EPL Week 3 – Summer Spending, Local Derbies and much more
EPL Week 3 – Summer Spending, Local Derbies and much more avatar

Soccer fans everywhere are slowly getting back into the rhythm of things as the EPL heads into its third week of action.

Week 3 promises to be full of drama on and off the field as clubs all across England try to conclude last-minute deals before the summer transfer window slams shut at midnight on Saturday.

As always there are a whole host of exciting games to look forward to this weekend, with Liverpool vs. Manchester United and Arsenal vs. Tottenham the standout games.

NEWS

Chelsea sign striker Eto’o

Eto'o has failed to shine at FC Anzhi Makhachkala where he was earning the highest salary of any soccer player. (Getty Images)

Eto’o has failed to shine at FC Anzhi Makhachkala where he was earning the highest salary of any soccer player. (Getty Images)

Chelsea have signed Cameroon striker Samuel Eto’o from Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.

The former Barcelona and Inter Milan striker joins the Blues on a free transfer, signing a one-year deal.

Eto’o, 32, reunites with Chelsea Boss Jose Mourinho who managed the striker at Inter Milan.

“It wasn’t a hard decision. I saw the qualities Chelsea have, and I was very happy with Jose Mourinho before, so when the opportunity came, I was very happy to take it,” Eto’o said.

“I am very happy to be here but also anxious because I want to get playing as soon as possible.”

The arrival of Eto’o brings an end to speculation linking Chelsea with a move for Wayne Rooney, who refused to hand in a formal transfer to force a move to the Blues.

 

Tottenham sign Ajax midfielder Eriksen

Tottenham have signed Danish international Christian Ericksen from Dutch champions Ajax for $17.8m.

Eriksen (L) is one of many of Tottenham's new signings this season. (Getty Images)

Eriksen (L) is one of many of Tottenham’s new signings this season. (Getty Images)

The deal completed a hat-trick of signings for Spurs on Friday, with Romanian defender Vlad Chiriches, 23, and Argentina striker Erik Lamela, 21 having joined the north Londoners earlier in the day.

Tottenham revealed the deal on their Twitter: “We are delighted to announce that we have reached agreement with Ajax for the transfer of Christian Eriksen.”

Bale (L) is set to leave Tottenham for Real Madrid on a world record transfer fee.(Getty Images)

Bale (L) is set to leave Tottenham for Real Madrid on a world record transfer fee.(Getty Images)

The purchase of Eriksen brings Tottenham’s summer spending close to $162.7m, though the club do look set to regain a large chunk of that money with Gareth Bale poised to sign for Real Madrid for a world-record $132m fee.

Predications and Previews

Week 2

Score

My Predictions

SATURDAY

Fulham v Arsenal

1-3

2-2

Everton v West Brom

0-0

2-0

Hull v Norwich

1-0

1-2

Newcastle v West Ham

0-0

1-1

Southampton v Sunderland

1-1

2-0

Stoke v Crystal Palace

2-1

1-0

Aston Villa v Liverpool

0-1

1-1

SUNDAY

Cardiff v Man City

3-2

0-2

Tottenham v Swansea

1-0

2-1

MONDAY

Man Utd v Chelsea

0-0

2-1

A correct result is worth ONE point. A correct score earns THREE points.

Last week I got THREE correct results, and ZERO correct scores, giving me a dismal score of THREE points. But it is still early in the season and I, like most of the EPL players, still have to regain my sharpness. Hopefully I can improve my performance this week.

Week 3

My predictions

SATURDAY

Man City v Hull

3-0

Cardiff v Everton

1-1

Newcastle v Fulham

1-1

Norwich v Southampton

3-2

West Ham v Stoke

1-0

Crystal Palace v Sunderland

0-0

SUNDAY

Liverpool v Man Utd

1-2

West Brom v Swansea

2-1

Arsenal v Tottenham

3-2

PREVIEW

SATURDAY

Man City Vs. Hull

Manchester City suffered a shock defeat away to newly promoted Cardiff last week and will be hoping to bounce back against another newly promoted team Hull.

City played well and dominated most of the game against Cardiff, but their need to buy a central defender was highlighted as they conceded sloppy goals from set pieces.

Robbie Brady (R) scores the opening goal for Hull City against Norwich. (Getty Images)

Robbie Brady (R) scores the opening goal for Hull City against Norwich. (Getty Images)

Hull got a terrific result last week beating Norwich 1-0 at home to pick up their first points of the season, but face a much bigger test this week with a trip to Manchester.

Manchester City defender Matija Nastasic is set to replace Javi Garcia at centre-back after recovering from an ankle injury, though club captain Vincent Kompany remains sidelined with a groin injury.

Hull will be without Yannick Sagbo after the striker picked up a red card against Norwich with Danny Graham set to replace him.

Theses two sides have only met four times in the Premier League – each club has one win a piece, with two draws.

City will be looking for a win to get their EPL season going. (Getty Images)

City will be looking for a win to get their EPL season going. (Getty Images)

Manchester City lost last week and look quite vulnerable at the back at the moment with key defenders out injured and keeper Joe Hart error prone. Nevertheless, I cannot see anything other than a comfortable win for the Sky Blues, especially as Hull do not seem to have much quality in attacking areas.

Prediction: 3-0

SUNDAY

Liverpool vs. Man Utd

This is always a massive game, but there will be extra attention paid to this year’s game as David Moyes takes Manchester United to face their biggest rivals, an hour’s drive on the freeway to Liverpool.

Kolo Toure (R)has looked like a new player since joining Liverpool. (Getty Images)

Kolo Toure (R)has looked like a new player since joining Liverpool. (Getty Images)

Liverpool have had a good start to their campaign this season, winning their two opening games. The Reds are playing some neat stuff and have yet to concede a goal with new signing Kolo Toure impressing.

However, Liverpool do still look like they are struggling to score goals and they may try to bring in a striker before the transfer window closes to help take the burden off of Daniel Struddige, who has scored all of their league goals so far this term.

Manchester United played out a dour draw to Chelsea last Monday, and face another tough game this weekend with a trip to Liverpool. There is a lot pressure on David Moyes, especially as he has the unenviable task of taking over from Alex Ferguson, and I think he will be just trying to get though these tough fixtures with results and leave the worrying about performing well for a later date.

Kolo Toure and Joe Allen are doubts for Liverpool after being forced off through injury against Notts County in the League Cup midweek, though Martin Skrtel could return after recovering from a knee problem.

Phil Jones hurt his back against Chelsea but is expected to recover and keep his place in the Manchester United defense. Meanwhile, Wayne Rooney looks set to continue upfront after an industrious performance against Chelsea.

Rooney looks set to stay and put in a great performance against Chelsea..(Getty Images)

Rooney looks set to stay and put in a great performance against Chelsea..(Getty Images)

Manchester United are chasing a fourth win on the trot at Anfield having won their last three trips all by a 2-1 score line. However, new United boss David Moyes has never won at Anfield, losing 5 and drawing 7 of the 12 games played there during his time as Everton manager.

This game will be packed full of frenetic and high-octane soccer, and both teams could cancel each other out. But I feel United have a little more going forward and that is why I’ll back them to just edge this one.

Prediction: 1-2

Arsenal vs. Tottenham

Week 3 ends with a blockbuster of a game as north London rivals Arsenal and Tottenham lock horns.

Arsenal had a terrible start to the season, losing their opening game 1-3 at home to Aston Villa. However, the Gunners have bounced back winning their last three games in all competitions and will be chomping at the bit to face neighbors Tottenham.

Tottenham have looked strong  and Andros Townsend has been a real threat. (Getty Images)

Tottenham have looked strong and Andros Townsend has been a real threat. (Getty Images)

Star player Gareth Bale is poised to leave Tottenham, but the north Londoners spent heavily during the summer strengthening their squad and look like they will be a real force this season even without the mercurial Welshman.

They have won both their opening games and will fancy their chances of getting one over their arch rivals Arsenal.

Arsenal welcome back Laurent Koscielny to the team after the Frenchman served a one-match suspension. But will be without Lukas Podolski who joins Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta on the sidelines.

Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon is a doubt with a foot injury, while Emmanuel Adebayor and Benoit Assou-Ekotto are still short of match fitness.

This game is usually a high scoring thriller—The previous six meetings have yielded a total of 31 goals, including 5-2 wins for Arsenal in the previous two matches at the Emirates—so prepare yourself.

Spurs have only ever won once at Arsenal since the inaugural EPL season in 1992-93, but have looked like winning in their last two visits at the Emirates, taking early leads before finally capitulating.

Arsenal's attacking players have looked in good form thus far. (Getty Images)

Arsenal’s attacking players have looked in good form thus far. (Getty Images)

With Arsenal so far failing to make any meaningful additions to their squad it looks this could finally be the season where Tottenham finish above the Gunners in the EPL. But the north Londoners seem to have a psychological block when playing against Arsenal and that is why I’ll back the Gunners to win this one.

Prediction: 3-2

About Anthony Ta

Anthony Ta is a writer for the GotSoccer Magazine, specializing in Premier League, Champions League and the Euros.
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