Defending champions Leicester City host Arsenal in the pick of Saturday’s Premier League fixtures, while Manchester City and Chelsea are also in action.
Both the Gunners and Foxes will be desperate to pick up the full compliment of points when they face off at the King Power Stadium, with both sides having suffered the setback of a costly loss in their opening fixture.
While Arsenal’s patched up defence struggled to contain Liverpool, Leicester’s shock loss to newly promoted Hull City leaves the champions with ground to catch up on.
Arsenal’s defensive concerns remain unresolved with manager Arsene Wenger unable to bring in any new signings over the past week, With the likes of centre backs Per Mertesacker and Gabriel Paulista injured and France star Laurent Koscielny yet to recover full fitness, the side may well have to rely on inexperienced pairing Callum Chambers and Rob Holding yet again.
Leicester, meanwhile, have struggled since the departure of key defensive midfielder N’Golo Kante, who has joined title rivals Chelsea. The Foxes have lost both competitive matches they have played this season and will hoping the likes of star players Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez can find form. Arsenal were victorious in both their matches against the Foxes last season.
Other big matches on Saturday sees the likes of Chelsea take on Watford away and Manchester City travel to Stoke City. Both sides recorded late victories in their opening games of the season and will be hoping to find their fluency when they take to the road for the first time under new managers Antonio Conte and Pep Guardiola respectively.
Complete Round 2 Fixtures
Friday, August 19
Manchester United vs Southhampton – 21:00.
Saturday, August 20.
Stoke City vs Manchester City – 13:30.
Burnley vs Liverpool – 16:00.
Swansea City vs Hull City – 16:00.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Crystal Palace – 16:00.
Watford vs Chelsea – 16:00.
West Bromwich Albion vs Everton – 16:00.
Leicester City vs Arsenal – 18:30.
Sunday, August 21.
Sunderland vs Middlesbrough – 14:30.
West Ham United vs Bournemouth – 17:00.