Every single round of Premier League matches serves up a series of intriguing subplots and matchday 3 is no different.
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🛌 Palace & Everton ready to put an old trend to bed
Five of Everton’s seven visits to Selhurst Park since Palace’s promotion in 2013 have ended in draws (four of which ended goalless). The two other games both finished 1-0 to Everton. Over those seven seasons, the average Premier League game has featured 2.72 goals; the average game between Palace and Everton at Selhurst has featured 0.85 goals (which is even stranger if you consider that games between the same teams at Goodison Park have averaged 3.43 goals).
So, maybe Wilf Zaha can change all of this? The Ivorian has scored in consecutive EPL games for the first time since November 2019 and he's got three for the season already after two outings. And with Colombian superstar James Rodríguez showing promising early signs in an Everton shirt under the tutelage of Carlo Ancelotti, this match can't possibly be boring. Can it?
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🔵 Ivanović against his old club
"The club will always stay in me and I will always be part of Chelsea in my head, 100%,” were the words of Serbian defender Branislav Ivanović last year.
Ivanović made 261 Premier League appearances for Chelsea between 2008 & 2016, scoring 22 goals, including one against new club West Brom back in February 2014. With the Baggies having lost their two games so far by an aggregate score of 8-2, it's clear that their defence needs a bit of experience and know-how. They'll be desperate for Ivanović to put his sentimentality to one side if he is to make a Premier League debut for West Brom on Saturday.
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🔴 The ultimate test for Arteta
Mikel Arteta has developed a great deal of goodwill between him and the Arsenal fans, especially with his success in the FA Cup final less than two months ago.
The real acid test, though, will be Arsenal's progress up the Premier League table and whether or not they can mount a serious and sustained top-four challenge. The Gunners have not won at Anfield since 2012 when Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla were on the scoresheet and Arteta himself was in the side. Their last five visits haven't been good viewing for Gooners faithful; Arsenal has conceded at least three goals on each occasion. Under Arteta, however, the team have looked better prepared and more tactically astute and versatile than in recent years.
Back to the present, Arteta's young team looks more savvy and versatile on a tactical level and this should bode well for a meeting with the champions, especially after he masterminded wins over Man City and Chelsea to lift the FA Cup, and capped that by beating Liverpool in the Community Shield.
Arsenal needs to show more signs of improvement here and build on their encouraging start to 2020-21. Another heavy defeat certainly wouldn't be terminal to their top-four hopes, but it would be a setback for Arteta's project, but the 38-year-old Spaniard is impressing in his new role and will relish the challenge.
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Liverpool vs Arsenal rounds out matchday 3 on Monday night but we start at the Amex where drama and intrigue will surely follow Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and his Man United side as they hope to put an opening day defeat behind them.
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