Bournemouth v Man City
Bournemouth club captain Simon Francis remains out with the hamstring strain he suffered on the opening day
. Jermain Defoe could make his his
first Premier League start for the Cherries but Callum Wilson and Junior Stanislas are still long-term absentees.
Manchester City's summer signing Danilo could deputise
for Kyle Walker, who is banned after his red card on Monday. Raheem Sterling will hope to start after scoring as a substitute against Everton in City's last game. Left-back Benjamin Mendy will travel with the squad, although the game may come too soon for him following his recovery from a thigh problem. The visitors will be without midfielder Ilkay Gundogan, who will look to improve his fitness by playing for City's development side on Friday.
never beaten Manchester City in 10 previous meetings (D2, L8). The Cherries have also failed to score in all five of their home league games against City. They have also lost all four Premier League meetings with Manchester City, conceding 15 goals and scoring just one in reply.
While Bournemouth have
opened all three of their Premier League seasons with two defeats, Manchester City have
just lost one of their last 10 Premier League away games (W6, D3), a 2-1 defeat to Chelsea in April. Bournemouth have
made a poor start, losing both of their first two games, and their confidence in my opinion
won't be great when they take on Manchester City had a little hiccup against Everton, following the home draw at the Etihad. I'm tipping both sides to get on the score sheet.Prediction
Bournemouth 1-3 Manchester CityCrystal Palace v Swansea City
Crystal Palace will be without midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek, who is suffering from a groin problem. Defender Jairo Riedewald should shake off a knock to start but Wilfried Zaha remains out with a knee injury.
Swansea could hand a debut to midfielder Sam Clucas, a midweek signing from Hull City, while Leon Britton is available after a back strain. However, forward Fernando Llorente is still recovering from a broken arm. Centre-back Kyle Bartley is also out with medial ligament damage sustained in the EFL Cup win at MK Dons.
Crystal Palace have
won just one of their last 12 league meetings with Swansea City (D5, L6), a 1-0 home win in May 2015. Swansea beat Palace 2-1 at Selhurst Park in January, with head coach Paul Clement watching from the stands before taking over. This was the highest scoring fixture in the top flight last season, with 12 goals scored over the two games. However, both teams are yet to score in the Premier League this season. Following Crystal Palace's display at Anfield last weekend and the Swans' lack of bite up front when they entertained high flying Mancehster
United at the Liverty
stadium, I believe De Boer's men should hit the ground running on Saturday at Selhurst Park with a comfortable win.Prediction
Crystal Palace 2-0 Swansea CityHuddersfield v Southampton
Huddersfield's new signings Abdelhamid Sabiri and Florent Hadergjonaj will not be considered for selection so soon after joining the club. Jonathan Hogg, Nahki Wells, Jon Gorenc Stankovic and Martin Cranie remain sidelined. Southampton will make a late decision on whether to hand a start to Wesley Hoedt following his move from Lazio. Fellow centre
back Virgil Van Dijk will not be included as he continues to be linked with a move away from St Mary's.
Huddersfield last hosted Southampton in League One in 2010, winning 2-0. They have not played out a draw since 1965 in the old Second Division, a run of 12 games featuring six wins apiece.
The two sides last met in the top flight in 1971 when Southampton won 2-0 at Huddersfield. That season the home side finished bottom of Division One.
The Terriers last won their first three matches of a top-flight season in 1924-25, on their way to the second of three consecutive league titles. Huddersfield could keep four consecutive top-flight clean sheets for the first time since a club-record run of five in a row from March to April 1923 but I don't see them stopping the Saints who have taken four points from their first two games, having won only one of their final eight league matches last season from finding the back of the net. My prediction is a score draw but with a X2
Huddersfield 1-1 SouthamptonNewcastle United v West Ham United
Newcastle midfielder Jonjo Shelvey serves the final game of a three-match ban while defenders DeAndre Yedlin and Florian Lejeune are still sidelined. Dwight Gayle returns but Rolando Aarons faces a late fitness test. Fit-again Manuel Lanzini is included in the West Ham squad for the first time this season but Marko Arnautovic is suspended and Winston Reid remains out. Cheikhou Kouyate is back in contention after a cameo in Wednesday's win against Cheltenham. Andy Carroll is also back in training after his latest lay-off with a thigh problem and will be assessed.
suffered just one defeat in their last 13 home matches against West Ham (W7, D5). The Magpies are looking for their first back-to-back wins over the Hammers for 15 years. This will be the 50th top-flight meeting of these sides. West Ham have
registered only seven wins so far, while Newcastle are
one short of 50 victories.
The Magpies are winless so far in the league and got beaten 3-2 at home in the EFL Cup by Championship side Nottingham Forest. I think West Ham will get at least a point.Prediction
Newcastle United 1-1 West Ham UnitedWatford v Brighton
Watford's latest signing Andre Carrillo could make his debut after the Benfica winger joined on a season-long loan. Left-back Jose Holebas is suspended following his midweek red card, so 19-year-old Brandon Mason may deputise
. Younes Kaboul, Daryl Janmaat
and Roberto Pereyra are out with muscular injuries, while Mauro Zarate continues his rehabilitation from a knee problem. Brighton's record signing, winger Jose Izquierdo, has been given international clearance and is available. Izzy Brown is still out with a hamstring injury while Beram Kayal and Sam Baldock remain long-term absentees.
lost just one of their last 10 meetings with Brighton (W5, D4). The last top-flight meeting between the sides finished 1-1 on New Year's Day in 1983. Watford sealed promotion to the Premier League by beating Brighton 2-0 on the south coast in April 2015. Watford's victory at Bournemouth last weekend ended a run of seven Premier League games without a win (D6, L1), meaning they now have four points from their opening two fixtures of the new season. Brighton have
had a nasty welcome to the Premier League, losing both of their two first games and against the new look Watford under boss Marco Silva, I don't see them standing in the way of the Hornets to maximum points.Prediction
Watford 2-0 Brighton