Week 2 brings it’s own challenge this week as we have our first big clash – Spurs v Chelsea and I’m sure a lot of people would be conflicted by this as they have players from both sides. This isn’t always a bad thing, depending on who you have. If its GK/Def from one side and Forward from the other then that is really a tough one, but if you have attackers from both sides then it can work in your favour. A lot of big games have been quite open and high scoring in the past few years and particularly Spurs v Chelsea matches, so don’t despair too much.
Man Utd have a nice fixture on paper away to Swansea. Could be a nice earner again for Lukaku, Pogba and Mkhitaryan. Hard to see Swansea doing anything in this game.
There’s a lot of evenly balanced games between the lesser teams this week; Bournemouth v Watford, Burnley v West Brom & Leicester v Brighton. Hard to know how those games will pan out. Of those three, Burnley v West Brom has the most potential to be scoreless so if you have a GK or Defender from either team you could earn some nice points.
Arsenal away to Stoke, a bogie team in the past for Arsene Wenger, can Arsenal pick up the win? You’d imagine they have too much for this weak Stoke team who could hand a debut to the former Real Madrid star Jese. Lacazette to shine again I think.
Liverpool at home to Crystal Palace is a tough one, I reckon Palace can get a result here. De Boer would not have been happy after last week and they have been known to cause Liverpool problems in the past so we’ll see. Also the whole Virgil Van Dyke and Philippe Coutinho transfer sagas are possibly a distraction for the club too.
Spurs v Chelsea on Sunday is a strange one. Chelsea are having issues off the pitch as it appears Conte isn’t happy at present. This combined with an embarrassing opening day loss to Burnley and Cahill & Fabregas suspensions mean that they will be going into this match as underdogs! Spurs were efficient if not tantalising last week away to Newcastle but I wouldn’t underestimate these guys either. First ‘Home’ game at Wembley and the possibility that this will be the most attended match in Premier League history will mean that the pressure will be on Spurs to perform well and get the win, can they rise to it? We’ll know by 6pm on Sunday!
Another intriguing match-up is Man City at Home to Everton. This should be a very tight affair as Koeman will ensure that City don’t get too much time on the ball. If Everton raise the physicality of the game they could disrupt the Guardiola style of play and cause City a few problems.
Captain: Romelu Lukaku
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