BPL This Weekend: Welbeck, Falcao could make debuts, two remaining perfect teams square off, more

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By MATTHEW LEVINE
Staff Writer

Arsenal are set to hand a debut to new signing Danny Welbeck. Flashing a goal-scoring touch during the international break, the Gunners will hope he can fire away in the Premier League.

Already knowing several of his new teammates from the England squad, Welbeck will slide in right at top. With players like Mesut OzilAlexis Sanchez and Jack Wilshere providing service, Welbeck should get a few opportunities to open his Arsenal account.

It would be a great start not just to score a goal in his debut, but it would come against Manchester City – a team he will surely want to beat as a Manchester United academy product.

City were off to a good start, but recently lost in shocking fashion to Stoke City. With the international break to sort out what went wrong, City should look a better side. They travel to the Emirates Stadium, which should be a difficult test.

With Arsenal bolstering a few attacking weapons, the City defense will need to be alert. The same can be said about the Gunners’ backline with the likes of Sergio Aguero on the prowl.

What To Look For 

1.  Falcao debut– Manchester United have started the season much like it went last season. The club has yet to win and have yet to hit their stride.

Some of that has to do with personnel as well as adjusting to Louis van Gaal‘s system. However, the Red Devils look a bit stronger at the top with the inclusion of Radamel Falcao. United have that look about them that they are going to concede a fair amount of goals and just hope they can find the back of the net often, in what could make for a few high scoring games when Manchester United’s playing.

Already with Wayne RooneyAngel Di Maria and when Robin van Persie is healthy, it makes for a formidable attack. With Falcao, there should be plenty of goals to go around. The Colombian will look to get off the mark in his debut, which could come this weekend against Queens Park Rangers.

2. Pursuit of Perfection– Two clubs remain with a perfect record to start the season. Those clubs play each other this weekend – Chelsea and — more surprisingly — Swansea City.

Chelsea have played breathtaking attacking football at times, posting six goals against Everton in their last game. With the game at Stamford Bridge, Chelsea are the favorites to take all three points. Diego Costa already has scored four times, but is in a race for fitness to be ready for the game against the Swans. However, even without the striker, Jose Mourinho has a wealth of attacking options. The attack that Cesc Fabregas will continue to pull the strings of.

Swansea will pose a threat. Wilfried Bony is a physical presence and will trouble the Blues backline. Also, Swansea has a renewed Gylfi Sigurdsson in his second stint with the club.

3. Palace, Burnley could be preview of bottom three– Both Crystal Palace and Burnley recorded their first points of the season – the first Premier League point for Burnley since 2009-10. Both clubs are currently expected to be in or around the bottom three.

However, there are some positive to take for both clubs. Burnley played to a draw with Manchester United while Palace scored three times in a draw with Newcastle. Neil Warnock will continue to give the club a lift after his appointment as manager.

If both teams do end up staying near the bottom, games like this are crucial. The best way to get out of the lower half of the table is to beat the clubs around you. Both teams will hope to get their first win at the expense of the other.

4. Everton search for first win– Already losing two leads late and then being well-beaten by Chelsea, Everton are still in search of their first victory of the season. The Toffees have shown they can score, with seven goals in three games. However, more worryingly they’ve conceded 10 times in that same span.

Their opponent this weekend is West Bromwich Albion, who also have yet to record a win in three games. Both the Baggies and Toffees sit on two points to start the season.

With the way Everton’s three games have gone so far, this could be another goal affair, but one that the Toffees should be able to pull out.

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