It is a very important Premier League weekend, one that would change the course of the season for many teams. Liverpool, Burnley, West Ham, Crystal Palace, Watford, Arsenal, Swansea, Huddersfield Town, Brighton and Everton – the 3 points are vital for any of those teams. It is going to be an exciting match week from the fist moment with …
Liverpool vs Manchester United
I have said something about this game in the COL article “Jose’s United first big test“. United look confident at the moment and are going into this game knowing that even a loss would not derail their title challenge. It is the totally opposite for Liverpool. All the pressure will be on them as it is a must win game, which would keep them in the top side of the table.
Reds have lost Mane and this has probably presented Chamberlain with an opportunity to play. Liverpool’s bets game plan is to attack and they will try to do that. Jose Mournho’s United play cautious football. They would try to outplay Liverpool in the midfield and then will wait on the Klopp’s side to make defensive mistakes, which they tend to do a lot. Prove me wrong, but I think that united are better prepared for this game… unless Liverpool totally outperform them. Everything is possible and again Man United look the better side at the moment, but I’ll go for the team that needs the points.
Liverpool to win: 2:1
Burnley vs West Ham
What a moment for The Clarets. If they win that one, they will have 15 points from the first 8 games and would enter the top 4. However, West Ham feel comfortable at Turf Moor and where they have won 3 and drawn one since 2012. The Hammers are improving slowly and this away fixture is a good opportunity for them against team who has played 3 games at home and scored just once.
West Ham to win: 1:2
Crystal Palace vs Chelsea
I don’t belive in this Crystal Palace at the moment. Everything is wrong there, starting with the club’s management. They have got the wrong coach and will pay the price for their poor judgement. I feel for Palace fans who are one of the best in the country. They deserve much more! I don;t think that Chelsea will miss the opportunity to win 3 points. It would be a miracle if Palace hold the Blues to a draw, despite that Chelsea will be without Alvaro Morata and N’Golo Kante. Still Palace could score there first goal of the season.
Chelsea to win: 1:3
Manchester City vs Stoke City
It is hard to go against this Man City team. They are stable in defence and clinical in front of the goal, even without the injured Sergio Aguero. Stoke City could try to close the spaces for the Sky Blues midfielders and strikers and if they succeed, they will give Pep Guardiola a hard time.
Man City to win: 2:0
Swansea City vs Huddersfield Town
It is a good opportunity for the Swans to win against team which is not better that them. These two sides haven’t played against each other for almost 1o years, so they just don’t know each other. I have a feeling that Huddersfield will not loose that one. They look good in defense and this is very important in the Premier League.
Tottenham Hostspur vs AFC Bournemouth
Come on you Spurs. No ,I’m not a Tottenham fan, I’m just saying that it is a time for Spurs to win at their temporary home ground. They have played three games at Wembley so far this season, lost two and drawn one. Not this time!
Tottenham to win: 2:1
Watford vs Arsenal
What a game? It will be on TV and it will be a good one to watch. It is very likely that we’d se more that 4 goals and despite that “Marco Silva brings shine to intriguing Watford“, I think that Arsenal will win at Vicarage Road.
Arsenal to win: 2:3
Brighton & Hove Albion vs Everton
Everton have a squad that should be winning against any teams that are supposed to finish in the bottom side of the table. Brighton are supposed to fight for survival in the Premier League this season and if they win a point from this home fixture, they’d be happy about it.
Everton to win: 1:2
Southampton vs Newcastle United
This fixture looks like 3 points won by The Saints. They feel comfortable playing against Newcastle United at home, even against Rafael Benitez managed Geordies. Southampton haven’t won at their home ground since 19th of August when they beat West Ham 3:2. At the same time, the last time when Newcastle won an away fixture against Saints was is September 2004.
Southampton to win: 2:0
Leicester City vs West Bromwich Albion
The last need that Leicester want to visit them at the moment is West Brom. The Foxes have lost four games against West Brom at home and drawn one since 2009. The Tony Pulis led West Brom look stable and are probably destined for a finish on or around the 10th place in the Premier League table this season. Foxes need to start winning at home to avoid another turbulent Premier League season.
Leicester to win: 1:0
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