Can Manchester United build on an impressive Gameweek 1 display?
The GW2 action will get under way when Swansea City entertain Manchester United at the Liberty Stadium in the Saturday lunchtime kick-off. Despite picking up what would appear to be a creditable point at Southampton last weekend, the statistics would suggest that it is likely to be another long, hard season for the Swans.
According to the official WhoScored match report, the Welsh side failed to win a single corner against a Saints side that also registered 29 shots, despite failing to break the deadlock.
Things are not likely to get any easier for Paul Clement’s troops this weekend either, against a United side that may have finally found its shooting boots. The Red Devils destroyed West Ham United last Sunday, fueling title talk around Old Trafford, so they will be looking to collect maximum points again this weekend, to prove that they are indeed genuine contenders.
The bookmakers give the hosts just a 10% chance of shocking the visitors and they may struggle to open their scoring account for the season as well, against a United team that kept 17 clean sheets last season.
Goals are expected at Anfield and the Etihad in GW2, with Liverpool and Manchester City both sharing the highest expectancy figures.
Liverpool will still be smarting though, after throwing away 2 priceless points at Vicarage Road last weekend, while the Citizens will be looking to build on a routine win at Brighton when they take on Everton in the Monday Night Football.
The fixture at Turf Moor between Burnley and West Bromwich Albion promises to be a low scoring affair and could tempt fantasy football managers that are looking for those elusive clean sheet bonus points, while the John Smith’s Stadium will host Premier League football for the first time when two promoted sides clash.
The Terriers got off to a flying start in GW1 and will be looking to inflict further misery on a Newcastle United side that picked up defensive injuries and had captain Jonjo Shelvey sent off, in their 2-0 home defeat by Spurs.
Huddersfield may currently be favourites for the drop but that situation won’t prevail for much longer, especially if they can open up an early 6 point cushion over the likes of Swansea!
The pick of the GW2 action is likely to take place at Wembley Stadium though with Spurs playing host to champions’ Chelsea. The Blues’ title defence got off to an inauspicious start last weekend when they went down 3-2 at home to Burnley, having 2 players dismissed in the process. They will not want to fall 6 points behind last season’s runners-up at this stage of the season.