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Paul Pogba has scored in both of Manchester United's wins this season
Manchester United are the only big team to have taken maximum points from both of their matches.
After two rounds played in the Premier League, Manchester United are the only big team to have taken six points, while Manchester City and Liverpool have picked up four with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all on three. Gameweek three has some cracking matches lined up, with the highlight fixture being between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on Sunday. 

Saturday 26 August

15/2 Bournemouth | Draw 9/2 | Manchester City 3/10 (13:30)

Manchester City will head to the Vitality Stadium to take on Bournemouth in the first match of the weekend. City are unbeaten in their six meetings against the Cherries with five wins, scoring 17 goals while conceding twice. Bournemouth are one of five teams yet to register a point in the new season, while they’ve also failed to find the back of the net – something Eddie Howe will look to change soon with his fast-paced attacking football. City dominated this fixture last season, winning 4-0 at the Etihad and 2-0 here at the Vitality. Man City on the Halftime-Fulltime double seems the best bet here at 8/10.

19/20 Crystal Palace | 24/10 | Swansea 3/1 (16:00)

Crystal Palace face Swansea at Selhurst Park on Saturday with both teams still searching for their first win of the season. Frank de Boer’s side have suffered back-to-back defeats against Huddersfield and Liverpool, failing to find the net in both of those matches. Paul Clement’s side picked up a point away to Southampton before being thumped 4-0 at home by Manchester United. Palace have failed to beat the Swans in the last two seasons. After drawing both meetings in the 2015/2016 campaign, the Welsh outfit completed the double over the Eagles last season, winning 2-1 in London before a thrilling 5-4 victory in South Wales. I’m going for Swansea on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 8/10.

26/10 Huddersfield | 23/10 | Southampton 11/10 (16:00)

High-flyers Huddersfield welcome Swansea to the John Smith's Stadium on Saturday. The newcomers have made an impressive start in the top flight, winning back-to-back matches against Crystal Palace and Newcastle. Southampton have picked up four points from their two matches played at St Mary's. After a goalless draw against Swansea, Mauricio Pellegrino’s side secured a late 3-2 victory over West Ham. The Saints have some quality players in their team and I’m backing them to edge a hard-fought encounter.

5/4 Newcastle | 47/20 | West Ham 21/10 (16:00)

Newcastle host West Ham at St James' Park this Saturday with both sides seeking their first points of the season. Rafael Benitez’s side suffered a 2-0 defeat at home to Tottenham and saw Jonjo Shelvey receive a straight red card, before losing 1-0 away to fellow newcomers Huddersfield. Slaven Bilic’s men failed to bounce back from their heavy 4-0 loss at Manchester United, going down 3-2 at Southampton which saw record-signing Marko Arnautovic sent off. The Hammers have so many top players in their team and I’m tipping them on the Win/Draw Double Chance at 6/10.

9/10 Watford | 24/10 | Brighton 31/10 (16:00)

Watford welcome newcomers Brighton to Vicarage Road on Saturday. Marco Silva’s side have looked very impressive in their opening two matches. After earning a 3-3 draw at home to Liverpool, the Hornets secured a 2-0 win at Bournemouth. The Seagulls have had a difficult start to life in the top flight, suffering back-to-back defeats against Manchester City and Leicester City, both by 2-0 scorelines. Watford are unbeaten in their last five meetings against Brighton, winning three times. The home win is tipped at 9/10.

3/10 Manchester United | 17/4 | Leicester City 17/2 (18:30)

Manchester United will entertain Leicester City in Saturday’s final match. Jose Mourinho’s side have begun the campaign in rampant fashion, beating both West Ham and Swansea by 4-0 scorelines. Craig Shakespeare’s men were impressive away to Arsenal in their season opener, despite losing 4-3, and were very good in their 2-0 victory over Brighton last weekend. However, United look unstoppable at the moment and they’re tipped to claim a fourth straight victory over the Foxes.

Sunday 27 August

4/10 Chelsea | 7/2 | Everton 13/2 (14:30)

Chelsea will welcome Everton to Stamford Bridge in Sunday’s opener. Antonio Conte's side bounced back from their shock home defeat against Burnley with a well-deserved 2-1 win over Tottenham at Wembley Stadium thanks to a brace from Marcos Alonso. Ronald Koeman's side come into this clash unbeaten, having held Manchester City to a credible 1-1 draw at the Etihad on Monday following their hard-fought 1-0 win against Stoke in the opening week. Conte will be delighted to welcome back Cesc Fabregas from suspension, while Eden Hazard could return from injury. The Premier League champions completed the double over the Toffees last season. A thumping 5-0 win at Stamford Bridge followed with a 3-0 victory at Goodison Park. It might not be so straightforward, but Chelsea are tipped to secure maximum points.

14/10 West Brom | 2/1 | Stoke City 43/20 (14:30)

West Brom and Stoke City will go head to head at the Hawthorns on Sunday. Tony Pulis’ men have won their opening two matches, beating Bournemouth and Burnley by 1-0 scorelines. The Potters succumbed to a 1-0 defeat at Everton in their opening game, but Mark Hughes' side bounced back in front of their fans by clinching a 1-0 victory over Arsenal. West Brom are unbeaten in their last five matches against Stoke with four wins, including three in a row at the Hawthorns. However, the Potters will be high on confidence and I’m backing them to earn a point.

23/20 Liverpool | 26/10 | Arsenal 22/10 (17:00)

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1/4 Tottenham | 9/2 | Burnley 10/1 (17:00)

Tottenham will look to end their Wembley hoodoo when they host Burnley in the final fixture of the round. Mauricio Pochettino’s side failed to build on their opening day win over Newcastle as they fell to a late 2-1 defeat against Chelsea last weekend. Burnley, who recorded a shocking 3-2 win away to the champions, went down 1-0 at home to West Brom. Sean Dyche will be hoping to add to Spurs’ Wembley woes, but Pochettino’s side have enough quality to bounce back. Tottenham completed the double over Burnley last season and with Harry Kane desperate to end his August goal drought, back the home win.

TREBLE @ 13/2
Watford Win 9/10
Man United Win 3/10
West Brom vs Stoke Draw 2/1

Written by Chad Nagel

Injuries and Suspensions

Santi Cazorla – OUT (Ankle injury)

Gary Cahill – OUT (Suspended)
Eden Hazard – DOUBT (Lack of match fitness)

Seamus Coleman – OUT (Broken Leg)
Ramiro Funes Mori – OUT (Knee injury)
Morgan Schneiderlin – OUT (Suspended)
Ross Barkley – OUT (Hamstring injury)
Yannick Bolasie – OUT (Knee injury)
James McCarthy – DOUBT (Knee injury)
Sandro Ramirez – DOUBT (Knock)

Nathaniel Clyne – DOUBT (Muscle injury)
Mamadou Sakho – OUT (Knee injury)
Philippe Coutinho – OUT (Back injury)
Adam Lallana – OUT (Thigh injury)

Manchester City
Benjamin Mendy – DOUBT (Thigh injury)
Ilkay Gundogan – DOUBT (Knee injury)
Kyle Walker – OUT (Suspended)
Fabian Delph – DOUBT (Knock)

Manchester United 
Marcos Rojo – DOUBT (Knee injury)
Luke Shaw – DOUBT (Lack of match fitness)
Ashley Young – DOUBT (Lack of match fitness)

Danny Rose – OUT (Knee injury)
Kieran Trippier – DOUBT (Knock)
Erik Lamela – OUT (Hip injury)
Georges-Kevin Nkoudou – DOUBT (Foot injury)