Six clubs have made the perfect start to their Premier League campaigns by winning both of their opening games. For Manchester United and Manchester City, this weekend will mark just their second game of the season as they started a week later due to European football commitments.
Brighton & Hove Albion v Manchester United
Brighton welcome Manchester United to the Amex Stadium on Saturday lunchtime looking to build on an excellent 3-0 victory at Newcastle. Two early goals from Neal Maupay and a late effort from Aaron Connolly ensured the Seagulls picked up their first points of the season after a 3-1 defeat against Chelsea on the opening day.
Manchester United arrive at the Amex hoping to bounce back from a disappointing performance in their opening game against Crystal Palace. Although summer signing Donny van de Beek scored his first goal for United, they were well beaten 3-1 by the Eagles at Old Trafford. A 3-0 defeat of Luton in midweek will have boosted the Red Devils confidence going into this one though.
Saturday’s game will be just the eighth Premier League meeting between the two clubs and is a fixture that has never returned a draw in any of their previous EPL encounters. United’s 3-0 victory at the Amex Stadium last season was the first time a visiting side had won this fixture, as goals from Mason Greenwood and a Bruno Fernandes brace helped the Red Devils to a valuable three-points on their way to securing a top four finish.
Manchester City v Leicester City
One of the standout fixtures of the weekend takes place at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as Manchester City welcome Leicester City.
City began their title bid with a 3-1 win at Wolves, although the Blues had to work hard in the second half for their win. A Kevin De Bruyne penalty and Phil Foden goal gave City a comfortable lead at half time, but after missing a host of chances, Wolves deservedly pulled a goal back with 12 minutes to go. However, City managed to settle the result with an injury time effort from Gabriel Jesus.
Leicester have made an impressive start to their season, scoring seven goals in their opening two games. On the opening weekend they beat West Brom 3-0, Jamie Vardy was on the mark twice for the Foxes, before beating Burnley 4-2 at the King Power Stadium. Harvey Barnes, James Justin and Dennis Praet all scored, which helped to send Leicester top of the Premier League.
Manchester City have won the last three meetings between the clubs and the last four games at the Etihad Stadium. However, Leicester have scored on three of those four occasions at City and more goals can be expected this time. It was back in 2016 when the Foxes last won at the Etihad Stadium, winning 3-1 five visits ago.
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