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Premier League Matchday 3 preview: Talking points, team news, and key games

August 23, 2019 By Ali M.
Here's everything you need to know ahead of round 3 in the English top-flight, with Liverpool and Arsenal gearing up for battle in the standout fixture.

2019/20 English Premier League Matchday 3 fixtures - time and date

Friday 23, 2019

  • Aston Villa vs Everton at 15:00 ET/19:00 GMT

Saturday 24, 2019 

  • Norwich City vs Chelsea at 07:30 ET/11:30 GMT

  • Brighton vs Southampton at 10:00 ET/14:00 GMT

  • Man United vs Crystal Palace at 10:00 ET/14:00 GMT

  • Sheffield United vs Leicester City at 10:00 ET/14:00 GMT

  • Watford vs West Ham at 10:00 ET/14:00 GMT

  • Liverpool vs Arsenal at 12:30 ET/16:30 GMT

Sunday 25, 2019

  • Bournemouth vs Man City at 09:00 ET/13:00 GMT

  • Tottenham vs Newcastle at 11:30 ET/15:30 GMT

  • Wolves vs Burnley at 11:30 ET/15:30 GMT

Team news/injuries

Emery confirmed that both Ozil and Xhaka returned to full training. Whether they will make the lineup or be relegated to the bench on Saturday remains unknown. Liverpool, meanwhile, remain without Alisson and will hope for an error-less performance from Adrian. Keita also remains on the sidelines.

Zappacosta has left Chelsea for Roma, meaning Lampard’s list of defenders continues to decrease. Hudson-Odoi is yet to return while Rudiger lacks match fitness. Man United are expected to have an identical squad at their disposal, with Bailly and Dalot both being ruled out.

The same goes for Man City, who are without Sane and Mendy while Stones is a doubt. Tottenham, on the other hand, have welcomed back influential attacker Heung-Min Son from suspension but are without Alli and Sessegnon.

Key stats

  • Since February 2018, no players have scored more Premier League goals than Mohamed Salah (36) and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (34). The two will go head-to-head at Anfield on Saturday.

  • Liverpool and Arsenal are the only two sides to have won their opening two fixtures. This means after Saturday’s Anfield showdown, only one English side can be left with their perfect record in tact at the very best.

  • Firmino boasts a goal-per-game ratio against the Gunners, scoring eight in his eight encounters with the north London giants. This was helped by his hat-trick in their last Anfield clash.

  • With Friday’s Aston Villa vs Everton clash, fans will see the return of the most played fixture in English top-division history (202). Everton vs Liverpool comes in at second with 200, followed by Liverpool vs Arsenal (196).

  • Lampard, who is in search of his first competitive win as Chelsea boss, became the first Blues manager to fail to win his any of his opening three games since Benitez in 2012-13. He won’t be keen on adding to this unwanted tally when they visit Norwich.

What is social media saying ahead of Matchday 3?

Will Pogba bounce back after being racially abused?

Missing that penalty against Wolves was a huge blow for Man United, but there was no excuse for the treatment Pogba got from a small portion of fans. The Frenchman fell victim to racial abuse on social media, namely Twitter, after the 1-1 draw which has brought discrimination back into the headlines.

The midfielder has received support from the masses, which is great to see, and is unfazed ahead of the Crystal Palace showdown, according to the boss. However, it will be interesting to see how he reacts on the pitch. Leading the Red Devils to victory with a spot-kick goal would be the most epic way to silence his haters at the moment.

Arsenal eyeing to end their atrocious Anfield record

Arsenal’s last six visits to Anfield have produced zero wins. Their last three has seen them lose 5-1, 4-0, and 3-1 respectively. Emery will be hoping to put an end to this run; however, defensive frailties remain and the Gunners would be the winners should this game end in a draw. The north London giants have the attacking force to harm Klopp’s men in the form of Aubameyang and Lacazette but it will be interesting if their back-four can withstand the Salah-Mane-Firmino trio.

Live broadcast listings: Top 5 Premier League matches to watch on Matchday 3

 

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Norwich City 2 - 3 Chelsea

August 24, 2019 7:30amCarrow Road (Norwich, Norfolk)

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Manchester United 1 - 2 Crystal Palace

August 24, 2019 10:00amOld Trafford (Manchester)

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Liverpool 3 - 1 Arsenal

August 24, 2019 12:30pmAnfield (Liverpool)

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AFC Bournemouth 1 - 3 Manchester City

August 25, 2019 9:00amVitality Stadium (Bournemouth, Dorset)

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Tottenham Hotspur 0 - 1 Newcastle United

August 25, 2019 11:30amTottenham Hotspur Stadium (London)

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