The York Ebor Festival contains three Group 1 races and the last of them is the Nunthorpe Stakes. Run on the Friday of the festival, this is a bona fide sprint which you can’t take your eye off as it will be done and dusted within a minute.
Liverpool against Arsenal is one of those mouth-watering ties that Super Sunday was made for. West Brom against Stoke isn’t. But, after positive results last weekend, both teams will believe they can pick up the three points in front of the Sky cameras. West Brom fans were more than a little upset with their end to last season. After securing the magical 40 point park, they failed to win any of their last nine games meaning that Tony Pulis was in need of a strong start to the new campaign. Back to back 1-0 wins has done the business and the Baggies will fancy another win against Stoke. The Potters were poor against Everton first up but they looked much better with the introduction Jessé and managed to cling on for a 1-0 win over Arsenal.
Pep Guardiola didn’t pull any punches before Man City’s game with Everton on Monday night. He told the Sky cameras that his team simply have to improve at home if they are to have any chance of winning the Premier League title this season so he was understandably frustrated after drawing their opening game at the Etihad 1-1. In the cold light of day, Guardiola will be happy that his players were able to dig deep to come back from 1-0 down with 10 men and that frustration will be forgotten if they can beat Bournemouth on Saturday afternoon. The Cherries are pointless after their opening two games and have the devil’s own job to turn their form around against a team who have put six goals past them at the Vitality Stadium in the last two seasons.
A win in the Community Shield and victory in an opening day thriller against Leicester had Arsenal fans feeling optimistic about the season ahead. Then Stoke away happened. Mistakes from the officials certainly didn’t help but Arsenal were their own worst enemies during their 1-0 loss at the Bet365 Stadium. The Gunners now have to improve significantly when they take on Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool have their own defensive concerns and they’ll be a little tired after their midweek Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim but they’ve got the quality to punish any more sloppiness in the Arsenal defence.
Man Utd fans will be in high spirits as they head to Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon after watching their team open up their assault on the Premier League with back to back 4-0 wins. Next up for United is Leicester City early on Saturday evening. The Foxes bounced back from a narrow opening day defeat against Arsenal to beat Brighton at the King Power Stadium. With all systems firing from an attacking perspective, Leicester could be the first side to trouble Man Utd this season.