After what feels like one of the shortest summers on record, and certainly it was for some players who were involved in action for their countries right up until the end of July, the Premier League got underway against last weekend and we are now at the start of what will be 38 weeks of top quality action from the biggest and wealthiest league in world football.

Last season’s Champions Manchester City will be hoping their domination of the domestic game continues this season, while the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United will be hoping that their end of season moves in the transfer market, team skill and intelligence plus the tactical nouse of each teams manager will be enough to close the gap or even surpass City this season.

In this article we are going to preview each of the ten games taking place in the second week of action in the Premier League and we will also give you our tip for each game.

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With just one game played, there’s little point bringing you the latest Premier League table as things only really start to take shape after four or five games, so for now, here’s our preview and tips for all Week Two’s matches in the competition.

Premier League – Matchday Two Fixtures

All Kick off times 3pm unless otherwise stated

Saturday 17th August

  • Arsenal v Burnley (12.30)

Arsenal have won all of the last ten games between the teams in all competitions and Burnley have beaten Arsenal just once since March 1975, and that win came in the League Cup in 2008. With three draws and 13 wins for Arsenal over that time, the Gunners will kick off their home campaign as the hot favourites to win this game and in truth, even given the moves made by Burnley in the offseason, this is still a game that Arsenal should win and win comfortably – Tip – Arsenal to win 2-0

  • Aston Villa v Bournemouth

How will Aston Villa fare in their first home game since being promoted back into the top flight last season? They face a Bournemouth side that have made some shrewd signings over the summer and who will want to get off to another fast start, something Eddie Howe’s team have specialised in over previous years. There’s no easy game for Villa at this level and I think this will give the Holte End an idea of how tough it will be this season as I am backing this one to finish all-square. Tip – 1-1 Draw

  • Brighton v West Ham United

These two teams historically have a very even record with each team winning 18 times against the other with 15 matches ending in a draw. In their last seven games stretching back to January 2007, each team has won three, lost three and one match (their last one in January 2019) was a draw. For me though, I think West Ham should be confident of ending a four game streak without a win against Brighton here against a Seagulls side I think will struggle this season. Tip – West Ham to win 2-0.

  • Everton v Watford

Everton have much the better historic record in this fixture, with 19 wins to Watford’s 5, with four draws, but Watford have won three of the last six and drawn one other, which suggests that recently things have been much more even. In fact, Everton have wo just two of the last eight games between the teams, both at Goodison back in May and November 2017. These are two well-matched sides, but I just feel with home advantage, Everton will come out on top. Tip – Everton to win 2-1.

  • Norwich City v Newcastle United

Newcastle hold the historic advantage in this fixture and Norwich have won just one of the last nine encounters between the teams. However, I feel both these teams are moving in opposite directions, Norwich I think are on the up after their promotion from the Championship, while I think Newcastle’s moves in the offseason are likely to see them struggle this. As such, I am backing Norwich to break that poor run here and land a rare victory. Tip – Norwich to win 2-0.

  • Southampton v Liverpool

Liverpool have won all of the last four matches between these two teams in the Premier League with Southampton’s last victory coming in the League Cup semifinal in January 2017. The Saints pushed Liverpool hard in April last year before late goals sealed a 3-1 win for the Reds at St Mary’s and I think it will be an equally tough start for Liverpool on the road here, but even so, I am backing Jurgen Klopp’s men to grab the points. Tip – Liverpool to win 2-1.

  • Manchester City v Tottenham (5.30pm)

These two teams produced some outstanding clashes last season, notably in the Champions League where Tottenham eliminated City on away goals in a dramatic night at the Etihad. Will VAR play an equally important role in this game too? It’s impossible to tell, but I do think City are going to be very tough to beat on home soil here and while I can see Spurs scoring a goal, I just think City are too powerful at home and should record a solid win here. Tip – Man City to win 3-1.

Sunday 18th August

  • Sheffield United v Crystal Palace (2pm)

Can Sheffield United get their season off to a winning start at Bramhall Lane? The newly promoted side are one the favourites for the drop this season but they face a Palace side that have been the very definition of inconsistency at times last season. That said, I think Roy Hodgson’s side has the potential to be much better this time around and I think they will be a real test for the Blades on their home patch and could even snatch the win. Tip – Crystal Palace to win 1-0.

  • Chelsea v Leicester City (4.30pm)

What will Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side look like when they play their first home game of the season? With no Eden Hazard, a transfer ban and perhaps an influx of younger players, can they sustain a title challenge in this way? Leicester will prove to be a stern test after making some shrewd signings under Brendan Rodgers this season and they did beat Chelsea in this fixture last season and I think they are capable of getting a good result again here. Tip – 2-2 Draw.

Monday 19th August

  • Wolverhampton Wanderers v Manchester United (8pm)

Wolves have not lost to United since a 5-0 defeat in the Premier League in 2012, drawing at Old Trafford last year and then beating United twice at home, once in the League and once in the FA Cup. I think Wolves have also made some shrewd moves in the off season and they are always very tough to beat on home soil. United are unconvincing under Solskjaer and I think this could be a real test for them so early in the season and I am not sure they will pass it. Tip – Wolves to win 2-1.