Manchester United are under pressure to come back from their first Premier League defeat of the season and beat Tottenham Hotspur at Old Trafford on Monday evening in what promises to be the highlight fixture of Week 3.
The Red Devils suffered a shock 3-2 loss at Brighton & Hove Albion on Sunday, meaning they have already lost ground in the title race. Six sides have yet to drop a point and are tied for the lead on six points.
Manchester City sit chief among those on goal difference, and they travel to newly promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers for Saturday's early kick-off hoping to stretch their lead at the top of the standings.
Second-place Liverpool have yet to concede a goal and host Brighton on Saturday, the same day Arsenal host West Ham United as one of the four teams that haven't claimed a point this term. Chelsea sit level on points with City and Liverpool, and they face a trip to Newcastle United on Sunday.
Week 3 Fixtures
Saturday, August 25
- Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Manchester City, 12:30 p.m. BST/7:30 a.m. ET, Sky Sports (UK), NBCSN (U.S.)
- Arsenal vs. West Ham United, 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET, NBCSN (U.S.)
- Bournemouth vs. Everton, 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold (U.S.)
- Huddersfield Town vs. Cardiff City, 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET (Chelsea),NBC Sports Gold (U.S.)
- Southampton vs. Leicester City, 3 p.m. BST/10 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold (U.S.)
- Liverpool vs. Brighton & Hove Albion, 5:30 p.m. BST/12:30 p.m. ET, BT Sport (UK), NBC (U.S.)
Sunday, August 26
- Watford vs. Crystal Palace, 1:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. ET, Sky Sports (UK), NBCSN (U.S.)
- Fulham vs. Burnley, 1:30 p.m. BST/8:30 a.m. ET, NBC Sports Gold (U.S.)
- Newcastle United vs. Chelsea, 4 p.m. BST/11 a.m. ET, Sky Sports (UK), NBCSN (U.S.)
Monday, August 27
- Manchester United vs. Tottenham Hotspur, 8 p.m. BST/3 p.m. ET, Sky Sports (UK), NBCSN (U.S.)
Picks are in bold, draw prediction indicated when no bold present.
Mauricio Pochettino has done a fine job of leading Tottenham into the Premier League stratosphere, but his teams have nonetheless struggled on their trips to Old Trafford in recent years.
Spurs have taken an edge over Monday's opponents as one of the six teams yet to drop a point. The Manchester Evening News profiled them as a the last north London club to beat United on their own soil, although that was in January 2014, five months prior to Pochettino's arrival:
Since the Argentinian took over, Tottenham have lost all four of their league visits to the Theatre of Dreams—in that time, they have conceded six goals and scored none, losing 1-0 on their past three visits.
Yet as they have in prior meetings, Spurs look to be the team in better form, per statistician Simon Gleave:
The overriding contrasts between United and Tottenham leading up to Monday's clash are obvious. Spurs appear to be in harmony after riding out a transfer window with no signings, while United's camp seems more chaotic despite the fact the club brought in at least some new faces.
Harry Kane has his August scoring curse off his back, and Pochettino has less pressure on him than counterpart Jose Mourinho after United's fall at Brighton, suggesting a first Spurs win at Old Trafford since 2014 is on the cards.
Manchester City are hoping to win in new territory for many of their players and travel to the Molineux after star midfielder Bernardo Silva posted evidence Pep Guardiola's side are expecting a rough encounter against their promoted foes:
The Citizens fired six goals past Huddersfield Town last time out, and after 10-man Leicester City got the best of Wolves on Saturday, Nuno Espirito Santo will have a hard time bouncing back against Guardiola.
But set to keep pace with City are Liverpool, who will prove far more testing opposition for Brighton than United, particularly considering Saturday's game takes place at Anfield.
Aside from the Reds' cohesion and the fluidity Jurgen Klopp has among his squad, there's also a much more relaxed atmosphere around the Merseyside outfit, as Goal highlighted:
Romelu Lukaku was isolated to ineffectiveness by the Seagulls, but merely throwing men behind the ball will not be enough against Liverpool's irrepressible forward line.
Expect Klopp's side to find their stride after being frustrated in a hard-fought 2-0 win over Crystal Palace on Monday, with Brighton liable to showcase more of the form that saw them open the season with a 2-0 loss at Watford.