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More Mourinho misery to come? The Premier League talking points

Portuguese’s Manchester United side host Tottenham on Monday.

The third weekend of the Premier League season is upon us, with the likes of

Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea looking to maintain their impressive


Here, Press Association Sport looks at five talking points from the weekend’s

Will defeat to Tottenham mean a true crisis for Jose Mourinho?

Manchester United’s manager is already under scrutiny following his side’s defeat away to Brighton and his seemingly fractious relationship with midfielder Paul Pogba, with former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane rumoured to be next in line for the Old Trafford hotseat if United continue to struggle. Spurs represent the toughest opposition the Red Devils have faced this season and defeat at home will pile the pressure on the Portuguese ‘Special One’.

Can Arsenal get off the mark and add to West Ham’s woes?

New Arsenal boss Unai Emery was handed a very tough start (Nick Potts/PA)

While Unai Emery had good reason to curse the Premier League fixture computer for two tough opening fixtures, the new Arsenal boss could hardly have wished for a better game this weekend to get some points on the board. Manuel Pellegrini’s side have also lost their first two games, with a predictable thumping at Liverpool followed by a dispiriting home defeat to Bournemouth. Stadium issues continue to muddy the waters for the unhappy Hammers and Arsenal, who should have scored five in the first half against Chelsea, will be confident of claiming a first win.

Will Richarlison get the better of buoyant Bournemouth?

Eyebrows were raised when Everton paid £40million to sign Richarlison from Watford, but the Brazil forward has certainly impressed with three goals in the first two games of the season after reuniting with manager Marco Silva at Goodison Park. Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth continue to defy the odds in the top flight and have a 100 per cent record so far this season, but that will be put to the test by the big-spending Toffees.

Are Burnley paying the price for European adventure?

Burnley’s game at Fulham on Sunday will be their eighth of a season which began just a month ago, with two of those matches going to extra-time. It is perhaps hardly surprising that Sean Dyche’s side have struggled in domestic action while they remain in Europe, with an opening 0-0 draw at Southampton followed by a 3-1 home defeat to Watford. A 3-1 deficit from the first leg of their Europa League tie with Olympiakos could prove to be a blessing in disguise.

Should Wolves bother turning up to face Manchester City?

City lost the grand total of two games last season, against Manchester United and Liverpool, as they romped to the title and Pep Guardiola’s side have started this campaign by beating Chelsea, Arsenal and Huddersfield by scoring 10 goals and conceding just one. However, Wolves did hold City to a 0-0 draw in the Carabao Cup last season before losing on penalties and while they are 12/1 underdogs, stranger things have happened.


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