Premier League Previews: Analysis of every Matchday 2 game as the Premier League celebrates its 30-year anniversary

Everything you need to know about the weekend's Premier League fixtures, with every televised match available to watch on BT TV.

By Callum Davis Published: 12 August 2022 - 11.23am
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The Premier League returned with a bang last weekend as champions Man City kicked off the defence of their crown in style with a debut brace for the club's blockbuster summer signing Erling Haaland.  

Elsewhere it was a strong start for the league's London contingent as Arsenal, Chelsea and Spurs all picked up victories, while newly-promoted Fulham held a lacklustre Liverpool to a surprise draw in front of the BT Sport cameras.

It all makes for another fascinating weekend as the Premier League celebrates its 30th anniversary since the start of the inaugural season back in 1992.

You can watch every televised Premier League game via BT TV, the only place to catch every second of the action from England's top flight.

Read on for previews and information about how to watch every televised match across Matchday 2 of the new Premier League season.

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Saturday 13 August

Aston Villa vs Everton, 11.30pm on BT Sport 1 (KO 12.30pm) - Live stream

The Premier League weekend kicks off at Villa Park where one-time club foes, turned England teammates, turned BT Sport colleagues Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard face off for the first time as managers.

The midfield duo started 59 matches alongside one another for England, and were on opposite sides for 20 Premier League matches as players, with Lampard getting the best of the head-to-head with 10 wins to Gerrard's seven.

As they prepare to renew hostilities in the dugout, both men will be looking to get their seasons up and running after enduring defeats on opening weekend. 

Everton, without a recognised striker following the sale of Richarlison and injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, began the season with defeat to Chelsea at Goodison Park.

Meanwhile hosts Villa will be desperate to avoid beginning their campaign with back-to-back defeats after going down at newly-promoted Bournemouth last Saturday.

The result means Gerrard's record in charge of the Midlands outfit stands at 13 losses, 10 wins and five draws from 28 games played. 

The ex-Liverpool captain would love nothing more than to get off the mark with a morale-boosting win over the blue half of Merseyside.

Steve Gerrard

Southampton vs Leeds, 3pm kick-off

Jesse Marsch's Leeds travel south to take on Southampton this weekend hoping to build on a perfect start at home to Wolves. 

The high-profile departures of midfielders Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha raised fears the Yorkshire outfit could be in for another relegation scrap this term.

But United have made some shrewd acquisitions in the summer transfer market with the capture of Brenden Aaronson, Marc Roja, Luis Sinisterra and Tyler Adams for a combined total of £70m.

And American new-boy Aaronson hit the ground running in his Premier League debut, playing a pivotal role in the second goal that sealed all three points for Leeds. 

Despite an inauspicious start as Whites head coach, Marsch has only lost three of his last 11 league outings, with those defeats coming against Man City, Arsenal and Chelsea.

After beating Brentford on the final day of last season to secure their safety, United are looking to make it three consecutive Premier League wins for the first time since winning their last four games in 2020/21 under Marcelo Bielsa. 

By contrast Southampton had a forgettable return to Premier League duties as they shipped four goals in a calamitous opening-day defeat at Tottenham. 

The Saints have now lost their last five Premier League matches, and defeat against Leeds will equal their longest ever losing run in their league history, when they lost six consecutively between January and February last year.

Arsenal vs Leicester, 3pm kick-off

Whipser it quietly, but there is a genuine sense of optimism on the red side of north London for the first time since Arsene Wenger's reign.

After a bumpy start to his tenure, a combination of shrewd signings and blossoming academy graduates have helped Mikel Arteta restore the feel-good factor at Arsenal.

Missing out on Champions League football was a bitter pill to swallow but the Gunners hit the ground running last Friday, dispatching Patrick Vieira's Crystal Palace in the season curtain raiser at Selhurst Park. 

Next up is a Leicester City side who arrive at the Emirates six days on from blowing a two-goal lead at home to Brentford. 

Goals from full-back Timothy Castagne and Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall put the Foxes in command but second-half efforts from Ivan Toney and Pelenda Da Silva salvaged a point for the Bees. 

It was an all too familiar story for Brendan Rodgers' side, who rank 18th in the league for most points dropped from winning positions since the start of last season. 

The Emirates has been an unhappy hunting ground for the Foxes in recent years, with just one victory from their last 25 visits to Islington.

Can Leicester pick a rare win in N7 or will Arsenal continue their impressive start with a first home win of the season?

Arsenal

Brighton vs Newcastle, 3pm kick-off

The first instalment of the 'Dan Ashworth derby' gets underway this weekend as Brighton welcome Newcastle United to the Amex Stadium. 

Having played integral roles with England at the FA and most recently as technical director at Brighton, Ashworth was recently appointed Newcastle's new sporting director as the Magpies look to break into the Premier League top six. 

Ashworth will be responsible for the club's overarching sporting strategy, football development and recruitment at all age levels, and will work closely with head coach Eddie Howe.

The appointment is a mark of Newcastle's ambition and their plan to climb the table got off to the perfect start last weekend with a routine victory over newly-promoted Nottingham Forest. 

Now the Toon head on the road with a 350-mile road trip to take on a buoyant Brighton side coming off the back of a first ever win at Old Trafford last weekend. 

Key players Marc Cucurella and Yves Bissouma both left the club in big-money deals over the summer but the Seagulls showed no signs of weakness as two goals from Pascal Gross secured a historic 2-1 victory. 

Man City vs Bournemouth, 3pm kick-off

36 minutes was all it took for Erling Haaland to get off the mark in the Premier League as he and Man City put West Ham to the sword in an ominous display for the rest of the division. 

The Nordic marksman converted his own spot-kick after being brought down by substitute goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, before latching onto Kevin De Bruyne's through ball to double his tally 20 minutes into the second half. 

Now the 22-year-old is hoping to join Emmanuel Adebayor and Robinho as the only two players to score in both of their first two Premier League appearances for City as the champions continue their title defence at home to Bournemouth. 

A winning return to the Premier League will have done the Cherries' survival hopes no end of good but their record against City makes for ugly reading. 

City have won all 10 of their Premier League matches against the south-coast club.

Indeed, the Cherries have only led for a total of eight minutes in their previous 16 league meetings with City between 1987 and 2020.

Only two promoted teams have ever won away from home at the reigning Premier League champions, but Bournemouth boss Scott Parker could become the first manager in top-flight history to do it twice after leading Fulham to victory over champions Liverpool in 2020/21.

Erling Haaland

Wolves vs Fulham, 3pm kick-off

There will be a strong Portuguese flavour to the West Midlands on Saturday afternoon as Wolves boss Bruno Lage welcomes compatriot Marco Silva and his Fulham side to Molineux.

Wolves will be looking to put paid to their August hoodoo with the newly-promoted Cottagers in town.

The Wanderers' last Premier League win in the opening month of the season came against Fulham back in 2011, drawing six and losing five since then. 

Bruno Lage's side extended their winless summer woes away at Leeds last weekend in a fiery encounter that saw both managers clash at the final whistle. 

While Wolves have gone 11 league games without a win in August, Fulham are hoping to avoid a 12th match without a victory.

Their run of three draws and eight loses is the longest winless streak in the competition, but a surprise point at home to Liverpool last weekend suggests the west Londoners are ready to end their msierable run. 

Question marks over whether Aleksandar Mitrovic could finally translate his goalscoring Championship form to the Premier League were put to bed as the Serbian target man scored twice in a thrilling 2-2 draw at Craven Cottage.

Brentford vs Man Utd, 5.30pm kick-off on NOW via BT TV

It was Groundhog Day for Manchester United fans as their beleagured club began another Premier League campaign against a back-drop of transfer market failures and dressing-room unrest. 

With Cristiano Ronaldo's future still unresolved, new manager Erik Ten Hag left the wantaway striker on the bench as the Red Devils began the start of a new era at home to Brighton.

What should have been a bold new dawn turned into a nightmare as Graham Potter's Seagulls picked United apart to claim victory at Old Trafford for the first time in their history.

Ten Hag will be desperate to avoid creating his own piece of history this weekend as United look to avoid starting the season with back-to-back defeats for the first time since inaugural Premier League campaign began back in 1992.

It's an early reunion for Christian Eriksen, who returns to Brentford having swapped west London for Manchester earlier this summer. 

The Danish playmaker earned a surprise move to join Ten Hag's United reset after impressing in his return to action following a cardiac arrest at Euro 2020. 

Only Kevin De Bruyne and Martin Odegaard created more chances since the Dane's return to the Premier League last Februay and Eriksen was one of the few bright sparks from an otherwise disappointing Premier League opener.

Cristiano Ronaldo

Sunday 14 August

Nottingham Forest vs West Ham, 2pm kick-off on NOW via BT TV

The City Ground plays host to Premier League football for the first time since 1999 as Nottingham Forest entertain West Ham United in the first meeting between the two sides in any competition since 2014. 

Forest's first home top-flight game for over 23 years will also be their 200th in the Premier League. 

Steve Cooper's men will be hoping to make it a homecoming to remember as they look to put last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Newcastle behind them. 

West Ham will be out to fulfil their role as party poopers having also begun their 2022/23 campaign with defeat at home to champions Man City last Sunday. 

The defeat means the Hammers have won just one of their last eight Premier League games and are looking to avoid losing three consecutive league games for the first time since June 2020. 

The Sunday afternoon clash sees former Man Utd midfielder Jesse Lingard face off against the club where he spent six succesful months on loan back in 2021.

Lingard, who was linked with a return to the London Stadium before opting for Forest, was involved in 13 goals in 16 Premier League appearances for the Hammers.

Chelsea vs Spurs, 4.30pm kick-off on NOW via BT TV

The first top-six clash of the season sees Chelsea play host to bitter London rivals Tottenham in the pick of the weekend's games. 

It's a game with a long history of mutual animosity (cast your mind back to the infamous 'Battle of the Bridge' in 2016) but this weekend's encounter has added spice with Antonio Conte returning to west London. 

The Italian lifted the Premier League title as Chelsea manager before being sacked as Blues boss in July 2018 in an acrimonious end to his two-year stay the West London club. 

Now the former Juventus and Inter manager returns to Stamford Bridge hoping to prove he has what it takes to win a second league title with his new-look Spurs side. 

After threatening to walk away from the club halfway through last season, Conte has been backed in the transfer market to the tune of nearly £100m.

Ivan Perisic, Clement Lenglet and Yves Bissouma all made substitute appearances in the 4-1 win over Southampton, while ex-Everton forward Richarlison could make his league bow for Spurs at Stamford Bridge having missed their opener through suspension.

Over on the blue side of London, Chelsea fans will hope Thomas Tuchel's dour outlook for the season may have softened after claiming a 1-0 win at Frank Lampard's Everton.

The Blues brought in Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly, Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina over the summer, but the German head coach cut a disappointed figure during pre-season.

The £60m signing of Marc Cucurella will have appeased the former PSG supremo, but defeat to top-four rivals Spurs could lead to more questions on Tuchel's future.

Antonio Conte

Monday 15 August

Liverpool vs Crystal Palace, 8pm kick-off on NOW via BT TV

Last season's runners-up Liverpool will be hell-bent on getting their title challenge back on track at home to Crystal Palace. 

Man City took the early advantage in what is expected to be another two-horse race for the title as the Reds dropped points away at newly-promoted Fulham.

Summer signing Darwin Nunez netted on his league debut while Mohamed Salah scored on opening weekend for the sixth season running but both goals proved in vain as Mitrovic bagged a brace to earn Fulham a surprise point.

Now Liverpool return to Anfield where they have avoided defeat in their first home league game of the season for the last 18 years.

In fact, Klopp's men are unbeaten in their last 20 Premier League games, the longest run without defeat in the competition. 

If Patrick Vieira's Eagles are to bring an end to that streak they need a marked improvement on recent encounters with Liverpool.

Since losing 2-1 to Crystal Palace in April 2017, Liverpool have won 10 consecutive Premier League matches against the south Londoners, scoring 30 goals in the process. 

Palace have proved favourable opponents for Salah in particular, with the Egyptian socring seven goals and providing another four in his last 10 appearances against them.