No longer bound by the constraints of free-to-air or pay television, all English Premier League matches are available live on Optus Sport. They don’t always suit your time zone, especially the Eastern states, so we’ll have a weekly guide to the big games and the ones to consign to Mini Match or Highlights viewing the next day.
Matchday 2 sees a full slate of games after Manchester City and Manchester United (plus their opponents) were given the opening weekend off after later-than-usual involvement in European play.
Last weekend was a rude awakening for the three promoted clubs, all failing to record a victory, though Leeds were impressive in a 4-3 loss to Liverpool. They’ll host Fulham on the weekend, while West Brom head to Everton in what is suddenly a very important game for the Baggies.
Other clubs under the early pump include West Ham, Sheffield United and Tottenham, although Jose Mourinho is wheeling and dealing and expected to land former Spurs’ star Gareth Bale along with Spanish defender Sergio Regulion to strengthen his side.
Teams feeling good about themselves after the opening week are Arsenal, Leicester, Newcastle and Wolves, with other winners Liverpool and Chelsea playing each other in our Game of the Week.
If you’re a Manchester City fan, you’ll have to wait until Tuesday to see your team play Wolves, same for Aston Villa and Sheffield United supporters.
Game of the Week
Chelsea v Liverpool, Monday 1:30am AEST
If you live on the East Coast, you may be smarter watching this one on replay first thing Monday morning but if you’re keen for some live football, this is the match to stay up for.
Both clubs are coming off wins, and while neither were perfect, both have plenty of firepower. For Liverpool, it’s pretty much same old same old – Mo Salah absolutely brilliant – while you get the feeling Chelsea’s squad will take some time to come together. But you won’t keep Timo Werner off the scoresheet for too long.
There were concerns defensively for both sides, with Chelsea’s pre-season goalkeeping worries coming to the fore with a shaky-at-times Kepa Arrizabalaga and the Reds giving up three goals to Leeds, with Virgil van Dijk making a rare error.
Time Zone Games of the Week
Everton v West Brom, Saturday 9:30pm AEST
Pressure’s already on West Brom and manager Slaven Bilic after a 3-0 defeat at the hands of Leicester City. Everton are riding high, coming off a 1-0 win over Tottenham and with a legitimate superstar in James Rodriguez. A nice nightcap after a Saturday of racing and footy.
Southampton v Tottenham, Sunday 9pm AEST
If you’re a Tottenham fan you may need a stiff drink to get through this one. None of the ‘big’ clubs had as many questions going into the season as Spurs and although an infusion of Bale should eventually help, a draw or loss here and Jose Mourinho is likely to go off on everyone bar the bus driver.
Leeds v Fulham, Saturday midnight AEST
Elland Road hosts top flight football – albeit without fans – for the first time since 2004. Both promoted club are coming off defeats, but there was no disgrace in Leeds’ 4-3 loss to Liverpool, while Fulham were handled relatively easily by Arsenal 3-0.
Newcastle v Brighton, Sunday 11pm AEST
A chance to see Maty Ryan (but not departed Aaron Mooy) as Brighton travel north to play frisky Newcastle. Steve Bruce’s Magpies put two past West Ham, while Brighton had their chances in a 3-1 loss to Chelsea.
Watch The Mini Match
Manchester United v Crystal Palace, Sunday 2:30am AEST
Manchester United host a team they normally dominate – Crystal Palace have won just 1 of the last 15 meetings – but it remains to be seen whether young star Mason Greenwood will be part of the squad. He’s in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s doghouse after breaching restrictions while away with the English national team.
Arsenal v West Ham, Sunday 5am AEST
Willian, the ex-Chelsea man was brilliant in Arsenal’s 3-0 win over Fulham, delivering two assists, including a perfect cross-pitch pass to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. The veteran provided some needed creativity – something lacking since the mysterious disappearance of Mesut Ozil – and puts the onus on last year’s new signing Nicolas Pepe to prove he belongs in the side.
Wolves v Manchester City, Tuesday 3am AEST
The Messi-less Manchester City are back in action as they take a trip to Molineux to face Wolves, who have started with a 2-0 win over Sheffield United and a 1-0 shock loss to Stoke in the EFL Cup.
Watch The Highlights
Leicester v Burnley, Monday 4am AEST
The Vardy Party is back, with last year’s Golden Boot winner hitting the net twice on penalties as the Foxes smacked West Brom 3-0. Burnley, the great overachievers, could get a dose of reality this season, with ownership unsure about spending more money on transfers.
Aston Villa v Sheffield United, Tuesday 3am AEST
Villa make their Premier League debut with some wind in their sails after signing Arsenal keeper Emi Martinez, who was so important down the stretch and re-upping homegrown star Jack Grealish to a five-year deal. Last season’s surprise packet Sheffield United are off to a bad start, losing to Wolves in Week 1 and dropping an EFL Cup match to Burnley on penalties.