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Ontheminute.com: Premier League preview - Week 3

Premier League preview - Week 3

Published: 01.09.12 / Written by: David Gold

Key battles, players to watch and talking points, check out our preview of the Premier League action this week!

West Ham v Fulham

Key Battle: West Ham are looking to bounce back from defeat last week and Ricardo Vaz Te’s trickery will be a handful for Aaron Hughes

Player to Watch: Mladen Petric has settled into English football quickly and will hope to grab another goal on Saturday.

Talking Point: A clash of styles again for West Ham as they look to bounce back from the Swansea humbling.

Prediction: 1-1

Swansea v Sunderland

Key Battle: Michu will hope to continue his scoring ways but the aggression of Lee Cattermole will restrict him.

Player to Watch: Nathan Dyer has looked superb already this season and will cause the Sunderland defence nightmares.

Talking Point: Sunderland can be expected to defend doggedly and sit back against a superior footballing team. It will be tough for Swansea to break them down.

Prediction: 0-0

Wigan v Stoke

Key Battle: Franco di Santo was in good shape last weekend, grabbing a goal, and will be up against Ryan Shawcross, whose aggression will be tough for him to handle.

Player to Watch: Shaun Maloney has been an unsung hero for Wigan for quite some time now and expect him to be a key man again as Wigan play with confidence and verve.

Talking Point: Two teams who have established themselves in the Premier League using different techniques. Expect Wigan to make most of the running, but who wins is another question.

Prediction: 2-1

Tottenham v Norwich

Key Battle: Grant Holt will be a test for Jan Vertonghen at the back for Tottenham, who want to get their first win of the season.

Player to Watch: Gareth Bale is Spurs’ best player and they will look to him for inspiration here.

Talking Point: Chris Hughton returns to Tottenham hoping to spring a shock, as Norwich did last time they came to North London.

Prediction: 3-1

West Brom v Everton

Key Battle: Peter Odemwingie will be looking to cause problems for the Everton defence and Phil Jagielka, who should have a busy afternoon.

Player to Watch: Steven Pienaar was superb against Aston Villa and scored a goal of real beauty. West Brom have a battle on to contain him.

Talking Point: Two teams who have had magnificent starts to the campaign go head to head.

Prediction: 1-1

Man City v QPR

Key Battle: Carlos Tevez will cause no end of problems to whomever is at the back for QPR, if it is Michael Dawson, Ricardo Carvalho or Ryan Nelsen.

Player to Watch: Yaya Toure will be a force QPR have some difficulty handling in this clash.

Talking Point: Last time these sides met in one of the most memorable games in Premier League history. Can history repeat itself? No.

Prediction: 6-0

Liverpool v Arsenal

Key Battle: Joe Allen and Santi Cazorla will face off in central midfield in the battle of playmakers on Sunday afternoon.

Player to Watch: Luis Suarez is capable of conjuring a moment of magic from nothing. He has the ability to cause havoc here.

Talking Point: Both sides will be disappointed by their results but encouraged by performances. Both will also play the same style, and Arsenal have been doing that for longer.

Prediction: 1-2

Chelsea v Newcastle

Key Battle: Garath MacCleary gave Ashley Cole a difficult night on Wednesday and Hatem ben Arfa’s abilities mean he could reap havoc in the Chelsea defence here.

Player to Watch: Eden Hazard has started life in England superbly, showing the same close control and maturity in possession that took Lille to the 2010 French title.

Talking Point: Chelsea’s new lighter but more skilful attack could find it difficult against a well organised but technically adept Newcastle

Prediction: 0-1

Southampton v Man Utd

Key Battle: Rickie Lambert can cause problems for Michael Carrick if Manchester United’s defensive problems have not been solved.

Player to Watch: Robin van Persie scored on his full debut last weekend and will enjoy himself against Premier League newcomers.

Talking Point: Southampton have a great home record against United but have shown themselves to be defensively naive at times already this season. Against United that will be costly

Prediction: 1-4

Newcastle v Aston Villa

Key Battle: Papiss Cisse can really bully Richard Dunne here if Newcastle can get on top in the midfield battle.

Player to Watch: Hatem ben Arfa’s brilliant skills and ability to run the play will be a nightmare for Villa to deal with

Talking point: Newcastle are the stronger of these two teams but Villa will be desperate not to lose a third match in a row.

Prediction: 1-0

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