against weaker competition, it could only get bumpier for the Europa League competitors. Watford have been starved for points themselves in the early going, so expect both sides to play with vigor as they attempt to earn their first week of the season.
Monday 8/24/15 (12 PM PT)
Arsenal vs. Liverpool (5)
Given the pedigree of these sides, neither has been terribly impressive in their opening fixtures. Though both outfits have proven they are capable of winning when they aren’t at their best, that might not be enough this weekend. We have been waiting for someone other than Manchester City to break through and challenge with class and dominance, and this is a golden opportunity for both sides to display to the league how scary they can be. The Emirates will play host to this dandy on Monday, and with a midday kick off on the west coast, this is fantastic football.
Bonus European game of the week: Barcelona vs. Athletic Club, Sunday 8/23/15, 9:30 AM PT
Just seven days ago, Barcelona took an extremely