Rolling into the third Game Week of the Premier League 23-24 season, Brighton, Man City and Arsenal are the only teams with a perfect record, while five teams are still yet to pick up a single point. There are also new signings still bedding in and teams still finding their feet in new tactical systems. Will those records remain and what will we learn from this round of fixtures? Here’s our look ahead to what to watch out for on this week’s Premier League Weekend Preview.
Premier League Weekend Preview Week 3 - Top 3 fixtures
Newcastle V Liverpool
When is Newcastle v Liverpool?: Sunday 27th August - 16:30
Two teams with title aspirations and which will no doubt be competing for places somewhere in the top 4 come the end of the season, this is guaranteed to be an eventful fixture. Especially if history repeats itself, with this fixture providing some of the premier leagues greatest ever games. Images of Stan Collymore wheeling away in stoppage time after scoring the winner in the 4-3 classic between these two, regarded by many as the competitions greatest ever fixture ,will live long in the memory as an iconic moment. As will the deflated reaction of manager Kevin Keegan in the dugout. Even last season served up an eventful game with now loaned out Fabio Carvalho grabbing LFC a late winner, deep into stoppage time after a match plagued with time wasting from Eddie Howe’s men. Both sides possess potent attacks and will show no fear of the other, guaranteeing what could well be the weekends most exciting and high stakes fixture.
Is Newcastle v Liverpool televised?: It will be shown in the UK on Sky Sports Premier League & Spy Sports Main Event from 16:00.
Everton V Wolves
When is Everton V Wolves?: Saturday 26th August - 15:00
Neither of these sides have managed a single point in their first games, although Wolves can feel pretty hard done by in that regard. If the referees had gotten the Onana penalty decision correctly against Man Utd, they likely would have been able to rescue a draw. As for Everton, they already look like they’re in trouble. They’ve had an uninspiring transfer window and don’t look to be any stronger than the side that barely clung on to their premier league status last season. They are still far too reliant on Calvert-Lewin who has struggled with unfortunate injuries issues in the past. Without him it’s hard to see where the goals will come from and up against a Wolves side with a lot of good technical footballers, they could be in for a tough afternoon. This has all the makings of a relegation six pointer and the losing side could be in trouble even at this stage.
Is Everton V Wolves televised?: No it won’t be shown on TV in the UK due to being a 15:00 kick off on Saturday. Highlights will be shown on the Sky Sports YouTube Channel later in the day, as well as on BBC on MOTD.
Manchester United V Nottingham Forest
When is Manchester United V Nottingham Forest?: Saturday 26th August - 15:00
Manchester United’s injury woes worsened this past week, and they will now be missing Luke Shaw and Mason Mount for this fixture, with Rasmus Hojlund still a doubt as he recovers from a back problem. It means Ten Hag will have to get creative to solve United’s midfield problems, with their lack of balance in the middle causing them to be exposed over and over again in their past two games, something Forest will be hoping to emulate. It will also be interesting to see if Ten Hag finally stops persisting with playing Rashford up front as a striker, something he has shown a number of times he doesn’t enjoy doing and is largely wasted there. Nottingham Forest could cause United a lot of problems on the break as they look to secure back to back wins, and would 3 points ahead of their opponents should they manage to pick up the win.
Is Manchester United V Nottingham Forest televised?: No it won’t be shown on TV in the UK due to being a 15:00 kick off on Saturday. Highlights will be shown on the Sky Sports YouTube Channel later in the day, as well as on BBC on MOTD.
Premier League Weekend Preview Week 3 - Player to watch
Chelsea’s newest midfield addition, who rejected Liverpool in favour of a move to Chelsea for a British record £115 million, had a disastrous debut off the bench against West Ham. He looked lost, giving the ball away multiple times and conceding the penalty for West Ham’s third goal in Chelsea’s 3-1 defeat to their London rivals. A result which means Chelsea have only 1 point out of a possible six, and are still looking for their first win. That makes this game crucial if they have any serious aspirations of competing at the top end of the table as they can’t afford to be 8 points adrift already. With the hefty price tag comes big pressure on Caicedo’s shoulders. He will be the starting number six for Chelsea once up to speed and will need to produce much better displays than he managed last week. At Brighton he showed the immense potential that he is, so once he settles he should show why so many clubs were desperate to sign him. Chelsea fans are not know for their patience though so he will need to hit the ground running. It’s a big week for him to get the memories of his catastrophic debut out of peoples minds.