Match week 2 Premier League Clashes on Saturday
I'm sure there were thousands of supporters up and down the country suffering from football burnout this summer, and the thought of the Premier League's return was too much to handle. Well, 90 minutes into the campaign, and having watched Arsenal crumble against newly-promoted Brentford under the lights of a rocking Community Stadium, we'd been pulled straight back in. Unless you're a Gooner, of course. The rest of the weekend lived up to the standards set by Friday night's curtain raiser, and we're all back in full swing for round two. There may be no Friday night football this time round, but that means we've got even more to look forward to on Saturday and Sunday. All eyes will be on how Manchester City bounce back from their shock defeat to Tottenham, if Manchester United can keep up the intensity shown in their smashing of Leeds United, and how many hat-tricks Romelu Lukaku will score on his Chelsea debut against the Gunners. We can't wait. So, let's dig into 90min's predictions ahead of another rock and roll weekend of Premier League action.
Liverpool vs Burnley
What time is kick off? 12:30 (BST)
Where is it being played? Anfield TV channel? BT Sport 1(UK), fuboTV (US)
This clash may not carry the intrigue that Brentford vs Arsenal delivered, or the fierce hatred between Man Utd and Leeds, but there is some narrative to chew on. Burnley were one of the many teams that beat Liverpool at Anfield last season, kicking off their club record six straight home losses. It'd be a huge shock if history were to repeat itself on the second week of the season, however. Jurgen Klopp's men are hungry to prove to the doubters that they are title contenders, and Burnley could suffer the brunt of their ire. The Clarets are on the hunt for their first points of the season, but we don't think they'll be leaving Anfield with anything more than a battering.
predicted lineup Prediction: Liverpool 3-0 Burnley
Aston Villa vs Newcastle United
What time is kick off? 15:00 (BST)
Where is it being played? Villa Park TV
channel? fuboTV (US)
It was an extremely poor opening day showing from both Aston Villa and Newcastle United last weekend, after they collected a grand total of zero points between them. Villa were rocked by newcomers Watford, who raced into a 3-0 lead before the visitors pulled back two late strikes, while the Magpies were on the wrong end of a 4-2 defeat to West Ham in a very entertaining clash. Both teams need to get off the mark, but we fancy things to click into gear for the Villans on Saturday. Danny Ings has already opened his account, and he'll have liked what he saw from the leaky Newcastle defence against the Hammers. He could have some fun.
Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Newcastle United
Crystal Palace vs Brentford