Our football writers are back with this week’s 3 for the weekend. Where we bring you our opinions on the top 3 fixtures of the latest game week. Some big games lie ahead. The three fixtures we are discussing below are Chelsea v Man City in a clash of the titans. Newly promoted Brentford take on Liverpool and we have the least exciting North London Derby for some time in Arsenal v Tottenham.
Chelsea v Man City
A big game already so early on in the season. It won’t determine the title winners, but it will definitely give the winners a huge boost.
Thomas Tuchel has outsmarted Pep Guardiola in every game they have faced since he became Chelsea manager, which is no mean feat. The latest victory of course coming in the Champions League final. With Chelsea currently in top form, I am expecting them to come out firing on all cylinders.
As mentioned above, Pep has been outsmarted by Tuchel and it seems he doesn’t have a plan to combat the 3-4-3 Chelsea utilise. Pep has tried 2 holding midfielders, 1 holding midfielder, and even went with zero holding midfielders in the Champions League final. All to no avail. I wonder what he will have up his sleeve come Saturday.
Chelsea 2-1 Man City
As I’ve stated in my match preview, this really is an early heavyweight clash.
City have been quite hit and miss this season, scoring 6 against Leipzig and Wycombe, however unable to get past a tricky Southampton defence. I feel like City are crying out for a striker, and are struggling without one.
Chelsea are flying. This is massive for their title charge. If they can beat Tottenham and Manchester City in the space of a week, they’re in the driving seat.
One thing is certain.. it’ll be a cracking game.
Chelsea 1-1 Man City
Ouch… This is a huge game and one which we could well look back on and point at the turning point for either of these teams. Yes, it is early days but it is also a crucial match in the race for the title. For us fans, it also presents what you would hope to be a fantastic match between two teams who possess some exciting talent.
I backed City to win the title before the season started but have been massively impressed in how Chelsea have both looked and approached games so far this season, so this is a tough result to call. I am going to go for a very tight game but Chelsea just coming out on top by one goal.
Chelsea 1 – 0 City
Brentford v Liverpool
Thomas Frank’s Brentford side have been performing very well at the start of this season. I have mainly been impressed with how little they have conceded for a newly-promoted side. They outplayed Wolves last weekend from back to front, and even when down to 10 men, they held firm and limited Wolves to one clear chance. If they can keep up this form, then they’ve got a chance in this match on the weekend.
Liverpool are back to scoring goals. A scary thought for the rest of the league. I thought they were fortunate to get away without conceding a penalty v Palace last week when Tsimikas fouled Benteke, would it have changed the outcome of the game? Who knows. But the fact is they came off with a 3-0 win and Jota missed a sitter. Interested to see if they can find the space amongst the Brentford back 3.
Brentford 1-2 Liverpool
Brentford are currently loving life in the Premier League. Sat 9th, they’re coming into this game on the back of an incredible performance at Wolves, and are bound to be full of confidence.
However, Liverpool are Brentford’s toughest test yet. Liverpool are a different animal. I just feel like they’ll have too much for the Londoners, and the sheer quality will give Brentford a reality check.
Brentford 0-3 Liverpool
Brentford have been a pleasant surprise so far this season and have so far proved my prediction of them struggling to be laughable. Liverpool come into this game unbeaten with only conceding one goal and sitting 2nd behind Chelsea.
For as good as Brentford have been and even with them being at home I still think Liverpool will have too much about them for Brentford to deal with.
Brentford 0 – 3 Liverpool
Arsenal v Tottenham
Probably the least anticipated North London Derby in some time. Both squads are looking poor, and neither are pulling up trees this season so far. Arsenal have picked up back-to-back 1-0 wins against Norwich and Burnley, and I would usually say this match would be the real test to see where they are at. However, Spurs are just as bad.
Back to back 3-0 losses in the Premier League to Crystal Palace and Chelsea won’t bring confidence to the players or the fans. The football has been dire to watch and Harry Kane really looks like he wants to be somewhere else. Can Nuno inspire anything to get the players going this weekend?
Arsenal 1-1 Tottenham
The North London Derby. Now maybe I’m just cynical, but the team who bottles this game the least will win.
Arsenal started the season horrendously, however have found their feet and are back on track.
Tottenham are the complete opposite. Spurs flew out the blocks, and they looked a different team. But, in traditional Spurs fashion, the wheels have come off a few weeks in. Successive 3-0 defeats against Crystal Palace and Chelsea, and ‘Spursy’ comes to mind.
Another cracking match, and I’ll go with Arsenal to just edge it.
Arsenal 2-1 Tottenham
Another week and another London Derby, this one does not look like it will have any relevance in terms of the title race, especially so for Arsenal who currently sit in 13th with 6 points, 3 of which were won by squeezing past a poor Norwich side.
Tottenham should win this match, but by the same token, this strikes me as every bit the type of game which Tottenham will try their hardest to not win. Even so, I do think Tottenham will win this one and I am even predicting a goal from Mr. Kane himself.
Arsenal 0 – 2 Tottenham
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