Welcome back! Following on from last week’s opener and some mid-week EFL Cup action, we’re back with game-week 2. All 20 teams will feature, with Man Utd, Man City, Aston Villa and Burnley playing their first EPL fixtures of the season. Let’s take a look at what this Game-week has to offer:
Everton vs West Brom: The Toffees are full of confidence after their 1-0 victory over Spurs last week, a game in which James Rodriguez impressed on his debut. After their disappointing 0-3 opening day defeat to Leicester, the Baggies bounced back during mid-week in the EFL, albeit with a much-changed side, beating Harrogate Town 3-0.
Leeds vs Fulham: Two newly promoted sides face each other. Leeds were unlucky to come away without anything in their 4-3 defeat visiting the champions in Liverpool. Fantasy managers will be hoping that Fulham’s hitman, Alexsandr Mitrović (who scored mid-week in the EFL Cup) will be back in the starting line-up.
Manchester United vs Crystal Palace: The first time Man Utd are in action, we eagerly wait to see how their assets perform, including their new signing, Donny van De Beek. Crystal Palace made a strong start to the season with a 1-0 win last week over Southampton.
Arsenal vs West Ham: The Gunners play in their 2nd London Derby of the season, and they come into this game full of confidence; especially after captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has signed a new deal for the club. West Ham are yet to get off the mark after a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Newcastle last week.
Southampton vs Tottenham: Both teams will be looking to get some points on the board after suffering defeats last week. Spurs are ever closer to announcing the loanee signing of prodigal son Gareth Bale; fantasy managers are already salivating over his imminent introduction to the platforms. The Saints fielded a strong side in their EFL Cup loss against Brentford. Spurs also featured in the week, fielding their key-players in their Europa League qualifier win against Lokomotiv Plovdiv.
Newcastle vs Brighton: A difficult fixture to call, but Calum Wilson certain gives Newcastle a new edge and looks like a worthy signing, scoring in a 2-0 win last week over West Ham. Brighton will look to get up and running after losing 3-1 to Chelsea last week, with new singing Adam Lallana being subbed off just before half time due to injury.
Chelsea vs Liverpool: A tasty fixture between two top-quality sides. Both teams won in the first game-week, scoring seven goals between them. Chelsea are still embedding their host of new signings into the team, with this game giving them a great chance to make a name for themselves. Yesterday Liverpool announced the signing of Bayern Munich holding-midfielder Thiago Alcântara (not to be confused with Chelsea defender Thiago Silva).
Leicester vs Burnley; Leicester come off the back of a convincing 3-0 win over West Brom where Jamie Vardy nabbed a Brace. We get to take our first look at Burnley in this season’s league. The Clarets featured a strong side in Thursday’s EFL Cup penalty shoot-out win over Sheffield United.
Aston Villa vs Sheffield United; Aston Villa will feature in their first EPL game of the season, having only featured in the EFL Cup on Thursday, a 3-1 win over Burton Albion (in which Talisman Jack Grealish scored). The Villans recently signed goalkeeper Emiliano Martínez from Arsenal, and he should feature. Sheffield United will look to get up and running after last week’s 2-0 defeat against Wolves and their mid-week EFL Cup defeat against Burnley.
Wolves vs Manchester City: So far so good for Wolves with a solid 2-0 win over Sheffield United in Game-week 1. This will be our first glimpse of Manchester City this season; will we see their new singings? Wolves completed a stunning double over the Citizens last season in the League, so this should be an interesting one.
What changes did you make for this game-week? Are you being patient with your sides, or have you been quick to mix it up? What are your predictions for this game-week? Please join us in the comments section below!