It’s another bumper weekend of live Premier League action on Sunday with no fewer than four fixtures taking place throughout the day.
Spurs and Southampton kick-off the action with Jose Mourinho’s men eager to bounce back from a poor start last weekend while the Saints will be seeking their first points having lost to Crystal Palace.
Newcastle will be looking to follow up their 2-0 opening day win at West Ham when they welcome Brighton to the Amex Stadium who went down 3-1 to Chelsea last Monday night.
The game of the weekend surely has to be Chelsea against Liverpool at Stsmford Bridge, two teams who many feel could be battling it out for the title come the end of the season.
Finally, Leicester City, who looked to have a top-four place secured for much of last season, look to build on their impressive 3-0 win at West Brom last week when they host a Burnley side who boasted a pretty mean away record last season under Sean Dyche.
Southampton v Tottenham, 12:00
Having lost their first game of the season Spurs will be looking to get back on track when they travel to St. Mary’s to face Southampton on Sunday lunchtime.
Jose Mourinho’s side fell to a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Everton but have since progressed to the Europa League third qualifying round with victory over Lokomitv Plovdiv.
They could also be boosted by the arrival of Real Madrid pair Gareth Bale an Sergio Reguilon, which could be completed before kickoff.
Despite losing on each of their last two visits to St Mary’s, Spurs will come up against a Saints side who have started their campaign poorly with losses to Crystal Palace in the Premier League and Brentford in the Carabao Cup.
Newcastle v Brighton, 14:00
Newcastle were impressive against West Ham in their opening fixture with new signings Callum Wilson and Jeff Hendrick scoring with the side’s only shots on target.
That win was followed up with a victory over Blackburn in the EFL Cup wwith fellow new arrival Ryan Fraser scoring the only goal in a 1-0 victory.
However, Brighton have been something of a bogey side for Newcastle in the Premier League since the Magpies pipped them for the Sky Bet Championship trophy in 2017.
In six matches Brighton have won two and held Newcastle to four frustrating draws, not least last term with two dire stalemates on Tyneside then again on the South Coast.
Chelsea v Liverpool, 16:30
Both these teams started the new campaign with victories, and the odds suggest they will both be competing for the championship come May.
While Liverpool cruised to the crown last year, Chelsea have some catching up to do, but they can make a statement on home soil this weekend.
Chelsea travelled to the Amex Stadium on Monday night and recorded a 3-1 victory over Brighton while the Reds ran-out 4-3 winners after an epic clash with Leeds at Anfield.
These sides last met on 22 July, when Liverpool won 5-3 on Merseyside with the title all but confirmed but expect Frank Lampard’s men to put up more of a fight this time around.
In the last 20 meetings between these two English giants, both teams have scored on 15 occasions and there’s little to prove that won’t happen again this time around.
Leicester v Burnley, 19;00
The Foxes opened their season up with a comfortable victory at West Bromwich Albion, whereas Burnley have been forced to wait to get underway after their opening-day showdown with Manchester United was postponed.
Leicester have not won back-to-back Premier League games since New Year’s Day and will see this first home match of the campaign as a good chance to change that.
Especially seeing as they have only lost their opening home outing of a top-flight campaign once in the last 13 seasons, and that came 19 years ago.
As for Sean Dyche’s side, they finished the season with 15 league wins – their best tally in the top flight for 45 years – and 15 clean sheets – their best total in 66 years.
It’s also worth noting that Manchester City are the only home team to beat a visiting Burnley in the league since Chelsea back on January 11.
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