Premier League – 03-04 October Preview

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Four clubs can still boast a 100% start to their Premier League campaign; Leicester, Everton, Liverpool, and Aston Villa, and while it is still early days, this weekend has thrown up some very interesting games across Saturday and Sunday.

Leeds v Manchester City

There is a fascinating game at Elland Road on Saturday evening as newly promoted Leeds United welcome Manchester City.

Leeds have made a good start back in the Premier League, winning two of their first three games. Despite losing 4-3 in an entertaining fixture at Liverpool on the opening day, they responded by beating Fulham 4-3 at home. In their third game, they secured a crucial 1-0 success at Sheffield United with Patrick Bamford scoring the late winner at Bramhall Lane. That made it three goals in three games for Bamford.

Manchester City beat Wolves 3-1 in their opening fixture at Molyneux but suffered a surprising 5-2 defeat against Leicester at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday. Riyad Mahrez had put City into an early lead but a Jamie Vardy hat-trick meant City were 3-1 down by the hour mark. In a sensational game, the Foxes eventually put five past City, including scoring three penalties.

This is the first meeting between these clubs in the Premier League since 2004, and City have lost their last two visits to Elland Road. There will be plenty of attacking football on display and an open game is expected with lots of goals.

Manchester United v Tottenham

Manchester United welcome Tottenham to Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon with both sides having had an inconsistent start to their seasons.

United lost their opening game 3-1 at home against Crystal Palace but recorded their first win of the season at Brighton last week. It came in controversial fashion though after the Red Devils were awarded a penalty by VAR after the final whistle. Bruno Fernandes scored from the spot for a 3-2 win.

Tottenham were beaten 1-0 by Everton on the opening weekend but hit back with a 5-2 win at Southampton the week after. Heung-Min Son scored four goals against the Saints and Harry Kane got his scoring off the mark too. However, Spurs were held to a 1-1 draw at home against Newcastle last weekend despite taking the lead through Lucas. But another controversial injury time penalty was awarded by VAR and allowed Newcastle to draw level.

Games between these clubs are often tight and this fixture could be the same, but both sides have great attacking options so goals should be expected.

Aston Villa v Liverpool

Liverpool will continue the defence of their title at Villa Park on Sunday evening hoping to build on their opening three wins. Meanwhile, Aston Villa have won their opening two games so 100% records will tumble one way or the other.

Villa have made the perfect start to their campaign with two wins and two clean sheets so far. They beat Sheffield United 1-0 in their first game before winning 3-0 at Fulham. Ross Barkley has also now joined on a season long loan and could feature against the champions.

Liverpool have made a strong start to the season by winning their opening three games. After beating Leeds 4-3 in an entertaining opening day fixture, they then secured a 2-0 win at Chelsea thanks to a Sadio Mane brace. Last week they beat Arsenal 3-1 which included a debut goal from Diogo Jota.

Liverpool have been impressive in their opening three games and should have too much for Villa on Sunday night. Liverpool’s high pressing game will be tested on the big Villa Park pitch, but it will also suit their attacking style.

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