We are only two matches into the season, and already, there are only three teams without a point from two matches and four teams with the maximum six points from said duels. Three of the four teams up top, Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea should be considered no great surprise. But Hull City? Are we in the beginning stages of yet another magical Premier League season out of a team which many assumed would be relegated at the outset of the campaign?
EPL Match Day 3 Schedule
Tottenham vs. Liverpool (Saturday, 7:30 a.m. ET)
Chelsea vs. Burnley (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Crystal Palace vs. Bournemouth (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Everton vs. Stoke City (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Leicester City vs. Swansea City (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)
Southampton vs. Sunderland (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)Watford vs. Arsenal (Saturday, 10 a.m. ET)Hull City vs. Manchester United (Saturday, 12:30 p.m. ET)
West Brom vs. Middlesbrough (Sunday, 8:30 a.m. ET)Manchester City vs. West Ham (Sunday, 11 a.m. ET)
Is it strange that the biggest match of the weekend very well could include a Hull City team which didn't even have a manager as recently as two months ago? The Tigers look to be a wreck on paper, but they've already got a home win over last year's champs, Leicester City, and they could snare another massive scalp at home against Manchester United this weekend.
Of course, beating the Red Devils is going to be no small task, especially with the form Jose Mourinho's side is in to kick off the season, but at least it's a fun story to follow for the time being.
Manchester City and Chelsea are both at home this weekend and should both end up with three more points to push their tallies to nine heading into the first break of the season for international play. The Blues are taking Burnley, while Man City is taking on a West Ham side which still has to feel like it has a shot to finish in the coveted Top 4 this season.
On the other end of the table, Crystal Palace and Bournemouth have yet to manage a point, but at least one of the two teams will be off to mark on Saturday morning. These two teams have been outscored by a collective score of 6-1, and CP is the only team in the EPL without a goal thus far this year.
Meanwhile, upstart Middlesbrough, a team with two positive results in consecutive matches after just getting promoted from Championship last season, will visit West Brom in another match which has the distinct potential in getting a result. Boro has admitted that the chase for 40 points is all that matters this season, and every single point is precious on that road. Having four of them through just two matches is crucial.
Neither Arsenal nor Leicester City have a win yet this year, and both will be aiming for that first three-pointer this weekend after the two teams played to a scoreless draw at King Power Stadium last weekend.
The Gunners pay a visit to Watford, another team in the crosshairs of relegation this season, while Leicester City will be a relatively sizeable favorite against Swansea City.
Liverpool and Tottenham are both fringe Top 4 contenders this year. Both have one win in their first two matches of the season, and this match pitting the two against each other should be a really good one. Jurgen Klopp wasn't a happy man when his Reds were beaten at Burnley, especially after the big win at Arsenal in Match Day 1. This will be a good litmus test for whether Liverpool is legit or not early on in the campaign.
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