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Premier League Preview Week 3

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Manchester City v Watford – Kick off – 15:00 – Etihad Stadium

Nicolas Otamendi is likely to be given his debut with Pablo Zabaleta still sidelined with Fernando also set to miss out with a groin injury. City will want to continue their 100% record this season and will be confident ahead of the game of beating the Premier League new boys.

Watford will want to bounce back from defeat in the cup to lower league opposition during the week but will be without Miguel Britos who was sent off in midweek. Other than that they have no more injury concerns and will look to limit the damage against the pace setters.

Prediction 4-0

Stoke City – West Bromwich Albion – Kick off – 15:00 – Britannia Stadium

Mark Hughes’s side could welcome back Peter Odemwingie after he missed the recent games with a hamstring injury and Bojan Krkic could also be in contention for a start after coming through the midweek cup tie relatively unscathed. Stoke will be looking to pick up their first win of the season and will want to put a show on for their loyal fans.

The Baggies continue to be without keeper Ben Foster who is a long term casualty and Chris Brunt has joined him on the sidelines after picking up a hamstring injury in the cup in midweek. West Brom are likely to continue with Rondon and Lambert up top and will need to start picking up victories if they want to avoid a relegation scrap.

Prediction 2-0

Tottenham Hotspur v Everton – Kick off – 17:30 – White Hart Lane

In the late kick off Spurs will be hoping to kick-start their season after a slow start with Harry Kane looking to find last season’s goalscoring boots. Andros Townsend is ready to return to the squad after injury but Christian Eriksen is still out with a knee injury. New signing Son Heung-Min could earn a place on the bench after his move from Bayer Leverkusen.

John Stones is set to play after his transfer request was denied and Roberto Martinez could welcome back the trio of Tim Howard, James McCarthy and Ross Barkley who missed the midweek cup exploits. Gerard Deulofeu is fully fit and could make a return to the starting line-up after starting on the bench last week.

Prediction 1-1


Southampton v Norwich City – Kick off – 13:30 – St Mary’s Stadium 

Southampton have not had the brightest start to the season and sit in the relegation zone but they have too much quality to sit their in the long run. Jordy Clasie and Ryan Bertrand remain on the sidelines through injury and Saido Mane is struggling with a hip injury and could have to make do with a place on the bench as they look to pick up a much needed three points.

Norwich have started their return to the Premier League in good form and have picked up four points from their opening three games. They have had a bid turned down for Stoke’s Jon Walters and are still without Kyle Lafferty and Martin Olsson.

Prediction 2-0

Swansea City v Manchester United – Kick off – 16:00 – Liberty Stadium

Swansea are another side who have started the season bang in form and Garry Monk’s side have no new injury concerns and a full sqaud to choose from. Batafembi Gomis has started the season in the goals and will want to put the pressure on a Manchester United backline that has yet to settle.

Manchester United will continue to use Sergio Romero in goal with another bid reported to be on its way for David De Gea from Real Madrid. Adnan Januzaj is out through injury and Marcos Rojo is still not fit enough to take up a place in the squad. Louis van Gaal’s side will be buoyed by their Champions League qualification and go into the game in confident mood.

Prediction 1-2 

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