Gameweek Three provided the latest demonstration of the competitiveness of the Premier League. Crystal Palace and Newcastle unexpectedly secured respective victories at Manchester United and Tottenham, therefore crushing the many Fantasy Prem players who were relying on home clean sheets, and who had selected Harry Kane as their captain. The coming fixtures, beginning with Saturday’s early kick-off between hosts Southampton and Manchester United, offer similar potential.
Chelsea host Sheffield United, Bournemouth visit Leicester, Norwich travel to West Ham and Brighton have at least as difficult a task as Newcastle did at Spurs, when they visit Manchester City. Even if it remains premature to dismiss teams as certain contenders for relegation, Watford are in need of three vital points when they head to Newcastle; Palace will hope to build on shocking United by defeating Aston Villa at Selhurst Park.
Liverpool remain the only team to have won all three Premier League fixtures, and they visit Burnley for the late Saturday game. On Sunday, Everton and Wolves contest three points at Goodison Park in their pursuits of the top six. Most intriguingly of all, however, Arsenal host Tottenham in the north London derby.