Saturday 9/6/17 (4:30 AM PT)
Manchester City vs. Liverpool (5)
Warning! Do not miss this potentially explosive fixture. Liverpool have scored eight goals through three games, second-best in the Premier League, and even on the road, Jurgen Klopp rarely sits back. Meanwhile, the Citizens have yet to get their engines fully turning, but Pep Guardiola's deadly attack is liable to strike at a moment's notice. This has all the makings of a high-risk, high-reward contest, with the spoils going to
(7:00 AM PT)
Arsenal vs. Bournemouth (3)
All eyes will be on Arsenal this week to see if the Gunners can begin correcting their wobbly start. They were miserable against Liverpool before the international break, but Bournemouth, who have yet to record a point this season, present a fantastic opportunity for Arsene Wenger’s side to get back to winning ways. The Cherries have only scored once this year, and though Arsenal’s defense has been shaky, it’s hard to see them putting more than one in the net. It’s a true game of unknowns, but Arsenal’s class should ultimately show through.
Leicester City vs. Chelsea (3)
It’s been a brutal start to the season for Leicester, who have had to play three of the top six in the opening four matchdays. They couldn’t muster up points against Arsenal or Manchester United but put forth solid efforts in both, particularly against the Gunners. Chelsea present an equally difficult task, as the Blues have rebounded well since an opening-day loss to Burnley, although they will have to go to the King Power Stadium unlike the powerhouses before them. It could be a very tight affair, and Chelsea will need to work for their points on the road.
Southampton vs. Watford (3)
Neither Saints nor Watford was highly touted coming into the season, but expectations have raised since each started with a win and two draws. Both of the teams have stepped up defensively, with each keeping clean sheets in two of their first three fixtures, so this could easily turn into a low-scoring affair. It’s hard to think that either of these teams will really keep their impressive form going for a long stretch of time, but a win here could go a long way towards keeping either side well in the top half.
Everton vs. Tottenham (5)
Both Everton and Tottenham have something to prove since slouching after opening-day wins. Spurs were good against Chelsea and Burnley, but lacked a clinical touch that badly cost them against both. Meanwhile, it’s hard to blame Everton, who have lost to that same Blues side and drawn with Manchester City, but if they really want to bridge the gap to the elite, those are fixtures they are going to need to win. Tottenham present another chance to do so, and at Goodison Park
Brighton vs. West Brom (2)
This is an important early-season fixture for both of these teams, but the pressure is certainly on Brighton to get all three points at home. The Seagulls have played decent football in their first three games, but they have just one point so far and haven’t yet scored a Premier League goal. Chris Hughton needs to find a way to get his team to put the ball into the back of the net if it wants any chance of surviving. That won’t be easy against a tough West Brom side that’s only conceded once through an individual error, and the Baggies are looking as solid as ever in the early going. They’ll be the favorites, but a desperate Brighton squad could make this game a little more open than it would initially seem to be.
(9:30 AM PT)
Stoke City vs. Manchester United (4)
Stoke’s early gauntlet continues with a visit from Manchester United. The Potters have played three good teams thus far (Everton, Arsenal, and West Brom) and come away with four points, a solid return considering the quality they’ve faced. However, United are a whole different beast, as the Red Devils have 10 goals scored, none conceded, and — most importantly — three wins in three games. This will be the toughest test yet for both clubs, and while Jose Mourinho’s side will enter with a ton of confidence and as unquestioned favorites, Stoke have a history of springing surprises against top teams.
Sunder 9/7/17 (5:30 AM PT)
Burnley vs. Crystal Palace (2)
The quality of these two teams isn’t going to wow any viewers, but this could actually be one of the most important games of the weekend, at least for Crystal Palace. The Eagles currently sit in 19th place and have yet to score a Premier League goal; if the rumors circling Selhurst Park are to be believed, Frank de Boer could be on his way out should Palace fail to get a result at Turf Moor. That won’t be easy, as Burnley are a stout defensive team and have already gotten a pair of great results this season by beating Chelsea and drawing Tottenham away from home. Considering how tough it was last season to take a result from Turf Moor and the forms of the two sides so far this year, the Clarets will like their chances of continuing their strong start, while the pressure on Palace will only increase if they can’t get three points.
(8:00 AM PT)
Swansea City vs. Newcastle (2)
It’s a little early for this game to garner a high mark, but this is the kind of clash that could prove critical in the long run. Both of these teams got their first wins of the season just before the international break, and each knows that this is the type of battle that it will need to win if it wants to stay up. Swansea will feel more optimistic of the two teams after a strong finish to the transfer window saw the additions of Renato Sanches and Wilfried Bony. Away from home, Newcastle would certainly settle for a point, and the momentum from even a draw could come in handy as the Magpies continue a stretch of games against some of their fellow competitors near the bottom of the table.
Monday 9/8/17 (Noon PT)
West Ham vs. Huddersfield Town (4)
At the beginning of the season, this wouldn’t have looked like an enticing fixture at all, but after three games, it’s taken on a little bit of a different feel. Few expected West Ham to be at the bottom of the table at this stage, yet that’s where the Hammers sit after a horrendous start to the season in which they’ve conceded 10 goals and scored just two. Even fewer would have expected Huddersfield to be anywhere near the top four, but after three games, the Terriers have two wins, a draw, and zero goals against. The pressure on Slaven Bilic is rising, and despite what the table says, the Hammers will feel confident of snapping out of their funk at the London Stadium. But Huddersfield will head to the capital with confidence as they look to extend their incredible run of success in the early going.
Bonus European Game of the Week: Valencia vs. Atletico Madrid, Saturday 9/9/17 (7:15 AM PT)