Top Premier League storylines for Week 2
Week 2 of the Premier League season brings another gigantic match-up, with Arsenal following up its visit from Manchester City by traveling across London to face lively foe Chelsea.
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All that and four more things to watch closely this weekend in England and Wales.
New managers Emery, Sarri helm big London rivalry
Chelsea vs. Arsenal -- 12:30 p.m. ET Saturday on NBC [ STREAM ]
Antonio Conte’s probable hopes that Chelsea would be a shambles without him didn’t look true when the Blues bashed Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium on opening weekend, while some extreme Arsenal fan hopes that their stumbles were simply down to Arsene Wenger were washed away in a haze of Man City ball possession.
Now Chelsea has a chance to soak the Gunners’ early season in misery, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Arsenal will know they can make opening weekend a thing of the past by joining the Blues on three points with a big away win.
London Derby tests Kane’s August record
Tottenham Hotspur vs. Fulham -- 10 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN [ STREAM ]
Harry Kane still hasn’t scored in August, and Fulham allowed a pair of goals in their return to the Premier League last weekend against Palace. The Cottagers have enjoyed Wembley recently in earning promotion through the playoffs, and new player Jean Michael Seri -- a reported Spurs target before joining Fulham -- looked exceptional in the loss to Palace.
Will Jurgen Klopp’s Reds keep roaring at Selhurst Park?
Crystal Palace vs. Liverpool -- 3 p.m. ET Monday on NBCSN [ STREAM ]
Liverpool has won four-straight matches at Selhurst Park, but its record against Palace overall isn’t phenomenal over the last half-decade. That said, Jurgen Klopp’s men are clearly favorite to catch Manchester City if anyone can, and getting wins from matches like this is what contenders do along the way to Titletown.
Take two for Leicester and Wolves
Leicester City vs. Wolves -- 10 a.m. ET Saturday on NBC Sports Gold [ STREAM ]
Ruben Neves of Wolves announced his entry into the Premier League with a super performance in Wolves’ 2-2 home draw with 10-man Everton at the Molineux, but the one point gained somehow feel less than expected from the newly-promoted side. Leicester was outplayed by Manchester United in its opener, and will hope the King Power Stadium is what will kickstart their season... and maybe help save Claude Puel’s job as Foxes’ manager.
The Premier League returns to Cardiff with a perceived six-pointer
Cardiff City vs. Newcastle United -- 7:30 a.m. ET Saturday on NBCSN [ STREAM ]
Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds couldn’t get the job done at Bournemouth in Week One and their “doable” three-match stretch to restart life in the Premier League will feel really rough if they cannot land a point or better against Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle.
This is Newcastle’s best chance at three points over the first month, and the Magpies could be staring at zero points through four matches if they fail to get the job done in Wales (which is a long way from St. James’ Park).