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Juventus started of their campaign with a strong performance against a tight 2-1 win against Fiorentina, but completely dominated the game for the entire procession. Juventus started the game with Manduzkic and Dybala up front and then Higuain replaced Manduzkic and netted the winner to take all 3 points for Juventus. The Old Lady have been slowly building their stride with a full strength squad including Pjanic, Evra not yet starting while Marchisio yet to be fit enough to get back into the team. Juventus defence has been extremely instrumental for them in winning most of their games, and despite conceding a goal last weekend, the BBC (Barzagli, Bonucci and Chellini) will feel confident holding Lazio out.
Lazio come into this game after beating Atalanta in an exciting 4-3 victory. Lazio’s defence looked lost at sea as they went 3-0 down, and the defence crumbled to get Atalanta close to the game with a 3-2 score, but stealing it 4-3. The Lazio defence showed to be quite terrible in that game and things won’t be difficult when Juventus come to town as Juventus have won 7 straight games where they have scored 15 goals in that duration; while Lazio have only found the back of the net once in those 7 games.
Juventus looked good and another week of training would have built the fitness of Higuain and off some of the missing players, and I expect Juventus to beat Lazio once again this weekend.
Manchester United will travel away to Hull City after winning 2 games out of 2 so far this campaign while scoring 5 goals and conceding just one which will give Mourinho’s side a lot of confidence coming into this encounter. United have been in great form so far and more importantly looking a great playing form looking to get a lot of goals under the new manager. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already found the back of the net 3 times in his short career as a Manchester United player while Wayne Rooney has also found his mojo with an assist and a goal so far this campaign. Paul Pogba re-debuted for United last week and looked the part on both the defensive and play-making end, and his play should determine United’s chances for winning this title.
Hull City have been lucky to score 4 goals and beating Leicester and Swansea so far this campaign and will feel confident with the Red Devils coming to town. Mike Phelan, the caretaker manager, will thing he will be able to do it against United but he is taking on a different manager on Mourinho in this encounter. Hull’s problem could be exhaustion as they only have 13 fit players and a strong squad was out there in mid-week against Exeter in the League Cup. The fitness of the player will surely be test in this one and I think they might struggle entering into this game against the fresher Manchester United who have been off for 8 days.
Manchester United have looked great this season, and I think they win it on the Asian Handicap this weekend.
Tottenham host Liverpool in this encounter knowing that Liverpool have won 5 out of their last 7 meetings so far. Tottenham will be relying a lot on their midfielders Lamela and Eriksen to create enough service for Harry Kane up front, who has yet to hit his stride after struggling to get enough service to put the ball in the back of the net. An interesting stat, Harry Kane has never scored a goal in August in the 3 Premier League seasons he’s played so far. Tottenham will know that they take on a shaky Liverpool defence who shipped 2 goals last weekend to Burnley and 3 goals to Arsenal; and they are ripe of the taking. Lamela & Walker in particular should enjoy a good time with Milner playing at left back with Coutinho not offering much cover.
Liverpool looked a bit more like their offensive self after a strong 5-0 win against Burton in mid-week; but despite having 81% possession failed to find the back of the net against Burnley. Liverpool will take some confidence in this game knowing that they haven’t lost to Tottenham in any of their last 7 games played with both fixtures being a draw last year. Klopp will potentially use this game as a yardstick to see how far his players have come along, and whether he needs to buy any players in the remaining days of the transfer window. Liverpool will rely a lot on Mane, Firmino, Coutinho and Origi up front to deliver much of the service. They will also feel that the Tottenham defence is up for the taking especially with Vorm in goal who can be susceptible to counter-attacking goals.
This game looks like the tie of the weekend, and I suspect both teams are going to be finding the back of the net, and we could be in for an exciting encounter.